Public Service News Update on the Boston Marathon Bombings

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A quick update on yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon:

Just thought you’d like to know. For more on what did happen, check out our ongoing explainer here, which is being updated regularly. In the meantime, read Bruce Schneier on how we should think about all this.

UPDATE: Dana Liebelson and Tim Murphy have a longer, more detailed version of this list here. Plus a bonus sixth report that turned out to be false!

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