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U.S. near $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE

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The V-22 Osprey arrives for the Marines from the 1st Battalion 9th Marines Charlie Company 2nd Platoon during a tactical demonstration as a part of Fleet Week in New York, May 26, 2012.
The United States is finalizing a complex $10 billion arms deal that would strengthen two key Arab allies while maintaining Israel's military edge, defense officials said on Friday ahead of a trip to the Middle East by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

The deal, more than a year in the making through a series of coordinated bilateral negotiations, would result in the sale of V-22 Osprey aircraft, advanced refueling tankers and anti-air defense missiles to Israel and 25 F-16 Desert Falcon jets worth nearly $5 billion to the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia also would be allowed to purchase weapons with "stand-off" capabilities - those that can be used to engage the enemy with precision at a greater distance, defense officials said.

The deal marks the first time the United States has offered to sell tilt-rotor Ospreys to another country, and the "stand-off" weapons would give Saudi Arabia and the UAE a more advanced capability than they have had in the past, said the defense officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

FBI takes computer from N.J. sister of bomb suspects

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This combination of undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
Police in New Jersey say it appears a sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects had no contact recently with her brothers.

The FBI removed a computer and other evidence Friday from the home in West New York, N.J., of Ailina Tsarnaeva.

Police identified the woman Friday evening. They say she told agents she hadn't been in contact with her brothers for a long time.

The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya.

West New York Police Director Michael Indri says the focus of the investigation was to confirm there was no contact. He says he's confident the FBI confirmed that.

West New York woman, identifying Boston bomb suspects as her 'brothers', can't understand what happened

Alina Tsarnaeva, sister of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, speaks to media from behind a man who identified himself as her husband at their West New York, New Jersey, apartment on Friday, April 19, 2013. (Video by Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger)

Comment: Actually what Alina says in the video is that she doesn't know whether her brothers were involved in the bombings, and adds, "In the news, you guys say whatever you want. No one knows the truth."


Governor Cuomo says Boston bombing part of 'new normal'

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Cambridge, Massachusetts earlier today.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have canceled his morning radio appearance today in response to the ongoing manhunt for a suspect involved in Monday's deadly bombing attack on the Boston Marathon, but another top New York official, Governor Andrew Cuomo, scheduled his own radio interview on The Capitol Pressroom soon after. Mr. Cuomo directly addressed the high-profile situation in the Bay State by employing a phrase he previously used to describe climate change in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: "the new normal."

"It's a terrible situation in Boston. And, unfortunately, ... one gets the sense that this is more reflective of the 'new normal,' if you will," he explained. "So much of society is changing so rapidly. We talk about a 'new normal' when it comes to climate change and adjusting to a change in the weather patterns. 'New normal' when it comes to public security in a post-9/11 world. Where these random acts of violence, which at one time were implausible, now seem all-too-frequent."

Massive manhunt drags on; anxiety grips city - but where is the evidence?

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A Black Hawk searches above the locked down Watertown neighborhood.
More than half a day after a bloody rampage that ended with his accomplice brother dead, Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev eluded a massive manhunt that has put the city and surrounding suburbs on total lockdown.

Anxiety was rising as SWAT teams and troops hunted door to door for the fugitive - and for more bombs - with more than a million people told to hunker down behind locked doors. Friday night's scheduled Red Sox and Bruins games and Big Apple Circus performance were canceled. Amtrak service between Boston and New York was suspended.

Tsarnaev, 19, remained on the lam hours after he and brother, Tamerlan, 26, made a desperate effort to flee the city following the FBI's release of their photos Thursday evening.

They killed a campus security officer, carjacked a man, and led police on a wild chase that ended in a firefight in which more than 200 rounds were exchanged, police said. The older brother, who had a bomb strapped to his body, was killed but the younger one escaped, though he may have been wounded, law enforcement sources said.

A Noble Lie: The Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995

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Suspects' aunt gives blistering interview and suggests that her nephews were set up

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A Toronto woman who identified herself as the Boston Marathon bombings suspects' aunt suggested to reporters Friday afternoon that her nephews had been set up.

"All these pictures are on the computer," Maret Tsarnaeva told reporters in a press conference that was aired by CNN.

"I have to see them. You have to have a motive first - something that would drive you to some actions. They cannot go crazy or mad or sick just for one day. As far as I know, they are fine."

"I don't trust the FBI," she added. "Show me evidence."

She was asked who she thinks set them up.

"Whoever needs this," she said, shrugging. "Whoever is looking for those who need to be blamed for these attacks."

That was a different take from the one expressed by an uncle of the suspects who spoke with reporters in an angry press conference earlier Friday. Ruslan Tsarni called both of the suspects "losers," and he urged Dzhokar to turn himself in.

"What I think was behind it: Being losers," he said.

Here's the video of the suspects' aunt with reporters

Boston bomb suspect's dad tells him to surrender, thinks his sons were "set up"

Anzor Tsaraev
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The father of Boston bomb suspects, Anzor Tsaraev reacts as he talks to the media about his sons, in his home in the Russian city of Makhachkala, April 19, 2013
The father of a suspected Boston Marathon bomber called on his son today to give up peacefully, but warned the U.S. that if his son is killed "all hell will break loose."

Anzor Tsarnaev spoke to ABC News from his home in the Russian city of Makhachkala as Boston police carried out an intense dragnet for his son Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, survived a running gun battle with police during the night that left an MIT security officer dead and a Boston cop badly wounded. His older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in the shootout.

The father said he spoke to his sons by phone earlier this week. "We talked about the bombing. I was worried about them," Anzor Tsarnaev said.

He said his sons reassured him, saying, "Everything is good, Daddy. Everything is very good."

What is a 'false flag' attack, and what does Boston have to do with this?

Comment: The following article is a debunking effort. What is important is the fact that the very idea of a False Flag Attack has become so prevalent among the people that the MSM feels that it must address it.

During the Boston Police Department's final press conference of a confounding and deadly day, someone in the audience asked if Monday's bombing was a "false flag" attack. We can both explain and answer that question.

The questioner - who appears to be Dan Bidondi, a radio host for InfoWars - asked:
Why were the loud speakers telling people in the audience to be calm moments before the bombs went off? Is this another false flag staged attack to take our civil liberties and promote homeland security while sticking their hands down our pants on the streets?
To which Governor Deval Patrick, at the mic to field questions, flatly responded:

What the failure on background checks tells us about Washington

The failure of an amendment to expand background checks on gun purchases - the signature piece of a legislative package backed by the White House to curb gun violence - ends a journey that began in late December when 20 children and six adults were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut.

Studying the path from Newtown to the vote on the amendment offered by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that came up short of the 60 votes it needed is an instructive exercise in how Washington works.

We've spent a lot of time thinking about what the failure of the background checks compromise means. Our lessons learned are below.