NEW YORK – Three attacks carried out in the United States on a single day – a New York bombing, a Minnesota mass stabbing and a New Jersey pipe bomb blast – were under investigation yesterday for potential terror links. Authorities say there is no evidence that the attacks were coordinated but their timing in under 24 hours raises fears about security – already a major issue in the country’s deeply divisive presidential election battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Twenty-nine people were injured when a bomb exploded in New York’s upmarket Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday night, damaging buildings, shattering glass and sending shrapnel flying across the street. A second bomb was uncovered by police four blocks away and defused safely, before being sent to the FBI in Virginia for forensic examination. Both bombs were filled with shrapnel and made with pressure cookers, flip phones, Christmas lights and explosive compound, The New York … [Read more...] about US probes three attacks in 24 hours for terror links
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ST PAUL, Minn., July 7 - Protesters in Chicago, New York and St. Paul, Minnesota, took to the streets on Thursday to express outrage after the second fatal police shooting of a black man in the United States in two days. ST PAUL, Minn., July 7 - Protesters in Chicago, New York and St. Paul, Minnesota, took to the streets on Thursday to express outrage after the second fatal police shooting of a black man in the United States in two days. The protests were peaceful but tension was evident after the shooting of Philando Castile, 32, by police near St. Paul late on Wednesday. His girlfriend posted live video on the internet of the bloody scene minutes afterward, which was widely viewed. Castile's death occurred within a day of the shooting of 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling was killed during an altercation with two white police officers. Graphic video of that incident caused an outcry on social media. In Chicago, protesters shut down a stretch of the … [Read more...] about Protesters mass after another police shooting of black man in U.S.
If Omar Mateen acted alone in plotting the massacre of 49 people at Orlando's Pulse gay nightclub, he would be the exception rather than the rule in U.S. cases involving suspected Islamic State supporters. Sunday's worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history prompted renewed warnings from officials of "lone wolf" attackers, a term that commonly invokes images of isolated individuals, radicalized online by violent propaganda and plotting alone. But a Reuters review of the approximately 90 Islamic State court cases brought by the Department of Justice since 2014 found that three-quarters of those charged were alleged to be part of a group of anywhere from two to more than 10 co-conspirators who met in person to discuss their plans. Even in those cases that did not involve in-person meetings, defendants were almost always in contact with other sympathizers, whether via text message, email or networking websites, according to court documents. Fewer than 10 cases involved someone accused of … [Read more...] about Wolf dens, not lone wolves, the norm in U.S. Islamic State plots
Rivers from Nebraska east to Ohio climbed out of their banks on Wednesday, swollen from thunderstorms that soaked the central United States for days and killed at least eight people. The situation appeared to be worsening in Ohio where 21 counties battled high water, with officials declaring a state of emergency in nine of them in the north-central part of the state. Large tarps are used to prevent further erosion from toppling the garage in Hokah, Minnesota in Houston County … [Read more...] about Eight dead as floods plague central United States
The government of the U.S. state of Minnesota began a broad shutdown Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a deal to balance the state budget. After intensive negotiations between Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders for more than a week, the two sides failed to agree on a budget plan for the new fiscal year which began Friday. As a result, a wide range of federal agencies, except those considered critical, were closed since midnight. … [Read more...] about Minnesota government shuts down after failed budget talks