Investigators Probe 9/11 Anniversary Threat, Heavy Rain Floods East Coast

BY News Desk  September 9, 2011 at 8:42 AM EDT

Times SquareLaw enforcement officials are warning of a “credible” terror threat ahead of Sunday’s 10th anniversary of 9/11, specifically in Washington, D.C., and New York City, but said remembrance ceremonies will continue as planned and that there were no plans to raise the national terror threat level.

The statement was based on intelligence about three individuals who entered the United States in recent weeks and may try to carry out attacks using vehicles. Based on initial reports, officials believe the individuals may have traveled from the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

ABC News reported:

Officials say the alleged terror plot was initiated by new al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor, who had pledged to avenge bin Laden’s death earlier this year in a U.S. raid.

Intelligence and law enforcement officials told ABC News that at least one of the individuals is a U.S. citizen and one official said that two of the individuals may have had U.S. documentation — whether green cards or passports was unclear.

Police will be on heightened alert at checkpoints and around sensitive structures like tunnels, bridges and subways, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged residents “not to let it intimidate us” and said he would continue to commute on the subway.

File photo of Times Square by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

President Obama Signs Disaster Relief for Parts of Pa., N.Y.

With the Susquehanna River nearly 17 feet above flood levels and towns measuring 10 inches of rainfall, President Obama has declared parts of Pennsylvania and New York as disaster areas in order to free up federal funds for recovery.

At least three people have died from flood-related caused. Tropical Storm Lee, which hit the Gulf but weakened as it headed inland, has brought a new round of heavy rain to many parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast still recovering from Hurricane Irene.

A flash flood in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., killed two people and shut down part of the Capital Beltway and other major roads in and out of the city.

Accident Shuts Down Power to 1.4 Million in San Diego Area

San Diego, the nation’s eight largest city, and other parts of California, Arizona and Mexico were without power Thursday afternoon after a utility worker accidentally cut power to all of San Diego Gas & Electric Co.’s customers. The company said it is investigating why an event that should have triggered an isolated outage had such wide-reaching effects.

The sudden outage snarled rush-hour traffic and caused a massive sewage spill onto San Diego’s popular beaches. The city’s schools were closed Friday.

After overnight work by crews, most of the city had power restored Friday morning.

Iraqi Journalist Killed in Baghdad

Radio journalist Hadi al-Mahdi was shot and killed in his Baghdad home Thursday, after telling friends he had been receiving death threats. He had been a vocal critic of the government and said he believed the government was hiring thugs to target him. The 45-year-old journalist had been using Facebook to organize a protest against the government and criticized Prime Minister Nouri al-Malki on his radio show.

The Washington Post reported:

[O]n Thursday, he came close to predicting his own demise.

“I have lived the last three days in a state of terror,” he wrote in a post on his Facebook page that morning. “There are some who call me and warn me of raids and arrests of protesters. There is someone saying that the government will do this and that. There is someone with a fake name coming on to Facebook to threaten me.”

But he remained undeterred: “I will take part in the demonstrations, for I am one of its supporters,” he wrote.