[Updated, 10:30 p.m. ET] Two men seen in images near the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon - moments before two bombs there exploded - are of "high interest" and are considered "possible suspects," a law enforcement official said.
A circular sent out Wednesday by authorities indicated the attached photos, showing the two men, were being sent around "in an attempt to identify the individuals."The official said the men were of interest because of where they were at a particular time and what they were carrying. One of the men is seen carrying a black backpack.
The source said that authorities had not yet identified the two men by name and that the photographs were not being released to the public for fear of impeding the investigation.
Updated at 9:27 p.m. ET] As of Wednesday night, Boston-area hospitals had released 112 of the 178 treated for injuries sustained in the marathon attack. Thirteen patients are in critical condition, the same number as was reported earlier in the day.
[Updated at 7:32 p.m. ET]Â The FBI has cancelled its Wednesday news briefing, the Boston police announced. Minutes earlier, police had said the federal agency would make a "brief statement" on the marathon case.
[Updated at 6:09 p.m. ET] "Every hour we're closer" to finding Â the person or people responsible for Monday's twin bomb blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.
[Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET] As of late Wednesday afternoon, Boston-area hospitals had released at least 103 of the 178 people treated for injuries sustained in Monday's attack near the Boston Marathon's finish line, according to a CNN tally.
Thirteen of those still hospitalized remain in critical condition, hospital officials said.
[Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET] A news conference about the Boston Marathon bombings that had been scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. has been postponed.
[Updated at 4:08 p.m. ET] Authorities investigating this week's attack want to question a man who was seen, on video, wearing a white baseball cap as a possible suspect in the case, two official sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
One of the sources said the man had the hat on backwards and was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and a black jacket. The second source said that investigators have not identified this person.
[Updated at 2:58 p.m. ET] The FBI said in a statement Wednesday that no arrest has been made, "contrary to widespread reporting," tied to Monday's Boston Marathon attack.
Before that, following statements from the Justice Department and the Boston police that no arrest has been made, CNN's John King said this:
A federal law enforcement source told him that there has been "significant progress but no arrest." A Boston law enforcement said "we got him," but didn't clarify whether that means authorities have identified a suspect or arrested one.
Some federal sources say that even to say the suspect has been identified goes too far, but several sources in Boston say they have a clear identification.
[Updated at 2:48 p.m. ET] There have been no arrests in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, according to Boston police and the Justice Department.
[Updated at 2:33 p.m. ET] There is conflicting information as to whether someone has been arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.
A federal law enforcement source told CNN's Fran Townsend that someone was arrested. But two senior administration officials and another federal official then told Townsend that there had been a misunderstanding among officials and that no one has been arrested.
[Updated at 2:23 p.m. ET] As news of an arrest spreads, a crowd has been gathering outside a federal courthouse in Boston.
[Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET] The last we heard, a law enforcement news briefing in the bombings case was scheduled for 5 p.m. ET today. We'll see if that holds.
Earlier today, CNN's John King reported that authorities had identified a suspect based on an analysis of video from a Lord & Taylor department store near the site of the second blast, and that video from a Boston TV station also helped. King cited a source who was briefed on the investigation.
[Updated at 2 p.m. ET] The arrest is based on two videos showing images of the suspect, a federal law enforcement source told CNN contributor Fran Townsend.
[Updated at 1:46 p.m.] An arrest has been made in connection with Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, sources tell CNN's John King and CNN contributor Fran Townsend. King's source is with Boston law enforcement, he said; Townsend's source is with federal law enforcement.
[Updated at 1:44 p.m.] While we wait for more information about the possible suspect, some recent information to pass on about one of the three people who were killed in Monday's blasts: Boston University said Lingzi Lu, a graduate student in mathematics and statistics, was killed.
She and two friends were watching the race near the finish line when the blasts erupted, BU Today reported. The second student was in stable condition at Boston Medical Center; the third student was not hurt, it said.
The university said that it had the family's permission to identify Lingzi Lu.
[Posted at 1:40 p.m.] Authorities may have had a breakthrough in the investigation of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. Investigators believe they have identified a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, a source who has been briefed on the investigation told CNN's John King exclusively.
The breakthrough came from analysis of video from a department store near the site of the second explosion. Video from a Boston television station also contributed to the progress, said the source, who declined to be more specific but called it a significant development.
Earlier, a federal law enforcement source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told CNN that a lid to a pressure cooker thought to have been used in the bombings had been found on a roof of a building near the scene.
I've been told that CNN's erroneous reporting may have squashed any attempt in catching the bomber.
Welcome to the UNITED STATES OF FEAR AND SENSATIONALISM. True journalism has gone the way of the Model T.
All these bozos care about is their careers.
I'm sure Fran Townsend is caring very deeply about her career right about now.
Don't ya love free speech!
Do you realize how many people have changed the channel from CNN to ANYTHING ELSE because of that unbelievably annoying women, Juliette something. My ears started bleeding within minutes of her speaking. She says she has background experience in every facet of this story. But that's not the biggest problem with her...........she won't stop talking. I've tried coming back to CNN several times, each time she's still talking. I'm staying, from now on, on MSNBC.
Can you say 'Pete and Repeat.'
I love to watch Anderson Cooper, but who is the half-wit male cohort standing beside him (?Como?).
He has continuously repeated himself and every other comment from others being interviewed. Does he think nobody understands what is being said or does he have nothing original to add to the conversation, so he just 'recaps' every 2 minutes of conversation. I went to MSNBC. Hell maybe I'll try FOX until the Wolf comes on>
AH HAHA CNN the (Cartoon News Network) wrongly reported that a suspect was arrested keep up the good work you jokester journalists! No wonder no one takes CNN seriously.
I will say one thing: the people of Boston have handled this with the utmost dignity and grace. Well done!
Could the fact that authorities have isolated a suspect out of video surveillance tapes, and at the same time increased security considerably at one of the Boston hospitals where many injured were taken on Monday, mean that the suspect is, perhaps.....one of the injured? Even if not, the video leads have provided a major, major break in the case.
Could the fact that authorities have isolated a suspect out of video surveillance tapes, and at the same time increased security considerably at one of the Boston hospitals where many injured were taken on Monday, mean that the suspect is, perhaps, one of the injured? Even if not, the video leads have provided a major, major break in the case.
Could the fact that authorities have isolated a suspect out of video surveillance tapes, and at the same time increased security considerably at one of the Boston hospitals where many injured were taken on Monday, mean that the suspect is, perhaps, one of the injured?
Apologies for my "repeated" comments. The first did not post. The second did not post. Then I re-wrote my comment a third time-–it posted. Along with the prior two which didn't.
Don't blame me, blame the cyberspace gods. Sorry.....
CNN or the Cartoon New Network wrongly announced that a suspect was arrested and in custody, by trying to stay ahead of the story CNN erred in reporting the news, I think that CNN or should I say the Cartoon News Network should stick to what it does best like covering a Cruise ship stranded at sea with 24 hour around the clock coverage.
Is piers morgan gonna have guests SCREAMING at them...Do you support selling pressure cookers? Huh huh huh? Well, do ya?
Guns and slow cookers are very different... Unless you are dumb.... Then I can understand your comment
where's the updates? Ive been refreshing constantly but no updates... hello?
Isn't multiple sourcing part of a (good) journalist's job? Even if the investigator==my understanding is that Townsend reported an arrest based on a single source with whom she presumably has ties- got it wrong, shouldn't the source's info be cross-checked with at least one other source? As for Sly, I don't think his vitriolic, name-calling, disparaging (what do you have against sanitary engineers? They pick up your garbage, too) )blather about being offended by people who criticize is worthy of a response, except to say that I have a PhD and he clearly has anger–and apprently, other, issues. Whatever, dude.