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  • CNN building (The Atlantic Wire)CNN building (The Atlantic Wire)

    CNN and several other media outlets reported an arrest on Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombings. Within an hour, those reports were retracted.

    Shortly after 1:30 p.m ET, CNN's Fran Townsend, who served as a homeland security adviser under former President George W. Bush, reported that an arrest had been made in the case, citing law enforcement sources.

    The Associated Press, Fox News and other media outlets followed, and local and national news networks broke into daytime programming to update viewers in the case. ABC, NBC and CBS did not report an arrest.

    CNN and the AP said the suspect would be taken to the Federal Courthouse in Boston by federal marshals. Local news networks sent camera crews to the courthouse, where a large crowd began to gather.

    CNN's John King, citing a law enforcement source, said the suspect thought to be in custody was seen placing a black backpack near the site of the second explosion, and that surveillance video taken from a nearby Lord & Taylor store

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  • Flowers placed at a police barricade near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Tuesday (Winslow Townson/AP)

    Boston College students who had organized “Boston Marathon: The Last 5” have decided to postpone the event.

    The five-mile walk, which had grown in popularity, had officials concerned that logistics would overwhelm the resources of the Boston police, the Heights reported.

    The organizers, Dani Cole and Michael Padulsky, had initially set up the route from Boston College to Copley Square in downtown Boston for those runners who had not been able to cross the finish line after two bombs went off near the end of the race, causing three deaths and injuring more than 170.

    Nearly 5,000 people had run 24 miles of the 26.2-mile course when the blasts occurred. The Last 5 event, organized on Facebook, had received more than 16,000 responses from people who expected to attend on Friday, with the term #thelast5 trending on Twitter.

    Accents CC ‏wrote, "Here is your chance to finish the #BostonMarathon."

    Stephen Wojnar ‏added, "We will walk to show that WE decide when our marathon ends."


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    While the country was trying to process the terror as it unfolded at the Boston Marathon on Monday, Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host, took to Twitter to express his sympathy for the victims—and to claim that the attack was part of a government conspiracy.

    "Our hearts go out to those that are hurt or killed," Jones wrote. "But this thing stinks to high heaven #falseflag."

    The "false flag" attack Jones was referring to is a term that originated during naval warfare. "For centuries, ships have sailed under a flag identifying their nationality," The Atlantic Wire noted. "During times of war, ships would sometimes change the national flag they flew in order to fool other vessels that they sought to attack or escape from. They would fly, in other words, a 'false flag.'"

    Jones suggested that the FBI orchestrated the bombings under the false flag of a terrorist organization in order to justify expanded security powers. The Boston attack, he theorized, was staged by the U.S. government to extend the reach of both the Dept. of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration.

    "Just wait folks," the 39-year-old Texan wrote. "#TSA groping you at sporting events coming soon."

    Jones posted a YouTube video further fanning the false-flag flames, saying that reports of a "controlled explosion” drill, scheduled to coincide with the race, was proof that the FBI was behind the Boston Marathon blasts.

    “I said on air that they’re getting ready to blow something up," Jones said on his radio show later on Monday, according to "To fire a shot heard round the world like at Lexington and Concord, and then they do it at this same place on the same day!”

    While the FBI could "blame it on the Muslims," Jones predicted "they’re going to blame it on the Tea Party.”

    During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Dan Bidondi, a radio host for Jones', asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick if the explosions were staged.

    "Is this another false flag staged attack to take our civil liberties and promote homeland security while sticking their hands down our pants on the streets?" Bidondi asked.

    "No," Patrick responded. "Next question."

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