By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A man carjacked by the accused Boston Marathon bombers shortly after prosecutors say they shot and killed a policeman on Thursday recalled the moment when one of the brothers jumped into his Mercedes and told him he was one of the bombers. Dun Meng testified that he had gone for a drive to relax after a long day at work on April 18, 2013, and had pulled over to check his phone when Tamerlan Tsarnaev tapped on his window, stepped into his car and pulled a gun. He told me, 'You know, I'm serious, so don't be stupid,'" Meng, who works at a tech company that develops cell phone apps for ordering food, said in federal court in Boston. "After that, he asked me, 'Do you know the Boston Marathon explosion?' I said, 'Yes, I know.' He asked, 'Do you know who did it?' I said, "No, I don't.' He said.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cabela, a 1-year-old mixed breed dog who was rescued after being shot and tied to railroad tracks in Tampa, has captured a nation's heart, while police have announced four arrests in connection with the dog's abuse.
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat who took office last month after her predecessor resigned in an influence-peddling scandal, is promoting a package of ethics and public records reform bills, the governor’s office said on Thursday. The legislation proposed by Brown would raise the penalty for knowingly using public office for private gain and would bar statewide elected officials, as well as the governor's spouse, from collecting fees for speaking engagements while in office. Brown took office last month after the resignation of her predecessor, fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who faces a federal corruption probe into allegations that his fiancée used her unpaid position in his office for personal financial gain. "Oregon's government belongs to its people, and an informed, engaged populace is essential to democracy," Brown said in a statement announcing the trio of bills.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attacks on Michigan referees so alarmed Jim Dworman, an accomplished lawyer who also officiates high school basketball and football games, that he contacted his lawmaker two years ago about toughening penalties for such actions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Google-backed genetic testing company 23andMe is launching its own drug development unit, betting that it can translate its database of customer DNA information into novel medicines.