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Outside the White House, a large crowd gathered in anticipation, waving American flags and chanting "U-S-A!" The same cry rippled through a Mets-Phillies game in Philadelphia as people learned the news through their cell phones.

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In New York City, a large crowd gathered at ground zero. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Americans have kept their promise after Sept. 11 to capture or kill bin Laden. He says bin Laden's death doesn't lessen the suffering of that day, but it is a "critically
important victory."

New York City's police commissioner says bin Laden's death is a "welcome milestone" for the families and friends of those killed on 9-11. He told all police commands to remain on alert.

UPDATE: Reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden began even before President Barack Obama made it official.

Outside the White House, a large crowd gathered in anticipation, waving American flags and chanting "U-S-A!" The same cry rippled through a Mets-Phillies game in Philadelphia as people learned the news through their cell phones.

In New York City, a large crowd gathered at ground zero. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Americans have kept their promise after Sept. 11 to capture or kill bin Laden. He says bin Laden's death doesn't lessen the suffering of that day, but it is a "critically important victory."

New York City's police commissioner says bin Laden's death is a "welcome milestone" for the families and friends of those killed on 9-11. He told all police commands to remain on alert.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - As news of the death of Osama bin Laden spread, a large crowd gathered in front of the White House to celebrate, chanting "U-S-A U-S-A" and waving American flags.

After midnight Monday, the throng had filled the street in front and was spilling into Lafayette Park. People rode there on bikes and some brought dogs and took pictures.

Legislative aide Will Ditto was getting ready to go to bed at his place on Capitol Hill when his mother called him with the news. He called the terrorist leader's death "huge."

Twenty-year-old Alex Washofsky came despite finals on Monday at George Washington University. He's also a member of the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps.

He said former President George Bush said the U.S. would get Bin Laden dead or alive, "and we did it."

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