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Boston Marathon bombing AP sports story of year

Sunday, December 29, 2013

NEW YORK — The Boston Marathon bombing was selected the sports story of the year Friday in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press. Two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 15 race in an area packed with fans cheering the passing runners. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured, including at least 16 who lost limbs. Authorities say brothers Dzhokhar and …

Boston Marathon invites those affected by bombings

Monday, November 18, 2013

BOSTON — Those who were “personally and profoundly impacted” by the explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line will be able to run in next year’s race under a special invitation that event organizers extended on Monday to those “with a special connection to the events of April 15.” Having already expanded the field by 9,000 to accommodate those who were stopped on …

Boston Marathon to increase field for 2014 race

Thursday, August 29, 2013

BOSTON — The Boston Marathon will accept an extra 9,000 runners for next year’s race, making room for the more than 5,000 people stopped on the course this year when two bombs went off and for many of those wanting to run as a tribute to the victims. Registration for the 118th edition of the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon will …

Russia: Sochi security tight after Boston bombs

Friday, April 19, 2013

MOSCOW — The naming of two Chechen brothers as the suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing is reviving fears about security at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the resort town on the edge of Russia’s restive …

More shots fired in Watertown as manhunt continues

Friday, April 19, 2013

WATERTOWN — Gunfire erupted Friday night amid the manhunt for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, and police in armored vehicles and tactical gear rushed into the Watertown neighborhood in a possible break in the case. …

Release of photos calculated risk that increased pressure on suspects

Friday, April 19, 2013

BOSTON — Moments after investigators went before television cameras to broadcast photos of the two men in ball caps wanted for the Boston Marathon bombing, queries from viewers started cascading in — 300,000 hits a minute that overwhelmed …

Troubled Chechnya region of southern Russia has seen decades of war, terror

Friday, April 19, 2013

MAKHACHKALA, Russia — The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings have their ethnic roots in Chechnya, a part of the Caucasus Mountains that has spawned decades of violence — from separatist wars to suicide attacks, blood …

Amherst resident Alessandra Mucci-Ramos stuck in Boston after visit

Friday, April 19, 2013

Amherst resident Alessandra Mucci-Ramos went to visit her children in Somerville Thursday and woke this morning to find that she would not be able to head back to western Massachuesetts as she had planned. “Now I’m stuck here in their house,” she said. She and her sons, Matteo …

BOSTON MANHUNT: Former Gazette reporter calls manhunt, lockdown disturbing and frightening

Friday, April 19, 2013

Debra Bradley Ruder, a former Northampton resident who now lives in Newton, this morning described the experience of being in lockdown as “creepy, disturbing, frightening, nerve-wracking.” Ruder, a freelance journalist and former Daily Hampshire Gazette reporter, said she and her husband, Eric, and their 16-year-old son were “hunkered …

Makeshift memorial honors Boston Marathon’s dead, injured

Friday, April 19, 2013

BOSTON — The barricade separating the rest of Boylston Street from the active crime scene that was the Boston Marathon’s finish line has become a shrine. Ed Starbuck has become its “unofficial manager.” As people step across the …

Tale of kind act after Boston blasts goes viral

Friday, April 19, 2013

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Massachusetts woman’s Facebook post about the kindness of an Alaska stranger in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions has gone viral. Runner Laura Wellington was nearing the end of the 26-mile race …

Tourniquet seen as lifesaver in Boston

Thursday, April 18, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — As people lay badly bleeding in the smoke of the Boston Marathon bombings, rescuers immediately turned to a millennia-old medical device to save their lives — the tourniquet. Using belts, shirts and other materials, …

Boston bombing survivors’ lives forever changed

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The twin bombs at the Boston Marathon killed Lu Lingzi, a 23-year-old Boston University student from China; 8-year-old spectator Martin Richard; and 29-year-old spectator Krystle Campbell. But it also injured more than 170 people: runners, couples, spectators, children. …

Surveillance image leads to hunt for bombings suspect

Thursday, April 18, 2013

BOSTON — The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site …

Blast patients leaving Boston hospitals

Thursday, April 18, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Officials at three Boston hospitals that treated some of the most seriously injured from Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon said Wednesday they expect all of their patients to survive. The trauma surgery chief at Boston Medical Center says a 5-year-old boy is among the …