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North Carolina G.O.P. Building Is Firebombed - The New York Times

A firebomb tore through the Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina’s Orange County on Saturday night, and graffiti warning its members to flee town was painted on the walls of a neighboring building, the party and police officials said on Sunday.

The party posted images on Twitter of the damaged building in Hillsborough, N.C., on Sunday afternoon that showed blackened walls, charred couches and burned campaign signs for Donald J. Trump and several local candidates. A window was broken, and a swastika was spray-painted nearby alongside the words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else.”


2 Boston cops critically wounded, gunman killed in ambush attack - NY Daily News

Two Boston officers were in “extremely critical” condition after a gunman wearing a ballistic vest ambushed them after they responded to a dispute between two roommates Wednesday evening, authorities said.

Cops responded to a domestic disturbance possibly involving a gun inside an apartment on the city’s east side at 10:51 p.m., Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters during a press conference early Thursday.

The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Kirk Figueroa, was armed with an assault rifle and a protective vest as he opened fire on the officers, prompting a massive police response to the area.


Congress Approves Spending Bill, Averting Government Shutdown - The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Congress averted a government shutdown Wednesday as the Senate and then the House approved a short-term spending bill, allowing lawmakers to avoid a crisis and return home to campaign.

The stopgap spending bill, which would fund the government through Dec. 9, had been ensnarled in a debate over financing for the lead-tainted water system in Flint, Mich.

But an agreement between congressional leaders late Tuesday — which would authorize aid for Flint as part of separate legislation for water infrastructure projects — appeared to ameliorate Democratic concerns, clearing the way for the Senate to pass the spending bill, 72 to 26. The House followed suit late Wednesday, approving the measure 342 to 85.


After Police Shooting, Protesters In Charlotte, N.C., Shut Down Interstate : The Two-Way : NPR

The police shooting of a man in Charlotte, N.C., sparked overnight protests and unrest, temporarily shutting down a major interstate in the area.

The protests began Tuesday night after police shot and killed 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Officers were at the complex to serve a warrant on a different man, The Associated Press reports, when they saw Scott in a car. Police say he had a gun and appeared to be a threat; a police spokesman told the AP a gun was recovered at the scene.

Scott's family, and the protesters who gathered last night, tell a different story, reports Gwendolyn Glenn of member station WFAE.


Police Hunt for Ahmad Khan Rahami in Connection With Manhattan Bombing - The New York Times

The police are searching for a 28-year-old man, described as a naturalized citizen of Afghan descent, Ahmad Khan Rahami, in connection with the bombing in Manhattan on Saturday night, sending an unprecedented cellphone alert to millions of residents.

“I want to be very clear that this individual could be armed and dangerous,” Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York said on Monday morning. “Anyone seeing him should call 911 immediately.”

Mr. de Blasio would not go into detail about why Mr. Rahami was wanted, but he said finding him was critical to the safety of the city.

“What we do know is we need to get this guy right away,” he said.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who said on Sunday that the attack did not appear to have a link to international terrorism, said new evidence might change that thinking.

“I would not be surprised if we did have a foreign connection to the act,” he said on CNN on Monday morning.


Powerful Blast Injures at Least 29 in Manhattan; Second Device Found - The New York Times

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the explosion — which occurred about 8:30 p.m. on West 23rd Street — “an intentional act” but initially said there was no connection to terrorism and no immediate claim of responsibility.

Police officers swarmed Chelsea’s streets after the blast, which reverberated across a city scarred by terrorism and vigilant about threats, just days after the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“Whatever the cause,” Mr. de Blasio said, “New Yorkers will not be intimidated.”

As the authorities sought to identify what had caused the explosion, they described the second device as a pressure cooker resembling the one used in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, according to a police official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a continuing investigation.


New York explosion leaves dozens injured in Chelsea -

New York (CNN)Police are hunting for answers on what caused an explosion that injured 29 people in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, shortly before a second suspicious device was found nearby.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters early indications are that the explosion at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan at about 8.30 p.m. Saturday "was an intentional act."
But, he said, "there's no specific and credible threat against New York City at this time from any terror organization."


Newly Released FBI Interview Notes Shows Hillary Didn't Know 'C' Meant Classified - Cortney O'Brien

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has just released notes from the FBI's interview with Hillary Clinton in July, according to a new press release. Congress requested the notes last month as part of its investigation into Clinton's use a private unsecure email server during her time as secretary of state.

Today the FBI is releasing a summary of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s July 2, 2016 interview with the FBI concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on a personal e-mail server she used during her tenure. We also are releasing a factual summary of the FBI’s investigation into this matter. We are making these materials available to the public in the interest of transparency and in response to numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Appropriate redactions have been made for classified information or other material exempt from disclosure under FOIA. Additional information related to this investigation that the FBI releases in the future will be placed on The Vault, the FBI’s electronic FOIA library.


Aug. 2016: Chicago's Bloodiest Month in Two Decades - ABC News

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Chicago is reported to have the toughest gun laws in the country. Obviously, those laws aren't working. In fact, this data is evidence that strict gun laws make matters much worse.

Chicago saw its bloodiest month in two decades this August, after police recorded a staggering 90 murders, 384 shootings and 472 total shooting victims.

So far this year, police in the Windy City have logged at least 468 murders and 2,848 shooting victims. This works out to nearly 12 shooting victims, on average, every single day and 59 murders every month.

Chicago is on pace for its highest overall murder count since at least 2008, when 513 were recorded in the entire year. Overall annual murders in Chicago hit a peak of 940 in 1992, according to police statistics, and last topped 600 in 2003.

Compared to the same time period last year, murders so far in 2016 have shot up by 49 percent while shooting incidents have increased by 48 percent.