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Two high school students plotted to kill three staffers and as many students as possible in a mass shooting plot, police in South Pasadena, California, said.  But acting on information provided by officials at South Pasadena High School, authorities were able to foil the plan, police said.  "This is a prime example of school officials recognizing suspicious behavior. It was this information that helped prevent a horrific tragedy," Sgt. Brian Solinsky said.  Authorities have scheduled a news conference Tuesday to offer more details.
One student was arrested at his home Monday without incident. The other, police said, tried to run away -- but didn't succeed.  The South Pasadena Unified School District sent a letter to parents, addressing the alleged plot.  "The police have the situation under control and there is currently no threat to students or employees," the letter said.
The district will make counselors available to students and employees when the new school year begins, CNN affiliate KTLA reported.  "School starts on Thursday, and I'm pretty sure a lot of people will be talking about it," student Owen Carlson told the station.
Source: CNN

Police arrested a self-described “sovereign citizen” accused of shooting at police and firefighters after setting fire to a trash bin in Dallas.  Emergency crews responded to the dumpster fire about 3 p.m. Monday, when the man opened fire on officers.  Police said the gunman, who was the subject of a missing persons report filed that afternoon, threatened a babysitter who retreated into a nearby home with an 8-year-old girl.  No one was wounded by the gunfire, which struck a fire engine in the area.

Police said the man, identified as 60-year-old Douglas Leguin, called 911 to say he was part of the anti-government sovereign citizen movement.  Investigators said the man apparently set the Dumpster fire and called in the missing persons report as part of a planned ambush on officers.  The man, who was armed with an AK-47 and wearing a towel or bandana around his head, set off a smoke bomb and shot off propane tanks during a brief SWAT standoff.

Read more: Raw Story

A Reston resident is among three that have been arrested for allegedly funding an overseas terrorist group that partners with al-Qa'ida, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The suspects are accused of providing material support including money to al-Shabaab, a "designated foreign terrorist organization that is conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia," DOJ officials said in a statement. In addition to the three arrested, officials said there are two more suspects being sought in Kenya and Somalia. Officials on Wednesday arrested Muna Osman Jama, 34, in her home in Reston. Also arrested were Hinda Osman Dhirane, 44, at her home in Kent, Washington; and Farhia Hassan at her home in the Netherlands.  The two additional fugitives being sought are Fardowsa Jama Mohamed in Kenya and Barira Hassan Abdullahi in Somalia.

Read more: WJLA


Deputies say a Jackson County man built a bomb and planned to build more to attack a nearby schoolyard and the homes of his relatives. Blake Ryan Garnes, 20, of Garnes Valley Drive in Evans, was arrested Thursday and charged with making terroristic threats and possession of an explosive device.

Detectives R.H. Mellinger and M.E. Cullen began investigating after learning from a confidential informant that Garnes had a bomb stored at his grandmother's house, according to a complaint filed in Jackson Magistrate Court. The informant, who was interviewed Wednesday afternoon at South Central Regional Jail where he was being held on unrelated criminal charges, told detectives that he'd been smoking marijuana at Garnes' grandmother's home three weeks before with Garnes and another man.

Read more: Charleston Daily Mail

The deaths of two Las Vegas cops on Sunday raised to 23 the number of law enforcement officers killed this year by gunfire across the country while in the line of duty -- a 53 percent increase compared to the same time last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  That is a stark contrast to the same time last year when firearms-related shootings accounted for 15 deaths, the group said.

Spurred by anti-government and white supremacist groups, the group said law enforcement agencies around the country have sounded the alarm -- saying the recent Las Vegas shootings highlight the increased potential for police officers to be ambushed.

"This is an alarming trend that we cannot allow to continue,” said Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson, who chairs the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. "We are outraged that more has not already been done to prevent the senseless killings of citizens and law enforcement alike. Our nation must make it a priority to prevent dangerous individuals from acquiring guns and inflicting such grave damage on others. Enough is enough."

Read more: ABC News