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Man Convicted After Posting 'Kill Your Senators'

Supporter of Trump and Capitol riot found guilty of threatening members of Congress

(Newser) - A social media agitator was convicted Wednesday on federal charges of threatening to kill members of Congress in a verdict that rejected his claims it was harmless rhetoric. A jury found Brendan Hunt guilty at the close of a weeklong trial in federal court in Brooklyn. Hunt, 37, did not...

Complaint: Nurse Threatened to Kill Harris in Vids to Spouse

'Kamala Harris, you are going to die,' Niviane Petit Phelps is accused of saying in one video

(Newser) - A Florida woman whose husband is incarcerated apparently shared a little too much with him and is now in legal trouble herself, accused of threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris. Per a criminal complaint filed earlier this month in federal court, Niviane Petit Phelps allegedly sent videos and photos...

Woman Charged With Threatening Election Official

'You have made a grave mistake,' she told Michigan Republican

(Newser) - A woman angry with a Detroit-area election official sent photos of a dead body and threatened her family, a day after a clamorous meeting at which Republican board members initially refused to certify local results in favor of Joe Biden, authorities said Wednesday. Katelyn Jones, 23, was charged with making...

America's Spy Chief Slammed China. China Now Responds

John Ratcliffe's 'WSJ' op-ed was a 'hodgepodge of lies,' per China's foreign ministry rep

(Newser) - In an "exceedingly rare" accusation on Thursday, the US director of national intelligence called China "the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War II." China is now responding to John Ratcliffe's op-ed in the Wall Street ...

Boy Was Forced to Threaten Trump. Now, 'It's All Behind Me'

Matthew, now 13, was just 10 when stepfather made him appear in ISIS propaganda video

(Newser) - In April 2015, an 8-year-old American boy named Matthew was dragged into Syria by his mother, Samantha Sally, and stepfather, Moussa Elhassani, with Elhassani determined to become a sniper for the Islamic State. Five years later, Matthew is 13 and back in the US, and he's now telling the...

Feds: Last Item on Teen's Checklist Was 'Execute' Biden

Alexander Treisman held in NC on child pornography charges

(Newser) - A teen posted a meme reading "Should I kill Joe Biden?" before driving a van holding guns within 4 miles of the Democratic presidential nominee's home, according to court documents out of North Carolina. They relate to Alexander Treisman, a 19-year-old arrested on child pornography charges. A detention...

R. Kelly Manager Allegedly Phoned in Threat to Theater

Donnell Russell accused of stunt that caused screening of documentary to be canceled

(Newser) - R. Kelly's former manager was charged Friday with calling in a threat to a 2018 screening of Surviving R. Kelly, which examined allegations of sexual abuse against the singer. Donnell Russell faces two counts of threatening physical harm by interstate communication and conspiracy after the filing in New York,...

Ominous Warning from Counterintel Chief on Election

NCSC's William Evanina says Russia, China, Iran are trying to sway voters; Dems want more

(Newser) - The country's top counterintelligence official issued a warning Friday regarding the US election in November, though he's getting some pushback from Democratic leaders. "Foreign nations continue to use influence measures in social and traditional media in an effort to sway US voters' preferences and perspectives, to shift...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

'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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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