'Man charged' after security alert at Boston Marathon vigil

Local reporters say a man has been charged after a security alert at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, one year after a deadly bombing there. Unattended backpacks were found and destroyed by a bomb squad.

View all 21 updates ›

Obama pays tribute to the people of Boston a year on

President Barack Obama has paid tribute to the people of Boston one year on from the marathon bombings, recognising the "incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy."

Obama said: "We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindest and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm's way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety.

President Barack Obama has paid tribute to the people of Boston one year on from the marathon bombings. Credit: REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

"We offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on - perserverance, freedom and love.

"One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us - learning to stand, walk, dance and run again."

More top news