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Date: Feb 3, 2021

A former Dublin, Ohio, woman was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 30 months in prison for conspiring to steal exosome-related trade secrets concerning the research, identification and treatment of a range of pediatric medical conditions.

Li Chen, 47, also conspired to commit wire fraud.

Chen admitted in her guilty plea in July 2020 to stealing scientific trade secrets related to exosomes and exosome isolation from Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Research Institute for her own personal financial gain.

Chen and her husband, co-conspirator Yu Zhou, 50, worked in separate medical research labs at the Research Institute for 10 years each (Zhou from 2007 until 2017 and Chen from 2008 until 2018). They pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal at least five trade secrets related to exosome research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Exosomes play a key role in the research, identification and treatment of a range of medical conditions, including necrotizing enterocolitis (a condition found in premature babies), liver fibrosis and liver cancer.

Read more: Department of Justice

Calaveras County’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit was called out last month to Campo Seco, where a homemade explosive device was found after malfunctioning.

On Jan. 23 around 10:45 a.m., the sheriff’s office says an East Bay Municipal District employee called 911 after finding what they thought was a defective pipe bomb near a portable bathroom.

Deputies and EOD Unit members were called to the area near Campo Seco Road near Chileno Street and discovered what the sheriff’s office described as a paintball air tank. Someone had filled the tank with gun powder and affixed a fuse.

The homemade device did not detonate but the sheriff’s office said if it had, “it could have caused serious injury.”

Read more: Fox40 (Sacramento)

Two FBI agents were killed and three others were injured in a shooting Tuesday morning as authorities were executing a search warrant at a home in Sunrise, Florida.

The gunman was also killed, the FBI's Miami bureau said.

The incident began just after 6 a.m. at an address on Nob Hill Road, according to police in Sunrise, near Miami.

Authorities were at the home to serve a federal court-ordered search warrant in a case involving violent crimes against children, the FBI said.

Read more: NBC News

Lebanon’s army said on Monday it had arrested 18 people, some Lebanese and others Syrian, with links to Islamic State.

The arrests came in “field operations” that took place over the past two weeks in the border town of Arsal in the north, an army statement said.

The individuals arrested confessed to belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group and supporting it, and several weapons were also confiscated, it said.

Juroud Arsal, a barren area in the mountains between Syria and Lebanon, was previously a base of operations for insurgents fighting in the Syrian civil war, including militants from Islamic State and the group formerly known as the Nusra Front.

Read more: Reuters

Investigators have recommended that prosecutors decline to bring charges against a US Capitol Police officer in the shooting of a pro-Trump rioter who was killed during the insurrection, according to people familiar with the matter.

The shooting of the Capitol rioter, Ashli Babbitt, remains under investigation by the DC Metropolitan Police, the US Attorney's Office in Washington, DC, and civil rights prosecutors, a routine process for shootings involving the Capitol Police. A final decision hasn't been made, the people familiar with the probe told CNN.

Justice Department officials could make a final decision in the coming days.

A spokesperson for DC's Metropolitan Police Department said in an email to CNN that "it is irresponsible to make an investigatory assumption or to jump to any conclusion without completing the thorough investigation." CNN has reached out to the US Attorney's Office in DC for comment. The Wall Street Journal was first to report on the recommendation.

Read more: CNN