By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Law enforcement created "dangerous crossfire situations" while trying to apprehend the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a state report on the emergency response that was released on Friday. Police officers lacked "weapons discipline" during a gun battle with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed a short time later, in the early hours of April 19, 2013, the report found. The weapons problem also plagued officers arresting the younger brother, according to the 130-page report made public by the Massachusetts' emergency management agency. Tsarnaev, 21, is currently on trial in federal court for detonating two pressure cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring 264, as well as for murdering a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer while trying to flee three days later.
By Wayne Hester BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Anthony Ray Hinton walked out of an Alabama jail a free man on Friday after almost 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Greeted by well-wishers with cries of "Praise God" and a crowd of photographers and reporters, Hinton dabbed away tears and said: "For all of you out there snapping pictures of me, I want you to know there is a Lord. "For all who say they believe in justice, this is the case that proves it is true," the 58-year-old Hinton said. Hinton was convicted of the 1985 slayings of two fast-food managers, but new testing did not match crime scene bullets to the gun found at his home.
DETROIT (AP) — The wife of a Detroit-area soccer referee filed a $51 million lawsuit Friday against a hot-headed player who is in prison for throwing a punch that killed her husband during a game last summer.
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — We've trudged through deep powder, braved icy slopes and weathered rain, wind and snow in an annual quest to reach a ski cabin in the wilderness of Sequoia National Park for the past 13 years. We always had skis on our feet — until this year.