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Subway terror alert

The week's news at a glance.

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Security on the New York City subway system was scaled back this week, after four days on high-alert in response to a specific warning of an imminent al Qaida attack. The threat emerged during an interview with a terrorist informant in Iraq. Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week sent thousands of extra police into the subways, patrolling trains and conducting random bag checks, even though Homeland Security officials in Washington, D.C., publicly questioned the credibility of the threat. “It is very different being an analyst in Washington looking at data,” said Bloomberg, “as opposed to being here in New York where you have to take responsibility for people’s lives.”

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