Waking Up To Urinate Could Decrease A Person’s Productivity Level

Seniors who have difficulty sleeping may find that their problems worsen if they have to get up in the middle of the night to urinate, according to new research presented Sunday at the 28th annual European Association of Urology (EAU) congress.

The problem is known as nocturia, and according to the researchers, it has been linked not only to sleep disruptions but to “significant reductions” in both work productivity and leisure activity as well. They polled 261 women and 385 men who suffer from the condition over a 14-day period, asking them about the impact it has on their ability to perform their work-related and other daily tasks.

As it turns out, nocturia decreased on-the-job productivity by 24 percent and the ability to perform recreational activity by 34 percent, the UK newspaper The Independent reported on Sunday. A paper detailing the results of the research was also published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine on March 15.

The researchers also reported that more than half (54 percent) of all nighttime sleep disruptions were associated with the need to urinate, and that people who woke up remained awake an average of 11.5 percent longer on nights when they had to make a trip to the restroom, according to HealthDay News.

The study participants also reported that the number of trips they had to make caused their overall quality of sleep to decrease, though no link was discovered between nighttime bathroom trips and total sleep duration.

“Nocturia is a common problem affecting around a third of adults, but its burden is underestimated and it is often dismissed as being less serious than other chronic conditions in terms of impact on quality of life and societal costs,” Philip Van Kerrebroeck, professor of urology at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, told The Telegraph. “These data show that nocturia negatively affects both sleep and daytime performance and its impact on work productivity is in line with many other chronic conditions. Patients with nocturia should seek specific treatment for this debilitating condition.”

“The results raise the clinical question of treating nocturia to help individuals with insomnia,” Jamie Zeitzer, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University, added in comments printed by HealthDay News. “That is, could much of the insomnia or poor sleep that occurs in older individuals be alleviated by treatment of nocturia? Of course, the opposite is quite possible – that proper treatment of insomnia might reduce the occurrence of nocturia.”

Miley Cyrus Shirtless In Elle UK Makes Us Realize How Liberally Star Defines ‘Shirt’ (PHOTOS)

Miley Cyrus has successfully made the transition from Disney child star to… tabloid catnip. In addition to her ever-elusive relationship status, the 20-year-old seems to make eye-catching headlines for her decidedly bare sense of style — specifically, her broad definition of “shirt.”

Many of you may think that tops are a pretty straightforward concept, but Miley has demonstrated that one can call just about anything a shirt, whether it consists of only a fraction of the material required or iscompletely see-through. We’d even venture to say that the singer has managed to trademark her very own brand of shirtlessness: the blazer sans top.

Miley first debuted this look at last year’s Billboard Music Awards and then again in the March issue of Cosmopolitan. Now, it looks like Ms. Cyrus is covering the May issue of Elle UK in the same exact style. Which leads to ask:Giiiirl, where’s your top?

Our conclusion? Crop topsbra topssheer tops and the like, though questionable in most cases, are full-fledged cover-ups in Miley’s world.

Take a peek at the star’s Elle UK cover and click through the images below for a more in-depth analysis of the aforementioned theory.




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9/11 Plane Part Found Between NYC Buildings

A Boeing ID number will help determine if the landing gear is from one of the planes flown into the World Trade Centre towers.

Landing gear from a September 11 commercial airliner in New York

Sept 11 Plane Wreckage Uncovered

A part from one of the commercial planes that was flown into the Twin Towers on 9/11 has been found between two buildings, police say.

New York Police Department Spokesman Paul Browne said the piece of landing gear, discovered on Wednesday wedged between a mosque site and another lower Manhattan building, has a clearly legible Boeing identification number.

The twisted and rusted equipment features cables, levers and giant bolts. It measures 5ft high, 3ft wide and 1.5ft deep.

“The odds of this being wedged between there is amazing. It had to have fallen just the right way to make it into that space,” Browne said.

Landing gear from a September 11 commercial airliner in New York

The part was found wedged in this narrow crevice

He added that other wreckage has been found nearby in the years since the terrorist attack.

The part was found by surveyors who had been hired to inspect the site of a planned Islamic community centre at 51 Park Place, about three blocks from ground zero.

The surveyors spotted the debris as they looked down between the buildings from the roof, quickly called 911, and the scene was secured and police documented the findings with photographs, Mr Browne said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and police will work to determine whether the wreckage belongs to American Airlines Flight 11, which struck the North Tower, or to United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower. Both planes were Boeings.

A hijacked commercial plane approaches the World Trade Center shortly before crashing into the landmark skyscraper 11 September 2001

A plane can be seen before it flies into one of the Twin Towers on 9/11

Police are awaiting a determination from a medical examiner on whether to sift the soil around the building to search for human remains.

The medical examiner’s office is in the middle of a 10-week sifting operation as it attempts to identify additional human remains in debris unearthed at the World Trade Center site during construction of a new skyscraper.

If the landing gear’s origin is authenticated, it would mean it sat undisturbed for nearly a dozen years.

Patricia Riley, the sister of 9/11 victim Lorraine Riley, called the discovery “very strange.”

“Twelve years later we are still finding remnants of the attack on our country,” she said.

Rescue workers survey damage to the World Trade Center 11 September, 2001

The ruins of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attack

“For years to come we’ll continue to find things that we didn’t see before. Hopefully, they’ll serve as a reminder that we have to stay vigilant.”

More than 2,750 people were killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked the two commercial passenger planes and flew them into the upper floors of the Twin Towers, then the tallest buildings in the world.

Hijackers also took over two other planes that day, crashing one into the Pentagon in Washington DC.

The fourth plane went down in a field in rural Pennsylvania.


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British Pilot Goes Missing Over Mediterranean

A search is launched after the light aircraft, which was last observed just south of Cannes, disappeared from radar screens.

A view of the Mediterranean off Cannes. (Picture: Turelio)

  The Med off the coast of Cannes, where the pilot flew from (Pic: Turelio)

The Mediterranean Sea/France.

A search of the sea is continuing

A light plane piloted by a 66-year-old Briton has gone missing over the Mediterranean Sea, French authorities have said.

The Tobago aircraft, with just the pilot on board, took off from Cannes in the south of France on Friday.

It was heading for Salerno in southern Italy.

Officials said: “The last radar signal indicated the plane was around 50km (31 miles) to the south of Cannes.”

Despite efforts by French and Italian naval authorities, neither the pilot nor the plane have been detected since.

A Tobago plane. (File picture: Huhu Uet)

The pilot was flying a Tobago similar to this one (File picture: Huhu Uet)

Air searches were called off at 2pm local time on Saturday, but a ship remained in the area until the evening to continue the search.

The pilot has not been named.

Another pilot was killed on Saturday afternoon when a small aircraft crashed in a field at the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

Hampshire police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) are investigating.



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BlackBerry Brings Back Keyboard With Q10

The firm is now in profit thanks to the touchscreen Z10, but is going back to its roots with the Q10 and its signature keyboard.

Lily Cole holds a BlackBerry Q10 ahead of its UK launch

Model and actress Lily Cole shows of the new Q10 smartphone

BlackBerry’s latest phone, the Q10, is going on sale in the UK as the company continues its fightback.

The launch of the Q10 comes three months after the company unveiled the Z10, the other phone in its two-pronged attack to claw back sales from the likes of Apple and Samsung.

The Canadian firm said in March that the touchscreen-only Z10 had helped it return to profit. However, there were still concerns from analysts that the phone was not being marketed properly.

The new device is aimed at those who enjoy the traditional BlackBerry keyboard, but who also want touchscreen functionality.

It has a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor, 2GB of Ram, an 8 megapixel camera and a 3.1″ display.

Initial reviews of the Q10 have been complimentary, but there are concerns the relatively small screen size could deter some buyers.

Phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One have a larger viewing area, and BlackBerry could lose out to its rivals in this area.

BlackBerry 10

The Blackberry Z10 helped the firm return to profit

BlackBerry has lost market share in recent years as iPhone and Android devices have become more popular. Its reputation was also damaged after much-publicised service disruptions.

The success of the new handsets is seen as crucial to the company’s survival, but competition is fierce.

The financial power of Samsung has seen the South Korean firm launch a massive marketing push for its Galaxy phones, and big sales are expected for the S4, which is due out on Saturday.

Meanwhile, despite this week’s fall in profits and whispers of weakening innovation, the popularity of Apple’s iPhone continues.

The US technology giant managed to sell 37.4 million devices in the first quarter of 2013.

BlackBerry is not the only manufacturer that is suffering. Taiwanese firm HTC has also been hit by Apple and Samsung’s dominance.

The two leaders own 71.4% of the worldwide smartphone market, with LG a distant third.

The BlackBerry Q10 goes on general sale in the UK on Monday, but is available in some shops this weekend.



Boston Bomb Suspect Charged In Hospital Bed

The alleged attacker could face the death penalty if he is convicted over the deadly bombings during the Boston marathon.

FBI Release Images Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in critical but stable condition

The surviving Boston marathon bomb suspect has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction – as he reportedly remains unable to speak because of a gunshot injury.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will also face a charge of malicious destruction of property resulting in death, the Justice Department said. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

The White House has said that as a naturalised US citizen, Tsarnaev will not be treated as an “enemy combatant”, which would have involved a military tribunal. Instead he will be prosecuted through the criminal court system and is expected to appear in court on May 30.

The 19-year-old is in a serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, where some of those wounded in the blasts are also being treated.

Earlier reports said the suspect was beginning to respond to questions from investigators.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Tamerlan died in a gunfight – his wife apparently suspected nothing

Katherine Russell wife of marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev

He is said to have a wound to his throat – reportedly caused by a gunshot through his mouth that exited the back of his neck – which prevents him from speaking.

But major US news networks say he is responding to questions in writing.

Dzhokhar is also reported to have been shot in the leg during a shoot-out with law enforcement the night before his arrest.

His older brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan, 26, died in that gunfight.

A lawyer for Tamerlan’s wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, said US authorities have also asked to speak with his client.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the boat in a Boston backyard

Dzhokhar leaves the boat he was hiding in

Amato DeLuca said Mrs Russell Tsarnaev did not suspect her husband of anything, and nothing seemed amiss after the explosions.

Three people died and more than 180 others were injured in the twin blasts at the marathon, the worst bombing to take place in the US since 9/11.

One of the hospitals treating the wounded was Boston Medical Centre, which said 11 of the injured were still there, including one who was critically ill and three in a serious condition.

The Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball and several affiliated organisations have contributed more than £400,000 to One Fund Boston, established to help people most affected by the blasts last Monday.

After Tamerlan was killed early on Friday, Dzhokhar escaped, triggering an hours-long manhunt that shut down Boston.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found in this boat.

A forensics team examines the boat on Monday

It ended with the teenager’s capture in a boat parked in a backyard late on Friday night.

It has also emerged police chiefs believe the Tsarnaev brothers were planning further attacks.

Commissioner Ed Davis said officers found a large stockpile of weapons and more than 250 rounds of ammunition at the scene of the earlier gun battle.

“They had IEDs,” he said, referring to improvised explosives devices. “They had homemade hand grenades that they were throwing at the officers.


There was a manhunt for Dzhokhar, who escaped after the first gun battle


“The scene was loaded with unexploded improvised explosive devices that actually we had to point out to the arriving officers and clear the area.”

He said one IED was found in a Mercedes the brothers had abandoned. “This was as dangerous as it gets in urban policing,” Commissioner Davis said.

The city’s residents have been asked to observe a moment of silence at 2.50pm local time, exactly a week after the first of two bombs went off within seconds of each other near the marathon finish line.

A private funeral has taken place for Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant worker who was among the dead.

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon

Three people were killed in the twin bombings


The brothers’ social media pages appeared to express sympathy with the struggle in Chechnya, which has been ravaged by two wars since 1994 between Russia and increasingly Islamist-leaning separatist rebels.

The White House has said that as a naturalised US citizen, Tsarnaev will not be treated as an “enemy combatant”, which would have involved a military tribunal. Instead he will be prosecuted through the criminal court system and is expected to appear in court on May 30.

The Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball and several affiliated organisations have contributed more than £400,000 to One Fund Boston, established to help people most affected by the blasts.

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Luis Suarez Charged By The FA Over Bite

The Liverpool striker could be banned for at least three matches if football’s governing body finds him guilty of violent conduct.

Luis Suarez and Branislav Ivanovic

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has been charged with violent conduct by the FA after biting an opponent during a Premier League clash.

Television footage seen by millions of people showed the striker sinking his teeth into Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovich.

He apologised for what he called his “unacceptable behaviour” and has already been fined by his club.

However, he could now be banned for a number of matches if football’s governing body rules the bite constitutes violent conduct.

Luis Suarez Twitter page after he was fined for biting incident

Suarez revealed on his Twitter page he had been fined by Liverpool

A spokesman for the FA said: “It is our contention that the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient in these circumstances.”

The incident, which happened during the 2-2 draw at Anfield, was “retrospectively reviewed” by the FA because it was missed by match officials.

Suarez has until 6pm tomorrow to respond to the charge, with an independent regulatory commission expected to meet on Wednesday to decide whether he should be punished.

Liverpool have only four games left this season and a match ban of the length sought by the FA would bring his season to a premature end.

Luis Suarez of Liverpoo

Suarez went on to score a decisive equaliser in the 2-2 draw

The club has so far stood by Suarez, although managing director Ian Ayre has said the 26-year-old will need to work on his discipline.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers added: “His behaviour is unacceptable and I have made him aware of this.”

Suarez has asked the club to donate his fine to the Hillsborough Family Support Group, which was set up in the wake of the 1989 disaster in which 96 people died.

The Uruguayan international will also be offered anger management counselling, the Professional Footballers’ Association said.

Suarez has been charged with biting another player once before.

He served a seven-match ban in the Netherlands while at Ajax after biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal.



Boston Marathon Blasts: Timeline

Here is a timeline of events from the Boston Marathon bombings to the death of one of the suspects and another one being taken into custody.

Monday, April 15 (Times are local)

2.50pm: An explosion takes place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Around 10 seconds later, there is another blast about 100m further back down the same road, Boylston Street, also on the marathon route.

The explosions occurred four hours into the race and two hours after the men’s winner had crossed the line, but thousands of runners were still on the course.

2.57pm: The Boston Globe’s Twitter feed reports a witness hearing “two loud booms” near the finish line.

4.02pm: Boston police confirm two people have died and 23 injured in the explosions via Twitter.

6.12pm: President Barack Obama addresses the nation, saying: “The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight.”

8.49pm: At a news conference, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announces the FBI has taken over the investigation.

It is confirmed three people died as a result of the bombings and at least 100 others were hurt. The injury toll was later put at over 180.

Tuesday, April 16

Two victims of the blasts were identified as Martin Richard, eight, and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell.

Martin was waiting with his family to give his father a hug at the finish line when he died.

Restaurant manager Ms Campbell had gone with her best friend to take a picture of the friend’s boyfriend crossing the finish when the bombs went off.

Wednesday, April 17

The third victim is identified as 23-year-old Chinese graduate student Lingzi Lu.

Boston University confirmed Ms Lu was studying mathematics and statistics there and was due to receive her degree in 2015.

It said she and two friends had been watching the marathon near the finish line. One of the friends, also a Boston University student, was injured while the other was unharmed, it added.

There are reports a suspect has been detained in connection with the explosions and is due to appear in court – but authorities said there had been no arrests.

The federal court in the city is evacuated due to a bomb scare but people are later allowed to return.

Thursday, April 18

Afternoon: Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend an interfaith service at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Boston to remember the bombing victims. The president vows the attackers will face justice.

Evening: The FBI releases photos and video footage of two bombings suspects at the scene before the attacks.

One is pictured wearing a black baseball cap and a second had a white baseball cap on back to front.

Police say the suspects tried to rob a supermarket in Cambridge, across the river from Boston, on Thursday evening.

10.20pm: Officers receive reports of shots fired on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Boston.

10.30pm: A police officer at MIT is found with gunshot wounds in his vehicle after being shot several times. He died in hospital.

The bomb suspects are suspected of carrying out the shooting.

They are then thought to have stolen a Mercedes car at gunpoint and later release its driver unharmed.

Friday, April 19

1am: Witnesses in Watertown near Boston report hearing multiple gunshots and explosions. The suspects reportedly threw explosives from the vehicle as police followed it into the area.

The suspects and police exchange gunfire, during which an officer is hurt.

Police say one of the two suspects in the MIT officer shooting, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is dead. But his younger brother, Dzhokhar, remains at large. The pair are suspected of carrying out the bombings.

An extensive manhunt takes place in the Watertown area for Dzhokhar, who is said to be armed and dangerous.

Almost a million residents in Boston are warned to stay indoors and public transport is stopped as armed police search for Dzhokhar.

The two suspects are said to be from a Russian region near Chechnya and have lived in the US for at least one year.

6.60pm: Massachusetts Governor Patrick Deval announces the “stay indoors” order is being lifted, even though Dzhokhar remains in hiding.

Around the time the order is lifted, a flurry of gunfire breaks out in the community that is being searched. Law enforcement officials locate Dzhokhar in a boat parked behind a home.

8.45pm: Dzhokhar is taken into custody by police.

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Boston Bombing: Suspect Pictured Near Victims

A photo posted to twitter by Kevin OKeefe of the Boston Marathon bomb suspect standing behind the Richard family with a backpack

Suspect in a white cap seen near the Richard family (Pic: Kevin O’Keefe)

A photograph of one of the Boston bombing suspects has emerged showing him standing close to a family devastated by the blast.

Dzhokhar A Tsarnaev, 19, is believed to be the man in the photograph.

Bomb suspects

Images of the two suspects were released by the FBI

Standing close to him are the Richard family; eight-year-old Martin Richard was killed in the blast, his mother suffered brain injuries, and his sister lost a leg.

The other suspect, believed to be his brother, is named Tamerlan

FBI photo of suspect in Boston Marathon shooting Djohar Tsarnaev

The FBI released this photograph of Dzhokhar

It has been reported that they are from Chechnya or Dagestan and have lived in the US for at least one year.

The father of the suspects, speaking from the Dagestan capital of Makhachkala, called Dzhokhar “a true angel”.

Bomb suspect

A photo of the second suspect was released by police in Boston

He added: “He is a second-year medical student in the U.S. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here.”

Sky’s Moscow correspondent Katie Stallard said the Dagestan region is associated with insurgents.

One of the suspects from the Boston Bombings is seen running away from the bomb blasts

An image showing one suspect leaving the scene (David Green/LetsRun.com)

“On (a social networking page) he describes himself as having studied in Makhachkala, that’s the capital of Dagestan, and that’s very much at the heart of the regional insurgency at the moment.

“It used to be that it was Chechnya that was the heart of this insurgency, but a crackdown has forced much of that insurgency into neighbouring regions.”

Officers wearing tactical gear arrive at the Watertown neighborhood of Boston

A major manhunt was launched for the remaining suspect

Earlier, the FBI and Boston police released new pictures of the two suspects, who investigators had described as “armed and dangerous”.

The images released on Friday morning show one suspect wearing dark clothes, a dark cap and sunglasses.

He is understood to have been shot dead.

The second suspect is seen wearing a white baseball cap, which is reversed allowing a clearer view of his face.

Police took him into custody overnight.

CCTV footage was released of the pair on Thursday, in which they are seen carrying bulky backpacks as they walk the route of Monday’s race in the heart of the city.

The men were filmed heading in the direction of the finishing line, moments before both bombs went off seconds apart.

Three people were killed and more than 180 others injured in the explosions.

The bombs were crudely made with explosives, nails and ball bearings packed into pressure cookers, investigators close to the case have said.




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Boston Bombings:Second Suspect In Custody

One of the Boston bombing suspects is captured after exchanging gunfire with police for an hour while holed up in a boat.

Law enforcement officials are seen in front of 67 Franklin St after the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect in Boston Marathon bombings, in Watertown

The Waterton house where the suspect was hiding in a parked boat

The second Boston bombing suspect has been captured after he was found hiding in a boat parked in a suburban backyard. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was already wounded from an earlier shootout, exchanged gunfire with police for an hour while holed up in the boat in the neighbourhood of Watertown. The dramatic stand-off ended with the 19-year-old being given first aid on the lawn next to the boat before he was taken away in an ambulance. Dzhokhar remains in “serious condition” at Beth Israel Deaconess hospital, said Boston police commissioner Ed Davis. Swat teams surrounded the boat after a tip-off from a resident who noticed blood on it, Mr Davis said. The man lifted the cover of the boat, saw the teenager covered in blood and alerted police.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been taken to hospital with serious injuries

A police helicopter then used infra-red equipment to confirm there was a human inside the boat. Dzhokhar had been on the run since his 26-year-old brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev  – known as suspect number one – was killed in a shoot-out with police in the early hours of Friday. The brothers were believed to be behind Monday’s twin explosions at the Boston Marathon which left three people dead and around 180 wounded. During their getaway attempt, they killed Massachusetts Institute of Technology policeman Sean Collier and severely wounded another officer, authorities said. A crowd of residents cheered as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – known as suspect number two – was taken into custody, and the celebrations continued into the night in the city’s streets. Mayor Tom Menino said on Twitter: “We got him”.

Members of the public cheer as police officers leave the scene where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect in Boston Marathon bombings, was taken into custody in Watertown

Residents cheered after the suspect was captured

Boston Police tweeted: “CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.”

The family of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who died in the bombings, released a statement praising police.

“Tonight, our family applauds the entire law enforcement community for a job well done, and trust that our justice system will now do its job,” the family said.

Martin’s mother also sustained brain injuries and his sister lost a leg in the blast.

US President Barack Obama told a news conference the suspect’s capture “closed an important chapter in this tragedy”.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shoot-out with police

But he said there were still many unanswered questions about the marathon bombings, including whether the two men had help from others.

As Dzhokhar was being captured, three people in New Bedford, Massachusetts, were also taken into custody for questioning over the blasts.

Lieutenant Robert Richard said two men and a woman were being questioned by the FBI “on the assumption there is an affiliation with suspect number two”.

Dzhokhar’s capture came at the end of a tumultuous all-day manhunt and house-to-house search by thousands of elite police officers.

As night fell, police announced that they were scaling back the hunt and they had so far come up empty-handed.

Residents clear out of their homes as police officers search house to house for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in a neighborhood of Watertown

Thousands of officers combed the streets of Boston for Dzhokhar

But shortly after that statement, a break came in Watertown when the homeowner – who had been indoors all day due to the manhunt – saw the blood on his boat.

The vessel had not been searched before because it was outside of the police perimeter set up during the search.

The brothers moved to the US a decade ago from a Russian region near Chechnya and had been living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as legal permanent residents.

Their father, Anzor Tsarnaev, told reporters in Russia that he believed his sons had been framed and described the killing of Tamerlan as “cowardly”.

Maret Tsarnaeva, the men’s aunt, said Tamerlan had recently become a devout Muslim who prayed five times a day.

Speaking to reporters at her home in Toronto, Canada, she also said the older brother was married and had a daughter in the US.

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Boston Bombs: First Pictures Of Devices

Images released by US authorities show twisted pieces of metal, wires and nails used in explosions during the marathon.

Boston Marathon bomb FBI evidence

The explosive devices were packed into pressure cookers hidden inside duffel bags.

Boston Marathon bomb FBI evidence

These are two bolts thought to be the lid of the cooker.

Boston Marathon bomb FBI evidence

Nails and ball bearings are thought to have been packed around the explosive.

Boston Marathon bomb FBI evidence

This piece of circuit board suggests the bomb had electronic components.

Boston Marathon bomb FBI evidence

The FBI said pieces of nylon had been recovered from the scene

Boston Marathon bomb FBI evidence

Electrical wiring and a battery were also recovered.

Boston Marathon bomb FBI evidence

FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers said all the evidence had been sent to the agency’s lab.

Boston Marathon bomb FBI evidence

Experts in Quantico, Virginia, aim to reconstruct the devices to determine their make-up and components.

Boston Marathon bomb FBI evidence

A source who spoke to the Associated Press said the bomb was packed into 1.6 gallon pressure cookers.

Boston Marathon bomb FBI evidence

The bombs were put into black bags and placed on the ground.

Boston Marathon bomb FBI evidence

Doctors treating the wounded said their injuries indicated the bombs contained metal shards and other shrapnel.

US authorities have released the first pictures of the explosive devices used in the twin blasts which hit the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The images show twisted pieces of a metal container, wires, a battery and a small circuit board which exploded close to the finish line at the race.

In another, a piece of charred wire can be seen attached to a small box and a twisted metal lid with bolts.

The FBI said on Tuesday that a pressure cooker may have been used to build the bombs, with nails, ball bearings and other metal packed around the explosive.

The device may also have been hidden inside rucksacks placed on the ground near the finish line.

Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge said the investigation to find those responsible would be worldwide.

He vowed: “We will go to the ends of the Earth to identify the subject or subjects who are responsible for this despicable crime.”

More than 1,000 officers are working on the investigation which agents have said in the largest the Boston bureau has ever worked on.

Pressure cooker bombs have been used in attacks in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, according to a July 2010 FBI report.

But the techniques of making them is understood to be known to domestic US extremists.

Officials said that there was no indication that al Qaeda or other foreign extremist organisations were behind the attack, but they added the investigation was still at an early stage.

It is not yet known what was used to set off the devices.

A man in a bomb-disposal suit investigates the site of an explosion which went off on Boylston Street during the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston

The damage caused by one of the blasts in Boston

Special agent DesLauriers said experts would reconstruct the devices at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.

The FBI also appealed for anyone who was in the area of the marathon or Boston airport in the last few days to send in any pictures they may have taken.

Investigators are already understood to be examining 6,000 movies-worth of CCTV footage from cameras in the area.

Websites and newspapers were already featuring images which they claimed showed people suspected of carrying out the attacks or the devices.

The FBI said it was looking at one sent to a local TV station which appeared to show a bag next to a mailbox in the area where one of the bombs went off.

Jason Pack, FBI spokesman in Boston, said: “We’re taking a look at hundreds of photos and that’s one of them.”

Three people were killed and more than 170 others injured after the two explosions around four hours into the famous marathon.

Two of those killed were Krystle Campbell, 29, and eight-year-old Martin Richard.

The third is understood to be a Chinese graduate student who has been named locally and in China, but not named officially.

Nine children were among the injured, which were aged between two and 71.

Doctors have revealed the extent of the injuries suffered by those caught in the blasts, including details of a nine-year-old girl who lost her leg and a 10-year-old boy who suffered deep shrapnel wounds.

George Velmahos, of Massachusetts General Hospital, said: “These bombs contained small metallic fragments more consistent with pellets and other small pieces of metal, but also spiked points that resembled nails without heads.”

A total of 13 people have had to have limbs amputated and others are at risk of losing legs following the blasts. Seventeen remain in a critical condition.


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Boston Marathon Explosions: ‘Nails In Bombs’

The explosives were put inside pressure cookers and hidden in duffel bags packed with nails and ball bearings, sources reveal.

Boston firefighter James Plourde

Boston Marathon Explosions: ‘Few Leads’ For Investigators

The FBI has said it will go to the “ends of the Earth” to find those who used pressure cooker bombs to kill three and injure more than 170 people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The pressure cooker bombs were hidden in duffel bags packed with nails, shards of metal and ball bearings and placed on the ground, around 100m apart along the finishing stretch of the Boston Marathon route, a source close to the investigation has disclosed.

They said that law enforcement officials had some of the bomb components but did not yet know what had been used to set off the explosives.

A 2010 Department of Homeland Security statement warns that terrorists could use pressure cookers to make bombs, saying that at least one of the three devices used in the May 2010 Times Square attack comprised a pressure cooker.

The second of the three victims killed in the attack has been named as 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, of Med

Krystle Campbell

Krystle Campbell was killed in the blast (Pic: Facebook/Krystle Campbell)

ford, who had been in Boston to take a picture of her boyfriend crossing the finish line.

Her father, William Campbell, says his daughter was “very caring, very loving person, and was daddy’s little girl.” He says th

e loss has devastated the family.

President Barack Obama today labelled the twin-bombing an “act of terror”.


Speaking at a news conference, he said: “What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organisation, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual.”

He added: “What I have indicated to you is what we now know. We know it was bombs that were set off. We know that obviously they did some severe damage. We do not know who did them.

“We don’t have a sense of motive yet. So everything else at this point is speculation.”

The FBI said it was following a number of leads in the wake of the attacks but special agent Richard DesLauriers declined to say whether anyone was in custody.

He added: “What I have indicated to you is what we now know. We know it was bombs that were set off. We know that obviously they did some severe damage. We do not know who did them.

“We don’t have a sense of motive yet. So everything else at this point is speculation.”

The FBI said it was following a number of leads in the wake of the attacks but special agent Richard DesLauriers declined to say whether anyone was in custody.

Boston Marathon Explosion Aftermath

Nails and other shrapnel have been removed from patients’ bodies

Mr DesLauriers said: “We will go to the ends of the Earth to identify the subject or subjects who are responsible for this despicable crime, and we will do everything we can to bring them to justice.”

Doctors have revealed the extent of the injuries suffered by those caught in the blasts, including details of a nine-year-old girl who had lost her leg and a 10-year-old boy who suffered deep shrapnel wounds.

Several people have had to have limbs amputated and others are at risk of losing legs following the blasts that ripped through crowds during the city’s marathon.

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of several hospitals where victims were taken, told reporters eight people were in a “severe” condition.

Alisdair Conn, chief of emergency services, said: “This is something I’ve never seen in my 25 years here … this amount of carnage in the civilian population. This is what we expect from war.”

A total of 17 people remain in a critical condition.

Image of 8-year-old Martin Richard who has been named as one of the dead from the Boston marathon bombings

Martin Richard, eight, was the first victim to be named

The first victim killed in the blasts in the heart of the city to be named was eight-year-old Martin Richard, who lived in Boston.

Martin had been waiting with his brother, sister and mother at the finish line for his father, who was running the race.

The bombs went off within seconds of each other and about 100m (330ft) apart on the same street, blowing out windows and sending smoke and debris into the air.

The explosions happened four hours into the race and about two hours after the men’s winner had crossed the line, as amateur runners were reaching the finish.

More than 17,000 competitors had completed the race by the time the blasts struck.

Investigators work at the scene of the second blast

Investigators work at the scene of the second blast

Police commissioner Ed Davis said the area around the blast areas is the most complex crime scene in history of the department.

Authorities are now looking for amateur video and photographs that can give clues to who set off the bombs.

Security has been stepped up in Washington and New York, and Boston itself is a city on high alert, with armoured vehicles seen on the streets on Tuesday and random checks of backpacks on public transport.

Earlier, a plane was grounded at the city’s Logan Airport over security concerns.

There have been no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack, the most serious in the US since the 9/11 World Trade Centre atrocity. Al Qaeda-linked groups and militant white extremists have attacked targets in America in the past.

The Pakistani Taliban, who have previously threatened attacks in the US, have denied any involvement.

Police are said to have questioned a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian man who is being treated for injuries at a hospital in Boston. Officers have searched his apartment in Revere, according to his flatmate.

Boston Marathon floral tributes

Floral tributes have appeared across the city

More than 25,000 people were registered as taking part in the race, 374 of whom were British. There were also 108 Irish athletes.

The British Foreign Office has said it is not aware of any British nationals who have been injured but that it will continue to monitor the situation.

Police in London have reviewed security plans for Sunday’s London Marathon. London’s Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said authorities were sharing information with colleagues in America.

Speaking at a news conference today, he said there would be greater security checks and more police officers on the streets for the event.

The London race’s chief executive, Nick Bitel, said it was “a very sad day for athletics and for our friends in marathon running”.

There will be a 30-second silence ahead of the start to honour the victims of the Boston bombings. Runners will also be encouraged to wear black ribbons.

A minute of silence is observed in the New York stock exchange

A minute of silence is observed at the New York Stock Exchange




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Rapper M.I picked as X Factor Africa judge. Toolz as presenter


M.I was picked as a judge of the singing reality TV show over the likes of 2face Idibia, Sammy Okposo, Dare Art Alade, Obi Asika, Don Jazzy, Bantu, eLDee, and Cobhams who were all approached and negotiated.

Beat FM On-Air-Personality Toolz was picked as the Glo X Factor presenter over Michelle Dede, Mo Abebe, Isio Wanogho, Matilda Obaseki, Ebuka Obi Uchendu and Femi Branch.

The other judge joining M.I is Ghanaian rapper, Reggie Rockstone. The last judge being talked to is the elegant stallion herself, Onyeka Onwenu…but nothing has been confirmed. Will keep you guys updated. Remember, you read this here first! 🙂

Bieber’s Anne Frank Remark Stirs Controversy

The star faces harsh criticism after writing that he hoped Anne Frank “would have been a belieber” in a visit to her former home.

Justin Bieber and Anne Frank

A British executive at a charity which educates people about Anne Frank has criticised Justin Bieber after he said he hoped the Holocaust victim “would have been a belieber”.

The Anne Frank Trust’s UK executive director, Gillian Walnes MBE, was responding to an entry by the star in the guestbook at Anne’s former home in Amsterdam.

She said on the trust’s Facebook page: “This is a place where Anne spent two years hiding in claustrophobic conditions, where she put down her dreams of making the world a better place.

“Now 70 years later a pop singer is trying to hijack this for his own self-aggrandisement. It says a lot about what his ego is turning into.”

The Canadian singer wrote: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”

Fans – who are known as ‘beliebers’ – defended the 19-year-old, while a spokeswoman for the Amsterdam museum sought to play down any controversy caused by his remarks.

The Anne Frank House facebook post
A post on the Anne Frank House Facebook page

Many Facebook and Twitter users have expressed anger over the comments.

Some pointed out his remarks came shortly before many people marked the anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where Anne Frank died.

Museum spokeswoman Maatje Mostart said the museum was happy to receive the singer and did not see anything offensive in his remarks.

Ms Mostart said he had called ahead and was given a guided tour. The Buzzfeed website later reported that a tour guide at the museum had pointed out to him that Anne was a fan of pop culture and may have been a fan of his.

Messages condemning and supporting the multimillion record-selling pop star were being posted on the Anne Frank House Facebook page at a rate of one every couple of minutes on Monday.

Gabriele Gerard wrote: “Justin Bieber is such a stupid little kid with not too much in his brain. I feel ashamed. I love Anne since I was a child and she inspired my whole life. Today I tell my grand-children about her. And I keep them away (as much as I can) from J.B.”

Another poster, Ken Fenton, wrote: “That little Bieber boy should stop his so called entertaining and read some history books. I’ve never seen someone so full of themselves. He is an ignorant person.”

Meanwhile, comedian Ricky Gervais wrote on Twitter: “I agree with Justin Bieber. Anne Frank would’ve loved his stuff. It’s perfect for being played really really quietly so no one can hear it.”

Others commended Bieber for bringing Anne’s story to the attention of a wider audience.

Tyler Shepard wrote: “This might be a good thing. Bieber has forced his fans to google Anne Frank. Regardless of how he did it, he did it.”

Anne, who died at the age of 15 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, is one of the most well-known and celebrated Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

First published in 1947, her diary has been read by millions across the world and details the deprivations and personal triumphs she and her family experienced in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

The Anne Frank Trust UK is a British organisation set up to “challenge prejudice and reduce hatred by drawing on the power of Anne Frank’s life and diary”.

The controversy is just the latest in a string of incidents that have seen Justin Bieber caught in the midst of a row.

During a concert tour to Britain, dozens of parents were left furious after the pop star turned up over an hour late for his concert at the O2 Arena.

Rebel Wilson Takes MTV Movie Awards By Storm

The Pitch Perfect star puts on an entertaining show as well as winning two prizes at the MTV Movie Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson co-hosted the 2013 MTV Movie Awards

Rebel Wilson produced a lively display as one of the hosts

Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson has taken the MTV Movie Awards by storm with her performance as host and by scooping two trophies.

The 27-year-old Australian opened and closed the show in typically outlandish fashion, wearing Iron Man-style armour.

She also won breakthrough performance for her work in Pitch Perfect and shared in the film’s award for best musical moment.

Her co-host Bradley Cooper was another two-time winner for his performance in Silver Linings Playbook.

The biggest success of the night was superheroes movie Avengers Assemble (or The Avengers as it is known in the States), which took three awards.

Accepting the top honour of Movie of the Year, director Joss Whedon said: “What’s the opposite of humbled? We’re Biebered to be standing here.

“This is the award that means the most to me. I am so grateful and very excited for 2015. We’re going to bring you ‘Avengers 2’.”

Whedon’s film also won best fight and best villain for actor Tom Hiddleston.

Jamie Foxx was another double winner, sharing a best moment award with Samuel L. Jackson for their scenes together in Django Unchained and receiving the Generation Award for his career in film.

The MTV Movie Awards are voted for by fans online across a wide range of quirky and traditional categories, from best film and actor to best kiss and shirtless moment.

The event is also a chance to preview some of the year’s big films. Fans were treated to glimpses of new footage from next month’s Iron Man 3 and the trailer of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, introduced by one of its stars, Liam Hemsworth.

Stars from other films, including Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto from the Star Trek sequel and Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez from the Fast & Furious franchise, acted as presenters during the ceremony.

Other presenters included Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Snoop Dogg/Lion and Kim Kardashian.


Key people have already been allowed to play with the music app ahead of a public launch expected within days.

Homepage of microblogging website Twitter generic

Buzz has continued to build about the social media giant Twitter’s launching of a new music app.

Key “influencers” have already been given a sneak preview of the software ahead of a public roll-out, expected within days.

Tech site AllThingsD said the music service, originally mooted for a Friday launch, may now be launched this weekend at the Coachella music festival at Indio, California.

Early on Saturday, Wiz Khalifa, who has nearly 10 million follows, tweeted: “Man this new Twitter music app is insane!”

On Thursday Ryan Seacrest wrote: “Playing with twitter’s new music app (yes it’s real!)..”

He added: “Lovin the app …  shows what artists are trending, also has up and coming artists …”

The speculation surrounding the launch comes after Twitter confirmed it had acquired the emerging music software firm We Are Hunted.

The San Francisco-based music firm was launched in 2007 in Australia, and allows its users to follow emerging music trends and artists.

Its software continuously updates lists of top music around the world.

Neither company indicated their plans, but the We Are Hunted site strongly hinted the deal means Twitter will be launching a long-rumoured music application.

“There’s no question that Twitter and music go well together,” a statement posted on the wearehunted.com site said.

The new music app is believed to rank music based on personalised trends and trigger points, including what Twitter accounts are followed.

The AllThingsD report said users will be able to listen to clips of music from inside the app, using third-party services and watch music videos from Vevo, which is operated by Universal Music and Sony.

Kardashian’s Ex A No-Show At Court Hearing

A trial is due in May if the reality TV star and Kris Humphries fail to agree at a last-ditch hearing later this month.

Kim Kardashian leaves court on Friday Rap musician West is and reality TV star Kardashian watch Miami Heat play New York Knicks in their NBA basketball game in Miami

US reality star Kim Kardashian and her ex-husband have been given another chance to settle their divorce case.

Superior Court Judge Hank Goldberg has set a mandatory settlement conference for April 19 to try and resolve the long-running dispute.

Basketball player Humphries failed to attend a court hearing on Friday about the case, but Kardashian was there surrounded by heavy security.

The reality star filed for divorce in October 2011 after the couple had been married for 72 days.

Humphries, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, claims the marriage should be annulled based on fraud but has not yet set out the specifics of his claim.

His ex-wife, who is now pregnant with rapper Kanye West’s child, is asking the judge to grant a traditional divorce.

A trial is due to start on May 6 if they cannot settle the case before then, which would set the stage for ugly revelations in court.

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Both sides would be expected to testify at the trial, which would focus on their relationship and whether anything was staged for the TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”.

On Friday, the judge also set a hearing for whether Humphries should be fined about his non-appearance at the mandatory settlement talks.

Had the NBA player been in court, it would reportedly have been the first time the pair had seen each other since their split.

The couple married in August 2011 after a whirlwind romance played out largely in front of the cameras.