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The hospitalized suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings told authorities that his brother created the plan for the attack and that they worked independently of any terrorist groups, news sources report.

CNN reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has been unable to speak due to gun shot wounds and a tube down his throat, but he has been writing and using head movements to communicate with authorities regarding the case. Tsarnaev was shot, either when he was arrested on Friday or in an earlier shootout with police, in the head, neck, legs, and hand.

According to CNN, the suspect indicated that his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a chase with police on Friday, created the plan for the bombings because of jihadist thought.

NBC News reports that Tsarnaev also told investigators that he and Tamerlan and their plan for the bombings was not connected to any international terrorist group. He said that they learned how to make the bombs that they used on the Internet.

According to NBC News, Tsarnaev was charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in the U.S. and malicious destruction of property with an explosive device. If convicted of these charges, he could face the death penalty.

Authorities searched an apartment in a suburb of Boston late Monday and early Tuesday that may have some connection in the Boston Marathon bombings, news sources report.

CNN reports that law enforcement officials, including bomb experts, searched an apartment in Revere, Mass. Authorities took some items from the apartment but they are not saying if and how the apartment is connected to the attacks. The apartment's tenant, a Saudi citizen in the country with a student visa, is not being suggested or named a suspect at this point.

According to CNN, no warrant was needed for the search. Authorities searched the apartment for any clues that will help them find suspects and motives for the bombings.

CBS News reports that the man living in the apartment was chased and caught by a civilian after he was seen running from one of the explosions. Speaking about the capture and questioning of the man, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller said, "This could mean a lot, or this could mean very little. It's too soon to call him a suspect."

According to CBS News, at least three people were killed and more than 140 were injured Monday in two bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Officials have heightened security at public events and locations across the nation.

Lockdown at a North Carolina university called off

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The lockdown on the campus of North Carolina A&T State, issued after an armed man was seen on campus, was lifted Friday afternoon, news sources report.

The Los Angeles Times reports that officials called for campus to be locked down around 9 a.m. Friday after campus police received a report of an armed man on campus. All students and faculty were told to stay where they were and all doors and windows were locked.

According to the Los Angeles Times, university police did not find the armed man and lifted the lockdown around noon. Afternoon classes were set to continue as scheduled.

University Police Department Chief Glen Nowell told the USA Today that the original report said that a man was seen carrying a weapon and possibly a backpack into one of the campus's main classroom buildings. Although the lockdown was lifted, Nowell said that university police would continue to search the area for the man.

According to USA Today, two other schools in the Greensboro area were also placed on lockdown as a result of the report.

Prosecutors said Monday that they will push for the death penalty for the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 more at a Batman showing in a Colorado movie theater last summer, news sources report.

CNN reports that defense attorneys for the man, James Holmes, said last week that he would plead guilty in order to avoid being sentenced the death penalty. The prosecution responded to the defense's deal last Thursday calling it "grossly improper" and saying it was, "For the intended purpose of generating predictable publicity."

According to CNN, Holmes is being charged with 166 counts of murder and attempted murder for a shooting at an Aurora movie theater on July 20 of last year. He went to the theater with weapons, tear gas, and body armor with the intention of killing audience members at a showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

NBC News reports that George Brauchler, the district attorney for the case, made the decision to seek the death penalty after talking with hundreds of victims and their family members.

According to NBC News, Judge William Sylvester set the trial date on Monday for Feb. 3, 2014. He expects it to last about four months.

In his first public speech since resigning as director of the CIA, David Petraeus apologized Tuesday for the affair that led to his resignation, news sources report.

NBC News reports that Petraeus included his apology in a speech as the keynote speaker at the University of Southern California annual ROTC dinner. Although he was invited to speak at the event before the scandal broke last November, USC president C. L. Max Nikias stood by his decision, saying, "In our post 9/11 world, Gen. Petraeus' influence on our military is unmatched, and his contributions to the CIA are far-reaching."

According to NBC News, despite beginning his speech with an apology for his affair, Petraeus made it clear that his speech and the event were not about him. He discussed the post 9/11 generation of veterans and said they should be known as "America's greatest generation."

CNN reports that last fall, Petraeus admitted to having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. He resigned from his position as head of the CIA last November.

The CNN article reports that Petraeus is a retired four-star general. While serving as director of the CIA, Petraeus controlled CIA operations for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The lieutenant governor of Florida resigned Tuesday after being questioned in the investigation of a $300 million charity scam, news sources report.

ABC News reports that Jennifer Carroll, 53, was questioned Monday in an investigation of a racketeering and money laundering operation that was hidden as a non-profit called Allied Veterans of the World. Police are not accusing Carroll of any crime, but she was a consultant for the non-profit in 2009 and 2010 when she was working for a public relations firm and also serving as a state representative.

According to ABC News, the organization claimed to be a charity for veterans but was running 49 illegal gambling centers that it said were internet cafes. The gambling centers raised $300 million but police sat only 2 percent of that money went to charities.

The Los Angeles Times reports that 57 people have been charged in connection to the scheme. Authorities identified the main defendants to be Johnny Duncan, 62, Jerry Bass, 62, Chase Burns, 37, and Kelly Mathis, 49.

The article by the Los Angeles Times reports that Carroll was formerly a Jacksonville state legislator. Her son, Nolan, is a defensive back for the Miami Dolphins.

Doctors say toddler cured of HIV

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Doctors announced Sunday that a two-year-old Mississippi toddler born HIV positive has been cured of the virus, news sources report.

CNN reports that doctors, knowing that the baby's mother was HIV positive, administered high doses of three antiretroviral drugs immediately after the girl was born. Now researchers say that the child is "functionally cured", meaning that the presence of HIV is so minimal in her blood that she will not need to receive continued treatment.

Dr. Deborah Persaud, a virologist with Johns Hopkins Children's Center, told CNN that treating the girl soon after her birth is likely the reason why she is now cured.

According to the New York Times, doctors were initially unaware that the girl's mother was HIV positive and were unable to treat her before the pregnancy. Early tests showed that the baby was most likely infected with HIV in the womb.

An article by the New York Times reports that according to the United Nations, 330,000 babies were infected with HIV in 2011. If researchers find that this type of treatment works in other cases, they will most likely use it to cure other babies.

The wife of a New York City police officer on trial for a kidnapping and cannibalism plan testified against him on Monday, news sources report.

According to a report by CNN, Gilberto Valle, 28, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to kidnap and unauthorized use of a law enforcement database on Oct. 24.

CNN reports that Valle's wife, Kathleen Mangan, is responsible for alerting authorities of her husband's behavior and plans. She said Valle posted on fetish websites regarding kidnapping, killing, and cannibalizing women.

A report by the Washington Post states that Valle had detailed plans to torture, kill, and eat women that he knew. Mangan discovered these plans in the form of emails and chats on her husband's computer.

The Washington Post reports that Valle's defense team is expected to make the case that the man's plans were fantasies and were never acted upon. The prosecution, however, maintains that Valle was "deadly serious" about his plans.

An explosion and resulting fire in a Kansas City, Mo. restaurant on Tuesday left 15 people with injuries and one person dead, news sources report.
According to a report by CNN, employees and witnesses smelled natural gas in and around JJ's Restaurant on Tuesday evening, prompting the restaurant to close early. The blast occurred around 6 p.m. and caused massive flames to destroy the building.
Deidre Estes, a restaurant employee, told CNN, "I thought I was going to die. Honestly, I thought I was trapped in there." Fifteen people were injured and treated at local hospitals. The body of one person, who Kansas City police have yet to identify, was found in the blast's debris.
NBC News reports that although the investigation is ongoing, the Missouri Gas Energy company said in a statement that they preliminarily think a contractor working underground hit a natural gas line, causing the gas to leak.
According to the article by NBC News, JJ's Restaurant is located in an upscale region of Kansas City. It is known throughout the Midwest for its dinner and throughout the world for its wine selection.


In President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, he told the nation that his administration would focus on the middle class and closing the gap between the nation's rich and poor, news sources report.

The New York Times reports that Obama discussed a wide range of initiatives, such as increasing the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour, to help the middle and lower classes and the overall U.S. economy. The president also pressed the split Congress to focus on the issues of gun violence, the budget, immigration, and climate change.

According to the Washington Post, Obama discussed the war in Afghanistan, as well, saying that he plans to send 34,000 American troops back to the U.S. within the next year. Commenting on his plans to end America's military mission in Afghanistan, he said, "After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home."

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