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Officials stop gas tanker as Boston reacts to alert

State residents are told to keep holiday plans. Massachusetts and Boston officials yesterday halted a tanker filled with flammable liquefied natural gas that was scheduled to sail into Boston Harbor today, as Governor Mitt Romney and Mayor Thomas M. Menino sought to assure residents the area was preparing for possible terrorist threats while urging them to enjoy the holiday season. Both Romney and Menino said federal officials have not pointed to Boston or New England as a likely target in the decision Sunday to elevate the security warning to orange, or high. But they said the state and city have nonetheless increased security at Logan Airport, MBTA stations, and what Romney called “other major infrastructure facilities.” Boston-area hospitals also will be on the lookout for disease patterns suggesting a biological or chemical attack, the governor said. The liquefied natural gas shipment headed into Everett will be delayed at least a day, because it is seen as a possible terrorist target, officials said. Menino agreed it would be necessary to allow the ship into port when supplies run low and said city and state officials will work with the natural gas company, Distrigas, to bring the ship into port at the safest possible time. Full Story

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