Security Beefed Up Across US, Globe

Organizers say London Marathon will go ahead

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 16, 2013 2:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Counterterrorism teams have been deployed across the United States and security at landmarks, government buildings, transport hubs, and sports venues has been stepped up in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Boston Globe reports. In New York City, more than a thousand counterterror officers have been deployed and authorities are dealing with a huge surge in reports of suspicious packages, reports the New York Daily News.

In London, security has been beefed up even further ahead of Margaret Thatcher's funeral tomorrow. The London Marathon scheduled for Sunday is the world's next major marathon, and authorities say it will go ahead after security arrangements are reviewed, the BBC reports. Britain's sports minister said he was "horrified" by the Boston blasts, but "this is one of those instances where the best way to show solidarity with Boston is to continue."

Police tape is stretched across Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House as police closed the street yesterday.
Police tape is stretched across Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House as police closed the street yesterday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Los Angeles Amtrak Police officers arrest a man outside Union Station in Los Angeles yesterday.
Los Angeles Amtrak Police officers arrest a man outside Union Station in Los Angeles yesterday.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Police remove an unattended bucket from a corner in New York's Times Square  after a complaint yesterday.
Police remove an unattended bucket from a corner in New York's Times Square after a complaint yesterday.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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