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Downtown Los Angeles federal building evacuated after threat

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a federal building in downtown Los Angeles has been evacuated after a woman made a bomb threat.

Los Angeles police Officer Liliana Preciado says the woman made the threat in the lobby of the building around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Preciado did not have specifics of the threat.

Television news helicopters showed a woman wearing a backpack sitting and standing on the empty steps of the building as police surrounded the area.

Police later sent in a robot that approached the woman with a package. She took it and opened it. It's unclear what it was.

Police say they're trying to communicate with her.

The building is in a bustling area of downtown near City Hall and federal courts. A number of streets were closed in the area.