New Year’s Holiday threats prompt more security

(CNN) – Federal and local security officials are tightening security in high-profile locations tied to New Year’s celebrations, including New York’s Times Square and the Rose Bowl festivities near Los Angeles.

Before President Barack Obama left for his Hawaii vacation he asked his top security officials for a briefing on security threats facing the nation over the year-end holidays.

Among the threats he was told of was one originating overseas warning of possible attacks in three major U.S. cities, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, between the Christmas and New Year holidays, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the matter.

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