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Morning Read: McDonnell Says Body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev Has the Right to Be Buried in Va.

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    Gov. Bob McDonnell defends relationship with a company doing business in the state

    After cemeteries in the Boston area refused his body for burial, Boston-marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is being laid to rest at an Islamic burial ground near Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va.

    Bob McDonnell responded to the burial location on Monday as reporters questioned him after he signed his landmark transportation legislation into law.

    “That wouldn’t have been my choice, but it’s a cemetery, it’s a religious cemetery,” McDonnell said. “My understanding is we don’t regulate those and it’s really a matter of private property.

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