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Tuesday 8:27 pm: The Daily Mail published a trio of pictures Tuesday that were submitted to the FBI showing a suspicious package at the site of the bombing before and after the blasts. The third picture shows a man appearing to flee the scene of the wreckage. Read more from the Daily Mail here.

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Tuesday 8:19 pm: Domestic terrorism experts “skeptical” of anti-government groups involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a new report in the National Journal.

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Tuesday 8:14 pm: The third victim who died in Monday’s blast has been identified as a Chinese national Boston University graduate student, the Associated Press reported Tuesday night. No name or other information has been released at this time.

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Tuesday 6:36 pm: President Obama will travel to Boston this Thursday, NBC reported:

President Barack Obama will travel to Boston on Thursday to speak at an interfaith service dedicated to those injured or killed in the terrorist attack against the one of the city’s most beloved events.

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Tuesday 6:05 pm:  The Boston Globe has a video and story about a circuit board found in the blast area.

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Tuesday 5:53 pm:  The Daily Mail posted this picture of the Richard family. Martin, 8, died Monday. Mother Denise underwent brain surgery and sister, Jane, lost a leg in the explosion. The father, Bill, was a runner in the marathon and brother, Henry, 12, escaped injury.

 

Richard Family
Richard Family
Photo Credit: Daily Mail

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Tuesday 5:40 pm: Fox News reported the FBI is looking at area cell towers to see if the “moment of detonation” was captured.

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Tuesday 5:38:  Two children, aged 9 and 10, are listed among those in critical condition Tuesday.

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Tuesday 5:35 pm: Mother of 2nd victim identified Tuesday, Krystle Campbell, gave a very emotional statement to the press. Says she “doesn’t understand why this happened.”

Krystle Campbell
Krystle Campbell
Photo Credit: Daily Mail

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Tuesday 5:34: Governor is looking for Army vet named Tyler who helped an MIT student named Victoria stay calm after the explosion. He showed her his own shrapnel wounds. Victoria would like to personally thank Tyler, Gov. asks if Tyler would please call in to the office.

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Tuesday 5:32 pm: ATF is not prepared, at this time, to comment on the explosives found.

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Tuesday 5:31 pm: FBI Agent DeSlauriers: “tremendous” support from the public in turning over videos, photographs, eyewitness accounts.

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Tuesday 5:29 pm: Police Commissioner: Not enough information known on the 3rd victim to notify the next of kin.

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Tuesday 5:28 pm: FBI Special Agent in Charge Deslauriers will not speak about the circuit board supposedly found at this time.

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Tuesday 5:26 pm: Police Commissioner: More people in attendance than usual, that is why more police presence was visible. There were no credible threats or warnings before the blasts.

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Tuesday 5:24 pm: FBI press conference

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Tuesday 5:19 pm:  BizPac Review:

“Attacks on annual sporting events listed in al-Qaeda playbook.”

“Focus please, Senator: Elizabeth Warren gushes over Obama’s response to attack.”

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Tuesday 5:13 pm: Former Obama advisor David Axelrod gave his opinion to MSNBC as to why the president did not call the bombings a “terrorist attack” Monday evening. Axelrod said:

I’m sure what was going through the president’s mind is — we really don’t know who did this — it was tax day. Was it someone who was pro–you know, you just don’t know. And so I think his attitude is, let’s not put any inference into this, let’s just make clear that we’re going to get the people responsible.

Watch Axelrod’s comments via YouTube:

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Tuesday 5:07 pm: Boston’s public safety unions have offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in Monday’s bombings, CBS Boston said.

According to the report:

Unions pooling their resources to provide the funds are the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, Boston Firefighters Local 718, Boston Police Patrolman’s Association, Boston Police Superior Officers Federation and the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society.

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Tuesday 5:00 pm: A second victim killed in Monday’s explosions has been identified as Krystle Campbell, 29. “She was a fun, outgoing person,”  grandmother Lillian Campbell told CNN. “She was always there to help somebody. And she was just beautiful.”

Krystle Campbell
Krystle Campbell
Photo Credit: Daily Mail

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Tuesday 2:40 pm: U.S. Capitol Police are “being diligent” and taking additional precautions, according to a statement on its website. “Trash cans near the Capitol are apparently being removed as a precautionary measure after the terrorist attacks in Boston on Monday,” The Daily Caller reported.

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Tuesday 1:01 pm: Mohammed Badawood, 20, is the roommate of the Saudi national “person of interest” police questioned about Monday’s bombings.  He described his roommate as a “quiet and clean…good boy,” the New York Post reported.

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Tuesday 12:22 pm: Army veteran Carr told Fox News, “Justice will prevail.”

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Tuesday 12:17 pm: Former Army Ranger Sg. Lucas Carr, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, was a runner in the Boston Marathon. Carr told Fox News the blasts reminded him “more of Iraq, than Afghanistan.”

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Tuesday 12:15 pm: FOX NEWS: the explosives were made from “pressure cookers” packed with explosives and ball bearings.  Similar types bombs were seen by U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.

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Tuesday 12:13 pm: Nicholas Yanni told reporters he doesn’t want to think about, let alone speak about, the things he saw after the bombings.

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Tuesday 12:11 pm: Nicholas Yanni, 32,  suffered a pierced eardrum. His wife, Lee Ann, 31, had shrapnel go through her lower left leg breaking a bone. Wife will require a second surgery Wednesday.

The Yanni’s moved from Orlando, Fla. last year.

Tuft’s put the couple together in the same hospital room.

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Tuesday 12:10 pm: Patient Nicholas Yanni was “10-15 feet from the explosion. “My hearing was really bad, lot of muffled, ringing sounds.”

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Tuesday 12:08 pm: “Didn’t even occur to me this was a bomb, I thought maybe it was fireworks,” patient Nicholas Yanni said.

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Tuesday 12:06 pm: Bombing patient Nicholas Yanni speaks from Tufts Medical Center. Describing how he helped other victims injured in the blasts Monday.

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Tuesday 11:37 am: President Obama: “This was a heinous and cowardly act.” Praised Bostonians for their “heroic efforts” and compassion helping people involved in the blasts.

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Tuesday 11:35 am: Obama: “We don’t know who did this or why.” The American people “refuse to be terrorized.”

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Tuesday 11:33 am: President Obama: “We all have a part to play in alerting authorities, if you see something, speak up.

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Tuesday 11:31 am: Obama: “It is an act of terror. FBI investigating bombing as an act of terror.”

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Tuesday 11:30 am: Washington Post story on 8-year old Martin Richard who was killed Monday in the bombing:

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Tuesday 11:15 am: An American Airlines flight bound for Chicago was just brought back to the gate at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Two men, not seated near each other, were heard speaking Arabic prompting security concerns from other passengers, Fox Boston reported.

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Tuesday 11:13 am: President Obama will address the nation on the Boston Marathon bombings at 11:30 am Tuesday.

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Tuesday 10:55 am: BizPac Review reported Muslim jihadists are celebrating the Boston Marathon bombing:

“Muslims celebrate with sweets, praise to Allah over Boston bombing”

Boston attack pic

Treats distributed in Gaza in celebration of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Photo Credit: The Muslim Issue

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Tuesday 10:33 am: Tufts Medical Center press conference coming up at noon Tuesday.  Tufts has treated 12 patients: 11 adults, one 15-year old.

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Tuesday 10:29 am: Chief of Trauma Surgery: “Devastating” to tell someone they will lose a limb, however most of these patients were so traumatically injured, they went straight to surgery with no time for “lengthy discussion.”

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Tuesday 10:27 am: Trauma surgeon: Some patients had “20, 30, 40 pieces of shrapnel inside of them.”

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Tuesday 10:25 am: Trauma surgeon: “While difficult to conclude on initial impressions, I believe most fragments seen in patients were in the bomb.” Most are pellets, some are nails or sharp objects, surgeon said.

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Tuesday 10:23 am: Doctors “very proud” of the Mass General Hospital community. Doctors and nurses and staff working extra hours to provide assistance.

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Tuesday 10:0 am: Doctors at Mass. General: “6 to 8 medically sedated patients.”

Four amputations were performed Monday. There was such severe trauma to the lower extremities, doctors couldn’t save the limbs.

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Tuesday 10:16 am: Doctors: all patients have been identified. “Round metal bits” and other shrapnel were removed from many patients. All patients still in the hospital Tuesday were spectators, not runners.

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Tuesday 10:15 am: Mass. General doctors: Patients in critical and stable condition. Most in intensive care and intubated. Mostly lower extremity injuries.

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Tuesday 10:12 am: Awaiting Press Conference from Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Tuesday 10:10 am:  NO unexploded devices were found, NO one in custody at this time, “2 and only 2 devices” were found Monday, police asking public’s help with photos, video, eyewitness accounts.

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Tuesday 10:09 am: No one in custody at this time, Deslauriers said.

176 injured, 17 critically.

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Tuesday 10:02 am:  Photographic evidence is very important.

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Tuesday 10:01 am: No known imminent physical threat to Boston at this type, FBI Special Agent in Charge Deslauriers said.

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Tuesday 9:57 am:  Boston District Attorney, Daniel Conley: Law enforcement worked through the night conducting interviews and searches.

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Tuesday 9:55 am:  Superintendent of Massachusetts State Police, Col Timothy Alben: Public will see “an enhanced presence” of law enforcement, National Guard, over next few days, if not weeks.  May see an “enhanced presence” at Logan International Airport, as well.

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Tuesday 9:54 am: Edward Davis, Boston Police Commissioner: The area of the crime scene has been reduced from 15 blocks to 12 blocks.

“This is the most complex crime scene in our history,” Davis said.

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Tuesday 9:51 am: US Attorney Carmen Ortiz commended citizens who helped those who were hurt. “Amazing to see” how people from around the world helped each other. Thanks law enforcement, EMS, medical personnel. In touch with Attorney General Eric Holder who has promised full resources of the DOJ.

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Tuesday 9:49 am: The FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) will be working in and around Boston for the next several weeks.

JTTF is bringing in special agent experts in explosives, canine units, to the scene.

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Tuesday 9:47 am: Special Agent in Charge Boston FBI, Richard Deslauriers, said investigation continues. Assistance from public “critical” to establish timeline.  Ensures the mission of the FBI is to bring those responsible to justice.

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Tuesday 9:45 am: U.S. Sen Elizabeth Warren said President Obama has reached out to Boston officials.

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Tuesday 9:44 am: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (D) commended 1st responders and civilians who offered assistance and aid to victims. Community “has pulled together. Boston is a strong city.”

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Tuesday 9:42 am: Democrat Governor Deval Patrick opened the press conference saying “no unexploded devices” were found. Over 150 people injured in Monday’s blasts.

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Tuesday 8:49 am: FBI – Boston Police Press Conference on the Boston Marathon terror investigation at 9:30am

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Tuesday 8:43 am: Counterterrorism expert, Harry Houck, on “Fox & Friends” said if the NY Post report is true that a Saudi man tackled near the scene Monday said there was supposed to be a second bomb, it shows there were other individuals involved.

Racap NY Post:

[The man] also said that he went to the Copley Square area yesterday to witness the finish of the race.

The sources said that, after the man was grabbed by police, he smelled of gunpowder and declared, “I thought there would be a second bomb.”

He also asked: “Did anyone die?”

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Tuesday 8:41 am: Over 400 National Guardsmen are in Boston to lend aid.

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Tuesday 8:12 am: Martin Richard, 8, died yesterday from injuries sustained in the blast.

Martin Richard
Photo Credit: The Daily Mail

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Tuesday 8:09 am: Map with photos from the Daily Mail:

boston marathon map
Photo Credit: The Daily Mail

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Tuesday 7:55 am: The bomb blasts were 12-seconds apart near the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon around 2:50 pm Monday afternoon. Three have died, including 8-year old Martin Richard from Dorchester. 140 are reported injured.

The FBI has taken the lead into what is now a criminal investigation, though the FBI said Monday this may become a terrorist investigation.

Woman injured in explosion
Photo Credit: Boston Globe

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Tuesday 7:48 am: The NY Post reported the 20-year old Saudi national man detained by police after the bombing “smelled of gun powder.” Law enforcement sources told the Post:

[The man] also said that he went to the Copley Square area yesterday to witness the finish of the race.

The sources said that, after the man was grabbed by police, he smelled of gunpowder and declared, “I thought there would be a second bomb.”

He also asked: “Did anyone die?”

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 Tuesday 7:43 am: Site of the two explosions in Monday’s Boston Marathon via Google:

Map of Boston Marathon
Photo Credit: Google

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Tuesday 7:32 am: BizPac Review morning articles:

“It’s not a tragedy, Mr. President, it’s a terror attack” 

“Guess how long it took Chris Matthews to blame ‘far right’ for terror attack?

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Tuesday 7:21 am: Live footage from a runner as explosion happened (Warning: Loud explosion):


H/T: Mediaite

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Tuesday 7:04 am: Message from New Yorkers to Bostonians: Words projected on the Brooklyn Academy of Music Monday night. (Via Weasel Zippers).

ny loves boston
Photo Credit: Weasel Zippers

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Tuesday 6:33 am: Via ABC News:

FINDING LOVED ONES:

Boston Police Help Line: Family members looking for information about individuals injured during the incident are encouraged to call (617) 635-4500.

Boston Marathon Athlete Tracker: This section of the marathon’s official website lets users track runners by name or bib number to find out if he or she finished the race and when.  Visit the website HERE

Google Person Finder’s Boston Marathon Page: Google’s Person Finder launched a page specifically for the Boston Marathon tragedy that lets users look up information to either find someone or offer information about someone. Visit the website HERE

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Tuesday 6:29 am: Listen to a 911 call to Boston EMS via CBS:

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Tuesday 6:23 am: The 8-year old child killed Monday in the explosion was identified as Martin Richard from Dorchester. Martin’s mother and sister “suffered grievous injuries,” but a third child was unharmed, the Boston Globe reported.  Martin’s father Bill is a community leader.

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Tuesday 6:11 am:  The apartment of the “person of interest” police have under guard at a Boston hospital was searched by federal, state, and local officials late Monday into Tuesday morning.

Fox News reported the “person of interest” is a Saudi national believed to be here on a student Visa.

Sources confirmed to FoxNews.com that the apartment being searched in connection to the bombings is on the fifth floor of the building.

A source close to the investigation confirms to FoxNews.com the man whose apartment was searched is considered a person of interest in the case, and is the same person of interest Fox News confirmed earlier authorities are guarding at a local hospital.

The source confirmed to FoxNews.com that the person of interest is Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a 20-year-old Saudi. His Facebook page identifies him as a current or former student at the New England School of English. He is believed to have entered the country on a student visa.

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Monday 10:02 pm:
Press Conference with a trauma surgeon from Massachusetts General Hospital:

29 patients, 8 critical. Many “very, very serious” injuries. Doctors are treating many “combined” lower extremity injuries – involving bone, soft tissue and vascular.

Many patients will require second surgeries tomorrow, some patients will need several surgeries over the next few months.

Traumatic “gruesome” amputation injuries were seen. Shrapnel-type injuries were also seen

A doctor treating patients at Mass. General Monday saw similar type injuries when he was in Iraq.

Mass. General is currently “ok” on its donor blood supply. However, people are asked to please be aware blood will be needed over the next few weeks.

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Monday 9:51 pm: The Vine captured the actual initial blast.


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Monday 9:05 pm: Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a press release on the Boston Marathon bombing:

Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Boston. I’ve asked the Florida Division of Emergency Management to be on standby to provide any assistance needed to help first responders on the ground in Boston. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also stands ready to provide any support services needed. As a husband, father and grandfather, today’s events remind us all of how fragile life is and how important it is for us to keep our communities safe. Tonight, our state stands in support of all those impacted by the Boston bombings. We hope those responsible are swiftly brought to justice – and peace and safety is quickly restored.

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Monday 9:01 pm: Next press conference Tuesday morning at 9:30 am.  At least 3 dead, some 130 injured in Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. Two bombs exploded at the finish line.

The AP is reporting up to five unexploded devices may have been found.

The U.S. Secret Service has tightened security around the White House “out of an abundance of caution,” Fox News reported.

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Monday 8:58 pm: Boston Police Commissioner, Edward Davis: “very powerful blast, with very, very serious injuries.”

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Monday 8:56 pm: FBI Special Agent in Charge in Boston will not comment on specifics of the investigation, in terms of number of explosives found, evidence, analysis, suspects, etc.

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Monday 8:54 pm: Boston Police: many tips are coming.

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Monday 8:51: Boston Police Commissioner, Edward Davis, said “at least three people have died.”

Davis: “no suspect in custody in the hospital as widely reported in the press.”

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Monday 8:49 pm: This is a criminal investigation with FBI taking the lead. Potentially a “terrorist investigation,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Boston said. Call 1-800-CALL-FBI with information.

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Monday 8:48: Citizens asked to report suspicious people, packages or activity over the next several days. Gov. Patrick commends the acts of compassion witnessed after the explosions.

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Monday 8:45 pm: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick opens the press conference with Boston Police and the FBI. The FBI has taken charge of the investigation.

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Monday 8:39 pm: U.S. Rep. Peter King tells Bill O’Reilly “maybe this will be a wake-up call.” According to Fox News Insider:

King said he hopes this will remind people of the threats America faces on a daily basis, calling out some lawmakers for supporting cuts to the federal government’s funding for NYPD’s counterterrorism units.

“If anything good can come out of such a horrible event as today, maybe it will be a wake-up call that we have enemies that are out to destroy us. They never let up and in many ways they are more treacherous than they were before September 11th because they’ve metastasized, they’ve morphed and many of them are under the radar screen, and that’s why we have to be so aggressive,” said King.

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Monday 8:20 pm: Police officials issued a “Be On The Lookout” (BOLO) for a “dark-skinned or black male” carrying a black backpack, with a black sweatshirt. The man may have a foreign accent. The subject “broke eye contact” and pulled a “hoodie over his head”. Subject was seen 5 minutes prior to the explosions attempting to gain access to a restricted area, CNN reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call:  1800-494-TIPS

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Monday 8:08 pm: U.S. Rep. Peter King tells Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly the Intelligence Committee will have a briefing on the bombings Tuesday.

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Monday 8:03 pm: 

Newtown families at Boston Marathon

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Monday 7:54 pm: CNN tweet

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Monday 7:47 pm: The Boston Globe developed a photographic timeline of events.

Of the 23,326 who started the marathon, 17,584 finished; 4,496 did not. The last people crossed the finish line at 2:57 p.m.

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Monday 7:28 pm: Fox News reported the U.S. Navy is sending a bomb disposal unit to Boston to aid in the investigation.

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Monday 7:20 pm: “The head of an extremist Jordanian Muslim Salafi group said he’s ‘happy to see the horror in America’ after the Boston Marathon bombings,” The Washington Times reported.

washington times tweet

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Monday 7:09 pm: CNN reported an 8-year old child died in the explosion. 110 injuries now reported.

cnn tweet

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Monday 6:46 pm:  The White House said the explosions in Boston were an act of terrorism, Fox News reported. The President addressed the nation and said the FBI and Homeland Security have joined the investigation.

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Monday 6:15 pm: The President addressed the nation, saying in part,

We still do not know who did this and why. And people should not jump to conclusions. But make no mistake. We will found out who did this and why they did this. Any responsible group or individuals will feel the full weight of justice.

We’re still in the investigation stage. But I just want to reiterate: We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.

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Monday 6:36 pm: House of Representatives to have a formal moment of silence at 6:55 pm

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Monday 6: 30 pm:  A person of interest with severe burns is in police custody in an undisclosed Boston area hospital, Fox News reported.

The New York Post reported the suspect is a 20-year old Saudi Arabian national.

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Red cross

 

Monday 5:30 pm: The House of Representatives observed a moment of silence on Capitol Hill Monday evening.

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Monday 5:15 pm:  Liveleak has compiled a page of relevant videos and photographs from the two explosions and the aftermath.

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Monday 5:00 pm:  The Weekly Standard compilation of videos.

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Monday 3:50 pm: In a developing story, there were two back to back explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon at 3:00 p.m. local time Monday.

Two people have died, multiple injuries reported and people are said to have lost limbs in the explosions.

Fox News Boston reported the explosions were near the Fairmount Copley Plaza Hotel – the location of the marathon’s finish line. The explosions happened within seconds of each other on both sides of the street.

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Map of reported explosions at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Photo Credit: Boston.com

Video of the two explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line:

Aftermath:

 

 

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