WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) – An alleged al Qaeda-backed
plot to derail a U.S. passenger train in Canada sought to
exploit the vulnerabilities of railroads that have not gotten
much attention from the American public.
While the United States has sharply tightened security
around airlines since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, trains are
far harder to police, with masses of passengers getting on and
off and stops at many stations on a single line. Thousands of
miles (km) of track, bridges and tunnels present a major
challenge to monitor.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Washington schoolteacher on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for child pornography was ordered detained after an initial appearance in a U.S. court on Tuesday following extradition from Nicaragua, officials said.
The man, Eric Justin Toth, 31, was arrested on Saturday in Esteli, a city some 90 miles north of Managua, after almost five years on the run.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Washington schoolteacher on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for child pornography is scheduled to appear in a U.S. court on Tuesday after being extradited from Nicaragua, officials said.
The man, Eric Justin Toth, 31, was arrested on Saturday in Esteli, a city some 90 miles north of Managua, after almost five years on the run and faces an initial appearance in Washington’s U.S. District Court.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Washington schoolteacher on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for alleged child pornography has been arrested in the Central American country of Nicaragua, a federal law enforcement source said on Monday.
The suspect, Eric Justin Toth, was arrested over the weekend, and U.S. authorities are seeking his extradition, the source said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are ethnic Chechen brothers who spent much of their lives away from the breakaway Russian republic and showed few outward signs of radicalism in the United States.
Much is still unknown about Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, named by a national security official as suspects in the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded 176 on Monday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supporters of immigration reform are set to rally at the Capitol on Wednesday to back legislation that would include a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.
The National Rally for Citizenship, which organizers say will draw tens of thousands of demonstrators, comes after two senior senators said on Sunday that an immigration reform bill would likely be completed in their chamber this week.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Young contestants at the Scripps National Spelling Bee will face a new challenge this year – not only having to spell obscure words, but also to know what they mean.
For the first time since it started in 1927, the contest will require contestants in preliminary and semifinal rounds to take a vocabulary test.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A task force funded by the National Rifle Association, the top U.S. gun rights group, unveiled a plan on Tuesday to train armed security personnel in every school in response to the December school massacre in Connecticut – a proposal swiftly condemned by gun control advocates.
The task force led by Asa Hutchinson – a former Drug Enforcement Administration chief, Republican congressman and Homeland Security Department official – unveiled 225 pages of proposals that follow December’s call by NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre for placing armed guards in all schools.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Every school would have armed, trained personnel under a safety proposal funded by the powerful National Rifle Association and unveiled on Tuesday in response to December’s massacre at a Connecticut school.
The proposal of the National School Shield Task Force also includes security accords between schools and law enforcement, an online safety assessment tool for schools, state safety standards and improved federal coordination for school safety.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department’s civil rights division will monitor local elections in two counties in Kansas and Nebraska on Tuesday, the department said.
The oversight of polling places will ensure the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights laws are complied with, the Justice Department said in a statement on Monday.