By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tokyo police are investigating death threats against U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and another American diplomat, according to media reports. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo received the threats by telephone last month, with several phone calls made by an English-speaking man, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Tuesday, citing a Tokyo police official. The threats also targeted the U.S. consul general in Okinawa, Alfred Magleby, according to Yomiuri and other Japanese and U.S. media reports on Wednesday. Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports, and the U.S. Embassy and Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department declined to comment.
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial is expected on Wednesday to hear more technical evidence on the investigation that followed the deadly blasts and the chaotic days afterward. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a university police officer three days later. FBI Special Agent Jessica Ulmer on Tuesday testified that agents found blood on a vehicle, a garage door and inside a private home's bathroom near the Watertown, Massachusetts, backyard where Tsarnaev was arrested, suggesting that the defendant picked his way through the sleepy neighborhood while seeking a hiding spot.
By Sharon Begley and Toni Clarke NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is preparing to roll back a widely criticized approach to public health, in which the "lost pleasure" people might suffer if they quit smoking or chose to eat healthier foods was used to reduce the projected benefits of new regulations, government officials told Reuters. A broad array of public health advocates, lawmakers, and economists criticized the agency's use of the analysis, however, saying it was applied incorrectly and sharply undercut the projected benefits of regulations meant to improve public health. Officials at the FDA and its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), have now intervened to curtail such analysis, according to officials involved. HHS Assistant Secretary Richard Frank, a healthcare economist on leave from Harvard Medical School, asked leading researchers to offer "ideas for new ways of analyzing lost consumer surplus in these cases," according to a letter last month to members of Congress, which was reviewed by Reuters.
(Reuters) - Missouri on Tuesday executed by lethal injection a man convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy nearly a quarter century after the man had lost part of his brain in a sawmill accident, the state corrections department said. Cecil Clayton, 74, of southwest Missouri, was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m. CDT after receiving a lethal injection of drugs at a Missouri state prison. He was the second inmate executed in Missouri this year and the 10th in the country. He shot Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Castetter in the head while the officer was in his patrol car.
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - With accused murderer Robert Durst set to spend at least six days in a Louisiana jail awaiting extradition to California, law enforcement officials and friends of possible victims expressed satisfaction on Tuesday over the prospect of the real estate scion facing justice. Durst, 71, the subject of a six-part HBO documentary series called "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," was picked up by a filmmaker's microphone saying he "killed them all," apparently acknowledging his crimes, in footage that aired on Sunday. He was arrested on Saturday by FBI agents at a New Orleans hotel, where he was staying under an alias and was deemed a risk to flee the country, after Los Angeles County issued a warrant for his arrest in the 2000 killing of longtime friend Susan Berman. Long estranged from his powerful family with its major New York real estate holdings, the eccentric Durst was acquitted in 2003 in the dismemberment and killing of a male neighbor in Texas, and was a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Kathleen Durst, in 1982.