The FBI has arrested an unidentified Michigan man who allegedly called CNN 22 times about a week ago and threatened to stage a mass shooting at CNN headquarters, Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reported Monday, citing federal court documents. The man began by telling a CNN operator, "Fake news. I'm going to gun you all down," the court documents say, and later threats included: "I have more guns that you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours"; and "I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f---ing gun every single last one of you."
The FBI traced the calls to a house in the Detroit suburbs and arrested the man. "We take any threats to CNN employees or workplaces, around the world, extremely seriously," CNN said in a statement. "This one is no exception. We have been in touch with local and federal law enforcement throughout, and have taken all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our people." President Trump has repeatedly called CNN "fake news" and gave the network four of the 11 citations in his "Fake News Awards" last week. Peter Weber
A 70-year-old woman named Betty Miller who lived in a Vermont retirement community produced ricin, a toxin that naturally occurs in the seeds of the castor oil plant, and tested it on her neighbors, local police report. Miller told authorities she wanted the deadly poison to "injure herself" but decided to test the compound on others first by putting in their food. She confessed her activities to the senior home staff, who called the police.
Miller has been charged with possession of a biological weapon. Only one of her neighbors was made ill by her experiments and has since recovered. Miller will not return to her retirement home. Bonnie Kristian
The FBI on Friday revealed the prosecution of three men accused of unsuccessfully plotting "the next 9/11" attack in New York City in 2016 out of sympathy to the Islamic State.
The men allegedly intended to detonate a car bomb in Times Square, to bomb the subway system, and to open fire on crowds at several concert venues last summer either on Memorial Day or during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The plot was foiled significantly thanks to an undercover FBI agent posing as another ISIS supporter.
The three suspects are Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a Canadian citizen arrested in New York; Talha Haroon, a U.S. citizen living in Pakistan; and Russell Salic of the Philippines. El Bahnasawy, who used the "next 9/11" phrase, has already pleaded guilty to several terrorism charges and is awaiting sentencing. The other two men will be extradited to the United States for prosecution. All three face life in prison. Bonnie Kristian
On Friday morning, a court in Seoul found Samsung's acting chairman and heir apparent Lee Jae-yong guilty of bribery, embezzlement, perjury, hiding money overseas, and other corruption-related charges and sentenced him to five years in prison. Lee, a 49-year-old billionaire, has maintained his innocence. Prosecutors said that Lee gave $38 million in bribes to foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a friend of since-impeached President Park Geun-hye, on the presumption that Park would support a merger that strengthened Lee's control over his family's lucrative business empire. Park and Choi are also on trial, separately. Prosecutors were seeking a 12-year sentence for Lee, who can still appeal the verdict. Peter Weber
A Northwestern University professor, Wyndham Lathem, and a staffer from Britain's Oxford University, Andrew Warren, were arrested by U.S. Marshals in Oakland, California, Friday after a national manhunt in connection to a murder in Chicago.
Lathem and Warren are both suspects in the stabbing death of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26, a cosmetologist. The two men separately turned themselves in to Bay Area authorities.
A U.S. soldier was indicted on terrorism charges by a federal grand jury in Hawaii Friday. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang is accused of attempting to provide material aid to the Islamic State, including leaked U.S. military documents, as well as planning a mass shooting after pledging his allegiance to ISIS. He was arrested by the FBI earlier this month and is held without bail.
Kang's court-appointed attorney, Birney Bervar, is pursuing a mental health defense, arguing Kang may suffer from known mental illness which the military did not appropriately address. Bervar said he expected the indictment. Bonnie Kristian
It would have been easier to just go make an appointment with a divorce lawyer, but instead, a 70-year-old man said he robbed a bank in Kansas City, Kansas, in order to get away from his wife.
His plan backfired, as a judge sentenced Lawrence John Ripple on Tuesday to six months of home confinement, in addition to three years of supervised probation. That's okay, though — Ripple's public defender told the judge that her client now has a good relationship with his wife, is remorseful, and regrets what he did. In 2015, Ripple had heart surgery, which made him depressed, he said. He started acting differently, and decided last September to walk into the Bank of Labor and slip a note to the teller saying he had a gun and wanted money. After being given more than $2,000, he sat down and waited for the police to come from their headquarters one block away.
Court records say his wife knew about his plan because he wrote the note in front of her and said jail would be better than living with her. Ripple, who has no previous brushes with the law, has since been diagnosed with depression by a doctor, and is now on the right medication and feels like his old self, his public defender said. Several people, including the bank's vice president and the teller he gave the note to, supported leniency for Ripple, who apologized for scaring everyone. Ripple and his wife are in counseling, and hopefully she doesn't feel like the one being punished, now that he's going to be home with her 24/7. Catherine Garcia
A Florida conspiracy theorist found guilty of making death threats against the father of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Sandy Hook massacre was sentenced to prison Wednesday.
Lucy Richards, 57, of Tampa, was sentenced to five months in prison followed by five months of house arrest and three years of supervised release. Court records state that Richards read a conspiracy theory online claiming the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which left 20 students and six adults dead, was a hoax. In January 2016, Richards left threatening voice mails and sent emails to Lenny Pozner, whose son, Noah, was one of the Sandy Hook victims, court records say. One message said, "You gonna die, death is coming to you real soon," and another stated, "Look behind you, it is death."
Before her sentencing, Richards said she didn't know "where my heart and head were that day, but they were not in the right place. It was the worst mistake of my life and I am truly sorry." Senior U.S. District Judge James Cohn called the threats "disturbing," adding that her words were "cruel and insensitive. This is reality and there is no fiction. There are no alternative facts." During her supervised release, Richards will be required to keep a record of her online activity and undergo mental health treatment, NBC News reports. Catherine Garcia