National briefs: Tsarnaev's injuries revealed

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BOSTON -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been shot through the face and had a fractured skull, wounds to his lower extremities and bone injuries on his left hand when he was caught hiding in a boat in a suburban backyard, according to the surgeon who treated him.

The most severe injury was from a bullet that appeared to enter through the left inside of his mouth and exit the lower section of his face on the left side, Stephen Ray Odom said during a legal proceeding at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center three days after Mr. Tsarnaev's capture. A transcript of the testimony was unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court.

Mr. Tsarnaev was wounded during a confrontation with police a day after authorities released photos of him and his older brother, Tamerlan, as suspects in the bombing.

Mr. Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to numerous charges in the April 15 bombing -- including using a weapon of mass destruction -- and faces a potential death sentence if convicted.

Man, 20, shoots at school

DECATUR, Ga. -- A man with an assault rifle and other weapons exchanged gunfire with officers Tuesday at an Atlanta-area elementary school before surrendering, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

Although the school has a system where visitors must be buzzed in by staff, Michael Brandon Hill may have slipped inside behind someone authorized to be there, DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric L. Alexander said. The suspect, who had no clear ties to the school, never got past the front office, where he held one or two employees captive for a time, the chief said.

IRS scrutiny challenged

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service told its employees to watch out for applications for tax-exempt status by successors to ACORN, the now-defunct Democratic-leaning community organizing group. Congressional Democrats, who released the recently unredacted information Tuesday, maintained that such scrutiny undermines the idea that the U.S. tax agency's policing of political groups was limited to Tea Party organizations.

Also, a top House Democrat plans to file a lawsuit in federal district court today challenging the IRS's interpretation of a law that governs whether groups qualify for tax-exempt status as "social welfare organizations."

Navy rejects whale request

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The U.S. Navy says it will not adopt recommendations by the California Coastal Commission for limiting harm to marine mammals, including giant blue whales, from Navy sonar training, potentially moving the two sides closer to another round of legal conflict over the issue.

In a July 31 letter, Navy officials said they disagreed with the commission's finding in March that the Navy's plan for training exercises did not include sufficient information.

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