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Boston, L.A., S.F and Washington D.C. considered for 2024 U.S. Summer Olympics bid

US considers four cities for 2024 Olympics bid (via AFP) Four cities are in the running to lead a possible US bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, the US Olympic committee announced on Friday. “Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington have each given us reason to believe they can…

Mass. Turnpike sign tallying post-Newtown gun fatalities set to come down

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – An iconic sign bearing pro-gun-control messages that has hung near Fenway Park in Boston for almost two decades will soon lose its home. The 252-foot-long (77-meter-long) billboard – which features a counter tracking the more than 45,000 people killed by guns in the United…

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…

Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev to appear in court Wednesday

The shaggy-haired US university student charged with detonating bombs that killed three people at the Boston Marathon makes his first court appearance Wednesday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will come face-to-face with people injured in two thunderous blasts carried out April 15 with two rigged pressure cookers when he steps into the federal…

Grand jury charges Boston bombing suspect with killing four people and using WMD

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – A grand jury has indicted accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on charges of killing four people and using a weapon of mass destruction, federal prosecutors in Boston said on Thursday. Tsarnaev, 19, is one of two ethnic Chechen brothers accused of carrying out…

Patriots NFL player arrested in homicide investigation

BOSTON (Reuters) – New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was arrested on Wednesday, according to local media reports, after he was questioned in connection with a shooting death near his home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. The body of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player for the Boston Bandits,…

Police surround MIT building after shots fired in Boston

Security guards surrounded a building at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology late Thursday after shots were fired, the prestigious university said on its website. “Please stay clear of area until further notice. Unknown if injuries have occurred,” the emergency alert notice said. MIT is located in Boston, where two bombs…

Three dead and over 100 injured in terrifying Boston Marathon bombing

Two explosions struck one of America’s top sporting events Monday, killing at least three and wounding more than 100 as the Boston Marathon erupted in a maelstrom of blood, screams, smoke and panic. As cities from New York to Los Angeles went on high alert, Americans with ever-vivid memories of…

U.S. man gets 17 years prison on terror charges

BOSTON, Massachusetts — A US District judge sentenced a Boston man to 17.5 years in federal prison Thursday on charges of plotting to kill Americans by joining militants in Yemen and spreading Al-Qaeda publicity. US District Judge George O’Toole delivered his sentence to Tarek Mehanna, 29, after a two-hour hearing.…

Nine-year-old girl gets six-organ transplant

NEW YORK, USA — A nine-year-old girl is making what doctors described as a remarkable recovery Sunday, days after surgeons transplanted six of her organs in a groundbreaking medical procedure. The surgery performed last Tuesday on young Alannah Shevenell, sought to remove an aggressive cancerous growth festering since 2008, and…

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