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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.

FAA details interagency Ebola protection guidelines

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop guidelines for airline crews, cleaning and cargo personnel, and air medical transport on issues of public health and on disease awareness, it says.

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Travellers from Ebola-affected nations restricted to 5 U.S. airports

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Tuesday that travellers from three West African Ebola-affected countries will now be required to enter the U.S. at just five airports. Travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will now need to arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Washington Dulles International Airport, O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and Newark Liberty International Airport.

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DeTect introduces leasing program for MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar systems

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DeTect, Inc. has announced that through a partnership with a major national leasing firm DeTect can offer competitive operating lease and lease-purchase financing to U.S. airports for its MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar system that includes the system, delivery, installation, operational integration and operations and maintenance.

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IAEA to help West African countries diagnose Ebola

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will provide specialized diagnostic equipment to help Sierra Leone in its efforts to combat an ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano announced last week. Later, the support is planned to be extended to Liberia and Guinea.

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