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Friend of Boston Marathon bomber found guilty of lying

A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber has been found guilty of lying to US authorities in a terrorism investigation. Robel Phillipos, 21, was charged with lying about having visited suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260.

Robel Phillipos was found guilty. Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Phillipos and two friends removed a backpack containing empty fireworks shells from the suspected bomber's room. Phillipos, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was on trial for two criminal counts of lying to investigators, one for saying he did not remember the visit and one for denying it.

He later signed a written confession admitting to it, following an FBI interrogation.

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Verdict over accused Boston marathon bomber's friend

The US Department of Justice has said that the jury has reached a verdict in the trial of the college friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber, who was charged with lying to authorities in a terrorism investigation.

Robel Phillipos, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Robel Phillipos, 21, was charged with lying about having visited suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260.

Boston Marathon bomber trial delayed until January

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if found guilty. Credit: FBI

A US judge has has overturned a bid by the man accused of the Boston Marathon bombings to move his trial out of the city where the atrocity took place.

However, US District Judge George O'Toole agreed to delay the start of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by two months to January, pushing it back to after the US holiday season.

Keflezighi first US winner of Boston Marathon since 1983

US runner Meb Keflezighi has become the first North American winner of the Boston Marathon since 1983, with a time of 2:08:37.

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Rita Jeptoo wins Women's Boston Marathon

Kenya's Rita Jeptoo has successfully defended her Boston Marathon title with a time of 2:18:57, organisers have said.

Boston Marathon underway amid tight security

A Boston police officer from the special operations unit patrols. Credit: Reuters

Almost 36,000 athletes will run in the 118th Boston Marathon today in the first running of the race since last year's bombing.

Boston Marathon bombings survivors before the 118th event. Credit: Reuters

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said security will be tighter than ever for this year's running of the world's oldest marathon.

Elite runners including Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi race during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Credit: Reuters

Runners attending the event will have to use clear plastic bags for their belongings, and fans hoping to watch near the finish line are encouraged to leave strollers and backpacks behind.

Alleged last words of Boston bomber suspect released

An image allegedly showing the last words written by suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, before he was captured, have been obtained by ABC News.

The writing was apparently found on the wall of the boat he was arrested in.

ABC have transcribed what they believe to be the inscription on the boat walls:

“The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that… I can’t stand to see such [bullet hole] go unpunished,” said the note ABC News obtained from a law enforcement official.

“We Muslims are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt [bullet hole] us all.”

Boston Marathon suspect 'to face three charges'

A reporter from 7News in Boston has said a man has been charged in relation to leaving an unattended backpack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Jennifer Eagan also said the man told police he had a rice cooker in his backpack.

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