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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.

FAA: Ukrainian airspace off limits to U.S. commercial planes

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U.S. flights are no longer allowed to fly across eastern Ukrainian airspace until further notice, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The “Notice to Airman” declaration is due to the crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17 that killed 298 people yesterday.

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E2S Wide Area Flood Alert Siren posted for sea defense in South Coast of England

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Chesil Beach is located in Dorset, South Coast of England. The shingle beach is approximately 14 miles long and it is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The Chiswell settlement and the southern neck of Chesil Beach have been flooded many times. Many sea defence systems and flood drainages have been constructed at the Portland end of the Chesil Beach to try to alleviate the overtopping and flooding problems.

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House passes bill to strengthen chemical facility security

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The House passed a bill last week approving the continuation of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program aimed to secure American chemical facilities.

Passed by voice vote, H.R. 4007, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014 codifies and strengthens DHS’s CFATS program. The bill, introduced by Reps. Patrick Meehan, (R-PA), Gene Green (D-TX), and Michael McCaul (R-TX) authorizes CFATS through 2017.

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DOT expands reporting requirements for air transport incidents involving animals

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U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a final rule that expands DOT’s current requirement that air carriers report incidents involving the loss, injury, or death of an animal during air transport to the Department. The rule will come into effect on January 1, 2015.

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