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Cops: Ex-College Coach Threatened to Blow Up School

He told Utah school he had trunk full of explosives

(Newser) - A Utah man who was once a promising college basketball coach was arrested after police said he forced the evacuation of an elementary school with what he claimed was a trunk full of explosives.The suspect, Christopher Dewitt Craig, 35, was a player and coach until police in Colorado issued... More »

900 Students Skipped School After Twitter Threats

Four Orlando-area schools were named

(Newser) - More than 900 students were absent from Orlando-area schools on Thursday after authorities say a man on Twitter threatened to shoot students and put pipe bombs inside campuses, per the AP . There were reportedly 379 absences at Orange's Liberty Middle School, 357 at Orlando's Boone High School, 174... More »

Bomb Threats Reported at Schools in 18 States

Robocalls believed to be 'swatting' hoaxes

(Newser) - Schools across the nation were hit by a wave of robocall bomb threats Monday, closing buildings and forcing the evacuation of thousands of students, USA Today reports. Elementary, middle, and high schools in at least 18 states were targeted, and security expert Ken Trump says the automated calls seem to... More »

'Training Device' Leads to Controlled Explosion at Manchester United's Stadium

Sunday's match postponed

(Newser) - A bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium on Sunday after a suspect package was discovered before the Premier League game between United and Bournemouth, the AP reports. The dismantling of what police described as an "incredibly lifelike explosive device" came... More »

Home of Air Force One Locked Down Over Bomb Threat

A woman was taken into custody at Joint Base Andrews

(Newser) - Joint Base Andrews—perhaps best known as the home of Air Force One—was locked down Thursday evening due to a bomb threat, ABC News reports. Authorities say a woman walked into the Maryland base's visitor center around 5:15pm and claimed to have a bomb strapped to her... More »

College Postpones Finals Over Car Fire, 'Suspicious' Note

Tufts University says note indicated there were bombs in at least 4 buildings

(Newser) - Tufts University students who'd crammed for their last tests of the year found out they got some extra study time after a car fire and bomb threat resulted in the college shuttering multiple buildings and putting off finals Monday morning, the Boston Globe reports. "All morning activities, including... More »

Man in Animal Costume Shot by Police Thought World Was Ending

His father says he believed God spoke to him

(Newser) - The man shot by Baltimore police Thursday while wearing an animal costume and explosive vest made out of candy bars believed the world was ending, the AP reports. Police have identified the man who walked into a TV station and was later shot multiple times after refusing to put his... More »

Cops Shoot Man in Animal Suit With Bomb Made of Chocolate Bars

'This is a very, very unusual event'

(Newser) - A young man in an animal costume and surgical mask who walked into a Baltimore TV station Thursday claiming to have a bomb was shot and wounded by police, who determined that his alleged explosive consisted of aluminum-wrapped chocolate bars duct-taped to a flotation device, the AP reports. The 25-year-old... More »

20-Year-Old Charged With Threatening to Bomb Trump Rally

Sean Morkys allegedly posted the offending tweet

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Connecticut man is facing charges after authorities say he tweeted out a bomb threat during a Donald Trump rally Saturday, the AP reports. Connecticut State Police say the US Secret Service contacted them Saturday afternoon after they say Sean Morkys posted on Twitter, "Is someone going to... More »

NYC: We Got Same School Threat, It Was a Hoax

NYPD dismisses it as not-credible, kids go to school

(Newser) - New York City officials say they received the same threat as the one that led to the closure of the Los Angeles school system , but unlike the LAUSD, they quickly concluded that it was a hoax. "Our schools are safe," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday morning, per... More »

Bomb Threat Shuts Down All Schools in LA

It warned about backpacks and packages

(Newser) - Students in Los Angeles have no school today for the worst of reasons: a bomb threat. Police say the Los Angeles United School District received a "credible threat" involving backpacks and packages left at schools, reports the Los Angeles Times . "I think it’s important to take this... More »

Bomb Threat Diverts Flight From New York

Turkish Airlines flight changes its plan

(Newser) - A Turkish Airlines passenger jet that was diverted to Canada after a bomb threat departed for Istanbul on Sunday morning. Halifax Stanfield International Airport confirmed the departure on its Twitter feed. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say the bomb threat was received at 10:50pm local time Saturday. Flight tracking... More »

2 Air France Flights Diverted After Threats

They were en route to France from 2 US airports

(Newser) - Two Air France flights bound for Paris from the US had to be diverted Tuesday night because of anonymous threats received after they had taken off, but both planes landed safely in North America, officials say. One plane, Air France Flight 65 from Los Angeles International Airport to Charles de... More »

Bomb Threat Evacuates German Soccer Stadium

Police say there was a plan to detonate explosives inside

(Newser) - A soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands in the German city of Hannover was cancelled Tuesday because of plans to detonate explosives inside the stadium, the AP reports. Local police received a warning about a possible bomb threat shortly before the gates opened. According to the BBC , Hannover Stadium... More »

Cops: Too Busy for Court, Man Fakes Bomb Threat

He reportedly told police he 'had things to do'

(Newser) - A 36-year-old New Jersey man who was too busy for court last week has even less free time now that he's been arrested for allegedly faking a bomb threat at the courthouse, the Times of Trenton reports. According to police, Jermaine McCaine says he didn't want to go... More »

Suspicious Package Traced to Flight Attendant: FBI

Justin Cox-Sever said a bag he stuffed with towels was beeping: FBI

(Newser) - The FBI says a flight attendant fabricated a story about a suspicious package on a Delta Air Lines flight that led to an emergency landing at a North Dakota airport last week. The Dickinson airport was temporarily shut down Wednesday when the aircraft traveling from Minneapolis landed, according to documents... More »

Heidi Klum's Next Topmodel Finale Ruined

German finale canceled over bomb threat that turned out to be nothing

(Newser) - Germany's Next Topmodel was set to choose a winner last night during a live televised finale, but the whole thing had to be canceled after a woman called in a bomb threat to the arena where the show was to be taped. The 8,500 people at the venue... More »

Germanwings Flight Evacuated After Bomb Scare

Emailed threat received just before takeoff

(Newser) - A Germanwings plane headed for Milan was evacuated at Cologne Bonn Airport after a bomb threat against the flight was received, the airline says. The threat against Flight 826 was received by email 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time Sunday evening. The tower in Cologne alerted the pilot of... More »

New Social App Triggers 12 Police Investigations

Burnbook members post threats anonymously, police say

(Newser) - Think Facebook gets nasty? Then check out Burnbook, a popular app where users are anonymously posting gossip about colleges and high schools—and creating serious trouble, Vocativ reports. Just this month, Burnbook posts have triggered at least 12 police investigations involving high school students, including alleged gun threats, bomb threats,... More »

Japan Busts Guy in Threats Against Caroline Kennedy

Mitsuyoshi Kamiya also called in bomb threat on US Embassy

(Newser) - Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly making bomb threats against the US Embassy in Tokyo, and say he is also a possible suspect in death threats against Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. Public broadcaster NHK said today that Tokyo police arrested Mitsuyoshi Kamiya, a resident of the southern island of... More »

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