The Latest: Congressman cites differences in LA, NY threats

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Posted: Dec 16, 2015 1:04 PM
The Latest: Congressman cites differences in LA, NY threats

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest on schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District reopening after a threat (all times local):

10:05 a.m.

A former chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism says threatening emails sent to school officials in Los Angeles and New York contained important differences.

U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman of California detailed the variations Wednesday, a day after the Los Angeles Unified School District shut down. New York officials dismissed the threat as a hoax.

Sherman says the Los Angeles email claimed the anonymous author had 32 accomplices, while the New York email cited 138 accomplices.

The LA writer claimed to be a student of the "Los Angeles Unified district," terminology that Sherman says would be used by someone familiar with the system.

The other email claimed to be from a student of the "New York City School District." Sherman says someone familiar with that system would use "New York City Schools."

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9:30 a.m.

Classes are back in session in the Los Angeles Unified School District a day after an emailed threat led the huge school system to shut down.

A district statement says all schools are open Wednesday morning and are operating on regular schedules.

Chief Deputy Superintendent Michelle King says all schools are safe and crisis counselors are available if students want to talk about the situation.

Most high school students are taking semester final exams. Friday is the last day of school before winter break.

The decision Tuesday to close the district with 640,000 students came after a school board member received an email threatening a large-scale attack.

New York City schools received a similar threat but officials there concluded that it was a hoax.

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8:20 a.m.

Students are heading back to class a day after an emailed threat triggered a shutdown of the vast Los Angeles Unified School District.

School buses are rolling Wednesday morning and parents are dropping off children at campuses in the nation's second-largest school district.

The decision Tuesday to close the district with 640,000 students came after a school board member received an email threatening a large-scale attack.

District Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he ordered the closure as a precaution.

New York City schools received a similar threat but officials there concluded that it was a hoax.