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Ex-Cop Opens Fire on Federal Building

West Virginia police gun down shooter in parking lot

(Newser) - A former police officer opened fire on a US federal building in West Virginia today and got off more than 20 rounds before being killed, the Wheeling News-Register reports. Witnesses in small-town Wheeling said the shooter, identified as Thomas Piccard, took aim from a parking lot across the street and... More »

Man Charged With Planting 'Lost and Found' Explosive

Gary Mikulich calls himself 'the president,' rants about the 'card system'

(Newser) - The FBI think they’ve found the man who left an explosive at Detroit's McNamara Federal Building—only to see it languish in the Lost and Found for three weeks. Meet 42-year-old Gary Mikulich, or as he calls himself, “President Mikulich.” In an affidavit, the FBI says Mikulich... More »

Bomb Sat in Fed Building's Lost and Found for 3 Weeks

Detroit guard left suspicious package in storage

(Newser) - A special training team has been dispatched to a federal building in Detroit to remind security staff that the proper protocol to follow after finding a suspicious package does not involve leaving it in lost and found for three weeks. The bomb squad was called in after staff at the... More »

Packages With White Powder Sent to 8 Fed Buildings

Initial tests show substance likely calcium carbonate

(Newser) - Envelopes with white powder were found yesterday in eight federal buildings in seven different cities across Washington, Idaho and Utah, prompting the evacuation of an IRS building and a US attorney's office. The FBI is investigating whether the incidents were linked. "It is obviously disruptive and taken seriously,"... More »

Vegas Shooter Enraged Over Social Security Cutback

Claimed he'd been racially discriminated against

(Newser) - Police have identified the culprit in yesterday’s Las Vegas courthouse shootout as Johnny Lee Wicks, a black 66-year-old retiree who, they believe, was enraged over a recent Social Security dispute. When Wicks moved from California to Nevada in January 2008, his Social Security check shrank, because he lost a... More »

Officer Dead After Shootout at Vegas Federal Building

Suspect killed, marshal seriously wounded

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire in the lobby of a federal building in downtown Las Vegas today, killing a court officer and wounding a second before he was shot to death. The victims included a 65-year-old court security officer, who was killed, and a 48-year-old deputy US marshal, who is in... More »

Grave Lack of Security at Fed Buildings: GAO

Agents snuck in bomb parts, assembled them in restrooms

(Newser) - A covert investigation shows the nation’s federal buildings are woefully under-protected from potential terrorist attacks, CNN reports. Undercover agents were able to sneak bomb components through security into each of the 10 federal buildings—occupied by the Homeland Security, Justice, and State departments—they tested, assemble explosive devices in... More »

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