Slatest PM: The Search for Tamerlan's Missing Laptop

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April 26 2013 3:47 PM

Slatest PM: The Search for Tamerlan's Missing Laptop

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Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, center, the mother of suspected Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnayev, speaks to reporters while the father Anzor Tsarnaev and aunt Patimat Suleymanova look on, during a news conference Friday in Makhachkala, Dagestan.

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Dzhokhar Is out of the Hospital: Reuters: "Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved to a prison medical center from the hospital where he had been held since his arrest a week ago while recovering from gunshot wounds, U.S. officials said on Friday. The 19-year-old ethnic Chechen, wounded in a late-night shootout with police on April 18 hours after authorities released pictures of him and his older brother as suspects, was charged on Monday and could face the death penalty if convicted. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in the shootout."

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The Search for the Missing Laptop: ABC News: "Investigators in white hazmat suits are searching a landfill for a laptop tied to the accused Boston Marathon bombers ... a potential lead that emerged as a result of interviews with men from Kazakhstan who knew the terror suspects, law enforcement sources told ABC News. Immigration officers arrested the two men, Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, on Saturday on suspicion that they had violated the terms of their student visas because they were no longer attending classes. They are being detained on the administrative charges. ... The men lived in an apartment near the campus of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, had been enrolled as a student. ... It was through the Kazakhstani men that investigators learned of the possible whereabouts of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's laptop and authorities have been searching the New Bedford landfill for the past three days, the police sources told ABC News. And, the sources said, agents found a cell phone believed to belong to Tamerlan Tsarnaev's in the New Bedford apartment."

Following Al-Qaida's Recipe: NBC News: "A detailed analysis of the bombs used at the Boston Marathon and during a firefight between the suspects and law enforcement shows how closely the bombmakers followed instructions from the digital [al-Qaida] magazine Inspire, according to a government document obtained by NBC News. The unclassified report from the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center found that the pipe bombs allegedly thrown from a car by Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev during last Friday’s chase through Watertown, Mass., resembled the design described in 'How to Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom,' an article in the first issue of the English-language magazine. At least one of the Watertown bombs used an elbow pipe wrapped in black tape, as discussed in Inspire."

More on Dzhokhar's (Lack of) Miranda Rights: Los Angeles Times: "Tsarnaev has not answered any questions since he was given a lawyer and told he has the right to remain silent by Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler on Monday, officials said. Until that point, Tsarnaev had been responding to the interagency High Value Detainee Interrogation Group, including admitting his role in the bombing, authorities said. A senior congressional aide said Tsarnaev had asked several times for a lawyer, but that request was ignored since he was being questioned under the public safety exemption to the Miranda rule. The exemption allows defendants to be questioned about imminent threats, such as whether other plots are in the works or other plotters are on the loose."

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Fixing the FAA's Furlough Problem: Washingon Post: "The House of Representatives on Friday approved and sent to the president legislation intended to end a week of turmoil at several of the nation’s major airports, where the sequestration furlough of air traffic controllers caused long delays for thousands of passengers. The vote came 16 hours after the bill won unanimous support in the Senate, and the White House said the president would sign it. ... The daily furlough of 1,500 air traffic controllers to achieve $200 million in sequestration savings from the Federal Aviation Administration’s budget became a test of wills between Congress and the administration. Republicans said the president abruptly announced the details of furlough plan last week to create a high-profile, television-friendly display of sequestration’s impact. They contended that the FAA had other options to save the total of $637 million mandated by sequestration."

Death Toll Climbs Higher Still in Bangladesh: Associated Press: "With time running out to save workers still trapped in a collapsed garment factory building, rescuers dug through mangled metal and concrete Friday and found more survivors—but also more corpses that pushed the death toll past 300. Wailing, angry relatives fought with police who held them back from the wrecked, eight-story Rana Plaza building, as search-and-rescue operations went on more than two days after the structure crumbled. Amid the cries for help and the smell of decaying bodies, the rescue of 18-year-old Mussamat Anna came at a high cost: Emergency crews cut off the garment worker's mangled right hand to pull her free from the debris Thursday night. ... By Friday night, more than 80 survivors had been rescued, according to officials at a command center. But more dead were also discovered."

RIP, George Jones: New York Times: "[T]he definitive country singer of the last half-century, whose songs about heartbreak and hard drinking echoed his own life, died on Friday in Nashville. He was 81. His publicists, Webster & Associates, said he died at a hospital after being admitted there on April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure. Mr. Jones — nicknamed Possum for his close-set eyes and pointed nose and later No-Show Jones for the concerts he missed during drinking and drug binges — was universally respected and just as widely imitated. With a baritone voice that was as elastic as a steel-guitar string, he found vulnerability and doubt behind the cheerful drive of honky-tonk and brought suspense to every syllable, merging bluesy slides with the tight, quivering ornaments of Appalachian singing. In his most memorable songs, all the pleasures of a down-home Saturday night couldn’t free him from private pain. His up-tempo songs had undercurrents of solitude, and the ballads that became his specialty were suffused with stoic desolation."

You Don't Say: USA Today: "Republican Todd Akin said he regrets his comments about 'legitimate rape,' nearly six months after the controversial remarks derailed his bid for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. When asked by KDSK-TV if he would take back his much-derided comments, the former congressman said, 'Oh, of course I would. I've relived them too many times. But that is not reality.'"

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