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Keflezighi first US winner of Boston Marathon since 1983

US runner Meb Keflezighi has become the first North American winner of the Boston Marathon since 1983, with a time of 2:08:37.

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For the first time since 1983 an American man has won the Boston Marathon! Congratulations Meb Keflezighi!

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Unofficial time for Meb Keflezighi was 2:08:37. If the time stands it will be a personal record adn the second... http://t.co/ht5luLDNaN

More: Rita Jeptoo wins Women's Boston Marathon

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Rita Jeptoo wins Women's Boston Marathon

Kenya's Rita Jeptoo has successfully defended her Boston Marathon title with a time of 2:18:57, organisers have said.

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Rita Jeptoo (KEN) sets a course record (~2:18:57) to win the women's field of the 118th Boston Marathon - her... http://t.co/7qzaGcWk9g

More: Security tightened for 118th Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon underway amid tight security

A Boston police officer from the special operations unit patrols. Credit: Reuters

Almost 36,000 athletes will run in the 118th Boston Marathon today in the first running of the race since last year's bombing.

Boston Marathon bombings survivors before the 118th event. Credit: Reuters

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said security will be tighter than ever for this year's running of the world's oldest marathon.

Elite runners including Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi race during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Credit: Reuters

Runners attending the event will have to use clear plastic bags for their belongings, and fans hoping to watch near the finish line are encouraged to leave strollers and backpacks behind.

Alleged last words of Boston bomber suspect released

An image allegedly showing the last words written by suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, before he was captured, have been obtained by ABC News.

The writing was apparently found on the wall of the boat he was arrested in.

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NEW: Image shows what the younger Boston bombings suspect allegedly scrawled before capture: http://t.co/NvCsOwbLKd http://t.co/rFAKwC0PGP

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ABC have transcribed what they believe to be the inscription on the boat walls:

“The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that… I can’t stand to see such [bullet hole] go unpunished,” said the note ABC News obtained from a law enforcement official.

“We Muslims are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt [bullet hole] us all.”

More: US seeking death penalty for Boston suspect Tsarnaev

Boston Marathon suspect 'to face three charges'

A reporter from 7News in Boston has said a man has been charged in relation to leaving an unattended backpack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Jennifer Eagan also said the man told police he had a rice cooker in his backpack.

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Charges man with backpack at finish line will face: Possession of hoax device, Disorderly conduct, Disturbing the peace

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BPD: With the marathon coming we are taking this seriously.

Read: Man held after security alert at Boston finish line

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Man held after security alert at Boston finish line

A member of the bomb squad walks away from the abandoned backpack. Credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A member of the police bomb squad walks away from an unattended backpack left on the road near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. A man is in police custody following the security alert, which prompted evacuations of the surrounding area.

Unattended bags destroyed a Boston finish line

The Boston Police Department has confirmed two unattended bags left at the Boston Marathon finish line have been destroyed, as a precaution. A man remains in custody.

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#BPDPublicSafetyAlert: BPD confirming that the unattended bags at the Finish Line have been disrupted for precautionary reasons.

Man in custody over suspicious Boston backpacks

The Boston Police Department has tweeted that a man is in custody after two unattended backpacks were found near the Boston Marathon finish line, a year on from the bomb attacks.

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#BPDPublicSafetyAlert: #BPD confirming a male suspect in custody in connection to the unattended backpacks found at the Finish Line.

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