‘We got him,’ Boston mayor announces amid cheers

“We got him” Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced as overjoyed Watertown residents cheered in the streets as the lone surviving murderous marathon bombing suspect was taken alive, reported The Boston Herald.

Law enforcement officials identified two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings as brothers Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (left, in white cap) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev (wearing black cap and dark glasses). Tamerlan was killed in a confrontation with police. Dzhokhar was wounded and is now in hospital.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured bleeding in a boat in the backyard of a home on Franklin Street. The homeowner spotted blood on the shrink wrap of his boat, looked inside and saw a bloody man and ran inside and called cops, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said tonight. Police said he had gunshot wounds to the neck and leg.

He was captured just over 26 hours after the F.B.I. circulated pictures of him and his brother and called them suspects in Monday’s bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 170.

The boat where the suspect hid

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U.S.A. cheers arrest of Boston bombing suspect

Onlookers erupted in spontaneous applause and cheers Friday night as news spread that the second suspect in this week’s Boston Marathon bombing had been taken alive — gratitude that quickly spread across the U.S.

“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all our outstanding law enforcement professionals,” said President Barack Obama,conveying his condolences to Sean Collier’s family. The 26-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Boston bomb suspects’ dad calls surviving son ‘angel’

The father of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing claims that his son who is still on the loose is a smart and accomplished young man.

Anzor Tsarnaev spoke with The Associated Press by telephone from the Russian city of Makhachkala on Friday after police said one of his sons, 26-year-old Tamerlan, had been killed in a shootout and the other, Dzhokhar, 19, was being intensely pursued.

“My son is a true angel,” the elder Tsarnaev said. “Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the U.S. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here.”

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One Boston Marathon bombing suspect dead

One Boston Marathon bombing suspect has died after a shootout with the police, reports CNN. He died in hospital.

The other suspect is still on the loose.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer was shot and killed by them at the university earlier in the night, reports CNN.  Another officer was critically injured in the shootout in Watertown a few miles away.  Three people were killed and more than 170 others injured in the Boston Marathon blasts on April 15.

Photos of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects released by FBI . The man in the black cap died in hospital, the one in white is still on the loose.

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‘Boston bombing suspect arrested’

One suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings has been captured, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation. Another remains on the loose in Watertown after a firefight with police, reports the Boston Globe.

Image of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects released by FBI before one man was arrested in Watertown.

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Police officer killed in MIT shooting

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was shot to death, sparking a manhunt on the campus as the surrounding Boston area reels from this week’s terrorist bombing, reports Bloomberg News.

The gunman is still at large, the authorities said on the university website for emergency information and urged students, staff and others to stay indoors.

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Gunshots heard in MIT

Gunshots have been heard on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A university police officer has been injured, reported CNN.

The shots “were reported near Building 32 … which is currently surrounded by responding agencies,” according to a statement on the MIT website for emergency information.

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Lee Kuan Yew and Margaret Thatcher

An amazing parallel runs through the political careers of Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of the Republic of Singapore, and Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first woman prime minister. Both began their political career at the same time and stepped down as prime minister on the same day.

Both laid down their office on November 28, 1990. Both were succeeded by their deputies: Goh Chok Tong became prime minister of Singapore, and John Major of Britain. [Read more...]

Margaret Thatcher and the music of her time

Margaret Thatcher is dead, at the age of 87. Passed away at the Ritz. What’s there to say? The grocer’s daughter who became the country’s longest serving prime minister in the 20th century is Britain today.

That’s the way it’s been since the Iron Lady came to power in May 1979. Though she had to leave Downing Street in November 1990, urged out by her own Conservative Party cabinet ministers, Britain today is very much what she made of it.

So here’s to the lady who died after a stroke at the Ritz, where she had been staying since coming out of  hospital in December. Here’s to the lady and the music of her days.