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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

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)