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Terrorism fight takes friends to the White House

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Photo -   FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2011, file photo Lisa Monaco speaks during a Justice Department news conference with FBI Director Robert Mueller, right, in Washington. After one of his most strenuous weeks as President Barack Obama went to his residence when an urgent email brought him rushing back to the Oval Office. "They have him in custody. It is white hat," now White House counterterrorism adviser Monaco emailed White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, a reference to the cap that 19-year-old Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was wearing in surveillance video that led to his capture. Soon Monaco was briefing the president in person on the developments. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2011, file photo Lisa Monaco speaks during a Justice Department news conference with FBI Director Robert Mueller, right, in Washington. After one of his most strenuous weeks as President Barack Obama went to his residence when an urgent email brought him rushing back to the Oval Office. "They have him in custody. It is white hat," now White House counterterrorism adviser Monaco emailed White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, a reference to the cap that 19-year-old Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was wearing in surveillance video that led to his capture. Soon Monaco was briefing the president in person on the developments. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior aides advising President Barack Obama on the latest developments in the Boston Marathon investigation are longtime friends who met during the shock and confusion of the Sept. 11 attacks.

White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler (RUHM-lur) and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco have been leading the fight against terrorism for years from the Justice Department and the West Wing.

The met on the eve of the Sept. 11 when they began training as entry-level federal prosecutors. Together they fled a federal building after the Pentagon was struck by a hijacked plan.

Monaco is keeping Obama updated around the clock on the Boston case.

Ruemmler has been advising the president on the legal issues involved, such as the decision not to prosecute the surviving suspect as an enemy combatant.

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