FBI asking for help in finding Boston Marathon bomber

A bomber may have been seen amid the Boston Marathon revelers carrying an unusually heavy nylon bag, weighed down with shrapnel-packed explosives, the FBI has suggested. Or perhaps someone heard something beforehand as a culprit tested explosives or expressed an interest in attacking the race. Law enforcement agencies pleaded Tuesday for the public to come […]

Cops have suspect in ricin mailing to Senator

Police have a suspect in mind as they investigate a letter mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin, a Senate colleague said. “The person that is a suspect writes a lot of letters to members,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Tuesday as she emerged from a classified briefing. Authorities declined to […]

‘Pressure cooker’ devices used in Boston Marathon bombing

Federal agents zeroed in Tuesday on how the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out — with kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel — but said they still didn’t know who did it and why. An intelligence bulletin issued to law enforcement and released late Tuesday included a picture of a […]

Stories that emerged from the day of horror in Boston

  The twin bombs at the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 170 on Monday. Here are the stories of those killed and some of the injured. A LONG WAY FROM HOME A Boston University graduate student was one of the three people killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the […]

Background checks bill in trouble as Senate vote nears

A bipartisan effort to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the drive to curb gun violence. As the showdown draws near, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows ebbing public support for tightening gun control laws. In the run-up to the roll call expected Wednesday, […]

Family, friends search frantically for word of close ones at marathon

Far-flung family members, co-workers and friends frantically used social media, cellphones and even a “people finder” website Monday to try to learn the fate of participants and spectators at the Boston Marathon, where three people were killed and dozens injured after a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of one of the world’s […]

Cops seek suspects, motives for tragic Boston bombings

The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world’s most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, more than 140 wounded and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why. Federal investigators said no […]

Assaulted teen had drawings on intimate parts of body

Assaulted teen had drawings on intimate parts of body

Awakening in a friend’s bedroom after drinking too much at a sleepover, 15-year-old Audrie Pott looked down and realized she had been sexually assaulted and her attackers had written and drawn on intimate parts of her body, her family’s attorney said Monday. Over the next week, she pieced together one horrifying detail after another. She […]

Bombs kill three, injure more than 100 at Boston Marathon

Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 100 in a terrifying scene of shattered glass, bloodstained pavement and severed limbs, authorities said. A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other bombs were found near the end of the […]