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A homemade bomb exploded outside the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP civil rights group on Tuesday, authorities said, but a gasoline can placed next to the device failed to detonate and no injuries were reported.  An "improvised explosive device" was set off against an exterior wall of the NAACP building, the FBI's Denver field office said in a statement.  "A gasoline can had been placed adjacent to the device, however, the contents of the can did not ignite upon explosion," the statement said.  The FBI did not say whether the country's oldest civil rights organization was specifically targeted or if race played a role in the incident.

A woman who answered the phone at the NAACP office but declined to give her name said people inside the building heard a "loud boom" coming from a lawn area in the rear.  The blast, which occurred about 70 miles south of Denver, caused "only minimal surface charring" to the building, which also houses a hair salon, authorities said.  The FBI and Colorado Springs Police are investigating the incident and are looking for a person of interest who is described as a balding Caucasian man about 40 years old who may be driving a pickup truck, the statement said.

Read more: Reuters

News that the U.S. and Cuba want to normalize diplomatic relations could also open the door for federal officials to finally capture the first woman ever to be included on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. 

Joanne Chesimard was convicted in the shooting death of a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 but later escaped from prison and fled to Cuba. In a statement released Wednesday morning, the superintendent of the New Jersey State Police said any improvement in relations between the two countries should improve the chance of her being returned to prison in the U.S.

Read more:  Los Angeles Times

Authorities evacuated thousands from a Chicago-area hotel Sunday after guests complained that a noxious odor was spreading.
 
Now detectives are investigating, and police say it appears that "an intentional act" was behind high levels of chlorine gas that forced the evacuation at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, early Sunday morning.
 
The hotel was hosting the Midwest FurFest, a convention where many attendees don animal costumes and "celebrate furry fandom, that is, art, literature and performance based around anthropomorphic animals," according to the event's website.
 
Read more: CNN

In a news conference Monday afternoon Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo bluntly described Larry McQuilliams.  "This man, by no means can you call him anything but an extremist. And if you look at what he did, he terrorized a city. He's just an American terrorist,"  Armed with a .22-caliber long rifle and a rifle similar to an AK 47, investigators said McQuilliams shot into four buildings early Friday morning. They added that 100 rounds were shot at Austin Police headquarters, before Sergeant Adam Johnson ended the attack.  "This man took one shot from approximately 312 feet away in the dark, single-handed, while holding the reigns of two horses," said Acevedo. "He feels very strongly that there was some divine intervention."

A revelation that some would consider ironic considering police found extremist religious ideology in the van McQuilliams rented to carry out his attack. Investigators found the book "Vigilantes of Christiandom, the story of the Phineas Priesthood" which was written by a white supremacist and condemns mixing races.  "The Phineas Priesthood is really not a group or an organization at all. It is a concept," explained Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at the civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center. "Basically his idea is that if a person performs a so-called Phineas action, which is, meaning to murder people who have relationships across the races, then they are automatically a member of the Phineas Priesthood."

McQuilliams wrote in the book that he was a high priest.

Read more: KVUE (Austin)

A gunman targeted three downtown public buildings -- the Mexican consulate, federal courthouse and police headquarters -- before police shot and killed him, according to local media reports. Police said the unidentified man, who was wearing a suspicious vest, opened fire on area buildings at around 2:30 a.m. local time, KVUE-TV reports.

The gunman was shot by a police officer in front of the police headquarters, Assistant Police Chief Raul Munguia told reporters.

The suspect had fired about 100 rounds at buildings in the downtown area and had shot out windows at the police facility, which was evacuated, KLBJ radio reports. Munguia told reporters that the suspected shooter, who was wearing "some type of vest," was shot near his vehicle, which appeared to contain an improvised explosive device.

After dragging the downed suspect across the street, officers "backed away" until the nature of his vest could be determined. The police bomb squad was on the scene. Officers were also investigating an address in North Austin where the suspect lived. They said they are checking the residence for any other potential bombs.

Source: USA Today