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The FBI says one man is in custody for firing shots that damaged a National Security Agency (NSA) building.  The spy agency reported damage to its building in Fort Meade, Maryland on Tuesday.  The man is believed to be responsible for shooting a truck in a separate incident about 12 miles (19 km) away.  Police are investigating whether he is linked to similar incidents over the past few weeks.  Authorities have not released the identity of the man who was taken into custody on Tuesday night.

Around 14:40 local time (19:40 GMT) on Tuesday, a truck was struck by gunfire which resulted in one person being transported to hospital for injuries sustained from broken glass.  Later in the day, gunfire was reported along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, a major connection between Washington, DC and Baltimore. The NSA reported damage to its building, but said no one was injured.  Authorities are investigating the damage to see "if it is damage from shots fired," US Park Police spokeswoman Sgt Lelani Woods said.

Last week, a man was injured after his vehicle was fired upon, resulting in shattered glass that injured the driver, and on Monday shots were fired near a cinema in the area.  It is not clear where or how the suspect was detained.

Source:  BBC News

The man who allegedly ambushed deputies in a Publix parking lot before he was shot dead claimed to be a "sovereign citizen," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.  "It means that in many regards, they do not recognize the existing government," Demings said.

Deputies still have not released the identity of the shooter, saying only that he was 46 years old and was known to deputies.  At a news conference Monday, Demings said authorities plan to investigate the man's apparent anti-government leanings.

Read more: WESH Orlando

A man's Facebook postings has landed him in federal court, where he is charged with threatening to behead the New York City police officer involved in the July choke-hold death of an African-American man.
According to a records in U.S. District Court, the man's Facebook page included this post: "I'm going to personally kill and behead Daniel Pantaleo.  This is a written threat and has to be taken extremely seriously."  Pantaleo is the New York City officer who was involved in the arrest and death of Eric Garner on July 17.
The FBI says the man behind the post is Alvaro Eduardo Guzman-Telles, 29, of Hamtramck, who was tracked down following a tip received by the FBI office in New York.  According to an affidavit filed by FBI agent Juan Herrera, the FBI office in New York received a tip on Dec. 29 about a Facebook user who was posting threatening messages about law enforcement between Dec. 15-19.  The Facebook user's name was Eduardo Guzman, a.k.a. Captain Acab, who owns three handguns, the affidavit states.
The first of Guzman's posts states: "Kill all cops on sight. No matter the circumstances."
Read more: USA Today

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