News Wrap: Boston Suspect Transferred From Hospital to Prison Medical Center
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HARI SREENIVASAN: The surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is now at a federal prison medical center. The 19-year-old was transferred overnight to a facility in Central Massachusetts 40 miles west of Boston. He had been treated at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since his arrest one week ago. Tsarnaev is facing federal terror charges in the April 15th attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
In Afghanistan, 45 people died early today when a bus collided with the wreckage of a truck that the Taliban attacked. The bus rammed a stranded oil tanker that had been left in the road for several days. It happened near the borders of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. In addition to the dead, 10 others were injured.
The government of Japan will let Japanese airlines resume flying their Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The transport ministry gave the official approval today. The Dreamliners were grounded in mid-January after incidents of their lithium ion batteries overheating and smoldering. They could return to service in June, with newly installed systems to minimize the fire risk.
Police in New York City think they have found a piece of one of the airliners destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. A police spokesman said today it’s part of a landing gear with a Boeing identification number. Surveyors found the five-foot-tall object on Wednesday as they inspected the planned site of an Islamic community center. The site is about three blocks from Ground Zero. Police have secured the scene for further examination.
The pace of the U.S. economy picked up at the start of the year. Commerce Department figures today showed an annual growth rate of 2.5 percent for the first quarter. That was up sharply from the end of 2012, but Wall Street had hoped for more. As a result, the Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 11 points to close at 14,712. The Nasdaq fell 10 points to close at 3,279. For the week, the Dow gained one percent; the Nasdaq rose more than two percent.
Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Judy.