WEST NEW YORK - Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been officially charged and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Federal authorities charged Tsarnaev yesterday in his hospital bed.

While it doesn't appear he and his brother had links to terror groups, officials say it looks like they were influenced by a charismatic al-Qaida leader.

Tsarnaev's sister, Ailina Tsarnaeva, lives in West New York and was expected to speak publicly yesterday but had her lawyer speak instead. Her lawyer also says she may issue a public statement today.