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The FBI is heading the investigation into yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, which left three people dead and injured more than 150. President Obama, speaking at the White House, vowed to bring those responsible for the blasts to justice. A White House official described Monday’s explosions as clearly “an act of terror.” The attack is the worst on American soil since the September 11, 2001.
The New York Stock Exchange observed a moment of silence on Tuesday (April 16) to honor those killed and wounded in the Boston blasts.  Elsewhere in New York, police are on high alert in Times Square and various other locations around the city. 
Security precautions have also been tightened at other cities across the country, especially at places where many people are gathered. In Los Angeles, security was extra heavy Monday night at the baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres
Mass rallies took place across the United States yesterday in support of reforming the nation’s immigration laws. In Washington, D.C., thousands of supporters of immigration reform demonstrated in front of the Capitol as a bipartisan group of senators inside the Capitol were considering an immigration bill.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, in remarks at the Pentagon yesterday, said North Korea’s rhetoric and actions have been “skating very close to a dangerous line.” But Hagel said the United States has the capacity to itself and its allies from any action North Korea might take.
Finally, First Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to a Chicago High School to talk to students about youth violence. While at Harper High School, the First Lady stressed her Chicago roots stating “there isn’t much distance between me and you.”
A Texas student accused of stabbing at least 14 people on a college campus in Houston is now in police custody. Authorities say the suspect has had long-running fantasies about stabbing people. Two of the victims are in critical condition. (3148) An American accused of kidnapping his two young sons and fleeing to Cuba is now back in the United States after being returned by the Cuban government. In addition to kidnapping, Joshua Hakken faces several other charges, including burglary and auto theft.
Budget cuts have grounded The Blue Angels. The cuts have forced the U.S. Navy’s famed flight demonstration squadron to cancel all its airshows for the remainder of the year. Finally, the budget cuts didn’t stop the music at the White House. Tuesday night President Obama and his wife Michelle hosted a concert in honor of the soul music of Memphis. (3044)
President Obama on Monday mourned the death of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only women prime minister of Great Britain. The president said, “The world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend.” Last week the Midwest of the US was struck by fierce storms. This week strong winds hit many parts of California bringing down trees and causing damage to cars and roads. The storm has passed, but the clean-up is just beginning. A scathing letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney, a desperate letter from Marilyn Monroe, and a photo album from Mussolini to Hitler are among the items to be sold next month by the auction house Profiles in History. The auction will be online and total sales are predicted to reach $5 million dollars.