LA County reacts to Boston Marathon explosions

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has heightened security measures in the aftermath of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says the department has opened the Emergency Operations Center, increased patrols for transit and other critical areas including the Los Angeles Dodgers game Monday night.

Whitmore says the department has also increased security around all county buildings and is coordinating with other law enforcement to gather more information about the incident.

In Massachusetts, Boston police say the explosions have killed two people and injured 22 others. The back-to-back blasts occurred about two hours after the winners crossed the finish line.

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