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News Archive - April 19, 2013

How It Unfolded: Boston Bombing Suspect Taken Into Custody

The suspect had managed to stay just outside a 20-block search perimeter, but a tip from a Watertown, Mass., resident and coordinated law enforcement led to his apprehension Friday night.

Uncle Wants Bombing Suspect To Turn Himself In

The uncle of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect is urging his nephew to turn himself in.

Tornado Watch For D.C, Maryland And Virginia

The National Weather Service has isued a tornado watch for D.C. parts of Maryland and Virginia until 10 p.m.

Stubbornly, Manchin Maintains Optimism On Background Checks

Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who lent his name to bipartisan legislation that would have extended background checks for gun purchasers to gun shows and online sales, isn't letting go. At least not yet. Others in the Senate, however, seem ready to move on.

Fertilizer Shows Its Deadly Side

This week's explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in Texas reminds us of the "cursed" side of the nitrogen that powers most of agriculture around the world. Through habit or necessity, we've come to depend on it. But there are costs.

FAA OKs Boeing's 787 Battery Fix

More insulation between battery cells and a new steel box to contain a potential fire are Boeing's solution for battery woes that grounded the "Dreamliner."

Special Coverage: President Barack Obama Holds Press Conference

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President Barack Obama will meet with reporters for a press conference Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. WAMU will carry it on HD 88.5-3.

CDC: U.S. Hospitals Should Be Vigilant For Bird Flu

While there is still conflicting reports about how easily the new strain can be transmitted between humans, the CDC says early intervention is key.

Uncle Confirms Boston Bombings Suspects' Identities

The uncle of the two suspects involved in the Boston Marathon bombings has confirmed that the second suspect is 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, of Massachusetts.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 19

You can meditate on the balance of war and peace during a dramatic play or at an art exhibit inspired by the struggle for harmony.

French Family Set Free After Cameroon Kidnapping

France said discreet talks to free the family had been ongoing but that no ransom was paid.

Eerie Images From An Empty Boston And Cambridge

Images collected from social media show veritable ghost towns Friday after local residents were ordered to "shelter in place" during a manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

What It Looked Like From Inside Boston's Lockdown

Area residents found themselves stuck inside of a crime scene Thursday night and Friday morning. Pictures taken behind window screens and on top of roofs gave the world a look at what people were seeing.

Boston On Lockdown: 'Today Is So Much Scarier'

With a manhunt underway for a suspect in Monday's bombings, the area in and around Boston has been virtually shut down. Transit isn't running, and most businesses and schools are closed. Most people are safe at home, but many are unnerved.

Boston Bombing Suspects Are Brothers Living In U.S. For Years

The two suspects in Monday's deadly Boston Marathon explosions and the Thursday night murder of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are brothers from a former Soviet republic who were in the United States legally for years and lived together in a Cambridge, Mass., apartment.

What David Lynch And Tylenol Can Tell You About The Brain

Tylenol may relieve more than physical pain; it may dull existential aches, too. Researchers say their work is consistent with a growing body of research that suggests the brain processes physical and emotional pain in similar ways.

Local Lawmakers Continue Push For Gun Reform

Lawmakers in the region say they aren't giving up on efforts to pass stricter federal gun laws, even as they were dealt a major setback this week.

Contractors To Submit Bids For Silver Line's Phase II

The five construction consortiums competing to build Phase II of the Silver Line Metrorail project are expected to submit their bids today.

Frozen Food Gets Ready For Its Image Upgrade

The frozen food industry wants you to know that even though its food isn't "fresh," it's still good. And they're paying big bucks to convince you.

Watertown Residents Hunker Down As Manhunt Unfolds

While the manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings continued Thursday night into Friday morning, residents of Watertown and surrounding communities were hiding in bedrooms, looking out from roofs and peering from behind locked doors. Many did not sleep as helicopters swirled overhead.

Texas Authorities Confirm 14 Dead In Fertilizer Plant Blast

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the bodies of 14 people were recovered after the Wednesday night explosion, and 200 people are hurt. Rescuers are still searching houses for victims.

A Timeline Of The Boston Manhunt

Not 24 hours after the FBI released images of two suspects in Monday's blasts, one of the suspects is dead and the other is still at large.

Book News: Two Authors Make 'Time' List Of '100 Most Influential People'

Also: Penguin offers to drop Apple ebook deals over European antitrust case; a page out of Thomas Pynchon's latest novel; and a long-overdue apology.