Boston bombings investigation moves forward

Boston bombings investigation moves forward
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POSTED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 2:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 2:34pm

 Here's the latest information on the Boston Marathon bombings.

-- The suspects in last week's bombings in Boston may have been planning to party in New York, that city's police commissioner, Ray Kelly, told reporters Wednesday, citing comments from the younger brother. "Information that we received said something about partying, having a party," he said.

-- Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have been "brainwashed" by a friend from Cambridge, Massachusetts named Misha -- an Armenian who had converted to Islam -- the dead man's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, told CNN.

-- Elmirza Khozhgov, a former brother-in-law of the brothers, told CNN that the elder Tsarnaev introduced him to a man named Misha, but "I didn't witness him making him radical."

-- A spokeswoman for the Islamic Society of Boston told CNN that no one in the group's network appeared to have heard of the person named Misha.

-- The spokeswoman, Nichole Mossalam, said the group was prepared to hold a funeral for the dead brother, but had not been asked to do so. Several of the group's imams said they would not be comfortable presiding over a funeral for the elder brother, so the organization would likely ask a lay person to officiate, she said.

-- The surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has indicated to investigators that it was his brother, not any international terrorist group, who conceived the attack, a U.S. government source said.

-- The source said preliminary interviews with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suggest the brothers were self-radicalized jihadists.

-- Vice President Joe Biden spoke Wednesday at a memorial service for Sean Collier, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus policeman who authorities say was killed by the suspected Boston Marathon bombers last week.

-- James Taylor sang, accompanied by the MIT Symphony Orchestra and a vocal ensemble from the university.

-- The suspects received welfare benefits as children, the state government says; Tamerlan received them for his family through last year.

-- Human rights activist Kheda Saratova in Makhachkala, Dagestan, told CNN that the parents of the Tsarnaev brothers talked Wednesday with U.S. investigators and the Russian Federal Security Service.

-- Authorities reopened the site of the bomb blasts Wednesday to pedestrian traffic after replacing missing bricks and patching up concrete.

-- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has cited the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as motivating factors behind the attack, a U.S. government official said Tuesday.

-- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains hospitalized in fair condition. 

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