04:58 PM ET
Police: Boston Marathon bombs kill 2 dead, hurt more than 20. Two dead in bomb blasts near finish line of Boston Marathon, Boston police say. Area hospitals say 28 injured.

Explosions happened at about 2:50 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race's nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line. Red Cross website established to help people find loved ones in the area. Check back here for updates; full story here; also, see CNN affiliates WBZ; WCVB; WHDH

[Update, 4:58 p.m. ET] New details from Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis:

A third explosion happened at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library "about a half-hour ago." The library is about 5 miles southeast of the Boston Marathon finish line.Police don't immediately know whether that explosion is related to the two near the Boston Marathon finish line.The two blasts near the finish line - along Boylston Street near Copley Square - "happened 50 to 100 yards apart."


"We're recommending to people that they stay home ... and that they don'r go anyplace and congregate in large crowds." Relatives of people who may be missing in the area can call the mayor's hotline at 617-635-4500. Anyone who has information about the bombings or saw anything suspicious can call 1-800-494-TIPS. 

At Los Angeles International Airport, officials are increasing checkpoints at entrances and where crowds gather. More bomb-sniffing dogs will be on patrol inside and outside the airport. The Los Angeles Police Department is increasing security at Dodger games. Orange County officials also plan more patrols at sporting and entertainment events.

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