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national lead

May 6th, 2013
05:16 PM ET

Hated dead or alive: Cemeteries refuse Boston bomber's body for burial

The body of Boston Marathon terror suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is stuck at a funeral home in Worchester, Massachusetts. The funeral home owner has yet to find a cemetery willing to accept the body for burial.

Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni said he was handling the logistics of readying the body for burial. Tsarni said he was the only family member at the funeral home, and had not had contact with Katherine Russell, Tamerlan's widow.

"I'm left alone to deal with this matter, and I also stress Tamerlan Tsarnaev has no other place to be buried, there is no other place to accept his body," said Tsarni.

The undertaker who picked up Tamerlan's body says he has looked for plots in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey, but has not had any success so far.

"At this point, any outcome would be better than nothing. We do have to bury the person, regardless of what he did," said funeral director Peter Stefan. "In this country, we bury the dead."

world lead

May 6th, 2013
01:00 PM ET

Former deputy chief of mission in Libya: U.S. military assets told to stand down

By Jake Tapper and Dana Bash

In an interview with congressional investigators, the former top diplomat in Libya expressed concern that more could have been done by the military on the night of September 11, 2012 and morning of September 12, 2012, to protect those being attacked at the U.S. compound and annex in Benghazi, Libya. Specifically, he wondered why the military did not send a plane as a show of force into Libyan airspace, and why four U.S. Special Operations soldiers were not permitted to travel to Benghazi on a Libyan plane the morning of September 12.

“The Libyans that I talked to and the Libyans and other Americans who were involved in the war have told me also that Libyan revolutionaries were very cognizant of the impact that American and NATO airpower had with respect to their victory,” Greg Hicks, then the US deputy chief of mission in Libya, told investigators on April 11 of this year. “They are under no illusions that American and NATO airpower won that war for them. And so, in my personal opinion, a fast mover flying over Benghazi at some point, you know, as soon as possible might very well have prevented some of the bad things that happened that night.”

Hicks went on to say he believes “if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced” – around 9:30 p.m. that night – “I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them.”

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sports lead

May 6th, 2013
10:09 AM ET

Hashtag you're it: Name that Kentucky Derby pony

On Friday we asked you to tweet us what you would name a horse in the Kentucky Derby. Thanks to everyone who played, and a shout out to the three who made air: @AndyMacMiller tweeted in the ominous name of "Not Glue Yet", @RosenUSA played off Iron Man's alter ego with "Pony Stark", and @OccamWilliam brought a bit of politics into the mix with "Ted Cruz's entry: Teabiscuit."


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