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5 stories to follow: April 23

Here's your daily round-up of five stories we're following today:

5 stories to follow: April 23

An Amazon.com package is prepared for shipment by a United Parcel Service driver. States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the Senate Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo)
An Amazon.com package is prepared for shipment by a United Parcel Service driver. States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the Senate Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo)

Here's your daily round-up of five stories we're following today:

1. Boston bombings: The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon attacks appear to have been motivated by radical Islam but have no known ties to terrorist groups, officials say. A criminal complaint against surviving suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, was filed Monday, charging him with use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death. Meanwhile, investigators are probing whether 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died trying to escape from authorities, is linked to an unsolved 2011 triple killing outside of Boston.

2. Couple responsible for second child death?: Rhawnhurst residents Herbert and Catherine were on probation for the 2011 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent, when a second child, 8-month-old Brandon, died last week. Authorities say the two didn't seek proper medical care for their children. "When asked why you didn't call a doctor or seek a medical professional, you said, 'Because we believe God wants us to ask him for healing,'" Judge Benjamin Lerner said in court. "You did that once, and the consequences were tragic."

3. New Rutgers basketball coach: Rutgers is slated to name Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan as the university's new men's basketball coach this afternoon. Former coach Mike Rice was fired after a video showing him abusing players surfaced.

4. Bernanke out at Fed?: Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke will skip the Fed's annual August conference, fueling speculation that he will leave when his term ends in January.

5. Sales tax could hit online shoppers: A bill being considered by the Senate could lead to the end of tax-free Internet shopping. The bill would let states require online retailers to collect state and local taxes on items bought online. The Senate could pass the bill as early as this week, according to the Associated Press.

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