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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles school official says the threat that shut down the nation's second-largest school district was emailed to a school board member and is believed to have come from an IP address in Frankfurt, Germany.
Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Shannon Haber said Tuesday that she didn't know if the district has ever closed all of its more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools.
A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said the threat involved bombs in students' backpacks.
New York City officials say they and many cities across the country received the same threat that closed the Los Angeles school system.
Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Tuesday that the threat came in the form of a "generic" email and that New York officials quickly concluded that it wasn't credible.
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said he thought Los Angeles officials overreacted by deciding to close the schools.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The latest on the closure of Los Angeles Unified School District schools due to a threat (all times local):?
A law enforcement official says the threat that closed all schools in the vast Los Angeles Unified School District was emailed to a school board member and appeared to come from overseas.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation. The official says the threat was sent late Monday.
Superintendent Ramon Cortines says the threat was made against students at many of the district's schools. Officials wouldn't elaborate.
Cortines says the San Bernardino shooting that left 14 people dead on Dec. 2 influenced the decision to shut down the district's more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools.
All schools in the vast Los Angeles Unified School District have been ordered closed due to a threat.
School district spokeswoman Ellen Morgan announced the closure Tuesday but released no further details ahead of a press conference at district headquarters.
The district, the second largest in the nation, has 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools.
The district spans 720 square miles including Los Angeles and all or part of more than 30 smaller cities and some unincorporated areas.