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April 28, 2013

Around the Region

Russia had wiretap on bomb suspect

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say Russian authorities secretly recorded a conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother.

Officials say a second call was recorded between the suspects’ mother and a man under FBI investigation living in southern Russia.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing case.

They say the Russians shared this intelligence with the U.S. in the past few days.

The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, there might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Boston bombing suspects’ family.

Spring thaw warnings on Mt. Washington

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. — Forest officials are strongly advising visitors to Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine to plan ahead and be prepared for the spring thaw.

The officials say conditions can change rapidly and having up-to-date information is vital to a safe and enjoyable outing. It’s recommended that visitors check avalanche advisories first.

Ice fall is an annual hazard that has injured and killed many visitors. Each fall and winter, large ice cliffs form in Tuckerman ravine. They come down in the spring, often in pieces larger than a car.

U.S. Forest Service snow rangers are on the job daily to determine avalanche hazards, promote safety, and assist visitors.

FBI finishes landfill search near college

BOSTON — The FBI has concluded its search of a landfill near a Massachusetts college where the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was a student.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the two-day search ended Friday. Eimiller wouldn’t say what investigators were looking for or whether they recovered anything from the landfill.

Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Students say he returned to the campus after the bombings.

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