Terror Alert Dropped to Yellow

(Washington-AP) -- The nation's terror alert has been downgraded. The Homeland Security Department has lowered the status to yellow -- signaling an "elevated" risk of attack. That's the middle level in the five-color scale.

The Bush administration had put the alert at orange ten days ago, after terror attacks in Saudi Arabia and Morocco. It had feared the attacks could signal a new wave of attacks on targets worldwide -- including Americans. And there were concerns that attacks could happen over the Memorial Day weekend. But the government now says there's been a drop in intelligence pointing to an imminent attack.

Orange and yellow remain the only levels on the scale that have been used since the color-coded system was adopted more than a year ago.