Police officers secure the area at Union Station in Washington

Obama says U.S. is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

Police officers secure the area at Union Station in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Kylie Gumpert WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they were safe as millions of travelers set off for the long Thanksgiving weekend on Wednesday and authorities stepped up security at airports in response to the attacks in Paris two weeks ago. In New York City, record-breaking crowds were expected on Thursday for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and Police Commissioner William Bratton said the city was deploying more officers at the annual event than ever before. “Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland,” Obama told reporters at the White House, two weeks after suspected Islamist militants killed 130 people in a series of coordinated attacks in the French capital.

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