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Fla. courthouse evacuated over suspicious vehicle
Federal courthouse in Florida evacuated after dog alerts on suspicious vehicle parked nearby
By The Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) ' A federal courthouse in Florida has been evacuated while authorities investigate a suspicious vehicle parked nearby.

West Palm Beach police spokesman Chase Scott says a police dog alerted to the possibility of explosives inside a rental van after 8 a.m. Monday. It was being checked because of unspecified derogatory comments written on the outside of the van.

A post office and a state health department building have also been evacuated.

A police bomb squad and Homeland Security Department officials were among those responding to the situation.

Authorities have been on heightened alert nationwide for potential terrorist activity coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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