The Latest: Blast left some in blind home unsure what to do

NEW YORK (AP) " The Latest on explosive devices in New York and New Jersey (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Residents of a New York City home for the blind who live near where a bomb went off Saturday night say they didn't immediately realize what was going on.

Some thought the blast that shook the 12-story Selis Manor was an earthquake. Others wandered the hallways, unsure where to go or what to do.

Blind resident Robert O'Garro says he felt the force of the blast course through his body " 11 floors up. Victor Lopez said he and his wife, who is also blind, stayed up listening to reports on the radio and for any announcement about whether they should evacuate.

Authorities say the bomb was one of three planted in the New York area by a man who is now in custody.

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4:25 p.m.

A law enforcement official says the wife of New York-area bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami has returned to the United States.

The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The wife made a statement to authorities this week after walking into the U.S. Embassy in the United Arab Emirates. Her precise whereabouts Thursday were not immediately clear.

She's believed to have left the U.S. for overseas in June.

Investigators have not suggested that she's suspected of any wrongdoing.

" Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

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3:55 p.m.

The father of the man charged with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey says he told the FBI two years ago that his son watched jihadist videos.

The New York Times published an interview Thursday with Mohammad Rahami. His son Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan-born U.S. citizen, is charged with bomb blasts that injured 31 people last weekend.

Mohammad Rahami says he told the FBI his son looked at al-Qaida and Taliban videos and poetry. He says he advised agents to "keep an eye on him."

The FBI says it looked into Rahami after he was accused of stabbing his brother in 2014. The bureau said it found nothing then tying Rahami to terrorism.

A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that, at the time, Rahami's father backed off talk of terrorism.

" Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Washington and Josh Cornfield in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this report.

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This item has been corrected to show the interview was published Thursday, not Wednesday.

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3:45 p.m.

A law enforcement official says investigators have not yet been able to question the man charged with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey because of the severity of his injuries.

Ahmad Khan Rahami was wounded during a shootout with police in New Jersey on Monday morning. He has been hospitalized since.

Federal prosecutors in New York and New Jersey have charged him in a series of explosions, including one in Manhattan that injured more than 30 people.

It's not clear when he might be brought to court, though the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan said Wednesday that he expected Rahami would appear soon.

The official who discussed Rahami's condition was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

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10 a.m.

A New Jersey police officer injured in a shootout with the man suspected of setting off bombs in the New York City area is at a school to thank students for their well wishes.

Linden Patrolman Angel Padilla is visiting Linden School No. 5 on Thursday. Padilla is a member of the school's PTA and involved in events there and in the community.

Students at the school wrote get well cards for Padilla and officer Pete Hammer, who were both hurt in Monday's shootout with Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Padilla was shot in the torso, but his bulletproof vest saved him from a more serious injury. Hammer was grazed in the head by a bullet or shrapnel.

Both officers were treated and released from a hospital.

Rahami remains hospitalized.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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