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The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, has been arrested by the FBI on in connection with the attack, authorities said Monday.

Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday morning in the San Francisco Bay area and is facing charges in Florida including obstruction of justice. A Twitter post from the United States attorney's office in Orlando said Salman will make her initial court appearance Tuesday morning in Oakland, California.

Noor Salman moved to California after her husband, Omar Mateen, was killed in a shootout with SWAT team members during the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

FBI agents repeatedly questioned Salman in the aftermath of the shooting about whether she had advance knowledge of her husband's plans. Salman told The New York Times in an interview published last fall that she knew her husband had watched jihadist videos but that she was "unaware of everything" regarding his intent to shoot up the club. She also said he had physically abused her.

"Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night," her attorney, Linda Moreno, said in a statement.

Read more:  AP News

A Pensacola man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for lying to FBI agents who were investigating his interest in the Islamic State.

In October 2014, Robert Blake Jackson, 31, had material on his Facebook profile including comments, photos and videos expressing support for extremist terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The materials reportedly included graphic ISIL videos promoting the execution of those who oppose ISIL.

In January 2015, a Pensacola telemarketing corporation reported they had recently fired Jackson for viewing ISIL— related and other terrorist-related websites and videos on his work computer, the release said.

In June 2015, during an interview with the FBI, Jackson stated that he never posted any pro-ISIL or violent content, and that he only used the internet at work to search news sites. Upon his arrest in July 2016, Jackson was in possession of an electronic tablet that contained the most recent addition of Dabiq, an ISIL recruitment magazine, as well as audio lectures of Anwar al-Awalki, an al Qaida propagandist. At his plea hearing Sept. 23, Jackson admitted the statements he made to federal agents were false.

Blake was sentenced Friday by Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers, according to court records.

Read more:  The Pensacola News Journal

A person wore two hats and a heavy coat as that person dropped off a homemade explosive that exploded in a Center City Philadelphia apartment, said Philadelphia Police.  The person, described by police as a person of interest, wore a "Elmer Fudd-like" lumberjack hat and a baseball cap as the person dropped off a package at Jim Alden's apartment along Pine Street -- not far from Rittenhouse Square.

Investigators showed photos of the person of interest Thursday and also said the device that blew up in Alden's hands was like no other seen on the East Coast. They also stressed that it appeared to be a targeted attack but they aren't sure if the person of interest simply delivered the device or manufactured it as well.  Surveillance images captured the delivery person on Lombard and Pine streets, said police.  Alden, who is cooperating with officials doesn't know why he was targeted, said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.

Read more: NBC Philadelphia

A Somali immigrant who injured 11 people in an attack at Ohio State University may have been inspired by Islamic State and the late al Qaeda-linked cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an FBI official told a news conference on Wednesday.

The Islamic State militant group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack a day earlier at the Columbus campus. Al-Awlaki was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011.

The attacker, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, used a car on Monday to plow into pedestrians at the school and exited the vehicle and stabbed other victims. He was an Ohio State student and a lawful permanent resident of the United States. 

Read more: Reuters

Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan posted on Facebook that he was 'sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers being killed and tortured' shortly before he went on a slashing rampage at the Ohio State University that left 11 injured.

Authorities are currently investigating the posts, allegedly made by Artan, which mention radical cleric Anwar Awlaki and accuse America of 'interfering' with other nations. 'I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE,' it stated. 'I can't take it anymore. 'America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah (communities)... [if] you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks.' 'We are not weak, remember that,' the post said, according to NBC News. Two hours before that, another post read: 'Forgive and forget. Love.'

Artan left at least 11 injured - one critically - after he drove onto the sidewalk at the university on Monday, mowing down crowds of innocent bystanders, witnesses say. He then jumped out of the car and began slashing victims with a butcher knife, according to police.

Read more: Dailymail