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President Obama: Boston capture closes chapter in tragedy

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UPDATED: 4/18/2013 @ 10:58pm
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the capture of a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing closes what he calls "an important chapter in this tragedy."

President Obama spoke from the White House briefing room shortly after law enforcement took 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev into custody in a boat in a Watertown, Mass., neighborhood. His older brother was killed earlier Friday in an attempt to escape police.

President Obama says the nation owes a debt of gratitude to law enforcement officials and the people of Boston for their help in the search for the men.

President Obama says there are still many unanswered questions about the Boston bombings, including whether the two men had help from others. He is urging the public to not rush to judgment about their motivations.

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UPDATE 9:30PM

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Boston Police say a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.

Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (JOH'-kahr tsahr-NY'-ev) was in custody. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed Friday in a furious attempt to escape police.

The brothers are suspects in Monday's marathon bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 180 others. The men are also suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in his vehicle late Thursday.

Authorities in Boston had suspended all mass transit and warned close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors as the hunt for the remaining suspect went on.

UPDATE 8:55PM

BREAKING: Boston police: Marathon bombing suspect in custody, officers sweeping area.

UPDATE 4:02PM

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - The transit police officer who authorities say was severely wounded overnight by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is out of surgery and has been stabilized. A transit agency spokesman says Officer Richard Donohue remains in critical condition. One of the bombing suspects was killed during a violent chase. The other remains at large.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Massachusetts State Police are calling off a search for a green Honda Civic that has been linked to the suspects in the marathon bombings. Authorities initially said the at-large suspect in the bombings may have been driving the 1999 Civic, but police said later that the car is in their possession and they are no longer looking for it. Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is the target of a massive manhunt. His brother Tamerlan was also identified as a suspect in Monday's twin bombings and was killed in a night of violent clashes with police.

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth tell The Associated Press that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was on campus this week after the bombings. Tsarnaev is a student at the school, about an hour's drive south of Boston. Students say he lived on the third floor of a campus dormitory. One student who lives on the same floor, tells the AP he saw him in the dorm hallway this week and Tsarnaev was calm. Authorities are swarming the campus. The school was evacuated this morning amid a manhunt for Tsarnaev. FBI and SWAT teams have been

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Update 1:03PM

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts state police say officers are going door-to-door and street to street in a locked-down Boston suburb, looking for a 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Police say one suspect, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NY'-ev), was killed in a shootout with police overnight, but his younger brother remains at large. Authorities say the two led police on a chase, hurling explosives at their pursuers, hours after the FBI released photos and videos of them as part of the investigation into Monday's bombings.

BOSTON (AP) - More information is emerging about the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. The older brother who was killed in a shootout with police, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), practiced martial arts and boxing and aspired to fight on the U.S. Olympic team. His younger brother Dzhokhar (joh-KHAR'), who is the subject of a massive manhunt, was on the wrestling team at a prestigious high school and won a scholarship to pursue higher education. Neighbors recall the two boys from an ethnic Chechen immigrant family living on a quiet street in Cambridge, Mass., riding bikes and skateboards.
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UPDATE 12:24PM
WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts State Police say a pair of brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings spent the night in a Honda CRV and used it to carjack a Mercedes SUV.

Police said Friday morning at a Watertown news conference that one of the brothers stayed with the carjacking victim for a few minutes and then let him go.

They say one brother drove away in the CRV, and the other one drove away in the Mercedes.

Police say one then ditched the CRV and reunited with his brother in the Mercedes. Authorities say both suspects were in the Mercedes when they encountered police and hurled explosives at officers. Twenty-six-year-old suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NY'-ev) was killed.

The CRV was later recovered in Boston.

Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar (JOH'-kahr) Tsarnaev remains on the loose.
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WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Boston's police commissioner says all of Boston must stay in their homes as the search for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombings continues.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis made the announcement Friday morning, after a long night of violence that left the other suspect dead.

The suspects were identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars.

A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (JOE-khar Tsahr-NEYE-ev), 19, of Cambridge, Mass.

The two men are suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer on campus in Cambridge late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed.

The suspects' clashes with police began only a few hours after the FBI released photos and videos of the two young men, who were seen carrying backpacks as they mingled among revelers at Monday's Boston Marathon. The bombings on Monday killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, and authorities revealed the images to enlist the public's help finding the suspects.

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NEW: Boston travel: Trains, buses halted, planes flying

NEW YORK (AP) - Transportation to and from the Boston area is virtually shut down Friday morning, with the exception of airplanes, which continue to take off and land at Logan International Airport.

Amtrak has stopped trains about an hour south of the city in Providence, R.I. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which operates commuter trains into Boston as well as the city's subway - called the T - and the city's buses suspended all operations.

JetBlue, the largest airline in Boston, is allowing anybody scheduled to fly to or from Boston to change their ticket for free.

Megabus has canceled at least 18 buses between Boston and New York, New Haven, Conn., Hartford, Conn., Burlington, Vt. and Philadelphia.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. law enforcement official and the uncle of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are confirming that the name of the second suspect is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a gun battle with police in Massachusetts overnight.

Three law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation, confirmed the bomb suspects were brothers. One of the officials and the men's uncle confirmed the identity of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., told The Associated Press that the men lived together near Boston and have been in the United States for about a decade. They traveled here together from the Russian region near Chechnya.

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WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Police are locking down some neighborhoods in Boston and its western suburbs as they search for the remaining suspect in the marathon bombings.

Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge, Arlington and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. All mass transit was shut down.

At least a quarter of a million people live in those suburbs. Many people in the city of Boston and surrounding areas rely on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to get to work.

The announcement Friday morning comes hours after the killing of one suspect, known as the man in the black hat from marathon surveillance footage. The man in the white hat is on the loose and police are calling him a "terrorist" who came here "to kill."

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Update, 2:40 a.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (CBS) - Police have converged on a neighborhood outside Boston where there were reports of explosives being detonated, and police were telling reporters to turn off their cell phones.

Dozens of officers and National Guard members are in Watertown, where media outlets report that gunfire and explosions have been heard. A helicopter is circling overhead.

Authorities early Friday were calling for somebody to get on the ground and put their hands up and a loud thud was heard after someone shouted "fire in the hole."

Reporters are being told to move away from the scene. A police officer told a reporter: "If you want to live, turn off your cell phone."

An employee of CBS Boston station WBZ-TV on the scene says one person has been taken into custody. Another suspect was reported to be at large.

Late Thursday night, a campus police officer was shot and killed at MIT, and authorities were searching for the person or people responsible. There was no word whether the developments in Watertown were connected to the shooting.

At 2 a.m., MIT posted an alert on their website saying that the suspect in the shooting was no longer on campus, WBZ says.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Police at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say a suspect in the fatal shooting of an officer is no longer on campus.

No arrests have been made in the MIT officer's shooting. The shooter is being sought.

But MIT said Friday on its website it's now "safe to resume normal activities."

Still, it's urging its 11,000 students to "remain vigilant." It had earlier warned them to stay indoors when the shooter was on campus.

The MIT officer was shot Thursday night on the prestigious university's campus just outside Boston. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

The shooting comes just days after twin bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line killed three people, wounded more than 180 others and led to an increase in security in the region.
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BOSTON (AP) - The FBI has released photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public's help in identifying them.

FBI Agent Richard DesLauriers (deh'-LOHR'-ee-ay) says one the suspects is believed to have planted the devices near the finish line of the race. He says both suspects are considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Within moments of the FBI releasing the images on its website, the agency's website crashed.

The explosions Monday killed three people and injured more than 180.

The images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Boston to remember the victims, including an 8-year-old boy.

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BOSTON (AP) - The FBI has released photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public's help in identifying them.

FBI Agent Richard DesLauriers (deh'-LOHR'-ee-ay) says the photos came from surveillance cameras near the explosion sites.

The explosions Monday killed three people and injured more than 180.

The images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Boston to remember the victims, including an 8-year-old boy.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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