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President Barack Obama is defending the FBI's handling of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation as Republicans ready for oversight hearings on the attack. President Barack Obama is defending the FBI's handling of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation as Republicans ready for oversight hearings on the attack.

President Barack Obama is defending the FBI's handling of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation as Republicans ready for oversight hearings on the attack.

Obama tells the Spanish-language television network Univision he doesn't think it's fair to say law enforcement "dropped the ball"

The president says "there are going to be times where individuals decide they want to cause harm to people for crazy reasons, for no good reason, for ideological reasons."

He says it's a challenge when would-be attackers are "self-radicalizing" and not part of a broad conspiracy. Obama says the FBI "can't arrest somebody just based on a rumor."

The first of a series of House hearings is set for Thursday before the GOP-led House Homeland Security Committee.

Meanwhile, legal experts say authorities are placing intense pressure on the widow of one Boston Marathon bomber and three detained friends of the other to cooperate in the ongoing investigation.

Federal agents follow the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev  in unmarked vehicles when she leaves her parents' Rhode Island home. The college buddies of surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev face more than five years in prison after being jailed on charges related to covering up his activities.

The experts say investigators are trying not just to determine whether widow Katherine Russell and the friends are culpable but also to force them to share all they know about the brothers and possibly a wider plot.

Russell's lawyers say she's speaking with FBI agents. The students' attorneys say their clients didn't know about the plot.

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