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Published: Sun, April 21, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Obama convenes security council

WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama has met with top national security officials to discuss the Boston Marathon investigation and the capture of the second suspect.

The White House says Obama convened the National Security Council midday Saturday for a 90-minute meeting in the White House Situation Room. Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller and other officials briefed Obama on the investigation. Vice President Joe Biden joined by video conference.

The White House says Obama emphasized the need to keep gathering intelligence to answer lingering questions about the terrorist attack.

Tributes featured at Red Sox ball game

BOSTON

A defiant David Ortiz stood on the Fenway Park infield and told the crowd to “stay strong,” bringing a rousing cheer from Bostonians weary from a week of bombings, stay-at-home orders and a manhunt that locked down the city for a day.

Playing at home for the first time since two explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, the Red Sox honored the victims and the survivors with a pregame ceremony and an emotional video of scenes from Monday’s race.

“This past week, I don’t think there’s one human being who wasn’t affected by what was going on down here,” Ortiz said after the Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals. “I was emotional, very angry about the whole situation. ... Everybody was hurting. I know it’s going to take some time to heal up, but the one thing everybody’s got to remember is that everybody supports each other.”

Starting with a video, alternating between celebratory and somber and accompanied by Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” the tributes continued with a first-pitch ceremony that honored a first responder, a victim of the blast, and a marathon institution: Dick and Rick Hoyt, who have participated in the race for more than 20 years.

Governor: Suspect in serious condition

BOSTON

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is in serious but stable condition and likely can’t communicate, Gov. Deval Patrick said Saturday after a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park to honor the victims and survivors of the attack.

“I, and I think all of the law enforcement officials, are hoping for a host of reasons the suspect survives,” Patrick told reporters outside the ballpark. “We have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered.”

Two bombs exploded at the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others. The suspects also shot a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer to death Thursday night.

Homeland Security nabs foreign nationals

NEW BEDFORD, Mass.

Two foreign nationals have been arrested on immigration violations in the Massachusetts town where police say the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect may have once lived.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Saturday that Homeland Security Investigations agents had arrested two people in New Bedford.

An ICE spokesman would not comment on the people who were arrested or if they are connected to bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev . The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth student remains hospitalized after exchanging gunfire with police Friday.

mended the people who rushed to the sites of the explosions to help the wounded.

“This was several days of great highs and great lows,” Patrick said. “The tragedy was apparent and horrific, and the acts of grace and kindness people showed, and the extraordinary acts of kindness by the first responders, the law enforcement agencies, all of it spoke so well of the best in us.”


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