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News Wrap: Boston Police Commissioner Testifies to Congress on Marathon Attack

May 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST
In other news Thursday, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis testified before Congress, saying the FBI never passed along Russian warnings about Tamerlan Tsarnaev prior to the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Also, another fire broke out in a Bangladeshi garment factory in Dhaka, killing eight people.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: The Boston police commissioner told Congress today that the FBI never passed along Russian warnings about Tamerlan Tsarnaev before the Boston bombings. Edward Davis testified at a House hearing that police didn’t know the bureau checked out Tsarnaev when he visited Russia last year. The investigation was later closed. Davis said he would like to have known, but he conceded it might not have changed anything.

POLICE COMMISSIONER ED DAVIS, Boston: If we knew everything that we know now, absent the blast, or before the — without the blast being involved in it, but if we knew all of these things that have come out since then, we would have taken a hard look at these individuals. But at this point in time, I can’t say that when we knew things that we would’ve done anything differently.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Tamerlan Tsarnaev ultimately died in a shoot-out with police. Today, there was word that he’s been buried at an undisclosed location near Worcester. That followed a weeklong search for a community near Boston that would accept the remains.

Federal prosecutors in New York have announced what may be the biggest ATM heist ever, affecting dozens of countries. Cyber-criminals drained $45 million dollars from cash machines around the world, after they hacked a database of debit cards. Prosecutors described the gang as a virtual criminal flash mob and said some took pictures of themselves waving wads of cash in Manhattan. Seven people are under arrest in the U.S.

Gunmen in Pakistan attacked a political rally today and abducted the son of a former prime minister, the latest violence before Saturday’s nationwide elections. Ali Haider Gilani is running for a provincial assembly seat for the ruling Pakistan People’s Party. He’s the son of ex-Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was forced out of office last summer. The attack and abduction happened in Multan, in the southern Punjab province. Two of Gilani’s bodyguards were killed during the abduction.

In neighboring Bangladesh, another fatal accident hit the country’s troubled garment industry overnight. A fire broke out at a factory in the capital city of Dhaka, killing eight people, including the factory director. The fire engulfed the lower floors of the 11-story factory which had closed for the day. People still inside suffocated on poison gases as they ran down the stairs. The fire came two weeks after a garment building collapsed in Dhaka. The death toll there grew to nearly 1,000 today.

For the first time in more than five decades, Americans are spending less on prescription drugs. That finding came today from a pharmaceutical market research firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The institute pointed to a surge of new cheaper generic drugs. It also said consumers have been putting off doctor visits and drug refills to save money.

First-time claims for unemployment benefits have hit a new five-year low. The Labor Department said today that layoffs are now back to pre-recession levels. Despite that news, Wall Street took a break from its ongoing rally. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 22 points to close at 15,082. The Nasdaq fell four points to close at 3,409.

Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Judy.