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Security beefed up worldwide after Boston blasts

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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.

Capitol Hill security increased

Capitol Hill police say there is no known connection between the bombings against the Boston Marathon and Washington but they are warning Congress and their staffers to be vigilant.

A warning notice sent out to staff, obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, says the Capitol Police are stepping up their numbers in anticipation of more security checks and more suspicious packages reported over the coming days. They also warned of tighter security at entryways, including more frequent canine inspections of visitors.

The notice says the "increased presence and visibility is a proactive response" to the events in Boston, rather than being based on any specific threat.

Many congressmen called the bombings terrorism, but said it was too soon to know if the attack or attackers were domestic or foreign.

British security review

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.

British police say they are reviewing security plans for Sunday's London Marathon, the next major international marathon, because of the explosions that hit the race in Boston.

Thousands of people compete in the London Marathon every year, thronging the city's streets. London is also considered a top target for international terrorists.

It was not yet immediately clear what caused the blasts in Boston.

A London Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed Monday that police are working with marathon officials to review security plans for Sunday's event.

The London race's chief executive, Nick Bitel, expressed shock and sadness about the situation in Boston, saying "it is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends in marathon running."

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