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Homeland Security lowers terror alert

The Homeland Security Department decided to lower the terror threat level for the nation's mass transit systems after Friday's rush hour, government officials said.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was expected to end the high alert for city buses, subways and trains after 36 days of being at code orange in response to the deadly July 7 rush-hour bombings in London.

His order would return the national mass transit threat level to code yellow, signifying an elevated risk instead of the high-alert orange, a senior U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made yet.

Despite no specific, credible evidence of a threat against the United States, authorities raised the alert last month as a precautionary measure against any copycat attacks inspired by the bombings of three London subway lines and a bus.

A total of 56 people, including four suicide bombers, were killed in the London attacks. U.S. officials extended the orange alert after follow-up attacks in London two weeks later, on July 21.

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