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A man who may have converted to Islam planned to throw an explosive device into a prominent Florida synagogue on Friday, authorities said, but the FBI reportedly caught him before he could carry out the alleged plot.

Juan Medina was accused of trying to blow up the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center during Passover services, The Miami Herald reported. Officials portrayed Medina as being anti-Semitic, The Herald said.

FBI agents found out about the threat and used a confidential source to set up a sting and catch Medina, WSVN reported. The center was crowded on the second-to-last day of Passover when Medina allegedly planned to hurl some type of explosive over a synagogue wall, according to WSVN.

Medina is being held at the Federal Detention Center in Miami and is slated to appear in court Monday afternoon to be charged with a weapons of mass destruction offense.

Read more: Fox News

An explosion at a vacant East Side house seriously injured a man and triggered an investigation into why chemicals suspected to be bomb-making materials were being stored there, authorities said.

As of late Tuesday night, no arrests had been made, but the Columbus Joint Terrorism Task Force, headed by the FBI, was called in to assist the Columbus police and fire divisions.  Authorities initially thought the explosion, which occurred at 10:39 a.m. in the 600 block of South Hampton Road, involved a meth lab. The initial report was that a man had seriously injured his hand in an explosion.

Columbus Fire Chief Kevin O'Connor said the Columbus Joint Terrorism Task Force was called in because the situation was "out of the ordinary."  A few surrounding homes were evacuated and there was a small fire in the house shortly after 6 p.m. when the Division of Fire destroyed the chemicals on-site and some caught fire. That was quickly put out, said Battalion Chief Steve Martin, spokesman for Columbus Fire.

Read more: Columbus Dispatch

Like her husband, Carol Bundy has little faith in the federal judicial system. “This is going to be won in the court of public opinion,” the mother of 14 grown children and the wife of renegade cattleman Cliven Bundy predicted this month. She was referring to the dozens of indictments recently handed down by the U.S. government against her husband, four of their sons and other armed protesters involved in the January wildlife refuge takeover in Oregon and a standoff near Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch two years ago.

But some of that public opinion has dissolved into threats from Bundy supporters and is now being investigated by state and federal authorities, possibly leading to more criminal charges. In email, phone messages and Facebook posts, supporters have threatened retaliation for the mass arrests and the death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, 55, an Arizona rancher and spokesman for the Oregon refuge occupiers who was gunned down by state troopers during a roadside confrontation.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

A student who stabbed four people at a California university was inspired by the so-called Islamic State group, the FBI has said.  Authorities said Faisal Mohammad, 18, had probably been "self-radicalized," and had not been in direct contact with the militant group.

Read more: BBC News

An Oran man has been arrested after authorities allegedly found bomb-making items and a flamethrower at his home in February.

Trevor John Satrom, a 33-year-old former Decorah resident and Navy Seabees member, was detained at the Fayette County Jail in West Union on March 4.

On Wednesday, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids requesting Satrom be charged with unauthorized possession of a National Firearms Act weapon.

The arrest came following an investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and ATF.

Read more: Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier