Top Headlines on April 16

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on for April 16th. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Three Dead in Boston Marathon Bombing

Reporter: Alyson Bruner


BOSTON -- The latest information we have learned on the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon is that at least three were killed and around 100 are injured.

White House officials believe this is an act of terrorism. Two explosions went off near the finish line of the world-famous race around 3 p.m. Monday.

Within hours of the explosions, law enforcement officials, including those with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, were questioning a potential person of interest.

Stay with WHSV for the latest on this unfolding breaking news story.



Local Woman Worries About Family's Safety at Boston's Marathon


Reporter: Estephany Escobar


STAUNTON, Va.---Sherry Mayo spent hours worrying about her family in Massachusetts on Monday.

She said they were at the Boston Marathon when two bombs went off close to the finish line.

Her nephew was a half a mile from the explosion. He was unable to finish the race.

"Never in a million years. I would think this would happen. It's just senseless," said Mayo.

She knows her family is safe but she couldn't reach them after it happened.

"The not knowing, the couple hours of not knowing. It's horrible. It's a horrible feeling," said Mayo.

Therefore, she looked up her nephew on Google Finder to check if he was alive.

"I feel good about them but the whole situation still bothers me. I know there was a lot of people that got hurt and killed," said Mayo.

She's from Massachusetts and the marathon is part of a family tradition..

"We used to watch them as kids and when I lived in Kenmore square, I used to watch them and now my niece and nephew and a lot of the family runs," said Mayo.

She missed the marathon this year. However she wishes she could be there for her family during this tough time.

"All I wanna do is give them a big hug right now that's all I wanna do," said Mayo.

But she said she's here for them even if she's miles away.

"They know I'm thinking about them. I've talked to them. I'm just glad they're safe. It's a horrible feeling," said Mayo.

She said her family is still pretty shaken up about the situation and some of them were with small children when it happened.

WHSV tried to talk to the family, but they were still in shock.


Jordan Extremist Praises Boston Bombing

Reporter: Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Obama: Government `will increase security around the United States as necessary'
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The head of an extremist Jordanian Muslim Salafi group says he's "happy to see the horror in America" after the explosions in Boston.

"American blood isn't more precious than Muslim blood," said Mohammad al-Chalabi, who was convicted in an al-Qaida-linked plot to attack U.S. and other Western diplomatic missions in Jordan in 2003.

"Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there," he said early Tuesday.

A Mideast counterterrorism official based in Jordan said the blasts "carry the hallmark of an organized terrorist group, like al-Qaida." He did not give actual evidence.

A Jordanian official said security was beefed up around the U.S. Embassy in Amman.

Both officials insisted on anonymity, as they were not authorized to brief reporters. 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Obama: Those responsible for explosions `will feel the full weight of justice'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Obama says government does not yet have `all the answers' on Boston explosions.
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston police say no suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis also says that the fire at a library a few miles away and more than an hour later doesn't appear to be related to the explosions at the race on Monday. He says the fire may have been caused by an incendiary device.

Authorities say the blasts killed two people and injured at least 73.

Police say it's too early to get into specifics about the nature of devices or whether shrapnel was involved.
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston police commissioner says no suspect is in custody in marathon explosions.
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston police commissioner: JFK Library fire doesn't appear to be related to race explosions.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The only nuclear power plant in Massachusetts has increased security after two bombs exploded in Boston on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., about 45 miles south of Boston, was already shut down for refueling when the explosions occurred.

Federal officials said Pilgrim has heightened checks of vehicles, materials individuals entering the plant and will take other steps as needed.

Eliot Brenner, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said federal officials have not ordered changes in security at other U.S. nuclear reactors in the wake of the Boston explosions.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will issue a statement on the explosions at the Boston Marathon in televised remarks to the nation from the White House.

Obama was briefed on Monday's explosions by FBI Director Robert Mueller and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The White House said the president also spoke with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino and pledged to provide whatever federal support was needed in responding to the incident.

Obama has been monitoring the situation in Boston since news of the explosions first broke.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Obama to speak from the White House Monday evening about Boston Marathon explosions.
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston police say there's been a third explosion in the city, following two blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed two people and injured many others.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis says authorities aren't certain that the explosion at the JFK Library was related to the other blasts, but they're treating them as if they are.

David says there are no injuries stemming from the third explosion.

He urged people to stay indoors and not congregate in large groups. 
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston police commissioner urges people to stay indoors, not congregate in large groups.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives.

Authorities have not identified what caused the explosives that erupted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

The explosions have killed two people and injured at least 23 others.
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston police commissioner: 3rd explosion at JFK Library.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police in Los Angeles, New York City, London and other cities worldwide are stepping up security following explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the department has opened an emergency operations center, increased patrols for transit and other critical areas including the Los Angeles Dodgers game Monday night

Chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Monday that critical response teams are deployed around the city. Officials are stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations.

British police also say they are reviewing security plans for Sunday's London Marathon. It's the next major international marathon. A London Metropolitan Police spokesman says police are working with marathon officials to review security plans.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior U.S. intelligence official says two more explosive devices have been found near the scene of the Boston marathon where two bombs detonated earlier.

The official said the new devices were being dismantled.

It was not immediately clear what kind of devices had been found Monday. The official said the first two did appear to be bombs.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the findings publicly.

The official said it was not clear what the motive was or who may have launched the attack.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Intelligence official: 2 more explosive devices found at Boston Marathon; being dismantled.
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston police say two people were killed and 23 people were hurt when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The blasts shattered the end of the race Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.
Authorities are investigating a report of two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

There were two booms heard from near the finish line inside the Fairmount Copley Plaza Hotel.

Race officials locked down the hotel because of the report.

The sound of two booms, which sounded like thunder, had come a short time earlier.


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