Three weeks after warning of possible attack on the United States, the U.S. government on Friday lowered the terror threat level, saying the danger over the holiday season had passed but airlines were still at risk. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced the reduction in the color-coded threat level to “elevated” or “yellow” from “high” or “orange.” But he said airlines, other sectors and some unspecified parts of the country would be asked to remain on a heightened state of alert to guard against possible terror attacks. “We are still concerned about continued threats, but the threat condition we have been following has diminished,” he told a news conference. “With the passing of the holidays and many large gatherings … we have made the decision to come down to yellow.” Full Story
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