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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.
Now as the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings continues, the city falls silent this Monday to honor the victims of that tragedy.
Families forced to shelter near the shattered remains of their homes. We visit China's Sichuan Province in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake there.
And bad behavior comes back to bite Luis Suarez. The footballer had to apologize to his Chelsea opponent.
Now, the U.S. city of Boston is healing after the dramatic events of the last seven days as investigators learn more about how and why the attack on the Boston Marathon unfolded. Now in just under seven hours, bells will ring to mark the time that the bombs went off near the finish line. And Copley Square has been a crime scene ever since.
City officials say that they hoped to finish collecting evidence and reopen the area this week.
And services will be held later on Monday for the two of the three people killed by the blasts. Krystle Campbell will be laid to rest in Medford, Massachusetts. And the parents of Lingzu Lu have flown in from China for tonight's memorial service at Boston University.
55 people remain hospitalized and three are in critical condition.
And the lone surviving suspect is also in the hospital. 19 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured Friday night. After a massive manhunt, he was found hiding in this boat. Federal prosecutors are preparing to bring charges against him.
Tsarnaev has a gunshot wound to the neck and is unable to speak. It is unclear if he was hit during his capture or in an earlier shootout with police. And that gun battle left his older brother dead.
Acquaintances say the 26 year old Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have been the leader. Investigators believe that he became further radicalized on a six month trip to Russia last year.
Now the FBI says Moscow flagged him as a potential extremist back in 2011. And now some U.S. lawmakers accuse the FBI of dropping the ball.
Emily Schmidt has more from Washington.
EMILY SCHMIDT, CNN CORRESPONDENT, (voice over): More questions are emerging about the Boston bombing suspects. Did the FBI do enough to learn about one brother and now who questions the younger brother?
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, (R) SOUTH CAROLINA: This man in my view should be designated as a potential enemy combatant and we should be allowed to question him for intelligence gathering purposes to find out about future attacks and terrorist organizations that may exist that he has knowledge of.
SCHMIDT: Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says the enemy combatant designation would allow investigators to question Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a U.S. citizen, without a lawyer. Acknowledging that none of that information could be used against him in a criminal court. Democrat Governor Dianne Feinstein argues questioning could happen for a limited time before Miranda Rights are read. Without calling Tsarnaev an enemy combatant under what is called the Public Safety Exception, it lets investigators question a suspect about any imminent threat.
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, (D) CALIFORNIA: I'm not really worried about whether they can be convicted. The question is what else would they have been up to, who are their associates, how did he become radicalized? Is there a Chechnya connection and that's what's has to be discovered.
SCHMIDT: There's also debate about Tamerlan Tsarnaev shot dead during the manhunt. The FBI interviewed him in 2011 at the request of Russia then dropped the matter after asking for more specific information from Russia. The FBI says it never received.
REP. MICHAEL MCCAUL, (R) TEXAS: Why is this FBI interview important? Because if he was on the radar and they let him go, he's on the Russians' radar, why wasn't a flag put on him, some sort of customs flag?
SCHMIDT: House Homeland Security chairman Michael McCall says he and fellow Republican Peter King want answers from the FBI. Democrats have questions, too.
SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER, (D) NEW YORK: Why wasn't he interviewed when he came back either at the airport when he was returning or later? And what happened in Chechnya?
SCHMIDT: Massachusetts doesn't have the death penalty but the federal government does. Senators Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats, say they think the death penalty would be appropriate under federal law in this case.
Emily Schmidt, CNN, Washington.
LU STOUT: Now, authorities say the Tsnarnaev brothers were born in Kyrgyzstan, but their family hails from the Russian Republic of Chechnya and fled the war there in the 1990s when Chechen separatists were fighting for independence from Russia. In 2001, the Tsnaraev family moved to Dagestan. You can see, it borders Chechnya and the Caucuses Mountains. Dagestan has been troubled by regional instability and a growing Islamic militancy, fostered in part by its neighbor.
Now the father of the Boston bombing suspects currently lives in the Republic's capital of Makhachkala, that's where we find our Nick Paton Walsh -- Nick.
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, hi. We have been speaking to people here sharing that sense of disbelief that a man from here could have somehow been linked to the Boston bombings, but we have one key link has appeared to have emerged. Tamerlan Tsarnaev on his YouTube channel linked to a video of an extremist from this same town Makhachkala who was recently killed in a very violent firefight with Russian special forces just only in December.
WALSH (voice-over): Is there a connection between this gun fight involving militants and police in Dagestan and one of the Boston bombers?
The YouTube page of the deceased brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, suggests there might be. He put up a link to a video entitled Abu Dudzhan Amir Rabbanikaly. The video was removed but CNN has now found it and it shows this man.
Abu Dudzhan is the name used by an Islamist militant Gajimurat Gulgatov (ph). Russian special forces hit Gulgatov's hideout last December. An armored car brought in to kill as much as six militants inside including Gulgatov. The grisly aftermath showing their heavy weapons, but also the heavy hand used to kill them.
Four months later, the marks remain for the tit for tat violence fueling militancy across this region. Neighbors told us the young men who once lived here seemed peaceful, ordinary. But in the dust lies a question, why did Tsarnaev's YouTube page linked to the rants of the militant who died here? In a town where Tsarnaev's father lived and the Tamerlan visited just last year?
(on camera): Where inside you can see how intense the violence must have been against this apartment. And here could be the clearest link yet between one of the alleged Boston bombers and the violence that's been gripping southern Russia.
(voice-over): A U.S. intelligence source told CNN Tsarnaev brothers social media accounts are being examined for possible links to extremism in the caucuses, in case they reveal the darkest secret of Boston. Why did the bombers do it?
WALSH: That doesn't mean that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and that militant actually met, but it is curious that he would express interest on his social media pages about a man who was in Makhachkala about the same time he was last year, Kristie.
LU STOUT: And Nick, you've also been finding out more details about Tamerlan Tsarnaev from his aunt. What has she been telling you?
WALSH: Well, she said most importantly that when he came back from America last year, she was struck by how he'd embraced the Islamic faith, how devout he seemed, how he thought the Muslim faith should be at the center of his life, how he wouldn't look in the eye women he wasn't related to, a common trait of devout Islam. So it's a clear change that she certainly saw.
She also mentioned that in fact in his childhood his family had actually tried to live in Chechnya and fled there before the second war.
But the most remarkable thing we saw was how she described the reaction of the boy's father Anzor when he saw first their pictures on television.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
PATEIMAT SULEIMANOVA, AUNT OF BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECTS (through translator): Then for some reason he tells me, Pateimat, this is Dzhokhar and Tamerlan and points at the screen and says here's Tamerlan in the blue jacket and Dzhokhar in the white jacket. And I say, Anzor, these are the guys with the backpack, and these photos were shown, it can't be them.
I don't know Pateimat, these are my children.
And then Zubeidat grabs the TV screen and starts screaming, it can't be. It can't be happening. I don't believe it. Children are dead.
I would have shouted myself.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
WALSH: It's a very powerful moment there, for a family that's still in disbelief, but slowly by slowly in the comments they give helping to piece together a picture of brothers with a very itinerant childhood, but also a strange six months that the elder one spent here last year -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: Yeah, a very powerful moment there in that interview giving us a fuller picture of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother.
A big question for investigators right now in the United States, Nick, is where was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother, where was he radicalized? From what you've learned there in Dagestan is it your sense that he was radicalized perhaps not in Dagestan, but in America? You're thoughts.
WALSH: Very hard to tell at this point. We have patches, we don't know about what he did before 2006 when he became a green card holder in the United States. He was itinerant during there, been in America, perhaps a bit even in Kazakhstan as well. He could have spent some time here then. And then of course there's that six months he came back to Dagestan last year.
His aunt you just saw only actually saw him in March, although he traveled to Russia in January. So a little hole there, too, that doesn't quite explain itself. And when he was here in that six months, he did travel across the border to Chechnya twice to visit relatives.
So we really are still trying to piece that together, but the aunt is absolutely clear in her mind he embraced the Islamic faith when he was in the United States -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: All right. Nick Paton Walsh joining us live from Makhachkala. Thank you very much indeed.
Now China's Sichuan Province tries to recover after another strong earthquake. And coming up next right here on News Stream, we'll take you to the disaster region and tell you about efforts to get aid to the victims.
Also, as fighting rages in Syria's civil war, opposition groups report more mass killings and brutality.
And two years after natural disasters triggered a nuclear crisis in Japan, we look at the effects still being felt in the sea.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
And you're looking at a visual representation of all the major stories we are covering on News Stream this Monday. Earlier, we told you about the tributes being paid to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. And later, we'll bring you an update from the hospital where suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in serious condition.
But now, let's turn our attention to the victims of a deadly earthquake in China. A desperate search for survivors is underway in the southwest of the country where a powerful earthquake struck Sichuan province on Saturday. And rescue efforts are being hampered by continuous aftershocks. And according to state media, at least 188 people have been killed, more than 11,000 injured.
Now Chinese premiere Li Keqiang traveled to the disaster zone on Saturday. He visited a local hospital to comfort the injured. And state run news agency Xinhua reports the premier directed the emergency response in the area.
You may recall the region it was also devastated by an earthquake back in 2008. Some 87,000 people were killed in that disaster. And while the damage this time around is not as severe, getting aid to the survivors is once again proving to be a major challenge.
David McKenzie has that.
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: At the epicenter of this earthquake, it's still dangerous. A soldier, badly injured by debris. Waves more move into this remote corner of Sichuan province to help where the quake threatened homes and hopes.
This two story house was completely destroyed. The quake happened early in the morning, people were going to work, or to their field caught completely unawares. Now houses like this, this two-story structure, you see these cracks down the sides so people are too afraid to sleep in them so they're staying outside.
Some people left so quickly that they left their animals tied up outside.
"I was cooking breakfast, " says Zhao Chong (ph). "My son, Gau Jun (ph) was playing over there when it struck."
"All of a sudden, the house started swaying back and forth," she says, "swaying back and forth."
All she could do is grab her son and run.
But her uncle was crushed to death next door.
"We need everything. We haven't had a proper meal or drank good water since the quake," says 49-year-old Lu Hong Ying (ph).
She was leaving the house when it started to shake.
"I was just so frightened," she says. "I couldn't think straight. I just wanted to save my family inside."
But her father-in-law didn't make it.
DR. ZHAO BAIJE, EXECUTIVE VP, CHINA RED CROSS: This moment, the people they need water. They need very quick food, because even for some noodle it's still lack of. And I think they need a tank to immediately the people can live in. So we can see people here. I think we need very quickly make action.
MCKENZIE: Action is needed for the thousands of injured, treated in makeshift clinics and for the homeless. Just finding a place to eat and to sleep is the new reality.
David McKenzie, CNN, Sichuan, China.
LU STOUT: And days after the quake, rescue efforts are still underway there. What are the conditions at the quake zone now? Why is the area so prone to seismic activity.
Let's get more now with Mari Ramos. She joins us from the World Weather Center -- Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Kristie, we're going to use our trusted Google Maps over here. Matt is helping me out kind of move this around as we talk to what is happening here.
I want to show you, first of all, right over here. Let's go ahead and zoom in, because this is the area where the earthquake actually happened. The epicenter right there, you can see the dozens of aftershocks that have occurred since then.
What we're going go ahead and start with the bigger picture is to kind of explain why so many earthquakes happen here. These red lines that you see here on the map are actually those dividing lines between our plate tectonics. Plate tectonics are basically almost pieces of a puzzle that kind of form the Earth's continents, remember?
We talk about this quite a bit, of course, when it comes to earthquakes. Well, what happens here is we have two giant tectonic plates, two very strong plates, the Eurasian plate to the north and the Indian plate to the south. These two are converging, in other words moving up against each other at a very quick rate. The Indian plate is actually moving northward. But the Eurasian plate doesn't want to let it move, and the result is huge mountains along this area, including the Tibetan plateau, and of course the world famous Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
So you have these very rugged peaks that form throughout this area, but of course that epicenter was about what, 1,500 kilometers away all the way over here? This just kind of gives you an example of how widespread the effects of those 50 millimeters per year that this plate is moving up against the other one actually have an effect.
The other thing that we have over here is besides plate tectonics, you have fault lines that crisscross the different areas around the world. The combination of these things, because those plates are moving so quickly, makes this one of the most dangerous areas in the world when it comes to plate tectonics, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
There's also a large fault line right over here. You see we have over here Chengdu is relatively flat and then we have these mountains that thrust up very, very quickly. That is along a fault line called the Longsheng (ph) fault line. What happens here is even though this fault line doesn't have many earthquakes, when they do happen they tend to be very powerful earthquakes, and that's according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There have been four earthquakes that have been 6.6 or higher in the last 40 years, but they have killed over 100,000 people. The combination of these very rugged mountains that we have here, the type of housing, the population density all of those are contributing factors to making this such a dangerous place in the world.
As a matter of fact, the epicenter from this last earthquake that occurred just this last weekend is only about 80 kilometers away from the 2008 earthquake that was also very intense and of course caused so much damage.
So that's just basically the reason why we get so many quakes in this area. And of course, we have seen the kind of damage that they can do across the region and it's really heartbreaking to see all this.
I want to show you a different picture. Did you see this one, with everyone trying to just get some electricity to plug in their cell phones and kind of have a connection to the outside world, because the mountains here are so high and so steep, really, and they get steep very, very quickly. Any amount of rain that falls is a huge concern. They had landslides during the quake. If they get more rain, we could see more landslides. They've had generally dry weather over the last 24 hours, but we are expecting the possibility of more wet weather as we head into the next couple of days.
Here's the epicenter. And you can see a little bit of moisture starting to creep in here from the mountains and into that region.
Kristie, back to you.
LU STOUT: Yeah, more moisture there would be very worrying. Mari Ramos there mapping the fault lines for us in Sichuan Province, thank you.
Now let's stay in China. And the World Health Organization says 102 people in China have been infected with the latest strain of bird flu and 20 of them have died from the H7N9 virus.
Now the cases are still concentrated in eastern China, mostly in Jiangsu Province and China's biggest city Shanghai.
Now other cases have also been reported in the provinces of Zhejian and Anhui. And further away, there have been three cases in Central Hunan province and one in the capital Beijing. WHO officials say that there is still no evidence of human-to-human transmission. A team of international experts is in China trying to find out just how the virus is spreading. And the Chinese government has suspended wild bird sales.
Now Human Rights Watch is accusing Myanmar's government of waging a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims. In the report released today, the groups says officials organized or encouraged coordinated attacks on Muslim villages in Rakhine State. It says that more than 125,000 people were terrorized and forced from their homes.
Now the report comes as the EU prepares to meet on lifting remaining sanctions against Myanmar. Agence France Presse quotes a Myanmar presidential spokesman who says the report is one-sided.
Now you're watching News Stream. And still to come, Luis Suarez is making a public apology after taking a bite out of the competition, quite literally. Stick around.
LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you're back watching News Stream.
Now London breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday, met a lot of huffing and puffing as the venerable London Marathon went off without incident. Now the bombings in Boston prompted extra security and a pledge to donate $3 to the Boston victims for every runner who crossed the finish line.
Now the participants were cheered on by noticeably larger crowds this year. And Dan Rivers was there.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now, let us now show our respect and support for the victims of the tragedy in Boston.
DAN RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In London, they remembered: silence for the victims of the Boston bombings as one of the world's biggest marathons got underway broadcast live by the BBC.
Many were wearing black ribbons, a sign of solidarity reaching across the Atlantic.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (inaudible) rest in peace.
RIVERS: Security had been reviewed and increased in light of Boston, police numbers boosted by several hundred on last year. And the number of spectators was also significantly up, many saying they were determined to show terrorism will never will.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're more determined than ever to come out and show our support for everybody, because whatever anyone ever does, it will never stop us.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think you've just got to come out and you can't let that kind of thing hold you back, because (inaudible) support and you've just got to move on.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you look at the positive human spirit, check out the people cheering for everybody as they go by. And the things these people are accomplishing, one incident like that can't derail something like this.
RIVERS: Prince Harry was also determined to carry out his official duties in spite of the increased security to the delight of the crowd.
RIVERS: Just over 35,000 people are taking part in this race. And all are acutely aware of what happened in Boston six days ago. Well, there's now widespread relief that this marathon has passed without incident and all under glorious spring sunshine.
Dan Rivers, CNN, London.
LU STOUT: A great weekend in London there.
Now Liverpool striker Luis Suarez certainly doesn't lack bite in front of a goal. And on Sunday, he certainly showed he's got teeth, but not in a good way. I think you know where I'm heading with this.
Amanda Davies joins us now with more -- Amanda.
AMANDA DAVIES, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, so much for footballers as role models, Kristie. I can tell you that on Monday morning, Liverpool have decided to fine their striker Luis Suarez and say he will be staying at the club despite biting another player during Sunday's English Premier League match against Chelsea. And not often you hear me saying those words.
The club insist that it's four year contract won't be affected and that they will work with him on anger management issues.
The pictures are really quite astonishing from the 2-2 draw at Anfield. It was here in the 65th minute with Liverpool 2-1 down that Suarez grabs the arm of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanocic and put his teeth into him. The Serbian defender protested to the referee who spoke with Suarez after the incident, but no action was taken.
And the bite was bad enough, but then to add insult to injury in the seventh minute of stoppage time, Suarez headed home an equalizer for Liverpool. He shouldn't even have been on the pitch at the time. And he cost Chelsea two very valuable points in their pursuit of a Champion's League place next season.
Well, Suarez was quick to apologize on his Twitter account. In a statement on Liverpool's official website, as well, the Uruguayan showed further contrition saying, "I'm deeply sorry for my inexcusable behavior earlier today during our match against Chelsea. I've issued an apology and have tried to contact Branislav Ivanovic to speak to him personally. I apologize also to my manager, playing colleagues, and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down."
But this isn't the first time that Suarez has been at the center of controversy on the football pitch. You may remember in 2010 he was dubbed the cannibal of Ajax after he bit another player during his time in Holland. It was while he was serving his seven game suspension for that that he was sold to Liverpool. And at the end of 2011, he was banned by the FA in England for eight games and he was fined after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
And he also caused a real storm playing for Uruguay in the closing minutes of the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal against Ghana. It was his handball that saved a goal and saw him sent off, but afterwards he was labeled a cheat and a villain as Uruguay won on penalties to knock out Ghana.
Away from football to the NBA. And Miami Heat got off to a great start in their first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat lead by double figures for almost the entire game on the way to a 110- 87 victory.
LeBron James led the scoring for the defending champions. The third quarter slam here no the way to his 27 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
But, Ray Allen, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Chris Anderson all made it into double figures as well in front of a watching Rihanna.
Brandon Jennings did lead the Bucks with 26 points, but his side have a lot to do to make a serious challenge ahead of game two.
And the San Antonio Spurs have the advantage after game one of their series against the L.A. Lakers. Tony Parker returned to form after late season injuries. So, too, did Manu Ginobili. Both adding 18 points. Lakers actaully outshot San Antonio 41 percent to 37, but they committed twice as many turnovers. So it was the Spurs celebrating a 91-79 win in the Western Conference first round match-up.
And it's L.A. without, of course, the injured Kobe Bryant heading into game two trying to level this series.
That's it for me for now, Kristie. We've got a full look back at all that weekend action from the NBA coming up in World Sport in just a few hours time.
LU STOUT: All right. Good stuff. Amanda Davies there. Thank you.
Now you're watching News Stream. And still to come, the suspected Boston bomber remains in hospital. A wound to the neck has left him unable to talk. We'll get the latest on his condition.
Plus, the cleanup continues at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, but just how safe is it? We'll look at the continuing impact of the crisis.
Stay with us.
LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream. And these are your world headlines.
Now U.S. prosecutors are preparing charges against the surviving suspect in the Boston bombing. An official from the Justice Department told CNN 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face charges of terrorism and murder. He's being kept under guard in hospital where he's being treated for a gunshot wound to the neck.
Emergency workers are hunting for survivors in southwestern China after a powerful earthquake struck Sichuan Province. A woman and her baby were pulled out alive from the rubble. Now also reports the mother was said to be in stable condition, but her child was badly hurt. Now the quake killed at least 188 people and injured more than 11,000.
Taliban insurgents have seized nine foreign nationals and an Afghan pilot after their transport helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan. Now local officials said a mechanical problem had forced the helicopter to land. Now seven of the people on board were Turkish engineers and two others were from Russia.
Now seven days ago the city of Boston suffered a terror attack. And three days ago, it came to a standstill as police conducted a dramatic manhunt for the suspected bombers. One was killed in a shootout, the other was captured and is currently hospitalized. And right now, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is unable to speak because of a wound to his neck.
Let's bring in Pamela Brown who is outside that hospital in Boston. And Pamela, what is the latest on the suspect's condition?
PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, the latest is that the suspect is still in serious condition in the intensive care unit here at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, we are told that he is intubated and sedated with a gunshot wound to the neck, that's according to my colleague Susan Candiotti. So it appears that he's still pretty out of it right now.
LU STOUT: All right, he's in serious, but stable condition. He's intubated. He cannot speak right now. Given his condition, will he ever face full questioning?
BROWN: That's a good question.
You know, it is possible with what doctors call a sedation holiday, that's when the sedation is decreased so that the patient is able to understand what is being said to them and they're able to communicate through writing. We're not sure if this has happened in Tsarnaev's case, but we do know that this is something that's been done in the past with patients who are under sedation. It can to anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.
But again, we still don't know if he's been able to communicate through writing with investigators here at the hospital.
LU STOUT: And the charges, what are the possible charges Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could be facing?
BROWN: Well, there's a slew of possible charges he could be facing. Federal prosecutors have been here at the hospital around the clock ever since he arrived here on Friday. We're hearing that he could face federal terrorism charges, he could face state murder charges as well, and that's the beginning.
What typically happens here in a case like this is that charges are filed formally preliminarily, just to kind of get the ball rolling on the process. Within 48 hours of the charges being formally filed, there will be an arraignment. Since the suspect is still in serious condition in the intensive care unit, there is a chance that there could be a bedside arraignment and federal prosecutors hoping to bring those charges forward as early as today.
LU STOUT: All right, Pamela Brown live for us in Boston, thank you very much indeed for that update.
And as people in the city mourn and reflect, Boston's police commissioner says he believes the Tsarnaev brothers were planning another attack. Ed Davis spoke to Don Lemon on Sunday.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ED DAVIS, BOSTON POLICE COMMISSIONER: I'm confident that they were the two major actors in the violence that occurred. I am very, very sure that during this thorough investigation we'll get to the bottom of the whole plot and that's all I can say right now.
I told the people of Boston that they can rest easily that the two people who were committing these vicious attacks are either dead or arrested, and I still believe that.
DON LEMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: There were devices that were unexploded that were found at the original scene.
DAVIS: There were -- no, not -- which original scene?
LEMON: Found on the marathon route?
DAVIS: No. There were no...
LEMON: There were no more devices.
DAVIS: No, we cleared dozens of packages that had been dropped by people fleeing the scene. And so everything was treated suspiciously. In a situation like this, bombers often target first responders, so we were expecting another device. We handled that very, very carefully. The EOD teams did a tremendous job, but there were no other devices found on the route.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LU STOUT: And that was the Boston police commissioner Ed Davis there.
No Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he returned to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth after Monday's Boston Marathon bombing and before his capture on Friday night. And Chris Lawrence spoke to some of his classmates.
CHRIS LAWRENCE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A little more than 24 hours after video cameras captured him at the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev jumped back into campus life seemingly unphased, classmates say, by the terror attacks he's accused of committing.
ZACH BETTENCOURT, UMASS DARTMOUTH STUDENT: I saw him Tuesday, the day after, at the gym.
LAWRENCE: Zach Bettencourt says, Dzhokhar was acting like he didn't have a care in the world.
BETTENCOURT: He seemed very nonchalant. He didn't seem like aggress -- I mean, like nervous or anything.
LAWRENCE: Dzhokhar worked out for awhile and didn't shy away when Zach brought up the bombing.
BETTENCOURT: I was basically like yeah, these things happen in like other countries, you know, like maybe Iraq and Afghanistan, and stuff like that. And he was like yeah tragedies happen like this all the time and it's sad.
LAWRENCE: Just days before helicopters and SWAT teams descended on UMass Dartmouth, Dzhokhar was seen all over campus.
Students have to swipe their ID to get entrance to the building. And records show Tsarnaev did just that right here on Wednesday.
Friends saw Dzhokhar walking around his dorm. They say he went to this Italian restaurant on Wednesday hanging out with other intramural soccer players.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it was a pasta party for the soccer team.
LAWRENCE: And the campus buzz over the bombings didn't seem to bother him.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was like yeah tragedies happen, man, like these things happen around the world, like it's crazy.
LAWRENCE: And to some students scary.
BRITTANY LETENDRE, UMASS DARTMOUTH STUDENT: I eat where he ate. I slept like a few feet away from him. I've had class where he's had class. Like, with a terrorist.
LAWRENCE: Obviously he hasn't been convicted, but that student she knew him. It would seem a few times off campus at a place students call the Russia House. It was just a home where some of the international students would hang out.
In fact, friends tell us despite what's been said about the older brother feeling isolated and not having any American friends, Dzhokhar was just the opposite, a fully assimilated American student who they feel was strongly influenced by his older brother.
Chris Lawrence, CNN, Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
LU STOUT: You're watching News Stream. And coming up next, more reports of brutality and mass killing as the fighting rages in Syria's civil war.
LU STOUT: Now to more claims of brutality in Syria's civil war. An opposition group says 566 bodies were discovered on Sunday, most of them in one Damascus suburb. Now Syrian security forces carried out a six day operation. And a warning, the images we're about to show are very disturbing.
Now a spokesman for the local coordination committees in Syria, or LCC, says it is the highest number of bodies found in a single day since the civil war began in March of 2011. Now CNN cannot independently verify these claims, because the government severely restricts international journalists.
Now the Syrian government would only say that armed forces inflicted what it called heavy losses on terrorists. Now Mohammed Jamjoom is following the story. He joins us now live from Beirut. And Mohammed, details emerging of this new mass killing in Syria. What can you tell us?
MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's right Kristie. We are hearing horrific and very gruesome details from opposition activists, but I should stress from the start that there is a lot of conflicting reporting going on about just what has happened in the town of Jdaydet al-Fatl (ph) which is south of Damascus in the past few days.
Now, we've heard from some opposition activists that as many as 250 bodies were found yesterday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has a much lower number. They say they've been able to confirm 80 bodies found yesterday. The expect that that death toll number will rise throughout today and tomorrow as more identities are verified as people are combing through the names and looking at the bodies.
Now what we've been told by activists is that these towns were surrounded in the last week by Syrian regime forces battling with rebel forces that had seized those towns in the weeks before that. That in the clashes that ensued, many people were killed.
There's another version of this story by some opposition activists saying that in fact opposition forces had clashed with regime forces, that regime forces then took over the town yesterday and that then they went throughout the town killing people indiscriminately.
Now we've seen amateur videos, very gruesome, graphic amateur videos posted online purporting to show the aftermath of the claims of this attack. Now this video purportedly shot yesterday Jdaydet al-Fatl (ph), that is that town that is south of Damascus. In this video, which was shot inside of a room you see body bags. They open the body bags. It appears to be people, some of them faces have been bashed in, some of the appear to have been shot at close range in the head.
There's another video was want to bring our viewers' attention to. This one purportedly shot in the neighboring town of Jdaydet Artooz. Opposition activists said that many people were found dead in Jdaydet Artooz as well. And in this video, you see bodies on the side of a road, many of them wrapped in carpet. As they lift that carpet back, the people that are shooting the video, it is truly horrific. Again, it looks as though many of these victims were shot in the head, shot in the face, many of them look as though they had their faces bashed in as well.
Truly horrific reports that we're getting. But again they are contradictory, some of them, in nature. What we do know, what we've heard from the Syrian government and from the opposition activists, there's one point of agreement in that there were battles that took place in and around these towns in the past few days. The Syrian government, as you mentioned, claiming that they were able to take this town away from who they say are terrorists who had been in that town the last several days -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: Gruesome video of the aftermath there. Mohammed Jamjoom reporting for us, thank you.
Now let's step here and return to our video rundown. Earlier, we told you about that powerful earthquake that struck Sichuan Province in China on Saturday, leaving almost 200 people dead, injuring thousands of others. And next, we're going to take you to Japan and the latest assessment of conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Now it has been over two years since Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. And today, the International Atomic Energy Agency urged the plant's operator to continue to improve the reliability of essential systems.
Now the troubled plant has been hit by a string of problems recently. Now Reuters reports just hours ago that Tokyo Electric Power had to temporarily switch off a cooling system of a spent fuel pool in order to remove dead rats. That is the third time in as many weeks that rodents have caused equipment to go offline.
Now Japanese fishermen are still feeling the fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. And they say that they are unable to sell fish at the market due to the radiation levels. Diana Magnay has more.
DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's a huge catch for a tiny boat, all manner of fish flap about on the deck. But it's too choppy for us to film. By the time we're back at the port, there's little movement.
Today's catch would have been worth 3,000 U.S. dollars, they think, far more than they would have caught before Fukushima, because these waters are so underfished. But all they can do with them is sort out the biggest varieties and send them off to the lab for testing. They can sell none of this.
Seabream, Flounder, Sea Bass, a gigantic Munk fish, like throwing away money, the fisherman say.
"We can't put them on the market. There's nothing we can do," says Mitzunori Suzuki (ph).
Wrecked boats litter Iwaki Harbor still two years after the tsunami, a wasteland where buildings once stood. But it was the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi power plant 30 kilometers further north which destroyed these men's livelihoods.
Contaminated water used to cool highly radioactive nuclear fuel released straight into the ocean by Tepco, the plant operators in the weeks after the earthquake and tsunami.
Two years on, the fishermen are frustrated to hear of further leaks.
"Tepco says they'll dig a hole right in front of the reactor building and throw that groundwater into the ocean before it gets contaminated," Suzuki says. "But what's happened now is there's a leak in a reservoir above, so that groundwater won't be clean."
One of Tepco's many problems is that groundwater is leaking into the damaged reactor buildings, 400 cubic meters a day on top of the 300 cubic meters it has to pump through to cool the nuclear fuel debris sunk deep inside the reactor vessels. That water gets contaminated, too, and all of it needs to be stored somewhere.
Leaks in the underground reservoir system mean Tepco is having to resort to overground tanks, 900 of them, 80 percent of which are full.
Last week, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency examined the site to check on the decommissioning process and to see for themselves whether Tepco's measures to deal with its water issues were effective, namely a better purification technology still in testing, which Tepco says would make the contaminated water safe enough to release and a pumping system to try and lower the groundwater level so it won't seep into the reactors.
But these men lost their faith in Tepco a long time ago.
"They always say it's all right, it's safe," says Suzuki. "But if anything happens and it comes on the news, it always turns out they're not telling the truth. So if you ask if I believe them, I don't."
And although these fish have trace radioactivity below the food safety level, they can't sell them. It'll be a long time before the market regains faith in a Fukushima branded fish.
Diana Magnay, CNN, Iwaki, Japan.
LU STOUT: Now, in India a second man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a five year old girl. Now police have taken him to New Delhi. And the case has triggered a wave of protests in the capital. Sumnima Udas is there.
SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The gruesome rape of a five-year-old girl in the Indian capital is once again prompting daily protests in New Delhi. This time, we're not seeing the spontaneous largescale protests that we saw back in December after the student was gang raped on a moving bus, this time the protests are being organized by many opposition parties. They even stalled both houses of parliament today.
But still, many people here are shocked by the number of rape cases being reported in the media every single day, and the gruesome nature of many of these cases.
The Delhi police commissioner is facing the brunt of criticism as there are accusations that the police did not act quickly enough and that two police officers allegedly bribed the family of the five-year-old girl to not report the case.
This allegation is still being investigated. Many protesters here are asking for the police commissioner's resignation, but he says he is not the problem.
NEERAJ KUMAR, DELHI POLICE COMMISSIONER: If my resigning will prevent such depraved actions of the society then I am prepared to resign a thousand times. But that is not going to address the problem.
UDAS: The police commissioner went on to say that 97 percent of these rapes actually take place inside homes in India, not in public spaces. So the police and authorities should not be held accountable for not being able to prevent many of these crimes.
In fact, the alleged rapist was the five-year-old girl's neighbor. He has been arrested and still has his accomplice. Meanwhile, the five-year- old girl is recovering inside the hospital. Doctors say she is in stable condition now.
Sumnima Udas, CNN, New Delhi.
LU STOUT: Such a sickening crime.
You're watching News Stream. And still to come, the rebuilding efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy are forcing some Jersey Shore residents to live life on a different level. Details after the break.
LU STOUT: And it was a successful maiden test flight for Orbital Science's new rocket. On Sunday, after a slight delay, the Antares Rocket blasted off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. And 10 minutes after liftoff, the rocket deposited its dummy payload, fulfilling the goal of its test.
Now Orbital Sciences is preparing to eventually deliver cargo to the International Space Station.
And today marks the 43rd Earth Day. The theme of this year's event, the face of climate change. And according to the Earth Day Network, over 1 billion people in 192 countries are taking part in various events. And this year, the organization is aiming to personalize the challenge that climate change presents.
Now from Earth Day to extreme weather, last year Superstorm Sandy ripped across the U.S. east coast. And today, residents of coastal New Jersey are still rebuilding. As Richard Roth explains, new flood rules mean a new outlook on life for some homeowners.
RICHARD ROTH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Chilly winds along New Jersey's coastline, but spring is in the air and on the beach. But the damage from October's Superstorm Sandy is still easy to see.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You guys already in position?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All ready.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right. We're going up.
ROTH: For homeowners like Janice Coffin and Marge McCarthy, going up means actually raising their home. New Jersey ordered higher houses under new flood zone requirements. This was the view from their home before boat evacuation.
JANICE COFFIN, HOMEOWNER: This is our first glimmer of hope having the house raised, because then they can do the work inside and get it raised and we can then move back.
ROTH: Some 260,000 structures must lift or face a ten-fold increase in flood insurance, keeping contractors busy.
How is business?
STEVE HAUCK, SJ HAUCK HOUSE MOVERS: Business for me is good.
ROTH: How good?
HAUCK: Better than it's ever been in my career.
ROTH: According to a new census report, more people are living near coastlines and face increased risk from extreme weather.
Will you get dizzy being six feet higher?
MARGE MCCARTHY, HOMEOWNER: We were hoping to have a bay view, but I'm not sure that that's going to happen.
ROTH: You mean, I want a bay view.
The home is raised in stages.
This home falls in a declared high risk zone. It must stand on pilings to any wave waters flow under.
Homeowners here face further frustration, because of conflicting decisions by national and state governments in determining how high homes like this one should be post-Sandy.
BILL JONES, HOMEOWNER: Our floor -- our first floor was at this level. And now we're here.
ROTH: Bill and Phyllis Jones decided to lift after water damage, despite some confusion on flood maps. Plus, now they have a garage where the living room was.
PHYLLIS JONES, HOMEOWNER: We just realized that we never wanted to get on our hands and knees and scrub muck out of our home again, so this will prevent us from ever really having to worry about it.
ROTH: Back at the lift zone, success in under four hours. They'll put in a stair lift to be able to enter the elevated home with groceries.
As more insurance checks arrive post-Sandy, many other homeowners will be doing a whole lot of lifting here.
However, until they can return to their house, the construction crews are the only satisfied people.
JOSH FELDBAUER, SJ HAUCK HOUSE MOVERS: It is hard, but it's worth it. The payoff is looking at a house at eight feet in the air.
ROTH: Richard Roth, CNN, Brigadine, New Jersey.
LU STOUT: And this just in to CNN, two sources tell CNN that Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been communicating with officials. Now one senior law enforcement source says they have been questioning him since yesterday. A senior federal official briefed on the investigation said that the communication has been in writing. Now neither source would discuss would Tsarnaev has been communicating.
Now since the dramatic manhunt in Boston, we've been considering the role that technology has played in the takedown of suspect number two. From the overwhelming amount of surveillance video and cell phone imagery, to the FBI's decision to share those files online after the innocent were wrongly targeted.
But if there was one moment when technology did succeed in the manhunt, it was this, a smartphone image. Taken by David Green, this high resolution photo, it shows people running. And it shows smoke in the distance, but to the left of the image, you can see Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in that now famous white baseball cap walking away without the backpack he had been seen with earlier. Now this photo gave the FBI what they felt was the best image of the suspect.
And the photographer David Green had just completed the marathon himself when he went into a store to charge his iPhone. Moments later, he heard the bombs. And he decided to take a single photo. An image, taken by pure instinct, but eventually help break the case.
And that is News Stream, but the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is next.