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Boston bombing: Real-life CSI lab moves in to pick up the pieces

As he briefed reporters in Boston on Tuesday afternoon, FBI special agent Richard DesLauriers detailed some of the physical clues the authorities had found during their investigation into Monday's bomb attacks: "Pieces of black nylon, which could be from a backpack, fragments of BBs [ball bearings] and nails, possibly contained in a pressure cooker device."

Second inaugural addresses: fraught with difficulty and rarely

The second inaugural address has rarely been memorable. Save for Abraham Lincoln’s, which struck a series of soaring notes, including “Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty source of war may speedily pass away”, they are fraught with difficulty.

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FBI reveals doubts over US 'terrorist'

As authorities in New York touted their success in foiling an alleged terror plot, new questions were raised about the seriousness of the threat, with reports that the FBI declined to investigate the suspect because it did not consider him an effective terrorist.

New York and Washington on alert over 9/11 al-Qa'ida threat

A terror threat against the United States planned to coincide with this weekend's tenth anniversary of 9/11 may be traceable to al-Qa'ida and possibly to Ayman al-Zawahiri who assumed the network's leadership after the killing of Osama bin Laden, US terror officials indicated last night.

9/11: The day that changed my city

David Usborne, The Independent's US Editor, was in Manhattan when the terrorists struck. He reflects on reporting the disaster, how New York has changed and the effect 9/11 continues to have on him and his adopted city