Planes swept in US for potential bombs: US

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Authorities swept cargo planes in Newark and Philadelphia for suspicious items Friday, officials said amid reports that a suspected bomb was found on a US cargo plane in London.

"The TSA is aware of and monitoring reports of potentially suspicious items on cargo planes in Newark and Philadelphia," the transportation security agency said.

Earlier, CNN cited a law enforcement official as saying a suspected bomb disguised as a toner cartridge was found on a US cargo plane in London during a stopover on a flight from Yemen to Chicago.

However, it later cited a second law enforcement source as saying suspicions were raised because the toner cartridge had been manipulated but a test for explosives proved negative.

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