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Witness links bomber to slain MIT officer

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology student told jurors he saw Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lean into the police cruiser of an MIT officer who was fatally shot after the bombings.

Nathan Harman testified Wednesday that he was riding his bike through an MIT courtyard when he saw a parked police cruiser. The driver's door was open and there was someone leaning in.

Harman pointed to Tsarnaev in the courtroom, saying he was the man he saw.

Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his older brother killed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier in a failed attempt to steal his gun.

Also, jurors saw the tattered pieces of the backpack that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev used to carry a bomb in the 2013 attack that killed three and injured more than 260. Tsarnaev, now 21, faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. - AP


Judge: I was wrong

An Ohio judge says she deserves a reprimand from the state Supreme Court for scolding jurors who issued a verdict she believed to be wrong. The court concluded Wednesday in a public reprimand that Franklin County Judge Amy Salerno violated a rule requiring judges to promote integrity and impartiality. After jurors issued a not-guilty verdict in a 2013 misdemeanor assault case, several of them complained about how Salerno told them they "got this wrong." - AP


Student falls from ship

A Virginia Tech student on spring break went overboard on a cruise-ship balcony near the Bahamas, leading to a days-long, 6,500-square-mile air and sea search that was called off Tuesday. On Wednesday, Virginia Tech identified the student as senior Cameron Smook, 21, of Glen Allen, Va. Camera footage showed he climbed over the railing and went overboard early Sunday. - AP