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Boston Marathon bomb suspect eludes police as darkness falls

WATERTOWN, Massachusetts (Reuters) - An ethnic Chechen suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings remained at large on Friday as heavily armed police and Black Hawk helicopters scoured a Boston suburb in a day-long manhunt that virtually shut down the city.

World

My boys have been framed, father of Boston suspects says

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - A man who identified himself as the father of two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings said on Friday he believed his sons had been framed and pleaded with police to spare his younger son who was still on the run.

World

U.S. cites human rights problems in Russia, China, Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Friday expressed concern about increasing crackdowns on civil liberties around the world, from Russia to Egypt and China, saying these and other countries were shrinking the space in which independent political and other activists can operate.

World

Obama, after Boston bombing, thanks Putin for Russian cooperation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday for Moscow's close cooperation on counterterrorism after the Boston Marathon bombings, and they agreed to continue working together on security issues.

World

Boston bombing edges into U.S. immigration debate in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An already contentious immigration bill became the lightning rod for more controversy on Friday when a senior Republican U.S. senator linked the measure to the hunt in Massachusetts for a suspected Boston Marathon bomber.

World

Rescuers search for survivors of Texas fertilizer plant blast

WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Rescuers searched on Thursday for survivors in the rubble of homes destroyed by a fiery fertilizer plant explosion in a rural Texas town that the mayor said had killed at least 14 people.

World

Police warn people in Boston suburb not to open doors

WATERTOWN, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Massachusetts State Police warned people in the Boston suburb of Watertown not to open their doors and said they would conduct a door-to-door, street-by-street search due to what it called a fluid situation.

Nation

Many feared dead in US fertilizer plant blast (Update)

WEST, Texa: A Texas fertilizer factory exploded in a huge fireball Wednesday, flattening nearby homes and perhaps killing as many as several dozen people, with one official likening the blast to a "nuclear bomb."

World

Texas fertilizer plant blast 'kills up to 15' (Update)

WEST, Texas: A Texas fertilizer factory exploded in a huge fireball Wednesday, destroying many nearby homes and killing between five and 15 people, with one official likening the blast to a nuclear bomb.

World

Boston bomb suspect captured in pictures

BOSTON, Massachusetts - US investigators found images of a suspect who may have planted the bombs that killed three people and maimed scores more at the Boston marathon, officials said.