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Shortly after ceremonies ended Tuesday to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, two backpacks in the area of the Boylston Street finish line raised concerns of police, who evacuated the neighborhood.  The Boston Police Department called in the bomb squad and performed what is known as a "controlled disruption" of the bags, police department spokesman David Estrada said.

Police arrested a man who is the owner of the bags, Estrada said, although later police reports indicated the man owned only one of the backpacks. Police charged the man with possession of a hoax device, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.  One of the backpacks held a rice cooker inside, police said.

An officer noticed the man behaving suspiciously and stopped the man, who then dropped his backpack, Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said.

Read More:  USA Today

The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish community centers in the Kansas City area was scheduled to appear in court on Monday to face murder charges. Police said it was too early to determine if Sunday's killings were motivated by anti-Semitism, but a leading anti-hate group said the suspect was a former senior member of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan movement.

"We know it's a vicious act of violence. Obviously two Jewish facilities, one might make that assumption," Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass told a news conference. The victims included a 14-year-old boy.

Authorities in Kansas identified the suspect as Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr., 73. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, said Cross was once the grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. It said his wife had told the center on Sunday that police informed her Cross had been arrested in connection with the shootings.

Read More: Reuters

A heavily-armed Tuolumne County man who had been on a mission to attack liberal groups in San Francisco was sentenced today to 400 years to life in state prison for shooting at California Highway Patrol officers on an Oakland freeway four years ago.  Byron Williams, 48, of Groveland, was convicted last month of four counts of premeditated attempted murder and three counts of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm for his 12-minute gun battle with CHP officers on Interstate Highway 580 near the Harrison Street exit just before midnight on July 17, 2010.

Prosecutor Autrey James said Williams, who was wearing body armor and was armed with three guns, initiated the gun battle by shooting at CHP Officer Vincent Herrick after he stopped Williams for speeding and weaving.  But defense attorney Eric Schweitzer alleged that CHP officers started the incident by shooting Williams in the head, which he said made Williams think that his life was in danger and prompted him to shoot at the officers in self-defense.

Read more: CBS News (San Francisco)

Police responded to a call of a suspicious package in a truck on Gray Street at about 9 a.m. Wednesday.  A neighbor of the truck’s owner saw what he thought was a suspicious item in the truck. He called he owner, who then contacted police, Killeen police said.  The item, a cellphone taped to a battery pack and two plastic pipes, was placed on the hood of a red truck at Hoover and Gray streets.

“I don’t know what it is, I don’t know how it got there,” said Leroy Ferrell, who lives at the home where the truck was parked.  A bomb squad robot approached the truck multiple times, but no signal has been given that the area is safe.  The area nearby remains evacuated as Fort Hood’s bomb squad renders it safe, police said.  People evacuated from the neighborhood are at the Killeen Community Center.

Read more: Austin American-Statesman

Texas man suspected of leading a far-right anti-government group has been arrested after he allegedly plotted to launch a series of terrorist attacks on policemen, government buildings, and mosques, as well as carry out bank robberies to fund his violent movement.  Robert James Talbot was detained on on Thursday on charges of attempted robbery, solicitation to commit a crime of violence, and possession of explosive material, the FBI has said.

Talbot had set up a Facebook page called the "American Insurgernt Movement" to allegedly recruit like-minded people who wanted to restore "America Pre-Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the regime with action by bloodshed".  The FBI used undercover agents to investigate Talbot.  The agents sold C-4 explosives to Talbot a day before he was arrested.  On October 18, 2013, Talbot asked his new recruits to quit their jobs and join him in robbing banks to fund the revolution he envisioned.  Talbot posted on Facebook that he had gone to four Bank of America branches to "play observation". He allegedly urged "anyone who robs these banks to kill everyone working for the ‘banking Cartels’ during the heist".

Read more: Al-Jazeera