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Boston shut down as bombing suspects chased down

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The greater Boston area is shut down with bus and subway service suspended and local businesses and universities closed, as federal and local authorities chase down two men believed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings.

Law enforcement, homeland security, White House vow to find Boston bomber

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Federal, state and local investigators are in the initial stages of tracking down the person or persons responsible for two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded over 100, but said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The latest details to emerge from the afternoon of chaos in the city included news that the bombs  -- which were stuffed in trashcans near the race route  -- contained ball bearings or BBs meant to cause even more substantial injuries to bystanders.

GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala

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Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.

The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.

GSN 2012 Homeland Security Awards program open for entries

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The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.

Va Police Chiefs Assn signs up for online training at PoliceCommunity.Net

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The Response Network, of Hanover, NH, a provider of online training programs for law enforcement and public safety professionals, has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) to develop customized in-service training courses that will be available to all Virginia law enforcement personnel on the company’s PoliceCommunity.net online training portal.

Coast Guard, Homeland Security monitoring U.S.-bound ships and cargo departing from site of deadly Chinese explosions

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By Steve Bittenbender

The U.S. Coast Guard announced in a bulletin earlier this week that it as well as officials from the Department of Homeland Security agencies are monitoring vessels and cargo headed to the country that were in the Tianjin, China port during either or both of the explosions that left hundreds dead or injured.

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FAA releases B4UFLY App Beta Test for UAS users

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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta first announced the initiative in May, asking for volunteers to test the app. The FAA has notified those who previously signed up and will be pushing the app to them directly in the coming days.

Many unmanned aircraft users today have little or no aviation experience, and some of them are flying where they could endanger manned aircraft. B4UFLY will give these flyers the tools and knowledge they need to operate safely.

Key features of the B4UFLY app include: 

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Louisiana parish protects children in schools near rail lines with real-time chemical detection technology

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Senator Rick Ward

By Terry L. Jones 

Livonia, LA - Pointe Coupee Parish is arming itself with military-grade technology that will give its local emergency response teams the ability to detect hazardous chemical threats even before many state agencies.

That protection is being made possible through the installation of a $300,000 chemical security network being integrated into the parish’s recently upgraded 911 system.

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Curtiss-Wright awarded Air Data Computer technology contract by U.S. Coast Guard

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Ashburn, VA, August 31 – Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has received a contract from the United States Coast Guard to supply its Air Data Computer technology for use on the Coast Guard’s Airbus MH-65 Dolphin helicopter fleet. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopters will be integrated with dual Air Data Computers that provide flight critical altitude and speed information to the cockpit and other important helicopter systems. The initial value of the contract is approximately $3 million.

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