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More Charges Coming Against Marathon Bombing Suspect

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He's already been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, in the Boston Marathon bombings -- but more charges are ahead for Dzokhar Tsarnaev.

State prosecutors expect to charge him separately in the killing of an MIT police officer who was shot in his cruiser Thursday night on the school's campus in Cambridge.

Federal prosecutors could also add new charges when he's indicted in the bombing.

Still unable to speak because of wounds, Tsarnaev answered questions in writing yesterday.

U.S. officials say Tsarnaev and his brother appear to have been motivated by their religious views, not any connection to any Muslim terrorist groups.

Two U.S. officials say slain Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an ardent reader of jihadist websites and extremist propaganda in the run-up to last week's marathon attacks.

Authorities believe neither Tamerlan nor Dzhokhar had links to terror groups. But law enforcement officials have concluded based on an early interrogation and other evidence that the two brothers were motivated by an anti-American, radical version of Islam.

On Tuesday, two officials said that Tamerlan frequently looked at extremist propaganda, including Inspire magazine, an English-language online publication aimed at aspiring lone-wolf terrorists.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

Tsarnaev is now listed in fair condition, upgraded from serious condition. The 19-year-old was wounded in a shootout with police and suffered gunshot wounds in the head, neck, legs and hand.

The sisters of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects say it saddens them "to see so many innocent people hurt after such a callous act."

Ailina and Bella Tsarnaeva issued a brief statement Tuesday through their attorneys. The statement says their hearts go out to the victims.

It also says they have no answers and look forward to a thorough investigation.

Ailina Tsarnaeva lives in West New York, N.J., with her husband and baby. She has not emerged from her apartment building in days.

The apartment remained under police guard Tuesday as the sisters asked that their privacy be respected.

Their statement was the first comment from either sister since the capture Friday night of the younger of their two brothers.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is defending the security procedures that occur when someone applies for asylum to the U.S. -- as the family of the alleged Boston bombers did about a decade ago. She described an extensive process with multiple screenings.

She says any asylum applicant is thoroughly interviewed and vetted, run through databases, fingerprinted and vetted again when they become eligible for a green card and ultimately citizenship.

Napolitano also says the process has improved in recent years. And she says a new immigration bill would build on that. 

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Napolitano also disclosed that her department knew of the older Boston bomber's travel to Russia last year, even though his name was misspelled on a travel document.

Lawyers for the wife of the deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect say she is doing everything she can to assist authorities.

But they wouldn't say Tuesday if Katherine Tsarnaeva, widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has spoken to investigators yet.

Providence attorneys Amato DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum issued a statement Tuesday saying Tsnarnaeva is deeply mourning the bombing victims. They say that Tsarnaeva and her family were in shock when they learned of allegations against her husband and brother-in-law, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The lawyers say Tsarnaeva, whose toddler is the daughter of the late suspect, is "trying to come to terms with these events."

DeLuca told the Associated Press on Sunday that federal investigators want to speak with his client. They wouldn't comment Tuesday beyond the statement.

(The Associated Press)

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