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Biden Calls Marathon Bombers ‘Twisted Perverted Cowardly Knockoff Jihadis’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Vice President Biden spoke at Wednesday’s memorial service for Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was allegedly killed by the Boston Marathon bombers.

Biden told the crowd that terrorism was doomed to fail, and spoke of the resilience of Boston.

“On every frontier, terrorism as a weapon is losing, it is not gaining adherents,” he said.

Biden called the two suspects “twisted perverted cowardly knock off jihadis,” and stressed that they had not achieved their goals of instilling fear in Bostonians. “The purpose of terrorism is to instill fear. You saw none of it here in Boston. Boston, you sent a powerful message to the world.”

“Next year's Boston Marathon will be bigger, more spectacular and attended by more people than any marathon in the history of the United States of America, cause that's who you are,” the vice president said.

Biden honored the dead and injured, telling the crowd that his message “is embrace the memories of those beautiful people we lost in the bombing. Stand by and help and support the hundreds who were injured and honor... honor this hero, Sean.”

MIT Police Chief John DiFava also spoke, and said Collier was the same person in uniform as out of uniform.

“His caring and compassion was genuine without duplicity and because of this depth of character he was able to achieve a level of trust with people of all backgrounds that was truly remarkable,” DiFava said.

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Runners Around the World Show Solidarity with Boston

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Runners around the globe this weekend showed their solidarity with the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

At the London Marathon, the first major race since Boston, runners wore black ribbons and observed a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attack before starting on the 26.2-mile course.

One week after she won the wheelchair race in Boston, 23-year-old American Tatyana McFadden also came out on top in London.

"You know this whole weekend was dedicated to Boston and we got huge support from London. So, I couldn't be happier -- just getting support. It was just a wonderful day," she told BBC News.

In New York's Central Park, an annual 4-mile race benefiting the City Parks Foundation took on new meaning.

Of the thousands of runners, many sported special bibs and "I Run for Boston" T-shirts that were sold by race organizers with the proceeds benefiting One Fund Boston, the official charity for those affected by the bombing.

In Tallahassee, Fla., approximately 1,000 people are expected to gather on Sunday for a symbolic 5.2-mile run to honor the victims and runners who were sidelined on the Boston Marathon course when twin explosions tore through the finish line.

"We heard a lot of the runners were stopped at the twenty-first mile of the race," organizer Shannon Colavecchio told ABC News.

"We are going to finish this marathon for everyone," she said.

Tallahassee also has a special connection to Boston, she said, since many runners participate in the city's marathon each February, which boasts a flat course, in order to qualify for the race in Boston.

Colavecchio said the proceeds from the event would go to the Boston Red Cross.

Other solidarity runs took place from Vermont to San Francisco earlier in the weekend. A run called "Boston Strong San Diego" was planned for Monday.

"I think this a testament to the fact everybody in the country wants to do something," Colavecchio said. "We will not be terrorized and we will not stop running."

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'Cowards' Billboard Lights Up Boston Skyline in Wake of Blasts

Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Less than 10 miles from the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where three people were killed and more than 170 injured in dual blasts on Monday, lies a billboard with a one-word message: “Cowards.”

The billboard, located off the I-93 expressway that crosses the city, belongs to the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union. The chapter, Local 103, usually uses the billboard for union-related and community messages but that changed Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after the two bombs exploded.

Since then, the electronic billboard had rotated every 10 seconds between the “Cowards” sign and another that reads, “Pray for Boston.”

None of the union’s 7,500 members were directly hurt in the explosions, according to a representative, but they have another connection.

The town where the chapter’s headquarters is located, Dorchester, Mass., is the same town where the blasts’ youngest victim, Martin Richard, and his family lived. Richard, 8, died while attending the marathon festivities with his mother, father and two siblings. Both his mother and younger sister sustained “serious” injuries in the attacks.

Local 103 plans to keep the billboard devoted to the Boston Marathon survivors but is working on incorporating new messages, the representative told ABC News.

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Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley: ‘No Ambitions’ to be Pope

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’ Malley had a message for supporters who are excited to see his name mentioned as a possible candidate for the papacy.

Writing in his personal blog, O’Malley says:

“I know people like to root for the home team — who wouldn’t want the pope to come from their home diocese — and, of course, I am honored to participate in the conclave. But, I assure everyone, no cardinal goes to the conclave with ambitions to be elected the Holy Father.”

O’Malley says any talk of who the next pope may be is just idle chatter:

“I realize that there has been much speculation about who will succeed Pope Benedict. However, I deem that to be very fanciful. Instead, we should be concentrating on praying for the Holy Spirit to help and guide the cardinals so that we will elect the person the Church needs at this moment.”

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Catches Fire After Landing in Boston

ABC News(BOSTON) -- A fire broke out on an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet in Boston's Logan Airport after a non-stop flight from Tokyo, prompting more safety concerns about the new plane since its 2011 release.

The incident occurred Monday morning when an electrical fire broke out on board the Japan Airlines jet 30 minutes after 173 passengers and 11 crew members exited the plane.  The Massachusetts Port Authority's fire chief, Bob Donahue, said the fire began in a battery pack for the plane's auxiliary power unit, which runs the jet's electrical systems when it's not getting power from its engines.

No major injuries were reported and one firefighter had skin irritation after contact with a chemical used to douse the fire, Donahue said.

The flight landed incident-free around 10:15 a.m., but a mechanic working in the cockpit was confronted minutes later by smoke billowing from electrical systems in the belly of the plane.

"We observed a heavy smoke condition throughout the entire cabin," Donahue said.

Fire crews using infrared equipment found flames in a small compartment in the plane's belly and had the fire out in about 20 minutes, he said.  There was a flare-up later when a battery exploded, he added.

Japan Airlines said in a statement, "Safety is the foundation of JAL's operations and while no passengers were injured in this incident, we deeply apologize for causing our customers concern and inconvenience.  We are now working closely with NTSB and Boeing in determining the cause of this incident."

The National Transportation Safety Board said it's sending an investigator to Boston.

"We're aware of the situation and are working with our customer," Boeing said in a statement.

Boeing has sold more than 800 of the planes around the world with only six flying domestically.  The plane, mostly made of carbon fiber, was first released in 2011.

The Federal Aviation Administration last month ordered inspections of potential fuel-line leaks on all 787s.  On the same day the inspection was ordered, a United Airlines 787 flight from Houston to Newark, N.J., was diverted to New Orleans because of a generator failure.  A similar fire broke out during the 787's testing phase in 2010.

"This event occurred in the same avionics bay where they had problems before," said John Hansman, MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics.  "So it raises a lot of questions that will be looked at as quickly as possible."

But Hansman believes this is just a new plane built differently with new systems and materials.

"I wouldn't be concerned as a passenger.  This is a very good airplane, but it's very advanced.  It's pushing the envelope," he said.

Airlines are buying the new planes because they're cheaper to fly and more efficient, but they're going to sell would-be passengers on feature comforts such as the air itself.

Because the plane is made of plastic, it is more flexible so air pressure inside the plane can be kept higher.  The maker says the improvement in air pressure leads to less jet lag, as well as less dry mouth and skin for passengers.

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WATCH: Boston Cop Rescues Drowning Woman

ABC News(BOSTON) -- A Boston police officer is being hailed a hero after he jumped into the frigid cold water to rescue a drowning woman.

Cellphone video showed police officer Edward Norton plunging into Fort Point channel Friday afternoon during a torrential downpour to rescue the unidentified woman who’d reportedly fallen in by accident.

Norton, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time, says he didn’t think twice about jumping in.

“It just kind of happened.  I saw her there.  Someone had to do it,” Norton told ABC News.  “As I was in the air, I was thinking I don’t know what’s under the water.”

Once in the water, Norton’s bullet-proof vest weighed him down, making the rescue more complicated than he anticipated.  Onlookers did their part by tossing in a life preserver, which helped keep the frantic woman afloat.

“She kept saying stuff like, ‘I can’t hold on.’  So, I told her, ‘Hold on.  Help is coming,’” Norton said.

The officer remained with the woman in the water until firefighters arrived on the scene and pulled them both out of the water to safety.

Both were taken to local hospitals and checked for hypothermia, but were released with a clean bill of health.

As for the people calling Norton a hero, he says, not really because it’s all in a day’s work.

“I feel like I did what I would expect to do for one of my loved ones.  My wife, my daughter, anyone,” Norton said.

While everyone made it out of the water safely with no injuries, there was one casualty so to speak.  Norton says his wedding band slipped off when he hit the water, and hero or not, his wife is none too pleased.

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Missing Student's Body Found in Boston River

WCVB/ABC News(BOSTON) -- The body of Boston Architectural College graduate student Jonathan Dailey was found in Boston's Charles River Tuesday morning, reportedly bound with chains and weighted with a cinder block.

The body, the second found in the river in as many days, was discovered at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday by a Boston University rowing coach.  It was found less than two miles from where Dailey, 23, went missing nearly a week ago.

Authorities would not describe the condition of the corpse, but the Boston Globe, citing unnamed law enforcement officials, reported earlier Tuesday that the body was found chained to a cinder block.

"It is far too early to make a determination as to manner of death, and reports indicating that the individual was the victim of a homicide are premature," said Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney.

On Sunday, police found the body of a 62-year-old man near the Boston University Boathouse.  That man's identity has yet to be released, pending notification of his next of kin.

Daily is a student at Boston Architectural College and worked as a salesman at an American Apparel clothing store.  He was known for taking adventurous trips, but friends and family say he would have informed them if he were going away.

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Boston Woman Carrying Young Son Tumbles Onto Subway Tracks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A Boston mother holding her 4-year-old son in her arms walked right off a subway platform during rush hour and fell face-first onto the tracks.

Two Good Samaritans quickly jumped to the tracks to save her and her son before a train came through the station.

Surveillance video posted onto YouTube captured the woman as she stepped off the platform and took a shocking tumble with her small son onto the tracks Wednesday just before 6 p.m. at Cambridge's Kendall Square Station outside Boston.

The unidentified mother from Attleboro, Mass., told an MBTA Red Line Inspector that she mistook the northbound train, which had just arrived on the platform across the tracks, for the southbound train that she was waiting for, according to the statement.

Two commuters, who were waiting for the southbound train, jumped down onto the track, scooped up the child and helped the woman back onto the platform to reach safety.

The woman and the boy did not suffer any visible injuries, but were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital to be examined, according to a statement from MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. An ambulance was not dispatched to scene, according to the Cambridge Fire Department.

Fortunately the incoming train did not arrive immediately after the fall, and the woman -- and her rescuers -- managed to avoid the third rail, which could have electrocuted them.

"The bystanders' quick response is worthy of praise, but it's also important that the public remember that the subway's third rail is electrified," Pesaturo said in the statement. "It's always best to immediately notify an MBTA employee so that we can alert nearby train crews and shut off the power to the third rail as soon as possible."

The man and woman who came to the woman's aid left the scene when the trained arrived without identifying themselves, Pesaturo told the Boston Herald, which first reported on the incident.

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Police Release New Photos from Apartment of Boston Mob King 'Whitey' Bulger

ABC News(BOSTON) -- Police have released hundreds of photos from the apartment of accused Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, depicting dozens of weapons, wads of cash and other remnants of his crime-filled past.

Bulger, the alleged head of Boston's notorious Winter Hill Gang, was arrested last year in the small, rent-controlled Santa Monica, Calif. apartment where he lived in hiding for the last 16 years with longtime girlfriend Catharine Greig.

The just-released photos of Bulger's hideout include 30 firearms he kept hidden behind the apartment's walls, an arsenal consisting of pistols, sawed-off shotguns, rifles, and even a grenade. He also hid $800,000 in cash wadded in bags.

Around the apartment, Bulger kept a collection of books about the mafia, including titles like "The Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide," "Mob Cops" and "The Last Gangster," in addition to episodes of the television show "America's Most Wanted" that featured him.

Police also found handwritten pages of Bulger's memoir, a pair of binoculars Bulger had used to search for enemies, and oddities like a dress dummy that appeared to look out the dining room mirror.

But Bulger, whose life as the boss of the Irish mafia inspired Jack Nicholson's character in the film "The Departed," never did fire any of those 30 guns while he was in hiding.

To the contrary, "The reality is that Whitey, now at 82 years old, was living the life basically of a middle class retired couple," said former FBI consultant and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett.

In hanging on to the weapons, the binoculars and the mob-related books, Garrett says "it's really more than anything else an identity thing—actually trying to make himself probably a much bigger person than he was in reality."

Bulger, who was among the FBI's most wanted fugitives, fled Massachusetts with Greig in the mid-1990s, and awaits trial on 19 counts of murder. Greig was just sentenced to eight years in prison for identity theft and conspiring to harbor a fugitive.

In the months since their capture, five separate safety-deposit boxes filled with money have been found in both the U.S. and Europe, and under the agreement signed by Greig she is not required to reveal where any more may be hidden, and is not required to testify against Bulger.

Despite the wealth secreted away by the pair, Greig and Bulger lived a life that was, by all accounts, solidly middle-class.

Living under the names of Charles and Carol Gasco, they managed to live a normal life before their capture.

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Unruly Passenger Forces Emergency Landing in Boston

USAir[dot]com(BOSTON) -- A plane made an emergency landing at Boston’s Logan Airport Thursday after a passenger became unruly and attempted to open a cabin door in flight, ABC News affiliate WCVB reported.

The passenger had to be restrained by other fliers, according to Massport, the agency that runs Logan Airport.

Air Wisconsin flight 3801, flying from Portland, Maine, to Philadelphia and carrying 50 passengers, landed safely.  Air Wisconsin is a regional airline that flies for US Airways.

The crew became concerned with a passenger’s behavior and ordered the landing in Boston. The passenger may have been suffering from a medical issue.

The passengers were not in danger of the cabin door opening during the flight. After a rash of unruly passenger behavior in 2011, an American Airlines spokesperson told USA Today, “It’s not possible to open an aircraft door in-flight.”

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