Terror alert

October 4, 2010 2:01:09 PM PDT
There are worse things than not traveling of course.

The latest terrorist warning stops short of saying Americans should not go to Europe, and if they're already there they should return home. But warning Americans to be extra vigilant about visiting or living in Europe because of the threat of terror attacks - especially commando-style attacks ala Mumbai - has once again sent shivers up our collective spines.

It would be relatively easy to dismiss the warning as nothing more than this year's equivalent of last year's H1N1 scare. But of course we can't really think like that. If the intelligence is at all near-correct, then the threats cannot be easily cast aside.

I keep thinking about American students living this fall in Europe on exchange programs, and what they must be thinking. And what about their parents? Tonight at 11, we'll have the latest on the terror alert, and a look at the students who are over there.

Also at 11, we're awaiting a verdict in that horrific rape and murder trial in Connecticut. The case went to the jury today and, since guilt or innocence isn't really in doubt (the defendant has all but said he did it), the verdict should be returned fairly quickly. We'll see.

Also in Connecticut tonight is that state's debate in the U.S. Senate race - Linda McMahon vs. Dick Blumenthal. And it promises - with apologies for the lousy pun - to be a political smack down.

And we're looking into a growing Internet scam involving con men, pretending to be American soldiers overseas looking for love. Our investigative reporter Sarah Wallace tonight has the story of a woman from Long Island who was targeted and taken for her life savings.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports, including the big management shakeup for the Mets. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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