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New York police will use sand-filled trucks, radiation detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs and heavily armed officers on Thursday to defend the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which Islamic State has encouraged its followers to attack.

Officials expect 3.5 million people to converge on the 2.5-mile (4-km) parade route in Manhattan for the annual, nationally televised ritual that initiates the holiday shopping season with giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

The 82 sand trucks from the Sanitation Department will be used to counter a threat by Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, which has called the parade an "excellent target."

The group has encouraged readers of its online magazine Rumiyah to use motor vehicles to kill and injure people, similar to the way a Tunisian-born assailant killed more than 80 people at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France.

The sand trucks weigh 16 tons (14.5 metric tons) and twice that when filled with sand, making them difficult to move even if rammed by large vehicles.

Islamic State, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria and seeks to inspire attacks by others abroad, claimed responsibility for the July 14 attack in Nice.

"We are aware of some of the reports that have been out there, but I want to assure all New Yorkers there's no credible and specific information of any specific threat directed toward this parade," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference on Wednesday.

Read more:  Reuters

Aaron Travis Daniels from Ohio was arrested Monday for allegedly trying to join the Islamic State terrorist group, also called ISIS. The U.S. Justice Department said Daniels, who is from Columbus, was also suspected of donating funds to the terrorist organization.

Authorities were investigating Daniels for months and arrested him at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport as he was boarding a plane to Libya “for the purpose of joining” ISIS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly said in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus.

The 20-year-old Daniels — also known as Harun Muhammad and Abu Yusuf — admitted to authorities he sent money to ISIS recruiter Abu Issa al-Amriki through an intermediary and was reportedly going to travel from Columbus to Trinidad and Tobago via Houston on a United Airlines flight. From the Caribbean, he would have flown to Libya to join the militant group as a fighter.

Read more: International Business Times

A 64-year-old man who allegedly planted a bomb outside a Nederland police station to avenge the vigilante murder of a fellow member of a hippie gang will be arraigned Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Denver.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nina Wang will read David Michael Ansberry his rights and advise him of the charge against him.

Ansberry was indicted on one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, according to a news release by Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for Acting U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer.  He faces penalties of up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Read more: Denver Post

Something about the request just didn’t feel right to Miles Evans.  Over the summer, the state commander of the Kansas Flatlanders Militia had been contacted by two men who wanted to join his group. Evans had run into the two at militia training events. But they belonged to another group, he said, and it seemed odd that they wanted to hook up with his militia, clear across the state from their southwest Kansas communities.

“They contacted me through Facebook,” said Evans, who lives in Wichita. “... I remembered exactly who they were. So I went to my second-in-command and spoke with him. He basically said all we can do is vet them, see what their outlook is and see what their intentions are.”

Read more: Kansas City Star

A second New Jersey man has been convicted of terrorism charges after vandalizing and firebombing Jewish temples and a rabbi's home.  Aakash Dalal, 24, of Lodi, was also convicted on Tuesday of attempted arson and bias intimidation in the 2012 attacks, The Record reports ( Dalal faces up to life in prison at his December sentencing.

The attack in Rutherford ignited a fire in the bedroom of a rabbi's residence. The rabbi, his wife, five children and his parents were sleeping at the time. No one was injured.  The case was the first to employ the state's anti-terrorism law, which took effect a few months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The law requires a finding that five or more people were terrorized by the crime or that the acts were carried out to promote terror.

Defense attorney Brian Neary said Dalal plans an appeal to challenge whether the terrorism law was properly used.

Read more: ABC News