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Not long before the Boston bombing suspects had a shootout with the police, they planned to blow up the rest of their explosives in New York City's Times Square, authorities said in a press conference Thursday, according to the New York Times.

The suspects intended to use five pipe bombs and another device similar to the bombs used in the marathon attacks on April 15, said New York police commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, the New York Times reported.

The Associated Press reported Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators from his hospital bed that he and has brother had made plans to attack New York.

Kelly said the suspects' plan fell apart when the brothers' stolen SUV was low on gas, the Associated Press reported. The brothers stopped for gas last Thursday and the victim of the carjacking escaped and called police.

Later that night, the suspects engaged in a shootout with the police, leaving the older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dead, the Associated Press Reported.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged for the Boston marathon bombing that killed three people and injured over 260 people, the Associated Press reported. He may face the death penalty.

Huge Manhunt for Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

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Thousands of armed officers took to the streets of Boston and surrounding areas Friday searching for a 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect, according to the Associated Press. His older brother and alleged accomplice was killed overnight in a violent police shootout.

Local, state and federal law enforcement officers got involved with the manhunt, going door-to-door through a 20-block area of the community, David Procopio, a Boston State Police spokesman, told the Boston Globe. Procopio said K-9 teams, explosive experts and SWAT officers are involved.

The suspect at large, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was a college student, and had lived in the U.S. for about a decade with his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, an uncle said. They had lived in Dagestan in Southern Russia, according to the Associated Press. The brothers last known address was in Cambridge, Mass.

The Boston Globe reported Colonel Timothy Alben, head of the State Police, said the search was about 60 percent complete in a press conference shortly after 12:30 p.m.

Police warned nearly one million residents of the Boston area to stay indoors, the Boston Globe reported. Mass transit was shut down and businesses were asked not to open.

The Associated Press reported the second suspect was shot and killed overnight after the brothers allegedly killed an MIT police officer, severely injured another police officer and tossed explosives at police during a car chase.

A man who lived in the woods for 27 years in Maine was arrested last week on a charge of pillaging several camps for food and supplies, police said Wednesday according to the Portland Press Herald.

The Associated Press reported the camp's facilities manager said the man treated the camp like a "Walmart."

Christopher Knight, 47, was arrested last week after he tripped a surveillance sensor while stealing food at a special needs camp in Rome, Maine, the Associated Press reported.

The Portland Press Herald reported Knight preferred to be called a "hermit" instead of a "backpack burglar," a name given to him by police and locals, according to Maine State Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance.

Authorities found the campsite Tuesday where Knight had been living for 27 years, the Associated Press reported.

The Portland Press Herald reported Knight told police he had committed over 1,000 burglaries over the last 27 years. He said he only took what he needed to survive.

Knight told police he went into the woods in 1986 and had contact with only one person, a hiker during the mid-1990s, until his arrest at 1 a.m. Thursday, the Portland Press Herald reported. His decision to leave civilization and move into the woods remains unknown.

The Portland Press Herald reported Knight is being held at Kennebec County jail on charges of burglary and theft on $5,000 bail.

Judge Lifts Morning-After Pill Age Restrictions

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A federal judge ruled Friday that age restrictions for over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill must end within one month, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York said the age restrictions must end within 30 days and are, "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable," according to the Associated Press.

The ruling overturns a 2011 ruling that prevented consumers under 17 from purchasing the morning-after pill Plan B One-Step, USA Today reported.

The Food and Drug Administration was planning on lifting all age limits on Plan B One-Step in late 2011, but were stopped by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She argued some girls, as young as 11, are physically capable of becoming pregnant, but should not be able to buy Plan B One-Step on their own, the Associated Press reported.

Plan B One-Step should not be confused with abortion pills, USA Today reported. According to the Mayo Clinic, morning-after pills can prevent pregnancy, "because contraception typically doesn't occur immediately after sex."

For a timeline of decisions of morning-after pills from the Associated Press, click here.

Supervalu Eliminates 1,100 Jobs

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Supervalu is cutting 1,100 jobs nationwide, with about 600 in Minnesota, after selling its four largest grocery chains, the Star Tribune reported.

The $3.3 billion sale closed last Thursday and reduced the size of the company by almost half, the Star Tribune reported.

The Star Tribune reported Supervalu will cut 38% of its headquarters workforce including 575 in Eden Prairie and just under 25 at the Stillwater headquarters of Cub Foods.

Store-level employees will not be affected, CBS News reported.

CBS News reported the company struggled to compete with big-box retailers, such as Target, drugstore chains and dollar stores.

Supervalu spokesman Mike Siemienas said the company will notify most workers who are being laid off on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Star Tribune reported.

Republican Senator Supports Gay Marriage

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman reversed his opposition to gay marriage and revealed his son is gay, ABCNews reported.

The Ohio Republican told reporters Thursday, that when his son Will, 21, told him that he was gay two years ago, it changed his perspective on the issue of gay marriage, ABCNews reported.

Portman, 57, is the only Republican in the Senate who openly backs gay marriage, according to the Associated Press.

In 1996, as a member of the U.S. House, Portman supported the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, the Associated Press reported.

Portman thinks part of the law should be repealed, ABCNews reported.

"I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married," Portman wrote in an op-ed that ran Friday in the Columbus Dispatch, according to ABCNews.

Girl Scout Cookie Stand Robberies

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In less than 24 hours, two Arizona Girl Scout troop cookie stands were robbed, according to The Washington Times.

The thieves ran off with the troops' cash boxes and more than $600 in two incidents last weekend near Tucson, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

In one incident, two women grabbed the cash box from a cookie booth, containing $375, outside a grocery store, and drove off, the Associated Press reported.

The Associated Press reported the other incident involved a man who stole the cash box from a cookie booth, containing about $250, outside a bookstore, and ran away, jumping a fence.

Watch an NBC News video of troop and community response here.

Body Found In Hotel Water Tank

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Missing Canadian tourist Elisa Lam's body was found Tuesday in a water tank on the roof of a Los Angeles hotel, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Law enforcement officers said Lam, 21, was the victim of a homicide, and officials will perform an autopsy Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Los Angeles Times reported Lam arrived in California on Jan. 26, and was last seen Jan. 31 in an elevator in the hotel's security footage.

Lam was reported missing three weeks ago, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The remains of Lam were found by a maintenance worker after guests complained of low water pressure, The Associated Press reported.

The Associated Press reports the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a do-not-drink order Tuesday, and expects results from water safety testing Thursday.

The tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel provided water for the hotel and provided guests with water for drinking and washing, The Associated Press reported.

Hotel guest Michael Baugh, 27, said, "The moment [he and his wife] found out, we felt a bit sick to the stomach, quite literally, especially having drank the water, we're not well mentally," The Associated Press reported.

An 18-year-old woman was fatally shot hours after her 14-year old sister attended President Barack Obama's speech against gun violence Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Chicago Tribune reports Janay McFarlane was killed in North Chicago where she was on her way to a store.

The Star Tribune reports McFarlane, mother of a 3-month-old boy, was shot once in the head around 11:30 p.m., according to Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd.

McFarlane's sister Destini Warren is a freshman at Hyde Park Academy where the President was speaking because of the recent shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton a mile from the Obama's home, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Warren said she was sitting two rows behind the President on stage when he gave his speech, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Star Tribune reports McFarlane would have graduated from an alternative school this spring, Angela Blakely, McFarlane's mother, said, and wanted to pursue culinary arts.

The Chicago Tribune reports two people have been killed and six people have been injured by guns in Chicago since President Obama's speech on Friday.

Kidnapped Ethan Returned Home

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The 5-year-old was rescued from an underground bunker in Alabama, where he was held for one week after his captor kidnapped him from his school bus and killed the bus driver, according to ABC.

ABC reports the FBI raided the underground bunker on Tuesday near Midland, Ala., where Ethan was held hostage by Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, who was killed in the raid.

Ethan's great uncle, Berlin Enfinger, appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday and said that Ethan was "happy to be home."

Ethan turned 6 today, according to ABC.

The Associated Press reports, that bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66, was driving his school bus on Tuesday Jan. 29 when Dykes boarded the bus and handed Poland a note demanding that he give him two young children.

The New York Times reports Poland blocked Dykes and opened to emergency exit door in the back of the bus for the children to escape.

Dykes shot Poland four times and kidnapped Ethan, according to the New York Times.

The New York Times reports that twenty children got away.

The Ala. community held a service for Poland on Saturday and his funeral was on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

Hundreds of people attended the service on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

Speakers hailed called veteran Poland a national hero, reports the New York Times, and the local high school's ROTC and the Patriot Guard Riders were in attendance.

"You didn't deserve to die, though you died knowing that you kept everyone safe," writes student Courtney H., whose letter was read by the school's superintendent. "Being on your bus has been the best times of my life," according to the New York Times.

Poland leaves behind his wife of 43 years and two children, according to the New York Times.

Poland's son, Aaron Poland told NBC that his father considered the children on his school bus his children, according to the New York Times. Poland said, choking back tears, "And I know that's the reason why my dad took those shots, for his children, just like he would do for me and my sister."

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