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Probes Close New York Subways, Brooklyn Bridge

Four New York subway lines and the Brooklyn Bridge were temporarily closed on Wednesday as authorities investigated two envelopes containing a white, powdery substance on a train and a vehicle at the bridge, but the incidents appeared to be false alarms, officials said. Preliminary tests on the powder showed it was not a dangerous substance, according to a city health department spokesman. The subway lines, shut during the morning rush hour, were back running before the evening rush. Follow-up tests of the powder would also be conducted under the usual protocol, the health department spokesman said. More than four hours after discovery of the suspicious envelopes, police shut the Brooklyn Bridge when they received a “suspicious vehicle” report. A police spokesman said emergency service units and the bomb squad responded, but the vehicle was deemed safe and the bridge reopened by mid-afternoon. Full Story

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