By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was heavily influenced by al Qaeda literature and lectures, some of which was found on his laptop, a counterterrorism expert testified at his trial on Monday. Matthew Levitt, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, said some of Tsarnaev’s Twitter posts and parts of a note he scrawled inside a drydocked boat where he was captured several days after the deadly marathon attack resembled Islamist publications. "We see in them (concepts from) al-Awlaki’s statements and other writings from the radicalizers," Levitt said, referring to Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Al Qaeda figure who published lectures and a glossy English-language magazine about violent jihad found on Tsarnaev’s computer. Tsarnaev is accused 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, and with fatally shooting a police officer three days later as he and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, tried to flee the city.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Poor training has left Philadelphia police with the mistaken belief that fearing for their lives alone justifies using deadly force, the Justice Department said Monday in a review of the city's nearly 400 officer-involved shootings since 2007.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Testimony in the murder trial of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez focused on guns Monday, with a bank teller saying Hernandez asked her to send $15,000 out of his $1.8 million paycheck from the New England Patriots to a Florida man. Prosecutors say the money was used to buy guns.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It seemed like a worthwhile experiment to a small winery: Submerge bottles of wine in sea water to see how they age. But a federal agency is concerned that ocean water could contaminate the wine.
By Eric M. Johnson PASCO, Wash. (Reuters) - The afternoon before Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot dead by police after he pelted them with rocks, the farmworker had walked out of a Washington state jail a free man. The 35-year-old Mexican immigrant had just spent two days in jail for failing to pay fines related to a 2014 conviction for assaulting a police officer in a drug-fueled incident in which he heaved a mailbox at a patrolman who tried to subdue him. His Feb. 10 death, just a day after Zambrano-Montes' release from jail, sparked outrage in a Latino majority community that has likened his death to police slayings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. Like many migrant workers, Zambrano-Montes arrived in Washington state's apple-growing belt seeking opportunity about a decade ago, but his life swiftly crumbled after a series of personal tragedies and drug use.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The small Lego machine inside the White House whirred, and in a moment it was turning the pages of a story book. One page flipped, then another, ever faster as President Barack Obama marveled at its efficiency.