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Bomb threat charge dropped against Boston Marathon hoax suspect Kevin Edson

(Reuters) – Prosecutors have dropped a bomb threat charge against a man who was arrested in April for walking through the finish area of the Boston Marathon carrying a black backpack on the anniversary of the 2013 attack, officials said on Tuesday. Kevin Edson, 25, had faced a maximum of…

Boston Marathon bombs made with Christmas-light fuses

The twin bombs that went off at the Boston Marathon last year were made using improvised fuses from Christmas lights and detonators constructed from model car parts, US prosecutors said. The April 15, 2013 attack at the renowned race killed three people……

Boston Marathon bombing suspect asks court to rule out execution

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked a US court to rule out capital punishment for their client, after last month’s botched execution of a US inmate. In documents filed late Wednesday, Tsarnaev’s legal team asked the judge to take the death penalty off the table in…

Boston Marathon to run second-largest field in history one year after tragedy

Some 36,000 athletes, including Kenyan and Ethiopian runners who are consistently ranked among the world’s fastest, will run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, putting the world-renown race back in the spotlight after it was marred by last year’s bombing attack. Returning men’s and women’s champions Lelisa Desisa of…

Participants in Boston Marathon mindful of tragedy

Mindful of tragedy, Boston Marathon goes on (via AFP) Defending champions Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya are among a host of past winners in Monday’s 118th Boston Marathon, all mindful of last year’s bombing tragedy. Two bombs hidden inside backpacks exploded near the finish line of……

FBI agent will not be charged in fatal shooting during Boston Marathon bombing probe

An FBI agent has been cleared over the fatal shooting of a Chechen-born man being quizzed in connection with last year’s Boston bombing, a law enforcement source said Friday. Mixed martial artist Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot dead after a violent altercation with investigators following two hours of questioning at…

Security tightened as Boston Marathon approaches

By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) – Boston Marathon organizers have banned runners from bringing bags and imposed other measures to tighten security for the April race after a twin bomb attack near the finish line last year killed three people and wounded 264. The rule changes announced on Wednesday stem…

Judge sets November trial date for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston Marathon bombing case

A federal judge has set a November trial date for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the chief suspect accused of bombing last year’s Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding 260 others. The trial, which is likely to attract global media interest, will begin on November 3 and could last several months, U.S.…

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to face trial in November

A US judge on Wednesday set a November trial date for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the chief suspect accused of bombing last year’s Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding 260 others. The trial, which is likely to attract global media interest, will begin on November 3, federal judge George O’Toole ruled…

Chicago Marathon ups security after Boston bombings

Chicago Marathon organizers and city officials Thursday announced new procedures designed to improve security in the wake of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings in April. The race on October 13 will mark the first major marathon in a US city since two bombs went off near the finish line of…

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