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Obama: religious violence has no place in US

President Barack Obama warned Monday that religious violence had no place in US society after a gunman with alleged anti-Semitic ties killed three people at a Jewish center and retirement home. "Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should have to fear for their safety when they go to prayer," Obama said at the White House, a day after the shooting in Kansas.

At Cold War missile factory, elite rescuers drill for disaster

By John Shiffman PERRY, Georgia (Reuters) - On a cloudless, windswept Georgia morning 100 miles south of Atlanta, a rescuer dangled 30 feet in the air, secured by rappelling ropes, wielding a jackhammer, as he drove the drill into a massive concrete slab designed to mimic the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. It took about an hour to punch a hole big enough to reach mock disaster "victims" trapped between the slab and an exterior wall.

US warns of airline shoe-bomb threat

US security officials warned Wednesday about a potential shoe-bomb threat on international flights to the United States, local media reported. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning to airlines based on "very recent intelligence" considered credible that assailants would try to attack passenger jets using explosives hidden in shoes, NBC television reported. Officials told NBC that passengers may be subjected to enhanced security screenings and airlines will pay more attention to passengers' shoes.

U.S. issues warning about shoe bombs on airplanes bound for U.S.

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities issued a warning on Wednesday to airlines flying to the United States to watch out for militants who may have hidden bombs in their shoes, U.S. government sources said. The warning came from the Department of Homeland Security, the sources said, and it is consistent with concerns security agencies have about militants trying to smuggle explosives onto airplanes in shoes, cosmetics or liquids.

Three convicted of some charges tied to 2012 Chicago NATO plot

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Three men accused of plotting to attack high-profile targets during a 2012 NATO summit in Chicago were convicted by a jury Friday on mob action and arson charges, but acquitted on terrorism-related charges, a setback for prosecutors. The men, known as the "NATO 3," had faced seven charges each, including conspiracy to commit terrorism under a state anti-terrorism law adopted after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

White powder 'hoax' triggers Super Bowl alert

A suspicious white powder that caused the FBI to scramble to hotels near the scene of America's biggest sporting event, Sunday's Super Bowl, appears to have been a hoax threat, police said Friday. FBI agents and police were called to at least five hotels close to the Met Life Stadium in New Jersey, where 80,000 people are expected to watch the Seattle Seahawks battle the Denver Broncos. Another letter sent to the office of former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani was also deemed "non-toxic" police said.

Underwear bomber's life sentence upheld by U.S. court

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man who tried to set off an explosive hidden in his underwear while aboard a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day in 2009, on Monday had his life sentence upheld by a federal appeals court.

Legal, law officials warn of growing popularity of sovereign citizen movement

VANCOUVER - He introduces himself as "Brian Arthur of the Alexander family," and before he'll answer any questions, he asks a reporter to declare that she is not a government employee. He drives without a license and does not pay income tax. Brian Alexander is a self-proclaimed Freeman-on-the-Land and one of a growing number of Canadian followers of the so-called "sovereign citizen" or "Natural Persons" movement. Adherents have "freed" themselves from what they see as an overbearing government that has overstepped its bounds.

Ailing lawyer in terrorism case loses bid for early prison release

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former New York lawyer convicted of helping a jailed Egyptian militant cleric smuggle messages out of prison lost her bid on Friday to be released from prison because she is suffering from terminal cancer. Lynne Stewart, 73, is three years into a 10-year prison sentence after being convicted of aiding her client, blind cleric Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted in 1995 of conspiring to attack the United Nations and other New York City landmarks.

Ailing U.S. lawyer in terrorism case seeks release from prison

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former New York lawyer convicted in a terrorism case is seeking to get out of prison because she is dying from cancer, according to a court document filed by her lawyer. Lynne Stewart, 73, is suffering from stage IV breast cancer, according to the document filed on Monday, which requests that her sentence be vacated or modified to time-served. "Ms. Stewart is dying and her ability to function is rapidly deteriorating every day," lawyer Jill Shellow wrote.
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