NYC Security Surge Starts After One Year Of Osama Bin Laden’s Death

Federal and local authorities have stepped up security in New York City today as a precaution on the anniversary of al Qaeda leaderOsama bin Laden’s death one year ago today, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

Though officials say there are no known threats centered on New York City — the metropolis that suffered a majority of the casualties of the 9/11 attacks when the World Trade Center buildings fell in 2001 — 240 federal, state, city and transportation police have been deployed to major transportation hubs like Grand Central Terminal and Times Square with heavy weapons, radiation detectors, bomb sniffing dogs and other equipment, authorities said.

The officials said the surge will include National Guard forces and Transportation Security Administration agents.

Beyond New York City, security officials in the U.S. and abroad are watching U.S.-bound flights carefully amid fears terrorists could attempt to smuggle explosives onto planes by actually hiding them inside their bodies. As ABC News reported Monday, security at several airports in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East has been substantially stepped up, with a focus on U.S. carriers.

Additional federal air marshals have also been shifted overseas in advance of the anniversary. While President Obama announced bin Laden’s death to the world on the night of May 1, 2011 in the U.S., it was already May 2 in Pakistan when the terror leader was killed by an elite team of U.S. Navy SEALs.

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1 Dead In Harlem Building Collapse

One construction worker was killed and two were hospitalized after a collapse sent concrete slabs and bricks falling onto them at a work site on 130th Street Thursday.

A 1915 two-story warehouse was being demolished for a Columbia University expansion project, buildings department and FDNY officials said.

Workers on site had cut a structural beam, which is believed to have caused the site to become unstable, officials said. It wasn’t immediately clear to officials whether the cut beam was an error or intentional as part of the work.

Two of the victims were near each other and a third was 50 feet away. It took firefighters 45 minutes to burrow a tunnel through the debris and rescue the third man, the FDNY said.

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Why No Word Yet On Whitney Houston’s Cause Of Death?

Over a month has passed since the death of Whitney Houston on Feb. 11, and there’s still no official word on what caused it.

Sources told the L.A. Times on Tuesday the investigation still could take several weeks to close, with no specific date given for when results are expected.

Currently, investigators are awaiting the results of toxicology reports and gathering information from subpoenas issued to doctors and pharmacies. Authorities found several bottles of prescription medication in the room at the Beverly Hills Hilton where the singer, 48, was staying.

Houston’s cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, said on Tuesday she believed the pop star died of a heart attack, and wasn’t sure whether drugs played a part.

Courtney Garcia reports for