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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will face the death penalty for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing if the U.S. has its way, Attorney General Eric Holder saod today.

He was arrested for the blasts last April that killed three people, injured more than 260 others, and sent a wave of shock and fear through Massachusetts.

Prosecutors notified a federal judge in Boston today of the decision.

“After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel," Holder said in a statement.

"I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision."

With the authorization, the U.S. attorney’s office can move forward in requesting a trial date. The death penalty can also now be a factor in any plea negotiations.

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Ibragim Todashev, a friend of deceased Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, told police that Tsarnaev participated in a triple murder in 2011.

Todashev was killed by an FBI agent who was interviewing him in May. His death is under investigation. Tsarnaev was killed days after the April 15 bombings.

After the attack, police began taking a closer look at whether Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who knew the Waltham, Mass., murder victims, was involved in that case.

Todashev’s statement that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was involved in the murders was previously reported. But a court filing this week was the first confirmation.

“According to Todashev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in the Waltham homicides,” prosecutors said in the filing, though officials did not elaborate.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber,has  asked a judge to lift some of the restrictions on him in prison that he says are unfair.

Lawyers for Tsarnaev say the conditions he is being kept in are overly harsh, have left him nearly totally isolated, and are impairing their ability to defend him.

Tsarnaev's lawyers filed a motion claiming he is confined to his cell except for visits from them and has "very limited access" to a small outdoor enclosure.

In their motion, his team said "Special Administrative Measures" were imposed on their client beginning in August, at the request of the US Attorney's office.

"SAMs," as they are known, are used in terrorism and other high-profile cases involving "substantial risk" with a defendant's communications or contacts.

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Rolling Stone's Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover story has inspired an ever-growing list of boycotts among retail outlets, including now by 7-Eleven stores.

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The chain is joining the outrage at Rolling Stone, which put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover with a piece on his life leading up to the Boston bombing.

A rep for 7-Eleven, Inc. says that it "will not sell the August 1 issue of the Rolling Stone magazine" inside any of its 1,700 company-operated stores.

There are another 5,900 franchised stores, and the rep says they'll also urge those franchise owners to pull the issue spotlighting the alleged terrorist.

CVS, Walgreens, and Stop & Shop have also boycotted the issue.

What do you think of the controversial Rolling Stone cover?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

With controversy swirling over the latest Rolling Stone cover - it features Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and teases how he "became a monster" - the magazine has come out with an online statement.

As an editor's note to the Web version of the story, Rolling Stone writes:

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“Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. "

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The CVS magazine rack will be without one of its usual items this month.

The chain announced today that it will not sell the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone issue, the cover of which hit the Internet today and has stirred up quite a bit of controversy online.

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Explaining the store's decision to not provide publicity for the man at the center of the Boston Marathon bombing, a rep for CVS said in a statement:

"As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones."

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has a growing fan base on Tumblr apparently.

Up until last week, "One Direction Infection" was a Tumblr blog created and maintained by an eighth grader devoted to the British boy band heart throbs.

Now, it's devoted to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

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Jahar, as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends and Twitter followers call him, has amassed a pretty huge following for a man charged with terrorism and WMD use.

He has his own hashtag, #FreeJahar, on Twitter, while thousands of Tumblr and Facebook fans closely follow his case and discuss his "innocence."

Beyond the boilerplate Boston bombing conspiracy theories that claim he's the fall guy or the whole thing is a hoax, there are other reasons for his appeal.

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Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been identified as the Boston bombing suspects, with authorities closing in on the latter following a shootout.

One of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was killed with a bomb strapped to his chest after a violent standoff with police in Watertown, Mass., Friday.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, is dead. His 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar (pictured) is on the run. Officials believe they know the second suspect’s location.

The city of Boston, as well as neighboring towns, are on lockdown after the suspects robbed a 7-Eleven, then shot and killed an MIT police officer.

The duo then hijacked a car at gunpoint, and engaged in a battle with police using gunfire and explosives. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fled; his brother perished.

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