A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is in effect into Wednesday due repeated rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect for our area until 7 AM Wednesday. Where there are more pauses in the rain, totals will be closer to 2 inches but some will receive at least 4 inches of rainfall total. Creeks and streams run high and areas with poor runoff could face flooding problems. Busy commute hours could face more slowdowns, with fog and standing water on roads as well.
Washington (AP) -- Al-Qaeda remains the biggest threat to the nation's security, but the President's intelligence chief says Hezbollah is a growing danger.
National Intelligence Director John Negroponte says Hezbollah gained confidence through its 34-day war with Israel last summer. It also built a hostility toward the US, he says, that "could cause the group to increase its contingency planning against US interests."
Negroponte's assessment comes in written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Since 9/11, intelligence agencies have stressed the threat from Al-Qaeda and associated Sunni extremists, rather than Shiite Muslim groups such as Hezbollah.
Hezbollah is backed by Iran and Syria. It was responsible for the 1983 bombings of the US Embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. But it has not directly attacked US targets in years.
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