(By David Ingram) Federal officials have warned authorities in New York City, Texas and Virginia about an unspecific threat of attacks by the al-Qaida militant group around Election Day, putting local law enforcement on alert the weekend before Tuesday’s vote, officials said on Friday. A U.S. government source in Washington said some federal agencies sent bulletins to local and state officials flagging the information but that the threat was relatively low-level.

A U.S. official familiar with the threat information said that it was “uncorroborated,” but that federal agencies believed that they needed nonetheless to remain vigilant. The New York City Police Department and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were alerted to the information, the local agencies said. READ MORE