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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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GSN Awards 2012

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.

PCI compliance contributes to false sense of security, survey says

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Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced the combined results of a 2014 retail cybersecurity survey conducted by Dimensional and Atomic Research and sponsored by Tripwire. The survey evaluated the attitudes of 407 retail and financial services organizations in the U.S. and the U.K. on a variety of cybersecurity topics.

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Airline trade groups file lawsuit against TSA to protect customers from higher taxes

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Airlines for America (A4A), an industry trade organization for U.S. airlines, and the International Air Transport Association, an international industry trade association representing some 240 airlines or 84 percent of global air traffic, have filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to protect airline passengers from higher security taxes being collected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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New bill aims to reduce over-classification to cut costs, improve security

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A new bill has been introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) that aims to reduce U.S. government over-classification in order to improve information sharing, cut costs, and improve overall national security. The government spends more than $11 billion classifying more than 80 million documents annually.

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Federal Highway Administration announces $1.48 million for bridge improvements in five states

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Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has awarded $1.48 million in grants to help five states improve bridge construction and repair using cutting-edge technologies. The states include Louisiana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

“There are many benefits to advancing new construction and repair techniques like these,” said Secretary Foxx. “From shorter work-related traffic tie-ups to roads and bridges that last longer, grants like these have the potential to help drivers everywhere.”

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