By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's brother frightened at least one relative during a visit to Russia in 2012 when he espoused radical Islamist beliefs, a family member said on Monday. Several of Tsarnaev's relatives appeared in federal court in Boston to testify at the second phase of his trial, where a jury will determine whether Tsarnaev is sentenced to death for killing three people and wounding 264 in the April 15, 2013, bombing attack on Boston's best-attended sporting event. Defense attorneys have been trying to paint the 21-year-old bomber as a secondary player in an attack conceived and led by his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after a gunfight with police four days after the bombing. Naida Suleimanova, a cousin of the brothers, said she was scared when she learned Tamerlan had adopted extremist views.
ATLANTA (AP) — Sheriff Victor Hill has been a lightning rod for controversy since he fired 27 deputies on his first day in office a decade ago and then used a military tank on drug raids in suburban Atlanta's Clayton County.
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal authorities charged New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son on Monday with engaging in a corruption scheme, in the latest of a string of criminal cases against politicians in the state's capital of Albany. Skelos, a 67-year-old Republican, and his 32-year-old son, Adam, were named in a six-count criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court that included charges of conspiracy and extortion. Prosecutors said Skelos pressured a real estate developer and an environmental technology company to pay his son more than $200,000 in exchange for his support on infrastructure and legislation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Veteran tech executive John Chambers plans to step down after more than 20 years as CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., a major supplier of computer networking gear that makes the Internet work.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama Administration's hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation's power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as well, a new independent study concludes.
By Sascha Brodsky NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - A former top aide and a former ally to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges related to the George Washington Bridge closure scandal that has stained the prominent Republican's image. Bridget Kelly, his former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, face a nine-count federal indictment that includes conspiracy and wire fraud. David Wildstein, a former senior Christie appointee to the Port Authority, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy stemming from the political scandal known as "Bridgegate." The charges are the first stemming from the September 2013 shutdown in Fort Lee, New Jersey, of access lanes to the world's busiest bridge which spans the Hudson River between Fort Lee and upper Manhattan in New York City.
LOPEZ PASS, Wash. (AP) — Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of the Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn't surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of starfish up and down the West Coast had spread to this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island.
Two former political allies of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie entered not guilty pleas Monday after they were charged for their alleged involvement in politically motivated lane closures of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.