Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Terror plot targeting NYC concerts, subways is foiled

Three men sought to carry out terrorist attacks last year in New York City in the name of Islamic State, setting their sights on concert venues, subway stations and Times Square before U.S. agents thwarted the plot, authorities said Friday.

One of the men, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, bought bomb-making materials but was arrested after traveling from Canada to New Jersey in May 2016 to stage the attacks, authorities said. His arrest came after an investigation using an undercover FBI agent posing as an Islamic extremist.

According to criminal complaints, El Bahnasawy sent the undercover agent an image of Times Square with a smartphone message saying, "We seriously need to car bomb times square. Look at these crowds of people!"

In another, El Bahnasawy expressed a desire to "shoot up concerts cuz they kill a lot people. We just walk in with guns in our hands. That's how Paris guys did it," the papers said.

The 19-year-old El Bahnasawy pleaded guilty in October 2016, but the case was sealed while the investigation continued.

A U.S. citizen, Talha Haroon, 19, was arrested in Pakistan in 2016. Russell Salic, 37, was arrested in the Philippines last April.

Dog on highway didn't want to leave dead dog's side * Police in New Jersey say they had to coax a German shepherd on a busy interstate to leave a dead pit bull that it was found lying next to. New Jersey state police said that troopers responded Thursday morning to a report of two dogs on the shoulder of Interstate 280 in Newark.

The troopers say the pit bull was dead when they arrived. They say the German shepherd didn't want to leave its side, but they were able to coax it into a trooper's car.

Authorities say neither dog was wearing a collar or any identification. The German shepherd was given to a dog rescue.

It wasn't clear how the dog died. The case remains under investigation.

2 soldiers killed, 6 hurt in S.C. when hit by military vehicle * Military officials say two soldiers are dead and six are hurt after a military vehicle struck them while they were in formation at an Army base in South Carolina.

Fort Jackson officials say two of the six soldiers injured Friday afternoon were in critical condition and all of the soldiers hurt were taken to a hospital off the base near Columbia.

The statement from Fort Jackson called the incident a "tragic accident," but did not give details about where the wreck happened or the type of vehicle involved.

Fort Jackson is the Army's largest training instillation, with more than 50,000 recruits assigned there each year.

Sports radio host loses gig for quips about female announcer * A Philadelphia sports radio personality says he lost a weekly television gig after saying a female announcer calling an NFL game "sounds unnatural. …

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