Latest Bomb threats News

Man pleads guilty to making false bomb threats to schools

Nov. 25, 2019 8:24 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to sending false shooting and bomb threats to schools in the U.S. and Britain. The Department of Justice says Timothy Vaughn of Winston-Salem, North Carolina was a member of the Apophis Squad, a collective of hackers intent on...

Passenger on Ethiopian Airlines flight held after bomb claim

Nov. 21, 2019 11:17 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight in Burundi was disrupted when a man locked himself in a bathroom on the plane and claimed to have a bomb, a passenger and authorities said Thursday. Sally Hayden in a Twitter post cited local police as saying they eventually broke down the door and...

Homemade bomb found at California high school

Nov. 21, 2019 12:27 AM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Police confirm that they found a homemade bomb at a San Jose high school. Authorities were called to Oak Grove High on Tuesday after a gardener found the device in some bushes in the student parking lot and took it to the administration building. Police tell the San Jose Mercury...

UN: Al-Shabab remains 'potent threat' in Somalia and region

Nov. 13, 2019 8:55 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Al-Shabab extremists in Somalia remain "a potent threat" to regional peace and are now manufacturing home-made explosives, expanding their revenue sources and infiltrating government institutions, U.N. experts say. The panel of experts' report to the Security Council, circulated...

Florida man pleads guilty to bomb threats

Nov. 8, 2019 3:27 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to threatening to blow up courthouses and other government offices across northern Florida. U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe announced the guilty plea on Friday. Noah Stirn pleaded guilty to twelve separate charges stemming...

Australian appeals court reduces bomb hoaxer's sentence

Nov. 8, 2019 12:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Sri Lankan man who threatened to blow up a Malaysia Airlines plane with 222 people on board had his prison sentence slashed on Friday by an Australian appeals court because he had been in a psychotic state and the fake bomb he had brandished posed no danger. Manodh Marks, 27,...

Bomb squad examined suspicious vehicle outside FBI office

Oct. 31, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities are looking for the owner of a car that was left unoccupied at the back gate of the FBI's office in Pittsburgh. Guards saw the vehicle pull up around 5 a.m. Thursday and the driver left. FBI spokeswoman Catherine Policicchio says the city's bomb squad was called in. They...

Flagging rental car drivers who might pose terrorist threat

Oct. 28, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

NEW MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A proposed bipartisan bill in Congress would help car rental companies identify customers who have been flagged by authorities for terrorism-related activities. The measure announced Monday by New Jersey Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer is named after a resident of the state killed...

Argentina's center-left Peronists poised to return to power

Oct. 28, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Conservative President Mauricio Macri conceded defeat in Argentina's election Sunday night, paving the way for the country's Peronist center-left to return to power under Alberto Fernández as frustrated voters rejected the incumbent's handling of a bruising economic...

Private Dallas university evacuates campus after bomb threat

Oct. 15, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A private university in Dallas canceled classes and evacuated its campus of about 4,800 students after receiving a threatening message that prompted a lockdown. Officials at Dallas Baptist University say a threat of a bomb and coordinated armed attack was received about 1 p.m. Tuesday by a...