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Boston Marathon Hoax Suspect Held on $100K Bail

Suffolk County District Attorney's Office(BOSTON) -- The man accused in a hoax on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon attacks was ordered held on $100,000 bail when he appeared briefly in court Wednesday.

In a blue V-neck prison smock, 25-year-old Kevin Edson stood while prosecutor Susan Terry told the judge Edson left a backpack containing a rice cooker at the finish line of the marathon Tuesday night.

The device Edson had was not an actual explosive, police said.

A doctor said Edson has a history of psychiatric disturbances and was off his medication, while prosecutors said Edson told police he knew what he was doing.

The two suspicious bags -- only one of which police say they believe the man dropped -- were both exploded Tuesday evening after the suspect had been detained for questioning.

"With the marathon coming, we are taking it serious," Boston Police Officer Randall Halstead said. "Our officers are trained in looking for any kind of suspicious activity, and when it is brought to their attention or they notice it, which was in this case, they act upon it."

The race takes place on April 21, but Tuesday was a day of remembrance in Boston, a year after bombings at the finish line killed three and injured 264.

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Mother of Boy Found in Claw Machine Will Not Face Charges

iStock/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- The mother of the 3-year-old Nebraska boy who was reported missing before being found safe inside a claw machine at a nearby bowling alley will not face charges.

The mother, who was not identified, called 911 Monday evening to report she could not find her son in the family’s Lincoln, Neb., home, according to police officials.

At nearly the same time, at a bowling alley and billiards business across a one-lane side street from the family’s home, a patron reported seeing a young boy stuck inside a claw machine.

“A patron went inside the bar and asked if anyone was missing a little boy,” Randy Lee, a front counter worker at Madsen’s Bowling and Billiards told ABC News.  “No one said anything and she said, ‘There’s a boy stuck in the machine.’”

“They thought maybe his arm was stuck and the bar maid went out and saw him actually stuck inside,” Lee said.

Employees called police, who, by that time, had also received the missing persons call from the boy’s mother.

Madsen employees called Value Vendor Services (VVS), which owns and operates the claw machine, to come and unlock the machine.

Nearly half an hour after he was found inside the machine, the young boy was safely removed and returned to his family.

Lee says the claw machine is located against a wall that is not visible from the front counter.  Lee did not know how long the boy was inside the machine before he was found around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The owner of the claw machine gave the boy a stuffed animal after he was rescued, according to Lee.

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Fake Kidnapping, Filmed for Educational Video, Angers Parents

iStock/Thinkstock(SEQUIM, Wash.) -- On a seemingly ordinary Saturday afternoon at the park in Sequim, Wash., two masked men grabbed a 4-year-old boy sitting on a park bench near his mother. The men proceeded to put the child in a van and drive off.

Parents reacted frantically, some running after the car attempting to get a license plate number, others called 911.

Their panic turned to outrage upon discovering that the abduction was a hoax in order to film a YouTube video to promote “kidnapping awareness,” according to the creators.

Jason Holden, 24, and his twin brother Jeremy, coordinated the hoax with their stepmother who allowed them to fake-kidnap their 4-year-old half-brother for the video. Holden and his twin called the police prior to undertaking the prank to let them know what they were planning.

“The police never said it wasn’t a good idea,” said Holden. “They asked for our name and number and said they would notify the police in our area.”

However, representatives from the Sequim Police Department disagree.

“We got a call moments before the incident happened at the park, with someone saying something to the effect of they are going to be filming a documentary-type video involving a fake kidnapping,” Sgt. Detective Sean Madison told ABC News. “We don’t consider that to be a warning or an advisement.”

The entire prank lasted about five minutes. When the brothers returned to the playground area to inform parents that the boy was safe, they were angrily reprimanded.

“We explained that we were filming an awareness video for kidnapping, but everyone sat there and yelled at us,” said Holder. “We weren’t able to explain ourselves or apologize.”

The brothers may now be facing misdemeanor charges involving disturbing the peace and being a public nuisance.

“I’ll be the first to admit we didn’t handle everything in the best way,” said Holden. “We didn’t mean to make people so upset.”

The brothers have a YouTube channel with other prank videos, where they are shown pulling stunts like leaving someone tied up in the trunk of a car on sale.

“Even though they said this was an awareness video, it’s very clear that all their other posts are pranks,” said Madison.  ”There is certainly some inconsistency in what they’re saying and what they’ve posted online in the past.”

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Accused Boston Bomber Can See Autopsy Photos of Victims

FBI(BOSTON) -- A federal judge in Boston ruled Wednesday that accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be allowed to view the autopsy photos of his alleged victims, a move that the prosecution had argued would “re-victimize” the families of the dead.

Tsarnaev was not in court when Judge George O’Toole announced the ruling at a pre-trial hearing, shortly before the defense and prosecution began arguments concerning Tsarnaev’s visitation procedures.

In mid-March the prosecution had filed a motion requesting that Tsarnaev be barred from seeing some of the autopsy photos of those killed when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon a year ago Tuesday. The bombs, allegedly planted by Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan, killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured some 260 others. Days later the brothers also allegedly murdered MIT police officer Sean Collier.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police hours after Collier was attacked. Dzhokhar was wounded and was later arrested. He has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts against him and could face the death penalty if convicted.

“Allowing photos of the mutilated bodies of the victims to be viewed by the man accused of mutilating them would needlessly re-victimize the family members in the same way that innocent children who are photographed pornographically are re-victimized whenever those photos are seen by others,” Assistant United States Attorney Nadine Pelligrini argued in a court filing last month. The restriction, the government said, would be limited to those images not entered as evidence in the trial.

In an opposition motion filed days later, Dzhokhar’s defense team argued that the prosecutors’ request was “unwarranted and publicly aggravates the very sensibilities and interests in dignity and privacy that the government seeks to protect.”

“In their collective experience, defense counsel are unaware of any case in which access to autopsy photographs has been conditioned on advance agreement not to review them with their client,” the defense wrote. “Decisions about what discovery materials must be shown to the defendant in order to prepare the defense should be left to the sound discretion of defense counsel.”

Dzhokhar’s trial is scheduled to begin in November. Boston will host the marathon again this year on Monday with 36,000 runners competing.

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Bear Attack Victim Left Horrifying Phone Message for Husband

iStock/Thinkstock(LAKE MARY, Fla.) -- The Florida woman who was mauled by a bear while at home Saturday unintentionally left a nearly six-minute voicemail message on her husband’s phone that captures the voracity of the attack.

“There was just a voicemail of five minutes and 43 seconds of me screaming,” said Terri Frana, whose cell phone dialed her husband while she was in the throes of a black bear’s jaw Saturday evening.

“He didn’t answer,” she said.

Frana, of Lake Mary, Fla., was found collapsed to the ground inside her living room by her son, who dialed 911, moments after the attack by what she estimates was a 200-pound black bear.

“She came in screaming. She said a bear attacked her,” her son told the 911 operator.

Frana’s husband then grabbed the phone to tell the 911 operator his wife was attacked and that three bears had been in the family’s garage.

“She’s breathing,” Frank Frana said on the 911 call.  “She’s just traumatized. She’s breathing and bleeding hard.”

Frana said she went to her garage on Saturday evening to grab bicycles for her children to ride down to their neighbor’s house when the attack happened.

As soon as the children left, Frana, 45, saw two bears in the driveway. She walked to the patio area where there were five bears eating trash that they had pulled out of the garage, her husband said.

Frana, who suffered wounds to her head and body, was released from the hospital Sunday and is recovering at home.

She said all she could think about once she was safely inside the home were here two other children, who were both still outside.

“As soon as they got in the house I knew they were safe,” Frana said.  “I felt I could breathe and calm down and know this was a true miracle.”

Wildlife officials in Florida announced that they put down a seventh bear and are offering a reward for tips on anyone feeding bears in the area.

The attack on Franas happened in an area 10 miles from where another woman, 54-year-old Susan Chalfant, was mauled by a black bear while walking her dogs last December.

In the last five years, bear sightings in Florida have doubled to nearly 6,200 a year. Last summer, teenager Abigail Whetherall was mauled by a bear after unsuccessfully trying to play dead.

Black bear attacks on humans are highly unusual and occur mainly when a bear feels her cubs are threatened, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

People who are attacked by black bears are encouraged to stand their ground and not back away or play dead.

“One of biggest myths is play dead, don’t do that; they eat dead animals,” Police officer David Shultz told ABC News’ Linzie Janis Sunday. “If you see them, make a lot of noise from a safe distance. Never try to outrun, they will outrun, outclimb. Come in contact with one, you want to back up slowly and if he keeps coming at you just act as big as you can.”

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Man Charged After Suspicious Bags Found Near Boston Marathon Finish Line

Ryan Catalani/@magicofpi/Twitter(BOSTON) -- A man was charged Tuesday with possession of a hoax device, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace after two suspicious bags were found near the finish line of the Boston Marathon amid stepped-up security on the anniversary of the bombings that shook the city a year ago.

The device the suspect -- identified as Kayvon Edson -- had was a rice cooker, not an actual explosive device, police said.

The two suspicious bags -- only one of which police say they believe the man dropped -- were both exploded Tuesday evening after the suspect had been detained for questioning.

"With the marathon coming, we are taking it serious," Boston Police Officer Randall Halstead said. "Our officers are trained in looking for any kind of suspicious activity, and when it is brought to their attention or they notice it, which was in this case, they act upon it."

The race takes place on April 21, but Tuesday was a day of remembrance in Boston, a year after bombings at the finish line killed three and injured 264.

Police said the bags were left in the area of Boylston St. and Exeter St., and the road was closed. Both bags were exploded by Boston Police as a precaution.

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College Board Releases Sample Questions for New SAT

Gubcio/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The College Board released on Wednesday sample questions showing the biggest changes to the SAT college admissions test in a decade.

The draft questions are intended to give the public a sampling of the changes for the spring 2016 exam, giving high school students time to prepare for changes like an optional essay, limited use of a calculator, and no more "obscure" vocabulary words.

[CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SAMPLE QUESTIONS]

The College Board emphasizes that these are just draft questions and "are not a full reflection of what will be tested."

"Actual items used on the exam are going through extensive reviews and pre-testing to help ensure they are clear, fair and measure what is intended," the College Board said in its released materials.

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Jewish Center Shooting Suspect Was Pen Pals with Would-Be Bomber

A postcard Frazier Glenn Miller sent Kevin Harpham in 2011. (Credit: U.S. Attorneys Office)(OVERLAND PARK, Mo.) -- The former KKK leader accused of murdering three people at two Jewish centers in Kansas was pen pals with Kevin Harpham, the man who plotted to bomb the MLK Day parade in Spokane, Wash., in 2011, the government says.

ABC News acquired from prosecutors copies of the postcards and letters they allegedly exchanged in March and April of that year, shortly after Harpham was jailed.

Frazier Glenn Miller, currently facing murder charges, encouraged Harpham to “stay strong,” and offered to help set up a legal defense fund for the convict, who later admitted to planting a backpack bomb along the parade route.

Miller appeared to believe Harpham was innocent.

“The vast majority agrees with me that you’ve been set up/framed,” Miller said in one letter.

“Your dad appeared on the TV and stated that you were living with him and caring for him during the time the crime was allegedly taking place.”

Harpham responded to Miller, thanking him for the support. He declined the legal help, referring to advice he had gotten from Alex Linder, founder of the anti-Semitic, white supremacist website Vanguard News Network.

“Alex Linder once said it is best to just take the public defender and not waste personal money on a trial and that is what I’m doing,” Harpham wrote.

At one point, Harpham wrote that he might need Miller to house-sit. He also complained about the jail’s “hard bed, limited clothing and blankets to keep warm.”

Harpham wrote that he had more to say but couldn’t put it in writing.

Miller, who appeared in court Tuesday and is being held on a $10 million bond, had other friends behind bars. He kept in touch with Joseph Paul Franklin, who was executed in Missouri last November, and Craig Cobb, a white supremacist serving time in North Dakota.


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Suspicious Bags Found Near Boston Marathon Finish Line

Ryan Catalani/@magicofpi/Twitter(BOSTON) -- On the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264 people, law enforcement officials in the city were not taking any chances. The Boston Police bomb squad was dispatched to the area near the marathon finish line to investigate and detonate two unattended backpacks.

As a precaution, Boston Police established a perimeter around the questionable items left in the area of Boylston Street and Exeter Street while the bomb squad investigates. Authorities asked pedestrians and drivers in tweeted safety alerts Tuesday to "avoid the area in and around the Boston Marathon Finish Line."

Police say the man they believe dropped at least one of the bags, identified as Kayvon Edson, has been detained and charged for disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and possession of a hoax device. Edson had been seen in the area earlier Tuesday shouting, "Boston strong," while wearing a black veil, dark makeup and no shoes.

There was no indication that either of the bags were dangerous, but the bomb squad detonated the items to be safe. Police confirmed that Edson's bag contained a rice cooker, thus the hoax device possession charge.

Similar measures were taken Tuesday morning when the bomb squad was sent to an area near South Station to investigate a suspicious item that they later detonated. 

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Former KKK Member Says Jewish Center Shooting Suspect Went 'Insane'

Johnson County Police Dept(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- A leading white nationalist says the accused gunman in the Jewish center shootings in Kansas was a raging alcoholic who long ago lost ties with his own pro-white community.

"I think Glenn had gone insane, completely insane in recent years,” Don Black, a former Ku Klux Klan member and the founder of Stormfront, the “White Pride World Wide” website, told ABC News. "Probably because of the alcohol. But whatever it was, he did us a lot of damage this weekend.

"He killed Christians. The whole thing was completely insane. His brain has rotted,” Black added.

Glenn Frazier Miller, a former KKK leader, allegedly killed three people Sunday when he opened fire at two Jewish community centers in Kansas. The charging documents used the last name of Miller, but he was addressed as "Mr. Cross" by the judge at a hearing Tuesday. Cross is an alias used by the suspect. Bond was set at $10 million.

Miller was charged earlier Tuesday with one count of capital murder and a second count of premeditated first-degree murder. The capital murder charge makes him eligible for the death penalty.

Miller's lawyer did not return a call for comment.

Despite his reported allegiance to another anti-Semitic website, Vanguard News Network, Miller had been shunned by the white nationalism community for years, Black said.

He and Miller had a falling-out after Miller testified against fellow KKK members as part of a plea bargain in 1988, Black said.

"It doesn’t matter what side you’re on, people don’t like rats,” Black said. "He’d been a government informant testifying against personal friends of mine. He came back years later and expected to be accepted back in our circles.”

But there were other reasons Black -- who said he never allowed Miller to post on his website’s forum -- said the accused killer wasn’t welcome.

“He had a history of too much alcohol, being a blowhard generally,” Black said.

Black, 60, said he was shocked to learn Miller is the suspect in the shootings.

“I would not have anticipated his doing that,” he said. "I thought he was most mostly talk.”

Commenters on Vanguard News Network, where Miller reportedly posted under the username “Rounder,” were equally surprised.

"This is really out of character, the randomness of it,” a user named “313Chris” wrote. “Just doesn’t read like something he would do.”

Others rallied to support Miller, whose is accused of killing a 14-year-old boy and two adults in the shooting.

“Glenn Miller has more guts and courage in his little finger than these keyboard warriors have in their entire body,” a user named “SA Mann” wrote.

Sinister comments proved some of Miller’s peers approved of the bloodshed.

“He needed to go on a more crowded day,” senior member “Dan Hadaway” wrote. “It didn’t sound like it was too well thought out.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a watchdog for hate crimes, calls Black’s Stormfront “the first major hate site on the Internet.”

The group has urged authorities to read forums on sites like Stormfront and Vanguard News Network.

“It’s not like we don’t know where this type of hatred and violence is bred,” said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center in an interview with ABC News. “These forums have to be watched very carefully within whatever the legal bounds are. This is where these people live. This is where our domestic terrorism is coming from.”

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President Obama Issues Statement on Boston Bombing Anniversary

Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Dignitaries and families of victims gathered in Boston on Tuesday to commemorate the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

President Obama marked the occasion with a moment of silence in the Oval Office and issued the following written statement:

A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon.  Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded.  Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier.  And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety.  Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.  And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.

One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us – learning to stand, walk, dance and run again.  With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city.  And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday – Patriot’s Day – hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.

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Accused Kansas Shooter in Wheelchair for Court Appearance

David Eulitt-Pool/Getty Images(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- Frazier Glenn Miller, who could face the death penalty for allegedly killing three people at Jewish centers in Kansas, made his first court appearance Tuesday wearing only what appeared to be a padded smock with his arms and legs exposed.

The 73-year-old was brought to a closed circuit booth in a wheelchair where he then stood and made his initial court appearance.

The charging documents used the last name of Miller, but he was addressed as "Mr. Cross" by the judge, who set his bond at $10 million. Cross is an alias of the suspect.

He was charged earlier Tuesday with one count of capital murder and a second count of premeditated first degree murder. The capital murder charge makes him eligible for the death penalty.

The suspect has long been on the radar of anti-hate groups, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center. At a news conference on Monday, police officially classified the massacre as a "hate crime."

Prosecutors said the capital murder charge is for the deaths of William Lewis Corporon and his grandson, Reat Underwood, 14, who were gunned down outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, where parents and their children were gathering for a singing contest.

The premeditated first degree murder charge is for the shooting of Terri LaManno, 53, who was shot and killed minutes later outside the Village Shalom assisted living center where she was visiting her mother.

"The fact that we filed these two counts [doesn’t] mean we can’t add new charges," Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said."[There is a] good possibility additional charges will be forthcoming."

U.S. attorney Barry Grissom said federal charges will likely be filed next week.

Miller, who was one of the country's most prominent white supremacists in the 1980s, according to two watchdog groups, was armed with at least one shotgun when he allegedly began shooting at people gathered in a parking lot.

Witnesses said the suspect, who is reported to be a former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan yelled a Nazi salute after the shooting.

Miller served three years in federal prison on weapons and threatening communications charges, according to court records. As part of a plea bargain, Miller testified against other KKK members at a 1988 sedition trial.

After serving his time, Miller became an unwelcome figure in the white supremacist movement and was viewed as a traitor, Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research at the Anti-Defamation League told ABC News.

"Ever since [he took a plea deal], most white supremacists don't want anything to do with him," Pitcavage said.

After laying low for a while, Pitcavage said Miller became active again in the past 15 years, taking his hate into the digital age.

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T-Rex Arrives at Natural History Museum

National Museum of Natural History(WASHINGTON) -- Washington’s latest arrival is no stranger to tough habitats. The 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex arrived at the National Museum of Natural History on Tuesday.

On loan for 50 years from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the fearsome T-Rex fossil -- each tooth the size of a banana -- will form the centerpiece of the National Museum of Natural History’s new dinosaur and fossil hall in 2019.

But visitors to the nation’s capital won’t have to wait five years to see the creature’s remains. In the museum’s new “Rex Room,” tourists will be able to watch staff members unpack, photograph and prepare the bones for assembly.

The so-called “Nation’s T-Rex” was discovered in Montana in 1988 by a rancher named Kathy Wankel, who noticed a bone sticking out of the sand and delivered it to the Museum of the Rockies.

The skeleton was originally scheduled to arrive in D.C. on Oct. 15, National Fossil Day, but the 16-day government shutdown derailed the project schedule.

The Rex Room opens Tuesday.

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Male Cop Transforms into Amish Woman to Catch Sexual Predator

iStock/Thinkstock(PULASKI TOWNSHIP, Pa.) -- Sgt. Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police Department in Pennsylvania donned a traditional Amish bonnet, dress and apron in January while working undercover to catch a reported pervert who had been exposing himself to Amish children walking home from school.

“Sometimes being a police officer means going undercover and doing what you have to do to catch the bad guy,” Adams wrote on his department’s Facebook page.

Adams had a female partner in the operation, an officer from Wampum, Pa., and told the New Castle News he and the other officer would walk along the road in hopes the reported perp would approach them.

Adams did not catch the reported perpetrator in action. However, he said authorities believe the suspect was later arrested in another county.

“I wanted to share with you that we will use all means available to try and protect our children,” Adams wrote. “That includes dressing up as an Amish woman to attempt to apprehend a pervert!”

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Could the Boston Bombers Have Been Stopped?

FBI(NEW YORK) -- A year after the Boston Marathon attacks, there are troubling new questions about whether the bombings could have been thwarted and how two brothers from Chechnya learned to allegedly execute their terrorist attack so efficiently, officials tell ABC News.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, and his brother Tamerlan, 26, are accused of detonating two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others a year ago on Tuesday. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police days after the bombing, but Dzhokhar was arrested and now sits in jail, isolated from other inmates and awaiting trial. He has pleaded not guilty.

But many current and former senior officials who have investigated the tragedy told ABC News that they question whether the brothers might have been neutralized by a more thorough FBI investigation before the attacks, and whether as bombmaking novices they had to have had help in allegedly building several different types of sophisticated devices, which they used more successfully than any other homegrown terrorists since 9/11.

"I do think that had we taken a second look, we could’ve stopped this," Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told ABC News.

According to court documents, the inspector general's report and sources briefed on the federal investigation of the attacks, the FBI and prosecutors contend that both Tsarnaev brothers learned to build their improvised explosive devices using pressure cookers as well as three pipe bombs by downloading instructions off the Internet.

But ABC News has learned that many within the FBI, law enforcement and counter-terrorism strongly disagree that they could have become good enough to make the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from online how-to’s and suspect an expert taught or instructed Tamerlan on the craft of bombmaking while he was overseas in 2012.

"For a ‘novice’ pair of IED builders and emplacers, for them to work as they did, to be effective, that indicates to me a level of sophistication that they received some sort of training from somewhere," retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Barbero, former director of the Joint IED Defeat Organization, told ABC News. Barbero headed the organization at the time of the marathon attacks.

Prosecutors allege that the Tsarnaevs got recipes for the pressure-cooker IEDs -- common on battlefields in Afghanistan -- and “elbow” pipe bombs from online instructions published four years ago in Inspire, a terrorist magazine published by al Qaeda’s affiliate al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP offered wannabe jihadis instructions for both types of IEDs under the headline, "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom."

But an analysis of the bombs done by FBI technicians at the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) in Quantico, Va., in late April 2013 found that the bombs in Boston had a much more sophisticated design than that in the online magazine, including differences in the initiators, power source and switch/trigger, which utilized a toy car remote control. Inspire never contained instructions for that type of switch/trigger used to remotely set off the IEDs, but had directions for a different type using a motorcycle remote starter.

"While the RC concept is similar, TEDAC assesses INSPIRE would not provide an individual with the appropriate details to translate these instructions for use with RC toy car components. Such construction would likely require previous knowledge of, or additional research into, RC toy car circuitry," a TEDAC analysis document said.

"They didn’t get it just from online and definitely didn’t get it just from reading Inspire magazine. So where did they get this training and how did they acquire the skill?" Barbero said.

The indictment of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev alleges that he and Tamerlan "armed themselves with five IEDs, a Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun, ammunition for the Ruger, a machete and a hunting knife" before engaging in their April 19 shootout with Watertown police. The bombs included a pressure cooker IED, three pipe bombs and a Tupperware tub filled with black powder and a fuse -- they exploded all but the tub during a firefight. The gun was bought illegally from a suspect still under investigation in another state, a law enforcement official told ABC News.

They also threw small black powder grenades called "crickets" at police during a car chase, sources said.

Allegedly creating and detonating such different IEDs put the Tsarnaevs in a class by themselves as post-9/11 homegrown terrorists, who typically have tried to perfect just one IED design and have rarely succeeded in detonating any at all, officials said.

"It is absolutely a major unanswered question of how they got that good and whether they had assistance of some kind," a senior counter-terrorism official told ABC News last week. "They had a better success rate than AQAP's master bombmaker al-Asiri," who created the underwear and printer cartridge bombs snuck aboard airplanes, which failed to detonate.

McCaul's staff recently completed a year-long investigation of the Boston attacks. It found federal counter-terrorism officials failed to alert Massachusetts law enforcement that Russia's security services in 2011 informed the FBI and later CIA that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva were suspected of being radicalized Islamists.

"I think it's very clear today, after the investigation we conducted and the investigation the inspector general conducted of the intelligence community and the FBI that that foreign connection is real and that he was over there meeting with extremists," McCaul said. "He was greater radicalized and it’s very likely he did receive training."

An intelligence community inspector general report released last week revealed that the FBI only interviewed Tamerlan and his parents in Boston but not other associates or an ex-girlfriend he had assaulted. The FBI found nothing to support the Russian claim -- which stemmed from an intercepted phone call by Russian spy services.

"Now in fairness to the FBI, the Russians had information they didn’t share with the FBI after their warning came in and that’s unfortunate," McCaul said. McCaul and other officials were also quick to state that they see no evidence the Tsarnaevs were acting on orders of a foreign terrorist group. But extremists likely offered Tamerlan expertise, he agreed.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev soon faded as a counter-terrorism priority and he was able to travel to Chechnya and Dagestan in January 2012. He returned in July without facing further investigative scrutiny -- partially because his name was misspelled in a security database -- and soon began posting jihadi material including videos on YouTube.

FBI and Justice Department officials declined comment, citing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s upcoming death penalty trial.

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