New York steps up security amid credible threat

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Security has been heightened  in New York City because of a credible but uncorroborated  threat, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday, but  said city residents should go about their business as usual.

“The NYPD (police department) is deploying additional  resources around the city and taking additional steps to keep  our city safe, some of which you may notice and some of which  you will not notice,” Bloomberg said at a news conference.

“But there’s no reason for any of the rest of us to change  anything in our daily routine.”

Bloomberg said the threat has not been corroborated, but  that it was credible and residents should be vigilant.

The White House said President Barack Obama was briefed on  specific threat information earlier in the day, and noted that  the U.S. government had already stepped up security ahead of  the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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