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'Heightened Level' of Terror Chatter Heard in Australia

Country's terror alert hovers on 'high' after last week's siege in Sydney

(Newser) - Although the gunman who killed two hostages , then himself, at a Sydney chocolate cafe last week hasn't been officially tied to any terrorist groups, terrorist-like chatter in Australia has ramped up since last week's siege, the BBC reports. PM Tony Abbott today said that info he has received... More »

Hawaii Residents on Edge as Lava Creeps Closer

Threat level raised from 'watch' to 'warning' as flow comes within mile of houses

(Newser) - Residents in the Ka'ohe Homesteads section on the Big Island of Hawaii are warily watching a lava flow that is slowly sliding their way, with some saying the lava could reach the neighborhood within a week, reports ABC News . The threat level has been raised from "watch" to... More »

British PM Raises UK Threat Level to 'Severe'

Government thinks attack by extremists is 'highly likely'

(Newser) - David Cameron changed the UK threat level from "substantial" to "severe"—its second-highest level—and outlined measures the British government is taking to combat terrorism at a press conference today in London, reports the BBC . On the heels of the execution of James Foley and other disturbing... More »

For Terror Alerts, Check Facebook

New system will reportedly be in place by April 27

(Newser) - Details of the new terror alert system are out, and it looks like Twitter and Facebook are in. As previously reported , the government is replacing its color coding system: In its place will be a two-level system—"elevated" and "imminent"—and alerts might be sent to Americans... More »

Color-Coded Threat Levels Getting Scrapped

New system will be introduced in April

(Newser) - Today's threat level is yellow—as it has been since 2006—but it won't be any color at all by the end of April. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will announce Thursday that the much-maligned five-color advisory code introduced after the September 11 attacks is to be scrapped, ABC reports.... More »

Let's Scrap Color-Coded Terror Alerts: Homeland Security

Rather than 'threat level red,' you may soon hear 'imminent threat'

(Newser) - America's color-coded terror alert system, long the butt of jokes and the target of complaints, may not be much longer for this world. The Homeland Security Department is proposing a change to the Homeland Security Advisory System, which many have faulted for being too vague or simply a scare tactic,... More »

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