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The Department of Homeland Security is halting a pilot program designed to detect a biological weapons attack in New York City's subways.
U.S. officials cited technical problems in disclosing that the warning system would be dismantled.
Under an earlier program, BioWatch, the federal government in 2003 installed air samplers in more than 30 U.S. cities — including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. — to detect the release of such biological weapons as anthrax spores and smallpox viruses. The program was created in response to increased biological weapons f