By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon course will be a "no-drone zone" this year, Massachusetts authorities said on Monday as they outlined security plans for the race that was the target of a deadly bombing attack two years ago. In addition to planning to search large bags and coolers, state officials said they would prohibit the use of small aircraft, popular with hobbyists and the tech-savvy, along the race's 26.2-mile (42 km) course, which extends from the suburb of Hopkinton to downtown Boston on April 20. Some 1 million spectators and about 30,000 runners will flock to the Boston Marathon next week, two years after a pair of pressure cooker bombs exploded at its finish line and prompted authorities to overhaul plans to protect the marathon’s course through eight Massachusetts cities and towns. "We are again confident that the security measures in place will not interfere with the event," said Kurt Schwartz, Massachusetts undersecretary for homeland security and emergency management.
The jury in the murder trial of former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez began its fifth day of deliberations on Monday over whether he is guilty of killing an acquaintance in 2013, in the first of two murder trials he will face this year. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is accused of fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013. If convicted of first-degree murder, Hernandez would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, is the first of two Hernandez faces this year.
Worse yet for the would-be 2016 standard-bearer of the left-leaning Democratic Party: The arrow pointed to the right. "So what lucky 3rd grader won the Design the Hillary Clinton Campaign Logo contest?" Tweeted a commentator with the handle @massfubar to nearly 14,000 followers. It also became an early reminder that missteps or hiccups by the campaigns, however small or trivial, can echo across social media at lightning speed. The official Twitter account for WikiLeaks, the organization founded by Julian Assange which publishes secret information leaked from governments and corporations, tweeted its own logo, which also includes a thick red arrow pointing to the right, side-by-side with Clinton's to emphasize the similarities.