By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - When ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis heard a blast as she stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon two years ago, she knew it was no accident and suspected another explosion would follow. "I couldn't hear myself scream," Haslet-Davis on Wednesday told the jurors who will determine if convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is sentenced to death or life in prison. "I thought that because I couldn't hear myself scream, I was dead." Federal prosecutors called a series of witnesses who described what they lost when the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen and his brother set off a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013. Haslet-Davis, 34, was among them.
A SkyWest Airlines flight made an emergency landing on Wednesday in Buffalo, New York, after a passenger lost consciousness, the airline said. Flight 5622, a United Airlines Express flight operated by SkyWest and bound for Hartford, Connecticut, landed safely at Buffalo International Airport, SkyWest said on Twitter. SkyWest said earlier media reports that a cabin door had opened and that several passengers lost consciousness were not true. It also said there was no indication of a pressurization issue, which also had been reported.
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned on Wednesday that the military's sexual assault problem could drive away new recruits, and urged a group of officer trainees to have the courage to speak out against behavior that contributes to sexual misconduct. Carter's remarks to reserve officer trainees at Georgetown University came ahead of the Pentagon's annual report to Congress on sexual assault and prevention efforts, which is expected in the next few weeks. The U.S. defense chief noted that the department had achieved some success in dealing with the problem, implementing 150 congressional and Pentagon directives in recent years to curb sexual assault and encourage reporting of the crime.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services to help pay to enforce President Barack Obama's health law.
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Would-be U.S. presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr. should be allowed to reside full time away from the mental hospital where he has lived since shooting Ronald Reagan in 1981, his lawyer argued in federal court on Wednesday. In his opening statement, Hinckley's lawyer Barry Levine requested he be granted convalescent leave, the equivalent of outpatient status, so he could live full time with his 89-year-old mother. "There is no dispute that Mr. Hinckley is clinically ready for the next step in treatment, which is convalescent leave," Levine told U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman. The government opposed Levine's request, with prosecutor Colleen Kennedy saying the provisions suggested for expanded release were inadequate for a would-be presidential assassin.
(Reuters) - Streets around the White House were shut down because a suspicious package, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Police were investigating a package found several blocks east of the White House at 15th Street and F Street NW, the newspaper said. Nearby streets were closed to vehicles. (Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by Fiona Ortiz and Sandra Maler)