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A social media consultant hunted by police for three days due to suspicions he possessed explosives is in custody.  Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, was arrested on Monday, police said, after they found his car near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  FBI agents told CBS News the arrest was made without incident, following reports he was seen drinking in a bar.

The manhunt began on Saturday after police spent 14 hours searching Mr Chamberlain's San Francisco apartment.  Police asked the public for help in finding Mr Chamberlain, who tweeted on Monday that police claims he was dangerous were false.  "Anyone who has the means, methods and access to make a bomb should be considered armed and dangerous,'' FBI spokesman Peter Lee had said before the arrest.

Read More:  BBC News

The FBI launched a nationwide manhunt Sunday for a man suspected of possessing explosives.  FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, of San Francisco, was last seen Sunday.  The agency said Chamberlain is considered armed and dangerous. He is believed to be traveling in a white 2008 Nissan Altima with Texas license plates.

Police and federal agents spent 14 hours searching Chamberlain's apartment in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood Saturday.  "There were people all over the building in hazmat suits," said Jessica Schlenoff, who lives across the street from Chamberlain's building.  She said police on the scene told her they exploded some devices.

Read More:  USA Today

A man who pleaded guilty to sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in prison.  James Everett Dutschke was sentenced by Judge Sharion Aycock after saying he had changed his mind about wanting to withdraw his guilty plea.  He also was sentenced to five years of supervised release and remains in federal custody.

Read more:  The Guardian

An alleged supporter of foreign terrorists came within a whisker of bailing out of jail Wednesday before a Sacramento judge stayed the release order pending the government’s appeal.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire ordered Nicholas Michael Teausant released on $200,000 bail under restrictive conditions. But then she granted the request of Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hitt to hold up the release while prosecutors take the matter to U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez.

That may come as early as Tuesday, when Teausant is scheduled to appear before Mendez for a status conference.  Teausant, a 20-year-old community college student and National Guard washout from Acampo, near Lodi, is charged in a one-count grand jury indictment with attempting to provide support and resources to a rebel group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Read more: Sacramento Bee

Shortly after ceremonies ended Tuesday to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, two backpacks in the area of the Boylston Street finish line raised concerns of police, who evacuated the neighborhood.  The Boston Police Department called in the bomb squad and performed what is known as a "controlled disruption" of the bags, police department spokesman David Estrada said.

Police arrested a man who is the owner of the bags, Estrada said, although later police reports indicated the man owned only one of the backpacks. Police charged the man with possession of a hoax device, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.  One of the backpacks held a rice cooker inside, police said.

An officer noticed the man behaving suspiciously and stopped the man, who then dropped his backpack, Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said.

Read More:  USA Today