MAN SHOT TO DEATH WHILE QUESTIONED IN BOSTON PROBE
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Chechen immigrant was shot to death by authorities while being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation early Wednesday after he lunged at an FBI agent with a knife, officials said.
Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, was gunned down at his Orlando home during a meeting with the agent and two Massachusetts state troopers, authorities said. The agent was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
The FBI gave no details on why they were interested in Todashev. But acquaintances said Todashev knew one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, from mixed martial arts fighting in Boston. Public records also show Todashev lived in Watertown, Mass., just outside Boston, last year.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, an aspiring boxer, was killed in a shootout with police days after the April 15 bombings. His brother, Dzhokhar, survived and is charged with carrying out the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
Muslin Chapkhanov, a former roommate of Todashev's in the Orlando suburb of Kissimmee, said Todashev knew the older Tsarnaev brother. "He was living in Boston and I think he trained with him," Chapkhanov told The Associated Press.
CAMERON: 'INDICATIONS' LONDON ATTACK TERROR
LONDON (AP) -- A brazen, brutal attack near a military barracks in London on Wednesday afternoon left one man dead and two suspects in the hospital. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the attack appeared to be terror-related.
The attack occurred in the southeast London neighborhood of Woolwich, just a few blocks from the Royal Artillery Barracks.
Two men reportedly attacked another man. Witnesses said the two men were shot by police and a number of weapons - including butchers' knives - could be seen on the street, which was splattered by blood.
French President Francois Hollande, speaking at a press conference in Paris with Cameron, said it was a British soldier who was killed. Cameron didn't immediately confirm that fact but the Britain's Ministry of Defense said it was urgently investigating the attack.
Cameron did say said there were "strong indications" it was a terrorist incident.
POLISH MAN GETS QUICK FACE TRANSPLANT AFTER INJURY
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A 33-year-old Polish man received a face transplant just three weeks after being disfigured in a workplace accident, in what his doctors said Wednesday is the fastest time frame to date for such an operation. It was Poland's first face transplant.
Face transplants are extraordinarily complicated and relatively rare procedures that usually require extensive preparation, typically months or years. But medical officials said the Polish patient's condition was deteriorating so rapidly that a transplant was seen as the only option. The patient is now being watched for any potential infections.
The patient worked at stonemason's workshop near the southwestern city of Wroclaw where on April 23 a machine used to cut stone tore off most of his face and crushed his upper jaw.
"We assume the surgery will allow the patient to return to normal life. He will be able to breathe, to eat, to see."
The patient is now breathing on his own and responds to questions by nodding his head or squeezing the hands of doctors. But his condition is serious and it will be months before the doctors can describe the procedure as a full success, said Dr. Krzysztof Olejnik, head of the team of anesthesiologists.
Another member of the transplant team, surgeon Dr. Michal Grajek, told The Associated Press that the patient is receiving drugs to ward off any potential viral, bacterial or skin infections.