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A former Denver International Airport shuttle driver arrested in Aurora in 2009 for his role in Al Qaeda terror plots to blow up baseball or football stadiums was scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Tuesday afternoon in federal court in New York, but the hearing was postponed.

Najibullah “Salahuddin” Zazi, 34, faces up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine after being convicted of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, according to court records.

Zazi was arrested in September 2009 in his home at the Vistas at Saddle Rock Apartments, 22959 E. Smoky Hill Road in Aurora. He agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors to avoid some terrorism-relate charges, including in connection with a conspiracy to kill allied military forces in Afghanistan and a conspiracy to build improvised explosive devices in the United States, according to a plea agreement he signed on Feb. 22, 2010.

Read more: Denver Post

Two people in Wisconsin have pleaded guilty to crimes related to providing support for the Islamic State, including a woman who used hacked Facebook accounts to share instructions for building explosives and mixing poison, the authorities said Monday.

Prosecutors said the two cases were unrelated. The woman, Waheba Issa Dais, 46, a permanent legal resident of the United States who was born in Israel, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

She used a series of hacked Facebook accounts to pledge allegiance to ISIS, recruit new members for the terrorist group, encourage supporters who said they wanted to launch terrorist attacks, and share plans for building explosives, prosecutors said.

Read more: New York Times

Thousands of visitors flock to National Harbor each day, transforming the development into one of the most bustling areas across Greater Washington — but all of that foot traffic has also allegedly attracted the worst kind of attention.

Federal prosecutors revealed earlier this week that they’d arrested a Maryland man who they believe was planning to plow a rented van into crowds at National Harbor. Officials said the man was inspired by similar terror attacks across the country, and chose the Prince George’s County development after initially spending time scouting Washington Dulles International Airport.

The incident has proven to be a chilling reminder for executives with Peterson, National Harbor’s master developer, of the value of preparing for every possible scenario.

Read more: Washington Business Journal

Police have raided more than 30 premises linked to suspected far-right extremists in Berlin and three other eastern German states.

German news agency dpa reported that the raids early Wednesday were mainly centered on Brandenburg state and the region around Cottbus, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of the capital.

According to Brandenburg police, the investigation focuses on about 20 people with ties to Germany's hooligan, martial arts and right-wing extremist scene.

Cottbus has a comparatively large neo-Nazi scene affiliated to the city's main football team, Energie Cottbus.

Read more: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube are fertile breeding grounds for white supremacists and white nationalists – enabling acts of real-world violence and fueling bigotry – and Big Tech must do more to stop it, advocacy groups that monitor and combat hate and discrimination say.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and other organizations detailed how tech platforms have fueled an uptick in hate crimes against Muslims, immigrants, African-Americans and Jews by enabling perpetrators to self-radicalize, locate extremist hate groups and find like-minded users.

Facebook and Google, meanwhile, defended measures their companies have taken in the wake of horrific incidents such as the Tree of Life Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the New Zealand mosque massacre, both of which were allegedly perpetrated by gunmen who espoused white supremacist or white nationalist views online.

Read more: Fox News