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FBI, NYPD assess possible al-Qaida threat on US election eve

/ 12:51 AM November 05, 2016
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In this Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. Trump gets outsized attention for what he’s tweeting and retweeting on a near-daily basis. But Clinton has a formidable digital media army, her own app and a rapid response team ready to blast out shareable soundbites from convention speeches, photos, videos and even temporary location-specific Snapchat filters mocking Republicans. —JOHN LOCHER/AP

NEW YORK — The FBI and New York Police Department say they are assessing the credibility of information they received of a possible al-Qaida terror attack against the US on the eve of Election Day.

Officials say Friday that counterterrorism investigators are reviewing the information that mentioned New York, Texas and Virginia as potential targets.

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It wasn’t immediately clear how the intelligence came to investigators’ attention. An NYPD spokesman says in a statement the information “lacks specificity.”

In a statement, the FBI said it was working closely with law enforcement agencies and sharing intelligence reports.

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Officials say they regularly assess all possible security threats ahead of major events.

Election Day is Tuesday, and both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump are holding their Election Day parties in New York City.

CBS News first reported of the potential threat.

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