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A man having a mental health issue and holding a suspected explosive device was in a standoff with police in a San Jose neighborhood Thursday afternoon before he was arrested safely.

The standoff happened in the area of Olinder Ct. and Felipe Ave. near the U.S. 101 – Interstate 280/680 exchange.

San Jose police said a despondent adult male was holding the possible explosive and negotiators were at the scene engaging the man in dialogue.

Police said the man was separated from the device and taken safely into custody. A bomb unit officer took custody of the device, but it was not immediately known if it was an explosive.

Read more: CBS San Francisco

A former candidate for the New York state senate charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol asked people to delete videos and photos of him inside the building after his friends began to get arrested.

Daniel Christmann was taken into custody Wednesday on charges of disorderly conduct, entering a restricted building and demonstrating in a Capitol building, according to the Department of Justice.

Federal authorities said several people reached out to investigators with the FBI to provide information on Christmann's participation in the riot. A criminal complaint states that Christmann made several posts on his "dannyforsenate" Instagram account showing a large crowd of people inside the Capitol.

He had also shared a video of a man yelling, "We want Nancy ...we want the rest of them." The FBI said it believes the man, who was not Christmann, was referring to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers.

Read more: NBC News

The House select committee formed to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol convened its first hearing on Tuesday, hosting a panel of four police officers who defended the building against a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

The testimony, which included new video footage from the day, was both emotional and dramatic, as the officers described being overwhelmed by rioters who were better equipped for the battle that unfolded.

Officer Dunn, a 13-year veteran of the Capitol Police force, recounted enduring racist slurs, in powerful testimony about confronting the mob. More on the officers here.

The officers provided chilling, detailed accounts of being knocked unconscious, beaten and fearing death at the hands of a mob that outnumbered them. They choked up reliving the hand-to-hand combat they faced on Jan. 6.

Read more: NBC News

A former sheriff linked to the Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government extremist group, will speak in Belfast— a decision that has alarmed some in the community.

Richard Mack is a marquee speaker of the Arise USA! The Resurrection Tour that is making its only stop in Maine at the Crosby Center in downtown Belfast Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The former Arizona sheriff is also the founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association, an organization that believes that county sheriffs have powers that supersede those of any other law enforcement officer, including federal officers. In 2016, the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit investigative news outlet, reported that Mack sat on the board of directors of the Oath Keepers. That group is part of the patriot militia movement and came under heavy scrutiny after the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S Capitol. It’s known for trying to recruit military and law enforcement officers and is classified as an anti-government extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Read more: WGME (Portland, ME)

A man faces several charges, including attempted murder, after authorities say he fired a gun at a Ventura County Firehawk helicopter.

Joshua James Chimarusti, 44, was arrested last Thursday morning on several charges in connection with shots fired at the crew of Ventura County Firehawk Copter 4 the previous night.

The crew had been conducting nighttime training operations in Lake Casitas at about 9:15 p.m. when they became aware of gunfire directed at them, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. The helicopter’s pilot took evasive action and identified a suspect vehicle speeding away, and followed it into Oak View, where it stopped in the 200 block of Olive Street. Authorities say the suspect got out of the car and fired more shots at the helicopter, then ran away to avoid being arrested.

Read more: CBS Los Angeles