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Date: Aug 6, 2021

A man with a knife stabbed at least 10 passengers on a commuter train in Tokyo on Friday and was captured by police after fleeing, fire department officials and news reports said.

NHK public television said one passenger was seriously injured. It said the suspect left his knife behind as he fled and later gave himself up at a convenience store. The Japanese capital is currently hosting the Olympics, which end Sunday.

The Tokyo Fire Department said nine of the 10 injured passengers were taken to nearby hospitals, while the 10th was able to walk away. All of those injured were conscious, fire department officials said.

A witness at a nearby station where the train stopped said passengers were rushing out of the carriages and shouting that there was a stabbing and asking for first aid. Another witness told NHK that he saw passengers smeared with blood come out of the train, as an announcer asked for doctors and for passengers carrying towels.

Read more: NPR

A man suspected of leaving "Molotov Cocktail"-style incendiary devices at a subway station in Los Angeles was arrested Monday.

Frederick Brown, 50, was detained at the MTA MacArthur Park Red Line station near 6th St. and Alvarado St. and was being held with no bail, according to jail records. Police said he had two replica handguns at the time of his arrest.

There was no evidence of a terrorism motive, authorities said.

Brown was booked in jail on suspicion of being in possession of a destructive device, the legal definition of a bomb, and a parole violation.

Officials said Brown was suspected of leaving three homemade devices containing liquid that had the odor of gasoline on the Red Line station platform at Vermont and Santa Monica Blvd. last Friday.

Read more: NBC Los Angeles

Federal agencies responsible for safeguarding the security and personal data of millions of Americans have failed to implement basic defenses against cyberattacks, according to a report from Senate investigators released Tuesday. The agencies earned a C- report card for falling short of federally-mandated standards in the 47-page report by the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

The report also concluded that Americans' personal information remains at risk in the wake of a slew of high-profile cyber attacks and evaluated two years of inspector general reports.

The audit accuses eight critical agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the State Department and the Social Security Administration (SSA) of relying on outdated systems, ignoring mandatory security patches and failing to protect sensitive data such as names, date of birth, income, social security numbers and credit card numbers.

Read more: CBS News

David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment yesterday charging a Millsboro man with possession of four destructive devices and an AK-47 with an altered serial number.

According to the indictment, Job Gillette, 23, had previously been convicted of a crime that prohibited him from possessing any firearms.  The indictment alleges that on March 24, 2021, Gillette was found in possession of one intact improvised incendiary device made of a glass bottle containing a yellow-colored ignitable liquid and a white foam-like material, with matches secured to the cap and neck of the bottle.  The indictment further alleges that, on the same date, Gillette also possessed the parts to readily assemble three additional devices made of Hennessy Cognac bottles filled with yellow-colored ignitable liquid and a foam-like material.  Gillette was also in possession of an AK-47 rifle with an altered serial number.

Gillette is charged with four counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device, one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and one count of possession of a firearm with an altered or obliterated serial number.  If convicted, he faces maximum penalties of ten years in prison for each of the first five counts and five years in prison for possession of a firearm with an altered serial number. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Read more: Department of Justice

Was the young man a violent extremist hellbent on revenge for a mass shooting of Muslims in New Zealand or a “lost soul” who was abandoned by a drug-addicted mother before undercover FBI operatives stoked his anger into violence?

That’s the central question jurors are being asked to answer in the trial of Mark Steven Domingo, the 28-year-old Reseda man accused of trying to kill as many people as possible by planting bombs at a rally in Long Beach’s Bluff Park.

Domingo is charged with providing material support to terrorists and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction when he targeted an April 2019 rally in Long Beach where hundreds of protesters showed up to counter a planned White-nationalist rally that never materialized.

Domingo didn’t care whom he killed, he just wanted “more bodies,” he told FBI agents after his arrest. Plus, he explained, setting off explosions during a clash between far-right and far-left activists could create more chaos.

Read more: Long Beach Post News