News on the Go: April 24, 2013

Maura Zurick

Katherine Russell, wife of deceased Boston bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was an artist and college student before marrying Tsarnaev, converting to Islam and dropping out of school. She has one child with Tamerlan and is not answering questions by the media, saying she didn’t know about the attack plans. Tamerlan and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar killed three people and injured more than 200 in last week’s bombing of the Boston Marathon. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police, but his younger brother is wounded, but alive in a Boston hospital. Authorities have not released a motive for the attack.

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Canadian investigators said Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, received “directions and guidance” from members of al-Qaida in Iran in their attempt to derail a train in Canada. The Iranian government has denied any involvement in the plot. Charges against the two men include conspiring to carry out an attack and murder people in association with a terrorist group. Police said it was the first known attack planned by al-Qaida in Canada.

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Hackers compromised The Associated Press Twitter accounts Tuesday, sending out false tweets about an attack on the White House. The tweet said there had been two explosions and President Obama was injured. AP confirmed that its Twitter account was suspended and the organization is working to correct the issue.

A federal official said the man charged with sending letters laced with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama, Senator Wicker and a Mississippi judge has been released from jail. The suspect, Paul Kevin Curtis, was arrested last Wednesday at his house in Mississippi. He said he is innocent. The reason for his release is unknown. His preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday was canceled.

An Illinois teenager charged with trying to join an al-Qaida-affiliated group in Syria via a fake FBI website made his first court appearance in Chicago Tuesday. The teen, Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, is 18 years old. The federal judge said he is going to delay his decision regarding bond until next week to give the defense team more time to prepare.

All information is from The Associated Press.

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