WASHINGTON (AP) — The threat that prompted the U.S. to close some diplomatic posts and issue a travel alert is reportedly based on intercepted communications. The New York Times reports the communications were between senior al-Qaida operatives. The State Department is urging American travelers to take extra precautions overseas.
PARIS (AP) — Interpol has issued a global security alert in connection with suspected al-Qaida involvement in several recent prison escapes including those in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan. The alert calls on the agency's 190 member countries to help determine if these events are coordinated or linked. The alert also comes a day after the U.S. issued a global travel warning to Americans about a possible al-Qaida attack.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The NFL will begin its new clear bag policy for fans this weekend at the Hall of Fame inductions and game. For security reasons, fans can no longer bring backpacks or large bags into stadiums. The NFL is ratcheting up its safety measures in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) —A central Ohio retirement community is taking steps to clean its water by hyper-chlorinating and superheating it after an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Five people have died and 39 others have been sickened since July. Health officials have linked the outbreak to bacteria in an air conditioning cooling tower and several water sources.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say the Powerball jackpot is expected to be at least $300 million, sending those hoping to strike it rich scrambling for the $2 lottery tickets. The drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Eastern time tonight. The odds of matching all six numbers are 1 in 175.2 million. Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.