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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.

Obama seeks three percent hike in discretionary budget at DHS

Despite official murmurings a few months ago that the fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS might decline slightly, the budget package unveiled on February 1 actually shows a three percent increase in “discretionary spending” by DHS in 2011, versus the prior year, and modest growth, at approximately the predicted rate of inflation, in the outer years.

Authorities say shooting at Lackland AFB likely a murder-suicide

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By Steve Bittenbender

 Two people are dead after a shooting took place Friday morning at a military installation in San Antonio.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office reported in a statement that it was called around 8:40 a.m. CT to Lackland Air Force Base regarding an active shooter incident.

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Senators make push for early warning systems for earthquakes and volcanoes

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By Steve Bittenbender

At Thursday’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing, the panel’s top two members called on the government to provide funding for systems that would alert residents of pending natural disasters.

The calls by Committee Chairwoman Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Ranking Member Sen. Maria Cantwell came during an oversight hearing for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Expert tells Senators ISIS not following al Qaeda’s lead in planning terror attacks

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By Steve Bittenbender

If the United States and its allies are to be successful in stopping further Islamic State terror attacks, then the countries must understand that the new wave of terrorist leaders have little in common with groups that preceded them. That was the lesson learned at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing earlier this week.

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National Zika Summit Focused on Coordinated U.S. Response

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ATLANTA – On Friday, more than 300 local, state, and federal government officials; health experts; and non-government partners gathered at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare for the likelihood of mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus in some parts of the continental United States.

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