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Commercial centers close down in Boston area

Business halts as manhunt keeps workers away from city

As the Boston area was gripped by a manhunt for the remaining suspected Marathon bomber, the businesses that drive New England’s economy put up a collective “closed” sign Friday.

Banks, insurance agencies, software companies, retail shops, and restaurants — together accounting for tens of thousands of employees and customers — stayed shuttered to clear city streets and vast office blocks of workers and traffic, allowing law enforcement officials plenty of breathing room.

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