Suspect’s friend indicted
Prosecutors portray a friend of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect as a liar who misled terrorism investigators, but his lawyers said after his indictment Thursday it’ll be clear in time that authorities shouldn’t have charged him. Authorities said Robel Phillipos faces 16 years in prison in connection with two federal counts of lying to authorities investigating the deadly April attack. Phillipos, 19, and bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, were members of the 2011 graduating class at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School before enrolling at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Kittens halt subway lines
Power was cut to the B and Q lines in Brooklyn for more than an hour Thursday after a woman reported that her kittens were loose in the nation’s largest subway system, transit officials said. The furry felines, one black and the other white with gray stripes, were finally found on the tracks and rescued about seven hours later.
Surgeons separate twins
Infant boys born joined at the chest have been successfully separated, the twins’ parents and a doctor announced Thursday at Medical City Children’s Hospital. Owen and Emmett Ezell were separated Saturday at the hospital after being born joined from just below the breast bone to just below the belly button on July 15. The babies shared a liver and intestines and had a 3 inch by 5 inch area on their lower stomach that wasn’t covered by skin or muscles.
Boy’s joyride kills sister
Half an hour after putting her two children to bed Wednesday night, a Phoenix mother discovered they were gone. She notified police, who spotted her car near her apartment and tried to pull it over. After it swerved and crashed into a pole, police discovered the driver was the woman’s 8-year-old son, and her 6-year-old daughter was a front-seat passenger. The girl died Thursday of injuries suffered in Wednesday night’s crash, while her brother suffered an ankle injury that didn’t appear serious.
Compiled from wire reports.