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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say two military fighter jets are escorting a commercial airliner from the Canadian border to New York City. The plane is carrying cargo from Yemen.

The officials said there is no known threat associated with the plane, but it was being escorted to John F. Kennedy International Airport as a cautionary move. It was not clear if the plane had landed yet.

Authorities on Friday were investigating whether suspicious packages shipped aboard cargo planes from Yemen to the U.S. were part of a terrorist plot.

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MEMPHIS, TN (AP) - Officials for FedEx say the company has confiscated a suspicious package in Dubai that was shipped from Yemen and is cooperating with the FBI.

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has embargoed all shipments from Dubai indefinitely. Company spokeswoman Sandra Munoz said Friday she could not estimate how many packages might be involved or discuss what was suspicious about the package.

She said the package originated in Yemen but referred all further questions to the FBI.

Otherwise, Munoz said, FedEx operations were running normally.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama was notified about a potential terrorist threat after suspicious packages were discovered aboard two airplanes bound for the U.S.

No explosives have been found. A U.S. official says authorities are investigating whether the packages may be a dry run for a plot to send bombs through the mail.

A suspicious package containing a toner cartridge with wires and powder was found during routine screening of cargo in the United Kingdom, prompting authorities to scour three planes and a truck in the United States on Friday.

Searches were conducted in Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and New York City. All the packages believed to be suspicious came from Yemen and were being sent via UPS.

Yemen is the home of the al-Qaida branch that claimed responsibility for an attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official says authorities are investigating whether a string of suspicious packages was a dry run for a plot to send bombs through the mail.

A suspicious package containing a toner cartridge with wires and powder was found during routine screening of cargo in the United Kingdom, prompting authorities to scour three planes and a truck in the United States on Friday.

Searches were conducted in Philadelphia, Newark, NJ, and New York City, but no explosives were found. All the packages believed to be suspicious came from Yemen and were being sent via UPS.

Yemen is the home of the al-Qaida branch that claimed responsibility for an attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.
      
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A suspicious package in the United Kingdom has prompted searches of cargo planes and a truck in the U.S.

During a basic security screening process in the United Kingdom, officials found a suspicious item on a cargo plane, according to a U.S. government official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.

U.K. officials discovered that a toner cartridge on the plane had been manipulated and found wires attached to it and white powder. Tests on the device came back negative for explosives,
according to a law enforcement official who also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation.

Concerns about the possibility of similar and potentially dangerous devices shipped elsewhere prompted officials to check other cargo planes headed to the U.S.
    
Associated Press Writer Eileen Sullivan in Washington contributed to this report.
      
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement officials are investigating suspicious packages found in airports in Philadelphia and Newark, NJ.

Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Kristin Lee says the planes landed safely at Newark Liberty and Philadelphia international airports.

The planes have been moved to a remote location so law enforcement officials can investigate.
      
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