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09 April, 2008

Olympic torch closing ceremony at SF waterfront canceled

By Associated Press, Stephen Magagnini and Todd Milbourn

Officials say the planned closing ceremony Wednesday for the Olympic torch at the San Francisco Bay waterfront is canceled and another one will take place at an undisclosed location.

The altered plans appeared to be prompted by security concerns with thousands of protesters gathered along the relay route at the waterfront. The flame's only North American stop has drawn massive rallies to praise and condemn China during the flame's journey to Beijing.

Earlier, the Olympic torch relay began, promptly vanished, then reappeared about a mile inland from its planned route, away from protesters and media.

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