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Boston bombings survivor 'lucky' to be alive

A Boston Marathon bombings survivor has told ITV News he feels "unbelievably lucky" to be alive.

Marc Fucarile, who spent 100 days in hospital following the blasts last year, told Washington Correspondent Robert Moore: "I looked at a picture - right next to me there was a piece of metal fencing ... bent at a 90 degree angle around the mailbox."

Mr Fucarile said the fact he was still here with just one leg missing "is amazing."

"I have no idea how I can still talk, think, walk ... I'm definitely lucky," he added.

Boston bombing report cites information lapses

Information that may have raised US scrutiny of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell through the cracks in communications among US intelligence agencies and between the United States and Russia, an inspectors general report released today showed.

US intelligence was alerted by Russian intelligence in 2011 that Tsarnaev might pose a threat, but lack of further information led to less heightened awareness of the danger he posed, said the report by inspectors general for the US intelligence community.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died during a shootout with police. Credit: EBU

Two Chechen brothers, Tamerlan and his younger brother Dzhokhar, are suspected of planting pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line last April 15 in an attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Tamerlan died after a gunfight with police while the younger brother is awaiting trial on charges that could lead to the death penalty if he is convicted.

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US seeking death penalty for Boston suspect Tsarnaev

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

US prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathan bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement today.

"The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision," Holder said.

Prosecutors say that Tsarnaev, 20, and his brother Tamerlan, 26, planted a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on 15th April 2013, killing three people and wounding 264.

Three nights later, the pair killed a university police officer and later engaged in a shootout with police that left Tamerlan dead, it is alleged.

Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger sentenced to two life terms

James "Whitey" Bulger was found guilty of a number of offences in August. Credit: Reuters

Convicted mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger has been sentenced to two life terms plus five years in prison after being found guilty of gangland crimes including 11 murders.

District Judge Denise Casper told Bulger, now 84: "The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable.

"Your crimes are made all the more heinous because they are all about money."

Read: Ex-Boston mob boss was inspiration for The Departed

Police photographer releases Tsarnaev capture stills

A police photographer who documented the unfolding drama of the hunt and capture of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has released a full set of images to Boston Magazine.

Sergeant Sean Murphy released a small number of the photographs to the magazine in July because he was "furious" with the way Tsarnaev had been portrayed on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Boston Magazine has now published around 50 of the striking photographs taken by Sergeant Murphy, who was suspended and then moved to nightshifts as an apparent punishment.

Tsarnaev clambers out of a covered boat before falling to the ground. Doctors then rushed to keep him alive. Credit: Sergeant Sean Murphy / Boston Magazine
Medics give oxygen to Tsarnaev on the grass in the garden of a Boston home. Credit: Sergeant Sean Murphy / Boston Magazine

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Ex-Boston mob boss was inspiration for The Departed

James 'Whitey' Bulger, once the most feared mobster in Boston who was found guilty today of 31 out of the 32 criminal charges he faced including 11 killings, was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed.

The Martin Scorsese film, which also starred Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg and Ray Winstone, won four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.

The plot centres around the police waging war on an Irish-American Boston gang which is headed by Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson).

Notorious ex-mob boss found guilty of racketeering

Former Boston mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger, who inspired Jack Nicholson's character in the Oscar-winning film 'The Departed', has been found guilty of a racketeering conspiracy.

Former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger. Credit: Reuters

The jury of eight men and four women reached its verdict after hearing testimonies about drug trafficking, loansharking, bookmaking, extortion and murder.

Bulger, who ran Boston's Irish mob 'Winter Hill' from the early 1970s until 1995 when he fled the city, was charged with 32 counts including accusations he was involved with 19 killings.

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