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WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — For just a few minutes, it seemed like the dragnet that had shut down a metropolitan area of millions while legions of police went house to house looking for the suspected BostonMarathon bomber had failed. Weary officials lifted a daylong order that had kept residents in their homes, saying it was fruitless to keep an entire city locked down. Then one man emerged from his home and noticed blood on the pleasure boat parked in his backyard. He lifted the tarp and found the wounded 19-year-old college student known the world over as Suspect No. 2.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Communities along the Mississippi River and other rain-engorged waterways are waging feverish bids to hold back floodwaters that may soon approach record levels. After days of torrential rains, Midwesterners find themselves watching rivers and tributaries rise — a sharp contrast to the region's drought that months earlier had sucked the Mississippi so dry that barge traffic was threatened.
In Boston and beyond, thanks and jubilation JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press STEVE PEOPLES,Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — They gathered in silence on Boylston Street, just three blocks away from the chaos and carnage caused by twin bombings four days earlier. Some were crying. Boston University student Aaron Wengertsman, 19, wrapped himself in an American flag. He was on the marathon route a mile from the finish line when the bombs exploded.
CHICAGO — Home or away, the Minnesota Twins can’t catch a break from the weather. The Twins’ series opener in Chicago against the White Sox on Friday was postponed due to a forecast of cold, windy weather. It’s the third time this week that bad weather has kept Minnesota off the field: On Sunday, the Twins’ home game against the Mets was washed out and on Wednesday their series finale against the Los Angeles Angels was called off amid a steady rain that was turning to snow.
Update 8 p.m.: WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Boston Police say a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead. Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (JOH'-kahr tsahr-NY'-ev) was in custody. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed Friday in a furious attempt to escape police.
Update 7:30 p.m.: WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The suspect being hunted in the Boston Marathon bombing was in a boat stored in Watertown, a law enforcement official said, and police in armored vehicles and tactical gear rushed into the neighborhood. The burst of activity came after police announced that they were scaling back the hunt because they had come up empty-handed following an all-day search that sent thousands of SWAT team officers into the streets and paralyzed the metropolitan area.
Update 6:30 p.m: WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- Gunfire erupted Friday night amid the manhunt for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, and police in armored vehicles and tactical gear rushed into the Watertown neighborhood in a possible break in the case.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota hospital says the remains of a second stillborn baby also may have been sent to a laundry service. Regions Hospital of St. Paul said Friday it believes the second set of remains were in the same basket of linens that held the remains of another stillborn baby. The linens were sent to a laundry in Red Wing. On Wednesday, the hospital discovered a stillborn at 22 weeks gestational age had been found by laundry service workers.
Update 4 p.m.: WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — SWAT teams in armored vehicles took command of the tense and locked-down streets of Boston and its suburbs Friday in an all-out hunt for the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect after his older brother died in a desperate getaway attempt.
ST. PAUL - The long-running turmoil over how the Minnesota Republican Party paid for a recount in the 2010 governor's race may finally be over. Administrative law judges this week dismissed complaints against former Minnesota GOP Chairman Tony Sutton over the recount fund Count Them All Properly. Republicans sought the ballot-by-ballot review after nominee Tom Emmer trailed Democrat Mark Dayton on election night. The recount failed to switch the outcome.