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Cops: Man Who Wanted to Kill Trump Was Willing to Die

Michael Sandford has history of mental illness

(Newser) - A British man accused of telling authorities he wanted to kill Donald Trump was unemployed, living out of his car, and had been treated in the past for OCD and anorexia, authorities say. People who knew 20-year-old Michael Sandford, arrested at a Las Vegas rally on Saturday, tell the AP... More »

British Man 'Tried to Assassinate Trump'

He grabbed officer's gun at Las Vegas rally

(Newser) - According to court papers, a disturbance at a Donald Trump rally on Saturday was actually an assassination attempt involving an illegal immigrant—from the UK. Michael Steven Sandford, 20, was arrested at the rally at the Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas after allegedly trying to grab a police officer'... More »

What Really Happened When Reagan Got Shot

Secretary of State Al Haig said he was 'in control', but was he?

(Newser) - When President Reagan got shot, Secretary of State Al Haig stunned the nation by saying he was "in control"—but really someone else was about to be, the Dallas Morning News reports. Relying on White House tapes and interviews with people involved, the Morning News describes a "... More »

No Charges for Hinckley in Death of James Brady

Federal prosecutors decline to file new charges

(Newser) - Would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr. will not be charged with murder in last year's death of James Brady, the Washington Post reports. The notion had become a real possibility when a coroner ruled that Brady's death at age 73 was a homicide —the result of the... More »

Reagan's Press Sec James Brady Dead at 73

Took bullet in assassination attempt, became leading voice for gun control

(Newser) - James Brady, the White House press secretary shot in the1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan who went on to become a leading voice in the fight for gun control, has died at the age of 73, reports NBC . "We are enormously proud of Jim's remarkable accomplishments," said... More »

Mayor of Ukraine's No. 2 City Shot, Clinging to Life

Meanwhile, separatists take yet another town

(Newser) - Gennady Kernes, the mayor of the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, was shot in the back this morning, and doctors are currently performing emergency surgery and "fighting for his life," city hall tells the AP . The circumstances of the shooting are unclear, though a Ukrainian report spotted by... More »

Why Oswald Tried Another Killing Before JFK

He tried shooting Gen. Edwin Walker through his window, say authors

(Newser) - President Kennedy wasn't the only target on Lee Harvey Oswald's list: Before JFK's death, Oswald took aim at a strident anti-Communist general and missed. A new book, Dallas 1963, looks back at how Gen. Edwin Walker's barnstorming tour across the South and Oswald's rising political... More »

Egypt Crackdown Chief Survives Cairo Blast

22 hurt in assassination attempt

(Newser) - The minister who has aggressively led Egypt's crackdown on Islamists narrowly escaped assassination today when a car bomb tore through his convoy. The blast wounded 22 people and left a major Cairo boulevard strewn with debris. The assassination attempt on Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim—the first such attack since... More »

White House Shooter Riled About Pot Law: Prosecutors

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez practiced for 6 months: new document

(Newser) - Prosecutors believe Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, who was arrested after allegedly shooting the White House in 2011, may have been motivated by his unhappiness with US marijuana policy, the AP reports. The Idaho 22-year-old "expressed anger toward the government regarding the continued criminalization of marijuana," they say in a... More »

School Teacher, Nurse Charged in Murder Plot

Angela Nolen, 47, allegedly paid $4K for killing of hubby

(Newser) - A kindergarten teacher and a school nurse in Virginia are accused of trying to kill the teacher's ex-husband in a murder-for-hire plot, Fox News reports. The teacher—Angela Nolen, 47—allegedly conspired with 37-year-old Cathy Bennett at the elementary school where they work in Rocky Mount, Va. But they... More »

Attacker Aims Gun at Pol, Pulls the Trigger

Ahmed Dogan of Bulgaria escapes gas-gun attack

(Newser) - A stunning attack on a Bulgarian politician went awry today when the assailant's weapon failed to go off, the BBC reports. Ahmed Dogan, leader of Bulgaria's ethnic Turks, was giving a televised speech in Sofia when a man stormed the stage and aimed a gun at his head.... More »

Bust Yields North Korean Assassin's Toolbox

Camouflaged weapons include bullet-filled flashlight, poison pen

(Newser) - North Korean assassins are taking a page from 007: CNN says it's gotten a look at a trio of deadly weapons that are nearly indistinguishable from everyday objects. There's a pen containing a poison needle whose victim would feel just a scratch. Another pen shoots poison projectiles. And... More »

Defense Minister Escapes Car Bombing in Yemen

At least 13 killed, but Mohammed Nasser Ahmed unhurt

(Newser) - At least 13 people are dead after a car bombing in Yemen's capital today that was targeting the country's defense minister, according to security officials. Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed's motorcade was hit while he was traveling through Sanaa en route to a Cabinet meeting, but the... More »

Iran-Linked Assassins Targeted US Officials

Investigators identify 13-month assassination effort

(Newser) - A string of assassination plots against diplomats across several countries amounted to a coordinated campaign, with each case linked to Iran. US officials were among those targeted, American and Middle Eastern authorities say: Would-be assassins linked to Iran plotted to kill diplomats at the US Embassy in Azerbaijan. Investigators have... More »

Alleged Obama Shooter Made Audition Tape for Oprah

Oscar Ortega-Hernandez: I'm the 'modern-day Jesus Christ'

(Newser) - Glimpses into the disturbed minds of accused assassins do not usually come in the form of audition tapes made for Oprah Winfrey. But alleged White House shooter Oscar Ortega-Hernandez bared his soul in just such a tape, Fox 5 DC reports. Wearing a black suit and a rosary, Ortega-Hernandez begs... More »

Shooting Suspect Charged With Trying to Kill Obama

Ortega-Hernandez faces attempted assassination charges

(Newser) - The 21-year-old accused of firing a semiautomatic rifle at the White House will be charged with trying to assassinate President Obama, reports CNN . Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez faces life in prison if convicted. Secret Service agents found two bullets, including one that got stopped by reinforced glass in a White House... More »

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Saudi Murder Plot

Manssor Arbabsiar says US invented the plot as a political tool

(Newser) - The Iranian-American accused of conspiring to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US pleaded not guilty today at a federal court. Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, faces charges of conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism,... More »

Iran Demands Access to 'Bomb Plotter'

US calls for strong response, stops short of military intervention

(Newser) - Iran is demanding access to the Iranian-American man accused of plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States , reports Reuters . "There is no doubt regarding the baselessness of the US allegations," said an Iranian official, according to Iran's state broadcaster IRIB. "However, providing personal... More »

US: Iranians Plotted to Kill Saudi Envoy in DC

One man arrested; another is at large

(Newser) - The US has accused two men of attempting to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US and attack the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington at the behest of “factions of the Iranian government.” One of the men, named Manssor Arbabsiar, was arrested on Sept. 29, but his... More »

Afghan Spies Foil Karzai Assassination

One of his body guards, several college students arrested

(Newser) - Afghan intelligence officials say they have foiled an assassination attempt on President Hamid Karzai, arresting six people in Kabul who they say are affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Haqqani militant group. Those arrested included one of Karzai's body guards, three college students, and a university professor, according to an... More »

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