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NY Rep Who Threatened Reporter Has Fiery History

Including brandishing a gun at a nightclub

(Newser) - Rep. Michael Grimm's headline-grabbing threat to throw an NY1 reporter off a balcony and break him "in half like a boy," is shining a spotlight on the New York Republican's past outbursts and his fiery reputation. Perhaps the most talked about example: A 1999 incident in... More »

Congressman Threatens to Throw Reporter Off Balcony

Rep. Michael Grimm also tells NY1 reporter 'I'll break you'

(Newser) - After President Obama's State of the Union address last night, a reporter attempted to question New York Rep. Michael Grimm on 2010 campaign finance allegations—and faced a threat in return. NY1 reporter Michael Scotto interviewed the Republican in the Capitol Rotunda about the speech, the New York Daily ... More »

St. Louis Man Busted Over World Series Tweets

His last job was as a social media manager

(Newser) - A few years back, Bobby Metzinger's "social media expertise" landed him a job in the field; now, it's landed him in court. Metzinger, a 30-year-old former social media manager for a marketing company, is reportedly a St. Louis Cardinals fan. As the World Series kicked off, Metzinger... More »

Phone Threat Evacuates Eiffel Tower

Security moves to completely clear area; landmark still hasn't reopened

(Newser) - France's iconic Eiffel Tower was evacuated today after a threat, reports AFP , and security forces moved to fully clear the area. The threat came in via telephone, according to a police source who declined to give details. The landmark, which Reuters notes had not reopened by 5:30pm local... More »

Threat Prompts Evacuation at Richmond Airport

'Credible' threat shuts down terminal for 3 1/2 hours

(Newser) - Richmond International Airport was evacuated this morning around 6am following a phoned-in threat that was deemed credible, WAVY reports. Multiple federal, state, and local agencies and K-9 teams found nothing unusual in a search. At 8am, some 200 people stood about a quarter-mile from the terminal, the AP reports via... More »

Voice of Charlie Brown Sentenced in Stalking Case

Judge: 'Don't be a blockhead'

(Newser) - Good grief: Charlie Brown is going to rehab. Peter Robbins, the original voice for the character, was sentenced to a year in jail yesterday after he was found guilty of threatening his ex and stalking her plastic surgeon, the AP reports. But he'll be allowed to do his time... More »

N. Korea to Seoul: Apologize for Protests or We'll Attack

Pyongyang warns of 'sledgehammer blows'

(Newser) - While North Korea celebrated its first leader's birthday yesterday, South Koreans were busily protesting the occasion—and Pyongyang has had about enough of that. The North has threatened "sledgehammer blows" against the South if it fails to apologize for the demonstrations. "Our retaliatory action will start without... More »

N. Korea to Foreigners: Get Out, Avoid 'Thermonuclear War'

South shrugs over warning for non-Koreans to clear out

(Newser) - North Korea has a new bellicose warning for foreigners, this time for those in South Korea: Get out. "The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to a thermonuclear war," said an official statement from Pyongyang, per the New York Times . The North "does not want... More »

US Sends Stealth Bombers to South Korea

They drop inert munitions as part of drills

(Newser) - The US sent B-2 stealth bombers—which can carry nuclear weapons—from Missouri to South Korea for military drills, Washington said today. Following the drills, which involved them dropping inert munitions, they returned home, CNN reports. The move "demonstrates the United States' ability to conduct long range, precision strikes... More »

North Korea Threatens US Bases in Guam, Japan

They're within 'striking range,' says the North

(Newser) - After the US announced it's flying B-52 bombers over South Korea, the North is issuing its latest warning: US military bases in Guam and Japan are in its "striking range." Said the country's military: "The US should not forget that the Andersen Air Force Base... More »

2 Girls Threatened Steubenville Victim: Cops

Teens charged with posting threats online

(Newser) - Police have arrested two 16-year-old girls for allegedly posting social media death threats against the victim of the Steubenville rape case, WTOC reports. The threats were made on Facebook and Twitter, the AP reports; CBS News quotes one of them as reading, "you ripped my family apart, you made... More »

Pyongyang Threats Prompt US to Boost Missile Defense

Obama had halted program's expansion

(Newser) - North Korea's missile warnings have the US building up its defenses, insiders tell Fox News . The Pentagon is preparing 14 new ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California. The result—44 total interceptors—is in line with Bush administration plans. President Obama had halted deployment at 30 when he entered... More »

Teacher Makes Chalkboard Gun Threat

Warns period 6: 'Care to try me?'

(Newser) - An Indiana high school business teacher has admitted to writing a threatening message on a chalkboard. "Period 6 (only)," it reads: "(A) You are idiots!!!! (B) The guns are loaded!!! (C) Care to try me????" The teacher "had been absent two days prior, and he was... More »

Fresh Prince Lyrics Prompt Panic, School Lockdown

Receptionist thought kid was 'shooting some people outside of the school'

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania school district went into crisis mode yesterday over a shooting "threat" that turned out to be misheard lyrics from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. High school student Travis Clawson, 19, unwittingly found himself the subject of a manhunt when the receptionist at his eye doctor'... More »

'Threat' to Woodward Wasn't Very Threatening

White House email released, pundits scoff

(Newser) - People took notice yesterday when Bob Woodward told CNN that the White House had warned him that he would "regret" his sequester comments , seemingly implying that officials had threatened him. Well Politico has gotten its hands on the email Woodward was referring to—and it's not terribly threatening.... More »

UK: 'Specific Threat' in Somaliland

Urges Westerners to immediately evacuate

(Newser) - British diplomats say that there is a specific threat to Westerners in the Somaliland region of Somalia and have urged any British citizens in the area to leave immediately. In a statement emailed to reporters today, the British Foreign Office did not go into any further detail but noted that... More »

Voice of Charlie Brown Upset by Ex's Boob Job

Peter Robbins accused of stalking, threatening ex and plastic surgeon

(Newser) - More details are trickling out on why, exactly, the "voice of Charlie Brown" was arrested Sunday : Peter Robbins was, allegedly, quite unhappy that he paid for a breast enhancement for a girlfriend ... and then the relationship didn't last. The 56-year-old is accused of stalking and threatening both the... More »

LA Man Threatens Copycat Shooting

Kyle Bangayan, 24, has since been arrested

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-area 24-year-old was arrested yesterday after allegedly making a Facebook threat to kill young school children. Kyle Bangayan was arrested at his parents' home, a search of which turned up nine guns, all seized by police, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police found "no related evidence" at... More »

Taliban to India: Return Gunman's Body or Face 'Revenge'

Spokesman: We'll continue Mumbai attacker's 'mission'

(Newser) - The Taliban threatened revenge today unless India returns the body of a Pakistani man executed for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. A Pakistani Taliban spokesman demanded that Mohammed Ajmal Kasab's body be given back to his family or handed over to the Taliban.... More »

Interior's Salazar 'Regrets' Threat to Punch Reporter

Said reporter ambushed him with questions about wild horse program

(Newser) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is backpedaling from his threat to punch a reporter who asked about problems in the government's wild horse program at a campaign event. "The secretary regrets the exchange," says a spokesman of the incident, which took place on November 6 while Salazar was... More »

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