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Developments in the Boston Marathon bombings probe

A sign calling for citizens of Boston to

A sign calling for citizens of Boston to "shelter in place" is shown on I-93 in Boston. (April 18, 2013) Credit: AP

Maret Tsarnaeva, a Toronto woman who identified herself as the aunt of the suspects, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, said at a media briefing that she remained unconvinced that the brothers were responsible for the bombing. Tsarnaeva said she called the FBI and didn't understand why they hadn't contacted her.

"We're talking about three dead people, 100-something injured, and I do not believe, I just do not believe our boys would do that," she said. "I don't know them in the way that they could be capable of this," Tsarnaeva told reporters in Toronto.

"Knowing these two boys, trying to believe they wouldn't do this, that's when I called. I called right away. The first reaction was anger: 'How could this happen? How could they do this? For what? For the sake of what? What belief?' " she said.

Their mother, Zubeida Tsarnaeva, told CNN that she also thought her sons had been set up by authorities, adding that she was close to her sons and would know if her sons harbored extremist views.

"My oldest son . . . never talked about terrorism," she said. He had become increasingly religious in the recent past, she said, but "He never told me he would be on the side of jihad."


Massachusetts State Police are calling off a search for a green Honda Civic that has been linked to the suspects in the marathon bombings.

Authorities initially said the at-large suspect in the bombings may have been driving the 1999 Civic, but police said later Friday that the car is in their possession and they are no longer looking for it.

Authorities in Connecticut urged people earlier Friday to be on the lookout for a gray Honda CRV, but police later said that vehicle had been recovered in Boston.

Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the target of a massive manhunt. His brother Tamerlan was also identified as a suspect in Monday's twin bombings and was killed in a night of violent clashes with police.

-- The Associated Press


The FBI has removed a computer from the New Jersey home of the sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Police in West New York say the woman is cooperating in the investigation, but they didn't immediately release her name. They have cordoned off the three-story brick building across the Hudson River from New York City.

The woman, speaking earlier through a crack in the door, told News12 New Jersey and The Star-Ledger she is sorry for the families that lost loved ones.

She says she doesn't know what got into her brothers. At the same time, she says she doesn't know if it's true that her brothers were responsible.

-- The Associated Press


Kurt Schwartz, undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Massachusetts, said taxis are back running in Boston.

"If necessary you can call friends and ask them to pick you up. But we want to make clear that we are not expecting people to be sheltering in place throughout the day and into the night at businesses.

"If you are at work, please feel free to get in your cars and drive home and shelter in place at home."


Baldwin school officials canceled a planned three-day trip to Boston for 65 students who participate in concert choir and women's choir. The group was scheduled to leave Friday and return Sunday, according to Cristina Schmohl, district spokeswoman and public information officer.

The choir was to perform at the JFK Library and Faneuil Hall.

They were also scheduled to participate in a clinic with students at Wakefield High School in suburban Boston. They also had tickets for the Boston symphony and had planned other sightseeing.

Schmohl said the students will receive a full refund for the cost of the trip.

-- Joie Tyrell


The Bruins Game, Red Sox Game & Big Apple Circus performance scheduled for Friday night have been postponed.


The Muslim Peace Coalition, an advocacy group in the New York metro area, called for mosques to dedicate their Friday prayers to victims of the Boston tragedy and cautioned in a statement against those who "will shamelessly exploit the bombings and use the Internet and the right wing media to further demonize Islam."

Coalition co-chair Shaik Ubaid, of Westchester County, said he hoped this would lead to communities developing "a comprehensive strategy to help our youth" so they are not vulnerable to extremist ideologies. "I hope they will catch him alive so they can find out what happened."


All Amtrak service is suspended from New York to Boston and between Boston and indefinitely and trains are currently operating as scheduled from D.C. to New York, according to Amtrak Twitter updates. Amtrak had initially temporarily suspended service between Boston and Providence, R.I., "due to police activity," Amtrak said on its website.

Amtrak issued the following statement:

"Passengers who have paid but choose not to travel due to this service disruption can receive a refund or a voucher for future travel. Some reservations booked online can be modified or canceled on or by using the free Amtrak mobile app.

To be notified of major service disruptions resulting in delays of 60 minutes or more to multiple trains on the Northeast Corridor, follow @AmtrakNEC on Twitter.

Amtrak regrets any inconvenience."


A Southold school was locked down and traffic on the North Fork was shut down briefly Friday afternoon after reports that a man on the Cross Island Ferry coming to Long Island resembled the suspect still at large in the marathon bombing.

Southold police briefly detained and questioned the passenger, x-raying his backpack, before releasing him, Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said.

A crew member and passengers called police about 11 a.m. during the trip from New London, Connecticut to Orient Point. The young Caucasian male, who Flatley declined to name, "had a very similar resemblance" to the marathon bombings suspect, the chief said.

Oyster Ponds School was locked down for about 45 minutes and police closed Route 25 eastbound for about half an hour.

"We're very well aware of the implication of having the Cross Island Ferry has on any incident in New England," Flatley said. "It's an alternative route to Long Island and New York City. We'll continue to have a police presence there until it's resolved."

He added that the man who was detained "was fully understanding of why it took place. He was very cooperative."


Gov. Deval Patrick urged Bostonians to remain indoors and keep those doors locked unless there's a uniformed law enforcement officer there.

"It's been enormously important and helpful," Patrick said. "The stay indoor request continues for the time being."

UNCLE TO SURVIVING SUSPECT: 'TURN YOURSELF IN'The suspects' uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., acknowledged he's been estranged from the bombing suspects for years.

"I never, ever would imagine that somehow the children of my brother would be associated with that," said Tsarni, whose family are "Muslims, ethnic Chechnyans."

An angry Tsarni said of the surviving suspect, his nephew: "I say turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness."

Tsarni said he had not seen his nephews since December 2005.

Of the victims, he said, "I am ready to bend in front of them, to kneel in front of them, seeking their forgiveness."

Asked what he thought may have been behind the bombings, Tsarni said, "Being losers."


UMass Dartmouth student Kelly Rees, 19, said she knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a gun battle with police.

"He's a smart kid, quiet, mellow," Rees said after he was killed. "He studied a lot. I literally cannot believe he did this. It's so, so shocking."

She said Tsarnaev had said he was Muslim but did not seem particularly devout. He told her he was from Russia but never spoke about his past at length.

"Honestly, he was sweet," Rees said. "He did not talk politics or say anything inflammatory."

"Even when I saw the photo on the news yesterday, I couldn't believe it was him."


Officials at UMass Dartmouth say they have closed their campus Friday because the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect being sought by authorities is a student there.

"UMass Dartmouth has learned that a person being sought in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing has been identified as a student registered at UMass Dartmouth. The campus is closed. Individuals on campus should shelter in place unless instructed otherwise," the school posted on its website.


Col. Timothy Alben of the Massachusetts State Police said authorities conducting the search "are progressing through this neighborhood, going door to door, street to street. We're well over 60 to 70 percent of what we want to cover up there.

To this point, he said, "there has been no apprehension."

Alben said there will be a "controlled explosion" on Norfolk Street in Cambridge "in a house that we have secured." The move is "done out of an abundance of caution. It's done for the safety of the law enforcement officials that are over there before they proceed with a search of that premises."

Records show the members of the . . . family live in the home.

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