(LIN) — Although he hadn't planned on it, Vice President Joe Biden became the first person from the White House to comment on the Boston Marathon explosions.
Biden was on an afternoon conference call with gun control advocates when he said someone entered his office and turned on a television with news of the explosions. His reaction played out in real time on the call.
"As I'm speaking here, they just turned on the television in my office and apparently there has been a bombing —- I don't know any of the details of what caused it, who did it — I don't think it exists yet but our prayers are with those people in Boston who have suffered injuries. I don't know how many of them there are. I'm looking at it on television now."
Click the video player above to hear the Vice President's reaction to the explosions.
The president spoke publicly about the explosions later in the afternoon, saying the government "will increase security around the United States as necessary."
Biden continues to work toward tougher gun legislation, but it seems the background-checks bill still has a long way to go in gaining support in the House. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., said Monday the bill doesn't have the necessary votes, "but we're working on it." Senate Democratic leaders still need to acquire 60 votes to block a predicted GOP filibuster.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.