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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

Police have arrested a 55-year-old New York man on charges he called a Sikh man a terrorist and mowed him down with his pickup truck.  The encounter happened July 30 in the Queens borough of New York. Sandeep Singh was treated for abdominal and back injuries.  The New York Post reports that Joseph Caleca and Singh exchanged words because Singh's car door was blocking the street.

Police say Caleca called 29-year-old Singh a terrorist before hitting him with his truck. Police say Caleca then accelerated, hit Singh and dragged him several feet before fleeing.  "I was attacked because I am a Sikh, and because I look like a Sikh," Singh, who is originally from India, said in a statement. "We need to create a world without hate."  Caleca was arrested late Monday on charges of attempted murder as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime. No information on a lawyer for him was available.

Source: CBS News

Two high school students plotted to kill three staffers and as many students as possible in a mass shooting plot, police in South Pasadena, California, said.  But acting on information provided by officials at South Pasadena High School, authorities were able to foil the plan, police said.  "This is a prime example of school officials recognizing suspicious behavior. It was this information that helped prevent a horrific tragedy," Sgt. Brian Solinsky said.  Authorities have scheduled a news conference Tuesday to offer more details.
 
One student was arrested at his home Monday without incident. The other, police said, tried to run away -- but didn't succeed.  The South Pasadena Unified School District sent a letter to parents, addressing the alleged plot.  "The police have the situation under control and there is currently no threat to students or employees," the letter said.
 
The district will make counselors available to students and employees when the new school year begins, CNN affiliate KTLA reported.  "School starts on Thursday, and I'm pretty sure a lot of people will be talking about it," student Owen Carlson told the station.
 
Source: CNN