Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) broke from his prepared remarks on the Senate floor Monday, interrupting a speech on gun control legislation to inform his colleagues about a pair of bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least two and injuring dozens more.
“It appears that tragedy has struck the Boston Marathon,” he said. “And bombs have gone off and there are injuries we know of, causalities the severity of which we do not yet know.”
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As the Associated Press reports, both the House and Senate later marked the tragedy:
With moments of silence in both houses of Congress, lawmakers are marking the deadly explosions that occurred at the site of the Boston Marathon.
Majority Leader Harry Reid led the Senate in a brief pause, and officials said Speaker John Boehner intended to do the same when the House convened later Monday.
In brief remarks on the Senate floor, Reid expressed sympathy for victims of the explosions, and praised the first responders who rushed to their aid.
Massachusetts Sen. Mo Cowan said he and other members of the Senate are expecting briefings from officials in Boston.
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Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)
“This is a horrific day in Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured. I have been in touch with the President, Mayor Menino and our public safety leaders. Our focus is on making sure that the area around Copley Square is safe and secured. I am asking everyone to stay away from Copley Square and let the first responders do their jobs.”
President Barack Obama
<blockquote>The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight. And Michelle and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss. ... We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake -- we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we'll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. Today is a holiday in Massachusetts -- Patriots’ Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation. And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition. Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I'm supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.</blockquote>
Vice President Joe Biden
VP Biden: "Our prayers are with those people in Boston who have suffered injuries. I don’t know how many there are."
Sen. William "Mo" Cowan (D-Mass.)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney (R)
Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)
Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.)
Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.)
Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.)
Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R)
Gov. Maggie Hassan (D)
Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
Speaker John Boehner
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.)
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.)
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
One marathon suspect has been captured, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.
Another remains on the loose in Watertown after a firefight with police. Authorities have established a 20-block perimeter as they search for him.
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Just hours after the FBI released the first photos of suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, a new photo of Suspect 2 may have emerged.
David Green, 49, of Jacksonville, Fla., had just completed his first Boston Marathon, when he snapped a picture with his iPhone 4S, taken at 2:50, just after the two blasts ripped through the finish line area, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.
The FBI has not publicly confirmed this photo as Suspect 2, but Green told the Huffington Post that an agent told him, "this is probably the best we have right now."
The man who appears to be Suspect 2 is wearing a white hat with a "3" on the side as seen in the publicly-released photos.
Read more here.
Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.
Just before 3 p.m. on April 15, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.
Read more here.
BOSTON -- Moments after the FBI revealed images of two baseball cap-wearing men wanted for questioning about the Boston bombings, the press conference descended into a sideshow.
A journalist from a far-right wing website called Info Wars shouted out a question accusing the government of carrying out the attack that killed three, and maimed or injured 170 others.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Deslauriers ignored the allegation of a government conspiracy from reporter Daniel Bidondi, but the Alex Jones protege did not stop hollering.
"The FBI lies," Bidondi said. "We've got the proof," he said accusing the government of a "false flag" attack in which it staged the blasts and made them appear like the work of terrorists.
Bidondi found himself at the center of an media scrum with cameras and microphones pointed at his face after law enforcement officials left the podium in the Sheraton hotel.
Another reporter ridiculed Bidondi from across the room, telling him to shut up and calling him an asshole.
The excitement quickly dissipated as reporters returned to delivering the news about the official images of the suspects.
Bidondi has been a presence at other press conferences this week related to the bombing investigation.
--Michael McLaughlin / HuffPost Crime
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled Bidondi's last name. We regret the error.
Dr. Ralph Gross, a facial recognition expert at Carnegie Mellon University, said the FBI photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing are likely too grainy to be matched against a driver's license database or Facebook. But he thinks they may be just good enough for someone who knows the individuals to identify them.
"The resolution isn't particularly good. The one that's kind of best is unfortunately a side view -- and in general the face recognition software works best with frontal view," he said.
Research has consistently found, however, that people can spot people they know even in grainy, off-center photographs.
"Humans are actually very good at recognizing people that they are familiar with," Gross said. "Somebody that might know these guys, or might know the way they dress, might certainly be able to recognize them."
The FBI said the men should be considered armed and dangerous, and urged tipsters to call 1-800-CALL-FBI if they believe they have information that could lead to an arrest.
The New York Daily News reportedly doctored its front page photograph of the Boston bombings (see update below).
WARNING: LINK GOES TO GRAPHIC PHOTO
CNN reports that, because of a flood of traffic, the FBI's site is temporarily down.
FBI's Richard Richard DesLauriers said the only official photos that should be relied upon in the investigation are the pictures the FBI unveiled.
These are the two Boston bombing suspects twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/s…— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) April 18, 2013
Pics of suspects in Boston Bombing twitter.com/peterogburn/st…— Peter Ogburn (@peterogburn) April 18, 2013
Richard DesLauriers "somebody out there knows these individuals". They are considered armed and extremely dangerous.
The FBI's Richard Richard DesLauriers unveils photos of two suspects.
Law enforcement sources tell me that the FBI will soon release photos. #BostonMarathon— Sari Horwitz (@SariHorwitz) April 18, 2013
From The Huffington Post's Michael McLaughlin ...
Christine Anastos and her therapy dog Windy comforted runners who dropped in to the Boston Athletic Association's offices today.
Windy, a black labrador who retired from Guiding Eyes for the Blind, was a big hit with the Marathoners.
"I don't think there was a moment when someone wasn't petting her," she said about Windy,who was joined by a Newfoundland and boxer. "All she has to do is be herself. She's so sensitive. She takes in all the emotion."
Anastos makes Windy available through Therapy Dogs International There are more than 100 therapy dogs available within a 20 mile radius of Boston, she said, so people should contact the group if they're interested.
Christine Anastos and Windy
The New York Post once again found itself in trouble after it published front-page photos of two men on Thursday who it said were being searched for in connection with the Boston bombings. The problem? They were completely innocent.
The FBI press conference scheduled for 5 p.m. today is the first public briefing in two days, according to Fox News.
UPDATE: FBI schedules 5 p.m. news conference to update public on Boston Marathon bombings probe.— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 18, 2013
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino pauses after speaking at an interfaith prayer service for victims of the Boston Marathon attack titled 'Healing Our City,' at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on April 18, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Authorities investigating the attack on the Boston Marathon have shifted their focus to locating the person who placed a black bag down and walked away just before the bombs went off. The twin bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race, which occurred near the marathon finish line, resulted in the deaths of three people and more than 170 others injured. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks during the 'Healing Our City: An Interfaith Service' dedicated to those who were gravely wounded or killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 18, 2013. Obama is in Boston to mourn victims of the deadly marathon attacks, as investigators study images of a suspect who may have planted the bombs. No arrests have been made in connection with Monday's twin bombings near the finish line of the race, which sent metal fragments and nails into a crowd of thousands of runners and spectators, killing three people and wounding 180. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney attends an interfaith prayer service for victims of the Boston Marathon attack titled 'Healing Our City,' where President Barack Obama spoke at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on April 18, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Authorities investigating the attack on the Boston Marathon have shifted their focus to locating the person who placed a black bag down and walked away just before the bombs went off. The twin bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race, which occurred near the marathon finish line, resulted in the deaths of three people and more than 170 others injured. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
FBI will most likely release photos of persons of interest in Boston bombings this afternoon - @petewilliamsnbc— NBC Nightly News (@nbcnightlynews) April 18, 2013
A local paper in Minnesota ran an unfortunately placed ad for a pressure cooker -- right next to a story about the Boston Marathon bombing, which was likely carried out using pressure cookers packed with shrapnel and explosives.
From the AP:
BOSTON -- Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney who managed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, will design and administrator of a new fund to help people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.
From The Huffington Post's Michael McLaughlin ...
BOSTON -- The sight of bright blue and yellow windbreakers and t-shirts have become an instant symbol of Boston's healing and unity since Monday's double bombing.
The flashy colors are worn mainly as the official gear of the marathon. Blue is for the 23,000 runners and yellow is for the thousands of volunteers. Adidas also produces versions of the merchandise that's available to the paying public."This is my sport. This is my city," said Kim Stemple, a race volunteer wearing a lemon yellow jacket available on Thursday
"We know each other. We're each other's best therapy," she said about other volunteers.
Griffin Schroeder donned the blue runners' jacket as he stood near a memorial on Boylston Street before heading back to Wisconsin.
"It's out of respect," the 27-year-old said, adding that it's a symbol of completely the grueling event. "It's a very important accomplishment."
The windbreaker is an open invitation to talk with other marathoners. "I might ask someone if they finished the race. Or if I see someone we give a nod to each other."
Volunteer Susan Furgal of Brockton, Mass wept Thursday as she wore hers near the bomb site.
"I had to make myself come back," she told HuffPost.
Others find simple comfort in displaying that they were a part of the marathon.
"I just feel good wearing it," said Lene Henricksen, 51, from Denmark who was interrupted by the attack before finishing the 26.2 mile course. "This should never happen again. The marathon should go on."
Griffin Schoder wears the blue runner's jacket "out of respect" for the attack, but also because he's proud to have completed the testing race.
Race volunteers Pat Cohen and Kim Semple embrace near the makeshift memorial of flowers and candles on Boylston Street
The race was called off before Henricksen, of Denmark, got to the finish line. She had the misfortune of traveling to New York for last fall's marathon that was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.
From The Huffington Post's Christina Wilkie: Relatives of bomb victims who remained in the Intensive Care Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Thursday were unable to watch President Obama's tribute to those killed and injured in the blast, but they were nonetheless very keen to know what the president said. One family member of a renect amputee sent a text to HuffPost during the speech that said, "ICU has no TV's! How is it?" By all accounts, it was a very good speech.