New charges related to Boston bombing

U.S. officials Friday charged a Kyrgyzstani national who bought dinner for the accused Boston Marathon bombers the night of the attack with interfering with the investigation into the deadly bombing.

Khairullozhon Matanov, a taxi driver from Quincy, Mass., appeared in court to face one criminal count of destroying records and three counts of lying to officials in a terrorism investigation.

Prosecutors said Matanov, 23, spoke with accused bombers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the days after the blast but lied to police about the extent of his relationship with the pair. Matanov deleted searches related to the attacks from his computer and tried to dispose of cellphones he had used, prosecutors said.

— Reuters

Man charged with stealing human skin: A Pennsylvania man is facing charges that he stole human skin worth about $350,000 from a Philadelphia hospital over a period of nearly two years, police said. Gary Dudek, 54, a sales director for Organogenesis, a Massachusetts-based biotech firm that uses skin cells to engineer tissue for use in grafting, is accused of stealing skin intended for use in skin-graft surgeries from Mercy Philadelphia Hospital between November 2011 and July 2013, police said.

Court backs Missouri man’s right to shred flag: A Missouri man who shredded an American flag in front of his home out of anger over not being able to get a job had a constitutional right to do so, a U.S. appeals court ruled Friday. Upholding a federal judge’s decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit found that a Missouri state law prohibiting desecration of an American flag is unconstitutional, and Frank L. Snider should not have been arrested in the 2009 case.

Cleveland officers indicted in fatal chase: Six officers in Cleveland’s police department were indicted Friday in a November 2012 car chase that ended with two unarmed suspects dying in a hail of 137 gunshots.

— From news services