The Latest: Cleveland transforms for RNC after France attack


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on convention security preparations following the truck attack in France (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Downtown Cleveland is beginning to undergo a transformation three days before the beginning of the Republican National Convention.

Even as restaurants and bars fill up with the usual Friday post-work patrons, large tents are being erected outside Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention gets underway Monday.

Drivers headed into downtown are seeing signs urging people to call an FBI tip line if they see anything suspicious.

A tall security fence is going up along several blocks of East 9th Street in the heart of downtown.

The city hasn’t commented on any changes to security following the truck attack in Nice (nees), France, on Thursday that killed dozens.

Authorities previously announced restrictions on road and air transportation and on boats in Lake Erie.

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1:50 p.m.

U.S. Secret Service officials say security planning for the Republican and Democratic national conventions took into account large-scale terrorism threats like the vehicle attack that occurred in France.

In Philadelphia, site of the Democratic National Convention, the Secret Service’s top agent said Friday “there is nothing we leave to chance.”

Agents will sweep permitted vehicles for explosives and turn away general traffic in security zones set up around the convention sites.

Philadelphia police will use rolling street closures and uniformed officers to protect areas outside the security zone where large protests and rallies are planned.

Security experts say the truck attack will heighten security concerns. But they note possible countermeasures, like establishing static, barricaded zones, can pose their own risk by creating targets.

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