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Obama to announce new airline safety measures

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will announce new measures to tighten up airline security after the failed Christmas Day attack on a U.S. jetliner.

Obama has scheduled a high-ranking White House meeting this afternoon with 20 government officials who've been tasked with carrying out reviews following the botched attack.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, CIA Director Leon Panetta and FBI Director Robert Mueller are among those who will attend.

After the session, Obama will address the public. The White House says he'll offer new steps to thwart future terrorist attacks and improve watch lists.

The man accused in the Christmas Day bombing attempt was in the U.S. database of about 550,000 suspected terrorists.


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