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Accused Boston bomber's brother researched fireworks, guns: expert

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, researched radio transmitters, fireworks and gun stores in the weeks leading up to the 2013 attack that killed three people, a computer expert testified on Tuesday. Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, on Tuesday called their third witness on behalf of the defendant, digital forensics expert Mark Spencer, who testified about data found on three computers owned by the Tsarnaev brothers. The computer belonging to Tamerlan, who died four days after the April 15, 2013, attack, which also injured 264 people, showed searches for information on radio transmitters and receivers and on Ruger P95 handguns.



U.S. top court says medical providers can't sue states over Medicaid funding

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in a case from Idaho that private medical providers that deliver residential care services cannot sue a state in try to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates to deal with rising medical costs. The justices, on a 5-4 vote, ruled in favor of the state of Idaho, which asserted that medical providers have no legal recourse to sue. The ruling is a loss for the healthcare industry, with trade groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce backing the providers in the case. Medicaid is a federal health insurance program for lower-income people that is administered by the states.


Florida jogger wearing headphones killed by train

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida jogger wearing headphones was struck and killed by an Amtrak train, apparently unable to hear the conductor sounding the horn, authorities said on Tuesday. Edwardo Salazar, 26, of Frostproof in central Florida, died on Monday afternoon while jogging on the tips of the wood crossbeams outside the track?s metal rails, the Polk County Sheriff?s Office reported. Salazar?s headphones were plugged into his iPod, according to the report. "The headphones likely led to him not hearing the train," said sheriff spokeswoman Carrie Horstman, adding Salazar might not have known that a train?s girth is wider than the metal rails.


1000s of Detroit-area homeowners apply to avoid foreclosure

DETROIT (AP) ? Up to 17,000 Detroit-area property owners have entered into payment plans hoping to avoid losing their homes to tax foreclosure, and that number will likely rise.


Murder charges approved against girlfriend of slain Darby police officer

Murder charges approved against girlfriend of slain Darby police officerPolice announced Tuesday that they are in the process of filing a warrant for murder charges against the girlfriend of a Darby Township police officer, who was killed Saturday inside his Glenolden home.



Agents probing drug site accused of taking online currency

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Two former federal agents are accused of using their positions and savvy computer skills to siphon more than $1 million in digital currency from the online black market known as Silk Road while they and their agencies operated an undercover investigation into the website.


Police: Men in shooting at NSA had gone to hotel to 'party'

A police officer directs a vehicle to turn away at the National Security Agency, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Fort Meade, Md. Earlier, a firefight erupted when two men dressed as women tried to ram a car into a gate, killing one of them and wounding the other, officials said. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) ? Police say two cross-dressing men who crashed into a guarded entrance to the National Security Agency in a stolen car met the vehicle's owner in Baltimore before heading to a hotel to "party."



Police search for armed prisoner after hospital escape

Fairfax County, Va. Police stand guard at Inova Fairfax Hospital Center in Falls Church, Va., Tuesday, march 31, 2015, where a prisoner broke free from his security guard and took his gun. One shot was fired early Tuesday as a guard wrestled with a prisoner, who then fled a northern Virginia hospital with a gun setting off a lockdown and search, police said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) ? A prisoner being treated at a northern Virginia hospital wrestled with a guard and took her gun before escaping in a hospital gown and fleeing in a carjacked vehicle, prompting a hospital lockdown and a massive search, police said.



Freedom, W.Va. sign agreement on chemical spill site cleanup

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) ? Freedom Industries and state regulators have signed an agreement for a cleanup of the site of a 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River.


Tech and financial firms sign World Trade Center leases

NEW YORK (AP) ? A financial services company and a technology firm have signed five-year leases at New York City's One World Trade Center.