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Added Security, But "No Credible Threat"

Nov 15, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) U.S. officials briefed by the Justice Department after the Paris terror attacks tell The Associated Press there is no evidence of any specific or credible threat targeting the American homeland.

Nonetheless patrols were being increased and security measures were being stepped up nationwide after more than 120 people were killed and hundreds more injured in Friday's assault on the French capital.

Heavily-armed officers stood guard in Times Square and extra security was sent to French government sites in New York, Boston and Washington.

This is not the kind of thing that is a wakeup call to New York City. We've been awake about this for a long time. John Miller, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism

One of the U.S. officials says intelligence officials detected increased chatter encouraging an attack on the United States but nothing of any credible substance.

The official wasn't authorized to discuss the briefing publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.  

Here in New York State:

The Empire State Building is dark in sympathy for the people of Paris after more than 120 people were killed in Friday's series of shootings and explosions.

Saturday marked the second consecutive night the 102-story New York landmark was not lit up.

The 408-foot spire atop One World Trade Center was lit again Saturday night in the colors of the French flag. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the spire will remain lit blue, white and red on Sunday.

New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio says an arch in Manhattan's Washington Square Park was also illuminated with the French colors on Saturday.  

In Albany, the top of the Alfred E. Smith Building and the state university system's administration building were illuminated with the French colors.

In Rochester:

The city of Rochester released a statement from Mayor Lovely Warren:

"We are lighting City Hall and the Rundel Library Building Downtown Saturday night in blue, white and red, the colors of the French flag to show solidarity with the people of France and in particular, the people of Paris and our sister city, Rennes," said Mayor Warren.