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    U.S. warns of terror threats against financial icons

    By Jennifer C. Kerr

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government warned Sunday of possible terrorist attacks against "iconic" financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, N.J., saying a confluence of chilling intelligence in recent days pointed to a car or truck bomb.

    The government said the new intelligence indicated the meticulous planning of al-Qaida. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge identified explosives as the likely mode of attack, as opposed to a chemical or biological attack or a radiological "dirty" bomb.

    In an unprecedented action, the government named these specific buildings in densely populated areas as potential targets:

    _Citigroup buildings and the New York Stock Exchange in New York City.

    _The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank buildings in Washington.

    _Prudential financial in northern New Jersey.