Tsarnaev gets 30 count indictment, Paula Deen loses North Carolina restaurant, Liberace sells Las Vegas mansion

National news headlines for the week of June 24, 2013

Juliana Norwood | 6/28/2013, 12:04 p.m.


A federal grand jury has returned a 30-count indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts said Thursday. Tsarnaev is charged with killing four people—three spectators who died in the bombings, and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer ambushed in his cruiser a few days later. At least 264 people were wounded in the double bombings, which took place near the marathon finish line. The grand jury charged Tsarnaev with the use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and conspiracy; bombing of a place of public use resulting in death and conspiracy; malicious destruction of property resulting in death and conspiracy; use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death; carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury; interference with commerce by threats or violence; and aiding and abetting.


Authorities have released the name of the 6-year-old girl who drowned in a boating accident near Corvallis on Sunday. Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman says Joslyn Farrell of Washington State was visiting her father when the incident happened. Hoffman says the accident happened about two miles downstream of the Woodside Fishing Access on the Bitterroot River. A group of people, including the victim, were on a boat when it was caught in a hydraulic step below a diversion dam and started to sink. Several people, including the child, were caught in strong water currents behind the dam. The child could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead after being flown to the hospital. The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are continuing to investigate the incident.


A piece of Las Vegas history is up for sale, and it’s a steal. A mansion once owned by Liberace located near University of Nevada Las Vegas is listed at $529,000. The star bought the house back in the 1970s. Neighbors said they remember seeing Liberace there in his heyday, dressed flamboyantly and surrounded by bodyguards. Built in the 1960s, the nearly 15,000-square-foot mansion still includes much of Liberace’s personal flair, including several rooms adorned with large piano key decorations. Real estate expert Iddo Gavish of Gavish Real Estate said he has no idea why the price is so low, but that condition and location could play a role. “The property is just shy of half an acre. Two oversized bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and they are asking $35 a square foot. You couldn’t build that house for $35 a square foot,” Gavish said. The house is bank-owned and went into foreclosure in 2010. FOX5 spotted several interested buyers on Tuesday, including Las Vegas Strip headliner Holly Madison.

North Carolina

After Caesars Entertainment announced it was cutting ties with Paula Deen, Harrah’s Cherokee also announced its own Paula Deen restaurant would change. Harrah’s is owned by Caesars Entertainment. Ahinawake Littledave, a spokesperson for the Cherokee casino, said the casino would be removing Deen’s name from the local restaurant, Paula Deen’s Kitchen opened at the western North Carolina casino as part of their $630 million expansion. Littledave said that Deen’s name will be removed, the restaurant will be renamed and will have a new menu in the wake of Caesars’ decision. The disassociation between Deen and Caesars is companywide, according to Littledave. Littledave said no one is losing their job, but they will work with the new restaurant.

Compiled By Juliana Norwood. CNN News Wire contributed to

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