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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.

ICE Sacramento deports Italian drug-trafficking suspect with alleged Mafia ties

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A longtime California resident from Italy, who is wanted in his native country for drug trafficking and colluding with the Mafia, was turned over to Italian authorities Wednesday at Rome's Fiumicino Airport by Sacramento, CA-based officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

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Hawaiian utility announces plan to boost solar offerings 300 percent by 2030

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The Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) has announced plans to triple its amount of rooftop-provided solar offerings by 2030, a plan the company says will make Hawaii the leading U.S. state providing such energy.

The three companies that make up HECO, Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light Company said in a statement that “Grid enhancements will make possible increased integration of solar power.”

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Safety Vision donates body cameras to the Ferguson, MO Police Department

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Houston, TX-based Safety Vision, a provider of mobile video surveillance solutions since 1993, has donated wearable and hand-held recording systems to the Ferguson Police Department in an effort to protect both law enforcement and the public with the capture of evidence. The onboard recording veteran provides solutions to a breadth of fleets including law enforcement and homeland security, mass transit, pupil transportation, and private fleet transportation sectors.

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Science and technology arm of DHS developing long-term strategic plan

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As the primary research and development arm of the Department of Homeland Security, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is looking twenty to thirty years out, or even further, to define core “North Star” visionary goals for the future. S&T is requesting the public’s insight and best thinking.

Over the past several months, the S&T team has developed and refined proposed visionary goals that are based solidly on the policies and priorities of the White House, the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, and the DHS Secretary.

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