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A Transportation Security Administration checks a passenger’s carry-on luggage in August at the security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. The federal government is escalating security around the country in preparation for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Security intensifies as Sept. 11 anniversary nears

As the nation prepares for the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — a date al-Qaida has cited as a potential opportunity to strike again — security is intensifying at airports, train stations, nuclear plants and major sporting arenas around the country.

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