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Date: Oct 26, 2018

The Florida man arrested Friday and expected to be charged in connection with the mailing of at least 12 bomb-like devices to prominent Democrats around the country has a criminal record,including a felony charge in 2002 for threatening to “throw, project, place, or discharge any destructive device.”

Cesar Sayoc, 56, a registered Republican from South Florida, was born in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Florida as a child, records show. He's a 1980 graduate of North Miami Beach High School whose last known address was Aventura in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Sayoc has been identified by law enforcement authorities as being connected with the mailings of a dozen  bomb-like devices to top Democrats, including former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Read more: USA Today

A white man who allegedly killed two people at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky tried to enter a predominantly black church nearby minutes before the fatal shooting, police said.

The two people killed Wednesday -- Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones -- were shot in the grocery store and the parking lot, respectively. CNN affiliate WDRB described both victims as black.

Police arrested suspect Gregory A. Bush, 51, shortly after the shooting, which happened in the Louisville suburb of Jeffersontown.

Read more: CNN

The German foreign ministry on Friday said it would continue to provide consular services to a German man who was sentenced by a Turkish court to six years and three months in prison for membership in a terrorist organization.

A ministry spokesman said the man, identified in German media as 29-year-old Patrick K., was also sentenced to 1.8 years in prison for entering a closed military territory, but that sentence had been suspended.

"It is a decision of the Turkish justice system," the spokesman told a regular government news conference. "We assume that he will, as appropriate, and with his Turkish attorneys, make use of the legal options available under Turkish law."

Read more: New York Times

Authorities on Friday recovered two more potential explosive devices sent to public figures; the latest packages addressed to Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.

These packages — recovered in Florida and New York — push the total number of devices found by law enforcement authorities to 12. None have detonated, but all have pushed officials onto high alert as they worry about additional devices being delivered.

The FBI said a package, “similar in appearance to the others” found this week, was addressed to Booker and located in Florida.

Police in New York said they were responding to a suspicious package in midtown Manhattan, just blocks from where one of the explosive devices was found earlier this week at CNN’s offices in the Time Warner Center.

Read more: Washington Post

A 19-year-old Ohio resident has been arrested and charged with attempting to support ISIS, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Court documents said Naser Almadaoji, an Iraqi-born US citizen, was arrested on Wednesday at an airport in Columbus, Ohio, following communication online with people he believed to be affiliated with ISIS and coordination with an undercover FBI employee to travel overseas in order to join an ISIS group.

The announcement noted that "attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization is a federal crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison."

Read more: CNN