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Explosion Hits Convoy of Palestinian PM

Hamas accused of trying to assassinate Hamdallah

(Newser) - An explosion struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister Tuesday as he was making a rare visit to Gaza, in what his Fatah party called an assassination attempt it blamed on Gaza militants. The explosion went off shortly after the convoy entered Gaza through the Erez crossing with Israel.... More »

Teen Fired Shot at Queen. NZ Reportedly Hushed It Up

Police open probe following claims of a 1981 cover-up

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II's record 65-year reign would've come to an end almost four decades ago if a teenager's plot had gone off without a hitch. Documents from New Zealand's intelligence agency, obtained by Reuters , confirm for the first time that 17-year-old Christopher Lewis tried to assassinate... More »

Fox News Guest Floats Theory on Trump, Hosts Push Back

Kevin Jackson drew immediate pushback for suggesting FBI may be scheming to kill president

(Newser) - On Tuesday's airing of Fox News' Outnumbered, one guest was literally outnumbered by the hosts as they pushed back against an eyebrow-raising theory he offered up during the program, per Mediaite . Kevin Jackson, a radio pundit and Fox contributor who's been deemed a "serial liar and conspiracy... More »

Rubio May Have Been Target of Assassination Plot: Memo

Venezuelan pol he's been feuding with reportedly was trying to have Rubio killed

(Newser) - Marco Rubio has been an especially vocal critic of Nicolas Maduro, and the Florida senator's public lambasting of the Venezuelan president, as well as other Rubio remarks, apparently ticked off one powerful politician in that country enough that he wanted Rubio killed for it. The Miami Herald reports on... More »

Alleged Plot Against Macron During Trump Visit Is Foiled

Suspect allegedly talked about attack on Bastille Day, when Trump is visiting

(Newser) - French authorities say a man has been hit with preliminary terrorism charges for plotting an attack on President Emmanuel Macron—at a time when President Trump would be visiting. A Paris prosecutor's office spokeswoman says that the 23-year-old suspect's plans were vague and that he appeared to be... More »

John Hinckley Is Back Home With Mom—but Is He 'Better'?

Lisa Miller's take for Daily Intelligencer shows why that's a tough question to answer

(Newser) - The man who tried to kill Ronald Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster was released from a mental facility in September after nearly 35 years, and now that he's home (under rigid limitations) with his nonagenarian mom in Williamsburg, Va., 61-year-old John Hinckley Jr. is trying to rebuild his... More »

British Man Sentenced Over Plot to Kill Trump

He tried to grab cop's gun at Las Vegas rally

(Newser) - A British man who confessed to plotting to kill Donald Trump has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal custody for trying to grab a police officer's gun at a rally in Las Vegas earlier this year. Michael Steven Sandford, a 20-year-old who has been diagnosed... More »

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 »

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