Good morning, and happy Monday. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. First Boston Marathon bombing trial begins
Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with obstruction. Prosecutors allege that Tazhayakov removed a backpack containing fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room, after he saw his picture on the news following the April 15, 2013 bombing that left three dead and more than 260 injured. Tazhayakov's lawyers say their client is not guilty and that he "loved Boston." Read more in NEWS
2. Please turn on all electronic devices
The Transportation Security Administration will not allow electronic devices that are not charged on planes coming from some international airports to the United States. U.S. officials are concerned that electronic devices like laptops, tablets and phones can be used as bombs. The decision is part of new security measures enacted out of concern that Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamist Nusra Front in Syria plan to blow up a plane. Read more in NEWS.
3. Pistorius re-enactment video leaked illegally, defense says
A video in which Oscar Pistorius re-enacts the night he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp aired on an Australian television station on Sunday. Pistorius' defense team said they hired an American company to create the video for trial preparation purposes only. The defense also alleges the company, called The Evidence Room, illegally leaked the video. The Evidence Room has not responded to requests for comment from NBC News. The trial resumed Monday after a three-day break requested by the prosecution. Read more in NEWS.
4. Seven Hamas gunmen killed by Israeli airstrikes
Israel launched a series of air strikes on Gaza on Monday, killing seven Hamas gunmen, according to the Islamist group. Israeli military officials confirmed the strikes, saying they "responded to rocket attacks against southern Israel," by targeting nine "terror" sites. Four additional people were injured in the strikes. Read more in NEWS.
5. Father of killed Palestinian teen wants revenge
“Justice is when they destroy their houses just like they destroyed the houses of the suspects in Hebron,” Hussein Abu Khdeir, the father of a Palestinian teen whose body was found charred, said Monday. The teen is thought to have been killed in retribution for three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and killed last month. Israeli forces said they destroyed the homes of two Palestinian suspects in the killing of the three boys. Abu Khdeir said he was told by authorities that they had six suspects in custody. Read more in NEWS.
6. Pot shops in Washington get go-ahead to open doors
When the clock struck 2 a.m. in Washington state on Monday, a handful of shops received permits to sell recreational marijuana. Once the shop owners have the license, they are able to order from a small pool of licensed pot growers but have to wait 24 hours after they place the orders to open their doors. Read more in NEWS.
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A couple from Rochester probably considered themselves lucky as it was to secure tickets to a Paul McCartney concert. They probably felt even luckier when his concert in Albany was the first he was able to play in two months after an illness. But their luck increased tenfold when the Beatle pulled the two on stage to help the man propose. No word on a diamond, but the lucky lady will likely feel like "Lucy in the Sky" for months.