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Mass. Closes Courts in Response to Suspect Search


BOSTON (AP) — Several courthouses and court offices in the towns shut down during the search for the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect have been closed for the day.

A spokeswoman for the Massachusetts court system says the courthouses in Cambridge, Newton, Waltham and the Boston neighborhood of Brighton are temporarily closed Friday until further notice.

The Supreme Judicial Court and the state Appeals Court and their offices are also closed.

In addition, all first day jurors summonsed to Suffolk Superior Court and Brooke Courthouses in Boston and for those in Middlesex County are excused.

Police have told residents of Watertown and surrounding communities to stay inside during the search. Public transport has also been suspended until further notice and businesses have been urged to stay closed.

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