Happening Today: Aaron Hernandez, Syria, Soccer Bus Bombing, Sweet Drinks, Prince

What to Know

  • A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen was arrested in Germany on suspicion of bombing the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team

  • There’s more evidence that frequently gulping down sweet beverages could be bad for your brain, according to a new study

  • Prince died one year ago and his home state of Minnesota is marking the anniversary with a celebration of his life

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ME to Release Aaron Hernandez’s Brain After Lawyer’s Accusation of ‘Illegally’ Holding It

The stunning suicide of Aaron Hernandez led to another surprising turn — a fight over his brain. Hernandez’s family wants his brain to be studied by the Boston University CTE Center for a brain disease found in some football players. While state officials have now said they would release the brain to the family, that announcement wasn’t made until after accusations from the former New England Patriots tight end’s lawyer. Attorney Jose Baez added that BU’s CTE Center is “the finest lab in the country,” and said medical examiner’s office does not have the same level of expertise. The Medical Examiner’s office released a statement saying the brain was being kept because it was part of the investigation into Hernandez’s death and could require further analysis. But just hours later, just as quickly as the tension escalated, it seemed to come to an end.

Syria Still Has Chemical Weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis Says

Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel, warning against the banned munitions being used again. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Mattis also said that in recent days the Syrian Air Force has dispersed its combat aircraft. The implication is that Syria may be concerned about additional U.S. strikes following the cruise missile attack earlier this month in retaliation for alleged Syrian use of sarin gas. Mattis spoke alongside Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. “There can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all,” said Mattis. He said he didn’t want to elaborate on the amounts Syria has in order to avoid revealing sources of intelligence. Israeli defense officials said this week that Syria still has up to three tons of chemical weapons in its possession.

Man Arrested Over Bombing of German Soccer Bus, Officials Say

A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen was arrested in Germany on suspicion of bombing the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team in an attack last week that prosecutors alleged was motivated by financial greed. A Dortmund player and a policeman were injured in the triple blasts last week as the bus was heading to the team’s stadium for a Champions League match against AS Monaco. Investigators found notes at the scene claiming responsibility…

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