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Dr. Fauci to Get 'Enhanced' Security After Threats

Scientist on front lines against virus also getting 'unwelcome communications from fervent admirers'

(Newser) - He's become one of the most familiar faces in the effort to fight the coronavirus—maybe a little too familiar. Justice Department officials said Wednesday that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director who's become a household name due to his appearances at... More »

Guy's Joker 'Performance' Ends in Charge of Terrorist Threat

'I'm planning on killing a bunch of people,' Jeremy Garnier said on livestream

(Newser) - A man in a Joker costume threatened to kill people on a nearly hourlong livestream as he drove around a St. Louis suburb on Monday, according to University City police. "I'm going to start killing people until this reaches a thousand [viewers] and once it reaches a thousand,... More »

Cops After UPS Worker Nabbed: 'We Avoided a Tragedy'

Thomas Andrews had allegedly threatened a mass shooting in Sunnyvale, Calif.

(Newser) - A California UPS worker said he planned to shoot up a company facility before he was arrested and found to have numerous guns and more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition, authorities say. "I definitely think we avoided a tragedy," says Dan Pistor, the police captain in Sunnyvale,... More »

Calif. Man Sentenced for Harassing Parkland Families

Brandon Fleury gets 5.5 years for cyberstalking, threats

(Newser) - A 22-year-old California man has been sentenced to 5.5 years in prison for harassing friends and family of victims of the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Brandon Fleury, a Santa Ana resident, was convicted of three counts of interstate cyberstalking and one count of interstate transmission of a... More »

'Crying Nazi' Accused of Sending Threatening Text

White nationalist Christopher Cantwell is being held without bond in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Christopher Cantwell made a name for himself by popping up in a Vice documentary shot at Charlottesville's violent 2017 Unite the Right rally, followed by getting blocked on Facebook, Instagram, and PayPal. Then things got worse for the white nationalist when he posted a tearful YouTube video in which... More »

Rand Paul to Fellow GOPers: Careful on Vote in Trump Trial

Warns Republican senators their vote on witnesses could threaten their reelection runs

(Newser) - President Trump's impeachment trial officially begins Thursday in the Senate, and at least four Republican senators will need to vote with Democrats to introduce new evidence and call witnesses such as John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney, per the Washington Post . And Kentucky's Rand Paul has a warning for... More »

In This School District, a Controversial Way to Flush Out Threats

Civil rights advocates say western NY system compromises student privacy

(Newser) - An upstate New York school district has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats, over the objection of civil rights advocates who say it compromises student privacy. The Lockport City School District said it activated the system Thursday after meeting conditions set by state education officials, including that... More »

Conway Denies Threatening Reporter in Bitter Phone Call

Listen yourself to conversation between Conway, 'Washington Examiner' journalist

(Newser) - A DC journalist says Kellyanne Conway bullied and threatened her on a phone call, and the White House counselor is pushing back. Mediaite reports Conway was miffed about an article in which Washington Examiner reporter Caitlin Yilek wrote about her being considered for the White House chief of staff role... More »

Cops: Man Threatened Mayor 14 Times in 2 Days

Aides feared San Antonio man could be 'next mass shooter'

(Newser) - A San Antonio man left messages on Mayor Ron Nirenberg's Facebook page so alarming that an aide warned police the man could be "the next mass shooter." Police say Adam Converse, 25, left at least 14 messages on the mayor's page on Oct. 4 and Oct.... More »

Girl's Alleged Weapon in Threat Charge: Her Fingers

Kansas middle schooler accused of pointing 'finger gun' at classmates is hit with felony charge

(Newser) - A Kansas middle schooler has been arrested and charged with felony threatening after she reportedly made a finger-gun gesture at four other kids. The Kansas City Star reports the Sept. 18 incident took place at Westridge Middle School in Overland Park, with a source telling the paper the girl, age... More »

Science Teacher on Leave After Greta Thunberg Comment

'Dont have my sniper rifle'

(Newser) - Matt Baish is a science teacher at Iowa's Waterloo West High School, but he apparently doesn't like the science that Greta Thunberg is promoting—and he's now been placed on administrative leave over an online comment. The Des Moines Register reports that, in advance of a visit... More »

Reporter Exposes Beer Guy's Tweets. Then, a Twist

Des Moines Register under police watch as investigation rolls

(Newser) - A 24-year-old Iowa man asked people to Venmo him money for Busch beer and ended up raising more than $1 million for a local children's hospital. Then came a twist in that feel-good story: Carson King on Tuesday publicly apologized for years-old racist tweets uncovered by Des Moines Register... More »

FBI Busts Teen for Online Threats, Finds 25 Firearms

Ohio teen allegedly said federal agents should be shot on sight

(Newser) - When the FBI arrested Ohio 18-year-old Justin Olsen for making online threats against federal agents and Planned Parenthood, among others, he said he had been joking. The 25 firearms and 10,000 rounds of ammunition found in his home, however, might suggest otherwise. Federal agents say the 10 rifles, including... More »

Trump Responds to 'Insulting' Slam From Iran

He threatens 'obliteration' if an American target is hit

(Newser) - Iran on Tuesday mocked President Trump's new sanctions and called the White House "mentally retarded" or "mentally crippled," depending on the translation. In a series of tweets , President Trump has responded to the "very ignorant and insulting statement" with a threat. "Any attack by... More »

She Took Jay-Z's Drink Order. Then Came the Death Threats

Nicole Curran says misinterpreted look on Bey's face at NBA game led to 'cyberbullying'

(Newser) - Cyberbullying over a citrus slice? That's what Nicole Curran is claiming after an incident at an NBA Finals game Wednesday that she says led to death threats and the deletion of her Instagram account. ESPN reports that Curran, the wife of Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, had been... More »

Frustrated Virgin Who Threatened Women Learns His Fate

Christopher W. Cleary said he'd kill 'as many girls as I see'

(Newser) - A man who posted a Facebook message threatening to kill "as many girls as I see" in retaliation for years of romantic rejection was sentenced Thursday to up to five years in prison, the AP reports. Judge Christine Johnson's decision to keep Christopher W. Cleary, 27, of Denver,... More »

Man's Alleged Threat Against Kushner: I'm Going to Execute Him

FBI says Chase Bliss Colasurdo was accumulating ammo and tried to purchase a weapon

(Newser) - A Washington state man was arrested by the FBI Wednesday and charged with making interstate threats, including against President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The Seattle Times and Washington Post report that 27-year-old Chase Bliss Colasurdo of Kent was detained six weeks after federal agents were first alerted on March... More »

Sol Pais Raised Many 'Red Flags'

Buying a gun 2 miles from Columbine was only one

(Newser) - As chief of security for Colorado's Jefferson County School District, John McDonald hears of plenty of threats, especially around the anniversary of the April 20, 1999 Columbine massacre. But "this was the real deal," he says of Tuesday's warning about Sol Pais, the 18-year-old South Florida... More »

Arrest Made in Threat Sent to Senator Last Fall

Maine woman faces prison if convicted

(Newser) - An arrest has been made involving a threatening letter sent to Senator Susan Collins last fall. The letter sent to Collins' home in Maine was leaking a fine white powder that was thought at the time to be contaminated with ricin, ABC reports. The powder later was found to be... More »

Feds Make Arrest After Threat to Muslim Lawmaker

The FBI says Patrick Carlineo Jr called her a 'terrorist'

(Newser) - A western New York man has been charged with threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the AP reports. Federal prosecutors announced Friday that Patrick Carlineo Jr. was arrested after placing a threatening call to Omar's office in Washington, DC, last month. Authorities did not say when Carlineo... More »

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