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UPDATE: Confusion Over Potential Bombing Suspect

Posted at: 04/17/2013 12:22 PM
Updated at: 04/17/2013 3:04 PM

BOSTON (AP) - Police and reporters have converged on the federal courthouse in Boston amid conflicting reports on whether a suspect is in custody in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Several media outlets had reported earlier in the day that a suspect was identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor store between the sites of the two bomb blasts.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that a suspect is in custody and that the suspect is expected in federal court. But the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Boston say no arrests have been made.

Earlier Today:

BOSTON (AP) - Federal officials are denying that a Boston Marathon Bombing suspect is in custody. However, the AP is reporting that a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation says a suspect has been taken into custody.
    
The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday. The official was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation.
    
The official says the suspect is expected in federal court in Boston.
    
Law enforcement agencies had earlier pleaded for the public to come forward with photos, videos or any information that might help them solve the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 170 on Monday.
    
Investigators circulated information about the bombs, which involved kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel. But the FBI said nobody had claimed responsibility.

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Bomb Parts Discovered:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities investigating the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon have recovered a piece of circuit board that they believe was part of one of the explosive devices, and also found the lid of a pressure cooker that apparently was catapulted onto the roof of a nearby building.
    
A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that authorities have recovered what they believe are some of the pieces of the explosive devices. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to publicly discuss evidence in the ongoing investigation.
    
A person close to the investigation previously told AP the bombs consisted of explosives put in 1.6-gallon pressure cookers, one with shards of metal and ball bearings, the other with nails.