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Nations Terror Level Raised To "High" For Specific Potential Targets

Unusually specific intelligence has prompted a new terror alert from the government.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says there's reason to believe that terrorists are plotting car or truck-bomb attacks against financial institutions in New York city, Washington and Newark, New Jersey.

So he's raising the terror alert level to orange, or high, for financial institutions in those cities.

It will remain at yellow, or elevated, elsewhere.

Ridge named these buildings as potential targets: The Citicorp building and the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, The Prudential building in Newark, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank buildings in Washington.

The secretary said the government took the unprecedented step of naming specific buildings because of the unusual level of detail in the intelligence.

In Ridge's words, ``this is not the usual chatter.'' but he says other buildings may also be at risk.

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