Full coverage: Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath

Twin blasts near the finish line kill three people and leave scores injured. A tense investigation and manhunt yields two suspects, brothers, one of whom is killed in a firefight that leaves an MIT police officer dead. The other suspect is found and taken into custody.

Report faults FBI work before Boston Marathon attack

1:13 AM EDT, April 11, 2014

Report faults FBI work before Boston Marathon attack

WASHINGTON — An inspectors general report released Thursday faulted the FBI for failing to conduct a "more thorough assessment" of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, saying such an investigation might have turned up evidence about his growing embrace of Islamic militancy and his possible threat to the United States.

6:00 AM EDT, April 9, 2014

Tamerlan Tsarnaev sought to rename himself after militant

WASHINGTON — Less than three months before the Boston Marathon bombings, a bitter, frustrated Tamerlan Tsarnaev visited a federal immigration office in the Boston area and signed forms seeking to legally change his first name.

12:56 AM EDT, March 26, 2014

FBI agent cleared in killing of friend of Boston bombing suspect

ORLANDO, Fla. — One of the lingering mysteries of the Boston Marathon bombing involves the grisly triple slaying that preceded it.

5:24 PM EDT, March 20, 2014

Dancer injured in Boston Marathon bombing takes to the floor again

The world on Thursday celebrated the United Nations-sponsoredInternational Day of Happiness by dancing to the ubiquitous, infectiously upbeat tune, "Happy," by Pharrell Williams, who is the face of the second annual celebration established by the General Assembly. The music, and the accompanying dancing by tens of thousands of people in a host of videos that have gone viral, makes it impossible to be sad.

5:00 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Boston marathon bombing exhibit seeks to remember, heal

There are five well-known stages of grief, from denial and anger through bargaining and depression. As the first anniversary of the Boston marathon bombing approaches, the city is moving toward the final stage: acceptance.

2:37 PM EDT, March 10, 2014

Boston Marathon beefs up security with thousands of cops, no-bag rule

Ask a runner what sets the Boston Marathon apart, and he or she will tell you it's a people's race. You run with a herd through a series of towns around Boston and finish downtown to the cheers of a jubilant mob.

Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Boston Marathon bombing

9:57 PM EST, January 30, 2014

Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Boston Marathon bombing

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in last year's Boston Marathon bombing, saying in court papers that the deadly plot was committed in an "especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner."

11:00 AM EST, January 11, 2014

Hometown U.S.A.: Stoneham, Mass.

For many Boston Marathon survivors, daily struggles continue

She'd raised five children by herself, and Liz Norden was ready for the empty nest.

Boston Marathon victims pay it forward with new charities

4:21 PM EST, January 13, 2014

Boston Marathon victims pay it forward with new charities

Tens of thousands of people donated money to the One Fund, the charity created by officials after the Boston Marathon bombings. Victims received get-well cards from around the country, as well as flowers and notes of encouragement from total strangers.

Heart of Boston : Marathon sneakers form iconic image

3:55 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

Heart of Boston : Marathon sneakers form iconic image

A Boston Magazine cover of multi-hued sneakers shaped into a heart, framing the headline “We Will Finish the Race,” is drawing acclaim as a symbol of hope and recovery in the aftermath of the deadly marathon bombings.

6:44 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

Boston marathon victim: Suspect looked like "an odd guy"

A man who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings described on Friday how he locked eyes with one of the bombing suspects minutes before the twin explosions took place near the finish line.

Parents of suspected Boston bombers delay trip to U.S.

4:26 PM EDT, April 27, 2013

Parents of suspected Boston bombers delay trip to U.S.

BOSTON — The parents of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Saturday they have no immediate plans to travel to the U.S., in part because of the mother’s fears she is also under suspicion.

Transit cop shot in Boston bombing chase recovering, cracking jokes

9:34 PM EDT, May 1, 2013

Transit cop shot in Boston bombing chase recovering, cracking jokes

Richard “Dic” Donohue Jr. came to the edge of death after a bullet to his right thigh severed his femoral vein and artery.

'Lol,' Boston bombing suspect texted friends as their suspicions grew

5:30 PM EDT, May 1, 2013

'Lol,' Boston bombing suspect texted friends as their suspicions grew

Even before authorities released photos of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev noticed something unusual two days after the bombing, when Tsarnaev showed up with his unruly hair cut short.

5:45 PM EDT, May 1, 2013

After Boston memorial, nonbelievers complain about being left out

Some “non-theist” individuals and groups are aggrieved that not even one seat was reserved for a nonbeliever at the service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, despite a request for some recognition from the Secular Coalition for America.

3:59 PM EDT, May 6, 2013

Officials pass the buck on burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Officials continued to deflect responsibility for burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev on Monday. The bombing suspect's remains are still above ground more than two weeks after his death.

2:41 PM EDT, May 30, 2013

Father of Tsarnaev friend slain by FBI says his son was 'executed'

MOSCOW -- The father of a man who was shot to death by the FBI while being questioned about his ties to a suspect in the the Boston Marathon bombings said Thursday that photographs of his son's bullet wounds suggest that he was "executed" by the FBI.

11:31 AM EST, December 20, 2013

Boston Marathon bombing survivor engaged to rehab nurse

James Costello was waiting at the Boston Marathon finish line when the bomb went off on April 15, leaving him with severe burns on his right arm and leg.

6:55 PM EDT, July 19, 2013

N.Y. woman accused of defrauding Boston bombing fund of $480,000

A New York woman who allegedly used forged hospital documents to pose as a victim of the Boston Marathon bombings was arrested Friday after collecting nearly half a million dollars from the fund for victims, Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley announced.

2:19 PM EDT, July 19, 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev photos: Police photographer faces internal inquiry

A Massachusetts State Police photographer is facing an internal investigation after he released photos of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to a local magazine, authorities said Friday. 

12:13 PM EDT, July 23, 2013

Officer who released 'real' Boston bombing suspect photos has hearing

A Massachusetts State Police sergeant faces a discipline hearing Tuesday morning because he released photographs of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to protest a Rolling Stone magazine cover that many thought glorified the defendant.

11:45 AM EST, December 27, 2013

Boston Marathon bombing named sports story of the year by AP

The Boston Marathon bombing was named the sports story of the year Friday in a vote conducted by the Associated Press.

11:18 AM EST, December 4, 2013

Boston bombing suspect's lawyers allowed more access to him in jail

BOSTON -- Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may now meet with a mental health consultant without an attorney present, a tweak to special administrative measures put in place to ensure that he cannot incite terror from jail.

5:08 PM EDT, May 30, 2013

Family wants probe of FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev

Ibragim Todashev was being interrogated in his Orlando, Fla., home by the FBI and Massachusetts police when he was killed early in the morning of May 22. Now his family and friends want an independent investigation of how Todashev,  an acquaintance of the man accused of organizing the bombing of the Boston Marathon, died at the hands of authorities.

5:57 PM EDT, July 24, 2013

Last of those wounded in Boston Marathon bombing leaves hospital

Marc Fucarile left a Boston hospital Wednesday, the last of those wounded in the bombing that traumatized the city and the nation 100 days ago.

3:07 PM EDT, August 8, 2013

2 friends of accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with obstruction

Two friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of bombing the finish line area of the Boston Marathon, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of hindering the investigation into the attack.

5:38 PM EDT, August 9, 2013

Third person charged with filing false claim for Boston bombing

A New Jersey woman is the third person to be charged with trying to defraud the One Fund Boston, established to aid people involved in the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April.

3:46 PM EDT, July 23, 2013

Officer who leaked Boston bombing suspect photos now on limited duty

The Massachusetts police photographer who never sought permission before releasing images of the arrest of the man accused of being the Boston Marathon bomber has been placed on restricted duty with pay pending further investigation of his case, his lawyer said.

3:47 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

Alleged Boston bomber disposed of evidence, Holder memo says

WASHINGTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with carrying out the bombings last April at the Boston Marathon, disposed of key evidence after the attack by “discarding a remaining bomb detonator and smashing his cellphones,” according to an internal memo approved by Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. made public Wednesday.

10:40 AM EDT, October 23, 2013

Dead Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev tied to gruesome triple homicide

It was one of the biggest unsolved crimes in recent Boston memory: three men, killed on Sept. 11, 2011, their throats slit, their bodies reportedly covered with marijuana.

12:02 PM EDT, October 7, 2013

Boston bombing suspect to face state charges in killing of MIT officer

A Massachusetts court on Monday issued a default arrest warrant for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev so he can be arraigned on state charges in connection with the killing of an MIT police officer.

6:39 PM EDT, April 29, 2013

Female DNA found on Boston Marathon pressure-cooker bomb

WASHINGTON -- The FBI has found female DNA on at least one of the two homemade bombs detonated during the Boston Marathon on April 15, according to a law enforcement official.

3:13 PM EDT, September 23, 2013

Lawyers in Boston bombings case tangle over death penalty issues

Federal prosecutors tangled in court Monday with defense lawyers for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev over the government's timeline to make a decision on whether to seek the death penalty in the case. 

11:09 AM EDT, September 4, 2013

Boston marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman to publish book

The wounded man in one of the most memorable photos of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, Jeff Bauman, will publish a book in April 2014, on the event's anniversary.

10:49 PM EDT, September 7, 2013

Survivor of Boston Marathon bombings returns home to South Bay

John Odom struggled to describe what it was like to be back home in Southern California. He had spent the last five months on the East Coast recovering from injuries he sustained in the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

7:37 AM EDT, October 23, 2013

Boston Marathon bombing suspect linked to triple homicide

BOSTON — Slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was named as a participant in an earlier triple homicide by a man who was subsequently shot to death while being questioned by authorities, according to a filing made by federal prosecutors in the case against his brother, surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

5:40 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty to Boston bombing charges

WASHINGTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first public court appearance Wednesday, leaning over a microphone and repeating again and again in a Russian accent “not guilty” to potential capital murder charges in a federal courtroom packed with victims and their families getting their first look at the man who is suspected of killing three and injuring 260 in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Daum: Getting it wrong in Boston

April 18, 2013


Meghan Daum: Daum: Getting it wrong in Boston

As social media sites have pelted out news of the Boston bombing, playing fast and loose with the numbers of the dead and injured and amplifying hearsay into a cacophony of confusion, one tweet seemed to say it all: "Dear Journalism: Get yourself together and report verified facts or don't report anything at all."

April 24, 2013


Doyle McManus: McManus: Boston -- clash of the talking points

A terrorist attack is like a national Rorschach test. Everybody sees in it what they want — usually something that proves a point they've been making all along.

After Boston, spending on video surveillance expected to surge

1:11 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

After Boston, spending on video surveillance expected to surge

Video surveillance, a market that was already on an upward trajectory, is expected to receive a big boost in spending following the bombings in Boston.

5:29 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

Bombing survivor: 'Just like the movies, all the sound went away'

After the first blast, nobody needed to tell Jarrod Clowery to run.

6:07 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

Prosthetic device makers reach out to aid Boston Marathon victims

A group of companies that design, manufacture and service orthotic and prosthetic devices has banded together to aid uninsured and under-insured victims of the Boston Marathon bombing who have had limbs amputated and may need years of costly care.

Rolling Stone's Boston Bomber a brilliant showcase for story

7:15 PM EDT, July 17, 2013

Rolling Stone's Boston Bomber a brilliant showcase for story

The latest Rolling Stone cover, featuring the angelic face of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has managed to accomplish several things.

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