HONOLULU (AP) — A military plane crash that killed a Marine and injured several other service members during a training exercise in Hawaii has renewed safety concerns about the Marine Corps' new airplane-and-helicopter hybrid.
By Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will face about 20 of his victims at a hearing next month when he will be formally sentenced to die for the 2013 attack, a U.S. judge said on Tuesday. The same jury that found Tsarnaev, 21, guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, sentenced him to death for his crimes last week. "We could proceed rather expeditiously," in making the jury's sentence formal, U.S. District Judge George O'Toole told prosecutors and defense attorneys in the same courtroom where Tsarnaev was tried.
The U.S. Marine Corps is not halting flights of UH-1 helicopters or V-22 tilt-rotor Ospreys despite recent deadly accidents in Nepal and Hawaii, the general in charge of Marine Corps aviation said on Tuesday. Lieutenant General Jon Davis, deputy commandant for aviation, said both incidents were still being investigated, but initial reviews did not point to any concerns about the safety or reliability of the aircraft. Six U.S. Marines and two Nepali soldiers were killed last week when their UH-1 helicopter crashed during an earthquake relief mission.
The mother of American reporter Austin Tice, who has been missing in Syria for more than three years, believes her son is alive and well and urged Washington and Damascus to work together to free him. Tice went missing in Damascus in 2012 and the U.S. State Department said in March Washington had been in periodic, direct contact with the Syrian government regarding his case, a statement his mother said provided a glimmer of hope. "We ask both governments to work together and to work effectively to locate Austin and to secure his safe release," Debra Tice told Reuters in Beirut on Tuesday during a trip to mark more than 1,000 days since he disappeared.