By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect told an FBI agent that he and two friends removed a backpack containing empty fireworks shells from the suspected bomber's dorm room out of a desire to protect him, the agent testified on Tuesday. Sara Wood of the Federal Bureau of Investigation testified that the friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, three times denied knowing what was in the backpack before admitting what he and his friends had found in bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He has pleaded not guilty and his attorney on Monday said Tazhakayov's roommate and fellow Kazakh exchange student Dias Kadyrbayev was responsible for taking the fireworks casings, from which the gunpowder had been removed.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Police in Mount Vernon, Washington, killed an agitated Angus cow that rampaged through town, tossing a police officer into the air and tap-dancing on a patrol car.
RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) — The video of a western Wisconsin logger who saved a black bear who got its head stuck in an old milk can is getting hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two brothers are set to be arraigned in a Central California courtroom on murder charges in the death of a Good Samaritan who was run over after trying to rescue a woman who was being assaulted.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Crews have removed the second of three commercial airplane bodies from a river embankment in western Montana after they tumbled off a train in a derailment.
Police in Washington state say a gunman fatally shot his wife before turning the weapon on himself at a downtown Spokane medical center.
Police in Penn's Grove, New Jersey are evacuating an apartment building because of a gas leak.
By Mark Felsenthal and Jon Herskovitz WASHINGTON/AUSTIN (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet Texas Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday to discuss a surge of Latin American young people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border that has put the two leaders at odds with each other. Perry's office welcomed the meeting, to take place in Dallas on the governor's turf, in a Tuesday statement that said they would discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along the southern border. On Sunday the governor sharply criticized the Obama administration for not moving more quickly to address the problem. On Monday, White House aide Valerie Jarrett wrote to invite Perry to take part in a session to discuss the border situation with local faith leaders and elected officials in Dallas on Wednesday.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Police: gunman fatally shot wife, himself at medical center in downtown Spokane, Washington.
By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - The last of six Boeing Co fuselages damaged in a train derailment were expected to be recovered on Tuesday, the railway said, clearing the way for full train service to resume. Nineteen cars in a 90-car BNSF Railway Co [BNISF.UL] train derailed on July 3 near Rivulet, Montana. The train carried six 737 narrow-body fuselages and assemblies for Boeing's 777 and 747 wide-body jets. The third of those fuselages was due to be recovered on Tuesday, after the other two were recovered on Sunday and Monday, said Lynda Frost, a spokeswoman for Montana Rail Link, a private company that operates on the track where the accident occurred.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — The Air Force asserts with pride that the nation's nuclear missile system, more than 40 years old and designed during the Cold War to counter the now-defunct Soviet Union, is safe and secure. None has ever been used in combat or launched accidentally.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Police: 1 person dead in shooting at downtown medical complex in Spokane, Washington.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's first recreational marijuana stores began opening for business Tuesday, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot. Some questions and answers about the industry:
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Police in Washington state are responding to reports of a shooting in a downtown Spokane medical complex.
WASHINGTON (AP) — What you study — math and science are a plus — seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department.
Government workers cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.
The director of New Jersey's response to superstorm Sandy stepped down on Tuesday, almost two years after the storm tore through the state, and was replaced by his deputy, Governor Chris Christie's office said. Marc Ferzan, who was appointed in the early days of the recovery in 2012, has been criticized for delays in doling out recovery money. In a statement, Christie said that Ferzan served with "great professionalism, effectiveness and with the needs of Sandy survivors always in the front of his mind." Ferzan's replacement, Terrence Brody, has served as the deputy executive director of the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding since its creation.
Labor negotiators met in New York on Tuesday for another round of talks to avert a strike by 5,400 workers at the Long Island Rail Road, the country's largest commuter railway. LIRR workers have threatened to walk off the job on July 20, when a 60-day cooling-off period is set to expire, if they are unable to agree on a contract after lengthy negotiations with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. A strike would affect about 300,000 weekday riders, most of whom use the railway to commute to and from jobs in New York City from their homes on Long Island. The MTA has worked on a strike backup plan, but the details have not been made public, agency spokesman Aaron Donovan said.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The parents of a Utah mom missing for nearly five years are in court with their attorneys vying to remain the sole beneficiaries of about $2 million in life insurance proceeds.
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman accused of abandoning her baby at a Manhattan subway station was arrested Tuesday after telling detectives she was homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the little girl, a police department spokesman said.