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Carjack victim tells of ride with bombers

A carjacking victim on Thursday described his harrowing ride at gunpoint with the Boston Marathon bombers three days after the attack.

Dun Meng, a Chinese national who moved to the U.S. in 2009 to attend Northeastern University, testified in the federal death-penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that he had left work when he pulled over and returned a text message.

Meng said Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the defendant's late brother, jumped into the front passenger seat of his car, pointed a gun at Meng's head, and ordered him to drive. He said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev later got into the car. After driving around for 20 or 30 minutes, Meng said, the Tsarnaevs stopped to get gas and he ran across the street. Jurors were shown a dramatic video of Meng escaping.

Prosecutors say the Tsarnaevs planted two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 at the 2013 marathon. - AP

Deadly scuffle

Husband-and-wife meth users disarmed a wildlife officer and a sheriff's deputy then forced them to their knees along a desolate highway before the husband was killed in a struggle, police reports released Thursday show. The man had handcuffed the deputy and held both officers at gunpoint with their own weapons before the wildlife officer overpowered him, took back his gun, and shot him to death Monday near the small town of Dinosaur. James Damon, 46, died at the scene. His wife, Georgie Hand, 43, was charged Thursday with attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and disarming a peace officer. - AP

'Mockingbird' probe

Investigators looking into whether a deal to publish Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird sequel involved financial fraud closed the inquiry. "She was able to answer questions we asked to our satisfaction," state Securities Commission Director Joseph Borg said of the author, 88. - AP