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The FBI on Thursday added the name of the suspect in last week's ambush of two Pennsylvania troopers to its list of the 10 most wanted fugitives, almost a week after a manhunt began for the person who killed one officer and wounded another.
Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, has been identified as the prime suspect in the fatal shooting of Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and the wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove late last Friday.
Read more: Reuters

He's a survivalist with an extensive shooting background and a grudge against law enforcement, officials say.  And now authorities worry the man suspected of gunning down two Pennsylvania State Police Troopers may be on the hunt for more officers.

Eric Mathew Frein "has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder," Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan told reporters Tuesday.

"He has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go on in our society."

Read more: CNN

Police responding to an intrusion alarm at U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's Kansas City office early Thursday found two broken bottles resembling Molotov cocktails. The alarm sounded about 2:50 a.m. at the office of Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, at 101 W. 31st St.
Responding officers found a broken window on the northwest side of the building.  On the ground below the window were two broken liquor bottles - one rum and one Jagermeister - with paper towels sticking out of the necks of the bottles, police said. They resembled Molotov cocktails and the paper towels appeared to have been ignited but extinguished during flight, police said. The only damage was the broken window. There was no fire damage to the building.
"This is the second incident within the last six years," said John Jones, Cleaver's chief of staff.

The government plans to give U.S. retailers a list of materials that can be used in explosives and ask them to look out for suspicious behavior as a way to combat domestic terrorism, the homeland security secretary said on Wednesday.  On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Jeh Johnson said the so-called home-grown or "lone wolf" attack like last year's Boston Marathon bombing was the hardest to detect and the one he worried about most.

He said his department would issue a public advisory to retailers this week identifying the materials and suspicious behavior to look for in anyone buying large quantities of them. Homemade bombs in pressure cooker pots were placed at the finish line of the famous race in Boston on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring 176 others in the worst attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

"So we can't and we shouldn't prohibit the sale of a pressure cooker," Johnson told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. "We can sensitize retail businesses to be on guard for suspicious behavior by those who buy this kind of stuff."

Read more:  Reuters

A woman arrested at Denver International Airport just as she was about to embark on a potentially deadly quest to Syria pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a terror charge in federal court.
Shannon Maureen Conley appeared in Denver's U.S. District Court on a charge of providing material support to al-Qaeda and affiliates including the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.
Conley's clumsy stalking of the Faith Bible Chapel of Arvada in the fall of 2013 was so transparent a pastor called the FBI.  Despite face-to-face warnings by FBI agents that her plans were illegal, Conley continued plotting to join a Middle East jihad.  Her arrest came in April.
Conley faces up to five years in a federal prison and a $250,000 fine, according to Jeffrey Dorschner, spokesman for U.S. Attorney John Walsh.
Read more: The Denver Post