1. Boston Bombings

    Tamerlan Received Welfare Benefits

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MAY 4:  Tamerlan Tsamaev (L) fights Lamar Fenner (R) during the 201-pound division boxing match during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions May 4, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After a car chase and shoot out with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, that killed three people and wounded at least 170.  (Photo by Glenn DePriest/Getty Images)

    Tamerlan Tsamaev in 2009. (Glenn DePriest/Getty)

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev struggled financially, receiving welfare benefits for his family up until last year—when he became ineligible based on his income level, says the AP. The report sheds additional light on Tamerlan, whose uncle spoke out Tuesday to place blame for the attacks on a mysterious Muslim radical who he claims steered Tamerlan toward fundamentalism. “Somehow, he just took [Tamerlan’s] brain,” Tamerlan’s uncle Ruslan Tsarni said. The radical, known to the family only as Misha, pushed Tamerlan to give up boxing and studying music. Sources told The Boston Globe on Tuesday that Russian authorities contacted the U.S. “multiple” times about Tamerlan, including at least once after the FBI investigated his trip to Russia in 2011.

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