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New Terror Threat Leading to Unusual Monday Scenes

AUGUST 2, 2004 - Posted at 8:08 a.m. CDT


WASHINGTON - A fresh terror threat pointing to a car or truck bomb has turned the start of the work week into a frightening inconvenience for millions of Americans this morning.  Intelligence suggests the targets are financial icons.

In New York, the heart of business, traffic is disrupted.  Some tunnels leading into the city are off limits to trucks.  Several midtown streets are closed.  Random searches of vehicles are under way.

In Washington, an Associated Press reporter encountered a soldier at the ready outside a metro stop blocks away from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.  Security overall is tightened.

In downtown Chicago, surveillance cameras are operating.

Los Angeles has beefed up patrols.

And New Mexico and Massachusetts also are in a heightened state of alert.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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