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The Jazz Beat the Warriors. Then Someone Found a Shoebox

Salt Lake City's Vivint Smart Home Arena evacuated after 'suspicious' package found

(Newser) - The Utah Jazz beat the Golden State Warriors Friday night 113-109, but unexpected excitement came after the last ball had been thrown. Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City was evacuated just minutes after the NBA game had ended, Fox News reports. The cause of the clear-out: Salt Lake... More »

Churchgoers Tackle Woman They Say Made Bomb Threat

Suspect holding baby allegedly threatened to blow up San Diego church, waved handgun around

(Newser) - Places of worship around the world were on high alert Easter after apparently coordinated attacks killed nearly 300 in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka over the weekend, which may be why congregants at a San Diego church were willing to jump a woman they say arrived with a baby... More »

On 6th Anniversary of Sandy Hook, a Nerve-Wracking Morning

Sandy Hook Elementary students sent home after bomb threat called in; it appears it was a hoax

(Newser) - The sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting is a hard-enough day for the community of Newtown, Conn.—and it was made worse Friday morning by a bomb threat that forced Sandy Hook Elementary School to be evacuated. The Newtown Police Department says it was on the receiving end... More »

Email Bomb Threats Were a Hoax—and a 'Terrible Strategy'

Extortion warnings sent around the US, Canada demanded $20K in bitcoin

(Newser) - Chaos ensued across the US, Canada, and New Zealand Thursday after schools, businesses, government buildings, media outlets, and other venues were hit with a wave of email threats that warned of bombs going off at each target if $20,000 in bitcoin wasn't paid up, USA Today reports. Police... More »

Sites Across the US Receive Bomb Threats

Authorities say they are not credible

(Newser) - Bomb threats sent to locations from coast to coast on Thursday—including schools, universities, police departments, and news organizations—appear to be a hoax, authorities say. The threats follow a common pattern, WLS-TV reports: They involve an email warning of a hidden explosive and a demand for the deposit of... More »

CNN Tonight Goes Off the Air After NYC Bomb Threat

Caller claimed there were 5 devices in building

(Newser) - CNN says its New York offices and studios have been given the all-clear after a bomb threat was phoned in Thursday night. The threat at Manhattan's Time Warner Center forced the evacuation of the facility and the closure of part of West 58th Street to vehicle and pedestrian... More »

After Clinton, Obama Packages, CNN HQ Is Evacuated

NYPD is on the case at Time Warner Center

(Newser) - First came a pipe bomb discovered Monday in George Soros' mailbox, then the announcement Wednesday of the Secret Service's interception of "two suspicious packages" meant for the offices of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (Clinton's package was said to contain a "functional explosive device"). Now... More »

Explosive Device Found at NY Home of George Soros

Billionaire is a target of right-wing groups

(Newser) - Police say a suspected letter bomb was found Monday in a mailbox at a New York state home owned by billionaire George Soros—a frequent target of right-wing groups. Officials tell the New York Times that the device was "proactively detonated" by the bomb squad after an employee found... More »

After Threat, 'Every Part' of Arlington Cemetery Searched

Afternoon funerals will proceed as scheduled though

(Newser) - Funerals will proceed as scheduled, but Arlington National Cemetery is otherwise off limits on Wednesday. This after a bomb threat was made. The Washington Post reports the cemetery was evacuated around 9:30am and that it will remain closed to the public for the remainder of the day. A rep... More »

Librarian Makes Fake Bomb Threat In Order to Make Flight

The Frenchman by way of London was en route to Los Angeles

(Newser) - A librarian has been jailed after calling in a fake bomb threat so he wouldn't miss a flight. Per Reuters , Jacob Meir Abdellak, a Frenchman living in London, called in the hoax eight minutes before his Norwegian Airlines flight was slated to leave Gatwick Airport after staff wouldn't... More »

He Went to Extremes to Make Flight, Will Go to Prison for It

Dana Carter sentenced to 4 months

(Newser) - He didn't want to miss his flight, and so he tried to delay the plane—by phoning in a bomb threat. It ended up costing Dana Carter much more than a few hours stuck waiting for the next flight. The 40-year-old Dayton, Ohio, man was on Thursday sentenced to... More »

Man Gets 12 Years for Malaysia Airlines Hoax Bomb

He forced flight to return to Australia

(Newser) - An Australian judge sentenced a man to 12 years in prison Thursday for threatening to detonate a fake bomb on a Malaysia Airlines flight , terrifying more than 200 passengers and crew. Manodh Marks, 26, forced the plane to turn back soon after takeoff when he screamed that he had a... More »

10 Injured After Passenger Falsely Claims to Have Bomb

Passengers ended up standing on the wing

(Newser) - Police say 10 passengers on an Indonesian flight preparing to take off from Borneo were injured, mostly with broken bones and head wounds, after a man falsely said there was a bomb on board. Police spokesman Nanang Purnomo says other passengers overheard the 26-year-old man, Frantinus Nirigi, telling a flight... More »

TJ Miller Allegedly Made Weird, Fake Bomb Report

Former 'Silicon Valley' star charged

(Newser) - TJ Miller was arrested Monday night and charged with making a false bomb threat on March 18. According to a release from the US Attorney for the District of Connecticut announcing the federal criminal complaint, the former Silicon Valley star called 911 on that night to say he was on... More »

After Standoff, Man Claiming to Have Bomb in Bank Is Killed

He took hostages, said bomb could 'take out the room'

(Newser) - A man who claimed to have a bomb that could "take out the room" barricaded himself inside a suburban Atlanta bank Friday, sparking an hours-long standoff that forced police to bust through a brick wall of the building and later ended with the suspect's death, the AP reports.... More »

19-Year-Old Israeli Busted in JCC Bomb Threats

Dual Israeli-American citizen arrested after international investigation

(Newser) - A Jewish teen with American-Israeli citizenship is behind dozens of threats made against Jewish community centers in the US, Israeli police say. The 19-year-old male living in the Ashkelon area of Israel was arrested Thursday after a months-long investigation involving the FBI, Israeli police rep Micky Rosenfeld tells CNN . Police... More »

Threats Hit More Jewish Centers

Plus the Anti-Defamation League

(Newser) - The Anti-Defamation League and several Jewish community centers across the country got a new round of bomb threats Tuesday, adding to the scores they have been plagued with since January, the AP reports. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was at a Jewish Community Center on Staten Island to denounce... More »

Man Who Wanted to Vilify Ex Arrested in JCC Case: Feds

Juan Thompson, arrested in St. Louis, believed to be behind at least 8 threats

(Newser) - A jilted ex-boyfriend is behind at least eight of the scores of threats made against Jewish community centers nationwide, plus a bomb threat to New York's Anti-Defamation League, in an effort to harass and vilify his former girlfriend, federal officials said Friday. Juan Thompson was arrested in St. Louis... More »

Ivanka Speaks Out After More Jewish Centers Threatened

'We must protect our houses of worship,' Ivanka says

(Newser) - The Anti-Defamation League demanded answers from the Trump administration Monday after another wave of bomb threats against Jewish centers across America. The ADL says at least 11 centers were threatened Monday, bringing the total to at least 69 threats in 27 states so far this year, CNN reports. Some 27... More »

Dozens of Jewish Centers Hit by 'Telephone Terrorism'

At least 27 centers across the country evacuated after hoax bomb threats

(Newser) - Jewish centers across America were evacuated Wednesday after what security analysts say was an unprecedented number of threats. The FBI and the Justice Department say they're investigating the bomb threats phoned in to at least 27 Jewish community centers in 17 states, Reuters reports. Wednesday's threats follow a... More »

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