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Full coverage: Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath

Twin blasts near the finish line kill three people and leave scores injured. A tense investigation and manhunt yields two suspects, brothers, one of whom is killed in a firefight that leaves an MIT police officer dead. The other suspect is found and taken into custody.

  • Boston Marathon bomber's relatives recall a 'smiling, loving child'

    Five distraught Russian relatives of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took the witness stand Monday, hoping their words of support and love for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber, translated into English for a Boston jury, would help spare him from the death penalty. The women — all of them nervous, some crying...

  • Defense attorney in Boston bombing may be facing her stiffest challenge yet

    Defense attorney in Boston bombing may be facing her stiffest challenge yet

    She's the attorney who helped spare the Unabomber from the death penalty, though Ted Kaczynski never forgave her for trying to make him look insane. She saved Susan Smith's life, too, by convincing jurors that the vilified South Carolina mother who drowned her children was a fragile victim of sexual...

  • Judge adjourns Boston bomber trial until Monday after juror gets ill

    Judge adjourns Boston bomber trial until Monday after juror gets ill

    The penalty phase of the trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was adjourned until Monday after one of the jurors came down with what the judge called a temporary illness. U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. did not describe the illness or say which of the seven women...

  • Family recounts death of MIT officer during Boston bombing manhunt

    Family recounts death of MIT officer during Boston bombing manhunt

    Joe Rogers and his wife, Kelley, were at home when the phone rang late that night. The MIT Police Department informed them that their police officer son, Sean Collier, had been shot. His wife screamed as Rogers struggled to understand what happened to his stepson. Shortly thereafter a Massachusetts...

  • Boston jurors hear details of dead bomber's trip to Russia in search of jihad

    Defense lawyers seeking to persuade a jury to spare Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s life continued Wednesday to blame his dead older brother for the Boston Marathon bombings, insisting he was a Muslim extremist bent on violence long before the April 2013 attack. The older brother, Tamerlan, had visited his...

  • Boston Marathon bomber's defense lawyers say older brother controlled him

    Boston Marathon bomber's defense lawyers say older brother controlled him

    Defense lawyers in the Boston Marathon bombing trial used flickering scenes from a surveillance video Tuesday to help capture the troubled relationship between Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan. Filmed three days before the brothers' bombs killed three people and injured more than...

  • In defense of Boston Marathon bomber, lawyers make case against older brother

    In defense of Boston Marathon bomber, lawyers make case against older brother

    Hoping to save Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty, lawyers for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber aggressively portrayed his older brother, Tamerlan, as the brains and muscle behind the 2013 terrorist attack, revealing for the first time that Tamerlan initially planned to strike in Russia...

  • Amputees testify as prosecution ends in Boston Marathon case penalty phase

    Amputees testify as prosecution ends in Boston Marathon case penalty phase

    Federal prosecutors in the trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev completed the penalty phase of their case Thursday by highlighting the stories of 17 amputees in urging the jury to sentence the 21-year-old Russian immigrant to death. Bombing victim Steve Woolfenden testified...

  • Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers try to explain his crude gesture

    Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers try to explain his crude gesture

    Defense attorneys for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday tried to downplay prosecution claims that their client had shown anger and defiance at the U.S. when he raised his middle finger at a surveillance camera, and said he may instead have been upset or depressed over...

  • Boston bombing: Photo at trial shows marathon bomber flipping off camera

    Boston bombing: Photo at trial shows marathon bomber flipping off camera

    In a photo never before made public and taken just before his 2013 arraignment for the Boston Marathon bombings, a 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands in a federal courtroom holding cell, looking directly into the surveillance camera and defiantly flashing his long, thin middle finger. Prosecutors...

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