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Police put on high alert across U.S. after Boston Marathon attack

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US police departments from New York to Los Angeles boosted security and were on heightened alert Monday after a double blast killed at least two people and injured 23 others at the Boston marathon.

While there is yet no official word on whether the explosions were an act of terrorism, New York and other cities quickly took extra precautions.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said security was being stepped up at “strategic locations and critical infrastructure, including our subways.”

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“We have 1,000 members of the NYPD assigned to counterterrorism duties, and they — along with the entire NYPD and the investments we have made in counterterrorism infrastructure — are being fully mobilized to protect our city,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

“As law enforcement authorities investigate today’s explosions in Boston, I ask all New Yorkers to keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers.”

Police in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC — which like New York was a target of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks — have also “heightened security,” spokeswoman Saray Leon told AFP.

Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck announced an increased police presence at “all scheduled sports events in the near future,” beginning with the Dodgers-San Diego Padres baseball game on Monday evening.

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The additional police presence would include deployment of bomb-squad personnel, dogs and other “precautions geared to preventing a similar event.”

Security was also stepped up at train stations, government buildings, shopping centers and “places where people congregate,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said.

Police in the West Coast city of San Francisco said they were on “heightened alert” and urged people to call 911 if they see anything suspicious “in light of the Boston marathon explosions.”

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Trump announces toughest sanctions ‘ever’ on Iran

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President Donald Trump on Friday announced new sanctions on Iran's central bank, calling the measures the toughest ever imposed on another country by the United States.

"We have just sanctioned the Iranian national bank," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

"These are the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country," he said.

The Trump administration has vowed a response after US officials blamed Iran for weekend blasts on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which caused a sharp hike in global crude prices.

The United States already maintains sweeping sanctions on Iran including on its central bank, with anyone who deals with it subject to prosecution.

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Trump uncorks bizarre rant on ‘clean coal’ in Oval Office: ‘When you talk minerals, it’s about digging’

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President Donald Trump on Friday uncorked a strange and nonsensical rant about the virtues of so-called "clean coal" during an Oval Office conversation with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

When asked about the importance of Australia's mineral industry, the president praised the country for doing so much to extract resources in what he described in an environmentally friendly way.

"Coal, as an example, you're the leader of safety in coal digging and we've actually studied it," the president said. "We're doing a lot of coal. You have very little -- you have almost no -- used to have a thing, black lung disease, and in Australia you almost don't have it anymore, you've got all of the dust down."

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The View explodes in confusion after Meghan McCain makes Trump’s Ukraine debacle all about herself

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Meghan McCain managed to place herself at the center of a debate about a whistleblower complaint filed against President Donald Trump.

"The View" grappled with reports that Trump dangled U.S. military aid to Ukraine in exchange for damaging information against Joe Biden, and co-host Abby Huntsman agreed that was an impeachable offense -- but expressed doubts about the accuracy.

"This is a blown-up story and we have no facts, there's no gray area," Huntsman said. "It's black and white, and that would give Trump all the more ammunition if this isn't even true to say, this is what the media does."

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