The Latest: Alleged plot to target Somalis draws reactions

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Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall (left) announced Friday a major federal investigation stopped a domestic terrorism plot by a militia group to detonate a bomb at a Garden City apartment complex where a number of Somalis live.Two Liberal men and a Dodge City resident were arrested and charged in federal court with domestic terrorism charges, Beall told reporters at a news conference in downtown Wichita. Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall (left) announced Friday a major federal investigation stopped a domestic terrorism plot by a militia group to detonate a bomb at a Garden City apartment complex where a number of Somalis live.Two Liberal men and a Dodge City resident were arrested and charged in federal court with domestic terrorism charges, Beall told reporters at a news conference in downtown Wichita. Wright is one of three members of a Kansas militia group were charged Friday Oct. 14, 2016, with plotting to bomb an apartment building filled with Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kan. Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Wright are members of a group calling itself the Kansas Security Force. Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall announced Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, a major federal investigation stopped a domestic terrorism plot by a militia group to detonate a bomb at a Garden City apartment complex where a number of Somalis live.Two Liberal men and a Dodge City resident were arrested and charged in federal court with domestic terrorism charges, (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP) WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The Latest on an alleged plot against Somalis in Kansas (all times local): An alleged plot to target Somali immigrants in Kansas has drawn reactions from politicians.


Kansas 'Crusaders' arrested for plot to bomb Somali community

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Curtis Allen 49, (L to R), Gavin Wright, 49 and Patrick Eugene Stein, 47 are shown in these booking photos in Wichita, Kansas provided October 15, 2016. Three Kansas men face federal charges after authorities said Friday they uncovered a plot to bomb an apartment complex housing Somali immigrants. The men -- Gavin Wright, 49, Patrick Eugene Stein, 47, and Curtis Allen, 49 -- are accused of planning to use a weapon of mass destruction to target the community in an act of terrorism, according to charges filed in federal court on Friday. "These three defendants conspired to conduct a bombing attack against an apartment complex occupied by men, women and children in the Garden City, Kansas community," said Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall of the District of Kansas in a statement. "Protecting our nation from such attacks, whether they are rooted in domestic or international terrorism, is our highest priority."


North Texas at greater risk for powerful tornadoes, hail

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The most dangerous weather -- heavy winds, tornadoes and giant hail -- will likely take aim at a 102,000-square-mile area stretching from central Texas to southern Nebraska, including the Dallas, Oklahoma City and Wichita, Kansas, areas, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Severe thunderstorms and strong wind gusts are also predicted for Mid-Atlantic states where voters are casting ballots in primary elections. The National Weather Service reported that storms early Tuesday brought torrential rains and hail ranging from 1 to 1.5 inches in Kansas City and other northwest Missouri towns, stretching north to St. Joseph. Storms are expected in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, where voters are casting ballots in primary elections Tuesday, though forecasters aren't expecting a severe weather outbreak there.


ABANDONING 'SANCTUARY' PLEDGE Several cities and counties caving in face of Trump's funding threats

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Several towns, cities and counties around the nation are caving to President Trump's threat to pull funding, and abandoning their "sanctuary" pledges to shield illegal immigrants from federal authorities. Dayton, Ohio, dropped a policy that restricted the city's cooperation with immigration officials pursuing illegal immigrants arrested for misdemeanors or felony property crimes, according to the Dayton Daily News. Police Chief Richard Biehl said federal authorities will no longer be impeded by the city when pursuing illegal immigrants being held by his department. Other communities that have dropped policies of shielding illegal immigrant suspects from Immigration and Customs Enforcement include Miami-Dade and Dayton, are Saratoga, N.Y., Finney County, Kan., and Bedford, Penn., according to The Center for Immigration Studies, which keeps a list of sanctuary communities. "We are reviewing policy changes at a multitude of other jurisdictions as well," said Marguerite Telford, CIS's director of communications, who said the organization is "being inundated" by officials on its sanctuary map who want to be taken off.


Man Who Hired Deadly Swatting Gets 15 Months -- Krebs on Security

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An Ohio teen who recruited a convicted serial "swatter" to fake a distress call that ended in the police shooting an innocent Kansas man in 2017 has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. "Swatting" is a dangerous hoax that involves making false claims to emergency responders about phony hostage situations or bomb threats, with the intention of prompting a heavily-armed police response to the location of the claimed incident. The tragic swatting hoax that unfolded on the night of Dec. 28, 2017 began with a dispute over a $1.50 wager in an online game "Call of Duty" between Shane M. Gaskill, a 19-year-old Wichita, Kansas resident, and Casey S. Viner, 18, from the Cincinnati, OH area. Viner wanted to get back at Gaskill in grudge over the Call of Duty match, and so enlisted the help of another man -- Tyler R. Barriss -- a serial swatter in California known by the alias "SWAuTistic" who'd bragged of swatting hundreds of schools and dozens of private residences. Chat transcripts presented by prosecutors showed Viner and Barriss both saying if Gaskill isn't scared of getting swatted, he should give up his home address.