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End coming for color-coded terror alert system

The Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the color-coded terror alert system that became a symbol of the country’s post-9/11 jitters and the butt of late-night talk show jokes. The 8-year-old system, with its rainbow of five colors — from green, signifying a low threat, to red, meaning severe — became a fixture in airports, in government buildings and on newscasts. Over the past four years, millions of travelers have begun and ended their trips to the sound of airport recordings warning that the threat level is orange. The system’s demise would not be the end of terror alerts;
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Delay trial jurors close in on a verdict

The jury in the money laundering trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay could be getting close to reaching a verdict. Jurors were to resume deliberating Wednesday, a day after asking various legal questions that prompted the judge to say they weren’t on the right track. But at the end of the day, jurors indicated they were making progress. Deliberations began Monday. Prosecutors allege DeLay helped illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate campaign donations to Texas legislative races in 2002 in a move that ultimately helped send more Republicans to Congress. DeLay has denied any wrongdoing, saying no corporate
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