Mayor: Send body to Russia
BOSTON - An aide to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says the mayor does not want marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev buried in Boston and calls the decision "a family issue."
The aide said Tuesday that Menino believes the body should be sent back to Russia, where his parents live. Menino believes it wouldn't be appropriate for the burial to be in Boston.
The 26-year-old Tsarnaev, a resident of Cambridge, was killed in a police shootout days after the April 15 bombings that killed three and injured more than 260. His brother remains imprisoned on charges in the case.
Worcester funeral-home director Peter Stefan says more than 100 people in the United States and Canada have offered burial plots for the body, but officials in those cities and towns have said no. - AP
Judge chides FDA on Plan B
NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York City has accused the government of playing politics with his order giving teenage girls broader access to morning-after birth control.
At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman suggested that a Food and Drug Administration decision last week to allow over-the-counter sales of Plan B One Step pills to those 15 and older was timed to undermine his ruling.
Korman's order last month cleared the way for females of any age to buy both Plan B and cheaper generic alternatives beginning Friday. The government has asked him to freeze his order while it pursues an appeal. Reproductive-rights advocates say that process could take months or even years.
The judge said he would rule on the request for the delay before the end of the week.
Treasury chief's signature issue
WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew may not have succeeded yet in getting a grand budget bargain with Congress, but at least his handwriting is improving. And it is expected to be even better when the time comes for him to affix his name to the nation's currency.
President Obama joked when he nominated Lew for the Treasury post that he had never noticed before how illegible Lew's signature was. Lew's scrawl as OMB director consisted of a series of loops bearing no resemblance to his name.
Recent examples do show improvement. All the letters of his last name could be made out in his signature on April's annual report of the Financial Stability Council. - AP