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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.

Betafence acquires SecureUSA, plans U.S. and global expansion in access control, perimeter protection and critical infrastructure projects

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Belgium-based Betafence, a provider of comprehensive solutions for high security perimeter protection, has announced the acquisition of SecureUSA, a successful U.S provider of access control systems and solutions.

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DMV QLess Dash Pass comes to Las Vegas

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The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has launched its new QLess Dash Pass check-in system in the Las Vegas area. The system is designed to revolutionize the DMV experience, according to agency officials.

Motorists can text, phone, or go online to place themselves in line at the DMV without being physically present. QLess Dash Pass sends text updates or calls back with an estimated wait time. It then sends reminders and even tells the customers which window will serve them.

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ICE employees honored by US Attorney General

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) employees were among the 243 men and women honored for their exceptional work, dedication, and distinguished achievements by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice at the 30th Director's Awards Ceremony of the Executive Office for the United States Attorneys (EOUSA).

"You represent the very best that this United States Department of Justice has to offer," said Holder. "Your work embodies our ongoing commitment not merely to win cases, but to do justice."

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Exelis GPS threat detection technology includes improved capabilities

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McLean, VA-based Exelis, a provider of positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, has improved its Signal Sentry 1000 product to include a number of enhancements including user-friendly analytics and alerts. Signal Sentry technology detects and locates sources of intentional and unintentional interference to the United States GPS signals and provides users with actionable intelligence.

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