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In a criminal complaint unsealed today in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Tsarnaev is specifically charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. The statutory charges authorize a penalty, upon conviction, of death or imprisonment for life or any term of years. Tsarnaev had his initial court appearance today from his hospital room.
He will not be treated as an enemy combatant," Carney said at Monday’s press briefing. "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice.

Dramatic and tragic events continue to unfold in Boston last night and today. The FBI identified the two suspected Boston marathon bombers after they robbed a Seven Eleven store in Watertown, a Boston suburb. That led to a deadly gun battle, which left one of the suspects dead. The city is locked down and an enormous manhunt is underway for the second. Who are Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the two brothers believed to be Suspect 1 and Suspect 2? Does their Chechen background help explain their actions?

KCRW interviews Andrew Kitzenberg, a witness to last night’s shootout between Boston bombing suspects and the police. Kitzenberg was evacuated from his own Watertown apartment by heavily armed cops We reached him at the apartment of a friend and business partner, also in the Watertown neighborhood. Kitzenberg’s also been actively tweeting his experiences of the last few hours.