Uzbekistan national accused of role in terrorist conspiracy
BOISE -- Federal authorities said on Thursday they have arrested an Uzbekistan national accused of conspiring with a designated terrorist organization in his home country and helping scheme to use a weapon of mass destruction.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, was arrested at an apartment complex in south Boise on Thursday morning as a grand jury issued a three-count indictment as part of an investigation into his activities in Idaho and Utah.
The Idaho grand jury's indictment charges Kurbanov with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, and one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. The indictment also alleges he possessed an unregistered explosive device.
A separate federal grand jury in Utah also returned an indictment charging Kurbanov with distributing information about explosives, bombs and weapons of mass destruction.
Criminal activity not ruled out in fertilizer plant blast
WEST -- Investigators have completed their scene investigation but not ruled out criminal activity as the cause of a huge explosion at a fertilizer plant that killed 15 people and flattened part of a tiny town, officials said on Thursday.
The April 17 blast at West Fertilizer injured 200 and leveled part of the tiny town of West. Officials have spent one month combing through debris and speaking to hundreds of witnesses.
Possible causes of the fire that triggered two explosions have been narrowed to a 120-volt electrical system at the plant, a golf cart or an intentionally set blaze, officials said. A criminal investigation continues.
Brothers face chargesin parade shooting spree
NEW ORLEANS -- Two brothers with a history of drug arrests and suspected ties to a neighborhood gang each face 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting spree that brought a sudden bloody end to a neighborhood Mother's Day parade.
The arrests by city police and U. …