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June 14, 2018

Ricin Attack Thwarted

A 29-year-old Tunisian man was arrested in Cologne, Germany on Wednesday after a raid on his apartment revealed a homemade ricin lab, which authorities believe was to be used in an unspecified Islamist-inspired attack. Police and Fire hazmat teams set up a laboratory and mitigation operation […]
June 7, 2018

Dangers to All Sides

Fifteen people were killed this week in Nicaragua in anti-government protests, raising the total over six weeks to 100. The deputy police director said the latest deaths were a “product of the actions of delinquent groups who operate wearing masks.” Both demonstrators and police have been […]
May 31, 2018

Arson Evident in Cali

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) released surveillance video of an apparent arsonist in the act this week in conjunction with a statement that an April 24, 2017 fire in a large apartment building under construction in Concord, California was arson. The video shows […]
May 24, 2018

Overdoses of “Bad Batch” of K2 Marijuana Grows

One particular batch of synthetic marijuana (K2) reportedly sold from a Brooklyn deli, and possibly other locations, has sickened more than 80 people so far. There have been 15 arrests as authorities investigate the scope of this latest series of overdoses, which NYC health officials are calling the […]
May 17, 2018

Congo Ebola Outbreak 

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has claimed at least 23 lives, has now spread from the sparsely-populated countryside to Mbandaka, a city of about one million inhabitants. “This is a major development in the outbreak,” said a World Health Organization (WHO) official. […]