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Associated Press’ Twitter Account Hacked
The AP’s Twitter account was hacked today by an unknown person or persons and the following tweet was sent out:
Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured
The tweet was quickly spread around the Twitterverse and even some business reporters reported it on television. The reports cause the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA:) To fall about 150 points, but the markets quickly recovered after the hoax was uncovered. It is still unknown as to who is behind the hacking.
OPINION: Jayel Aheram On How the Government SHOULDN’T React to the Boston Bombing
Suspect #2 Caught and Charged: Boston Bombings
One week after the horrific attack at the Boston Marathon one suspect is dead and the other is in the hospital under arrest. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been charged with using a WMD to cause damage to property and person(s). If found guilty he can be sentenced to death. The capture od Tsarnaev has brought relief to the Boston area after the day long manhunt and citywide de-facto Martial Law. The White House issued a statement saying that the suspect will be treated as a regular criminal and not as an enemy combatant, as Senators Graham (R-SC) and Senator McCain (R-AZ) were suggesting happen. However, Tsarnaev has not been read his Miranda Rights because of the “Public Safety” clause which had caused outcry by many civil-libertarians.
Freedom News Network will stay on top of the story and the later trial.
The explosion in West, Texas is still developing and a recap will be posted tomorrow due to the confusion going on right now. This is not related to the Boston Bombings.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the people of Boston,
Senator Wicker Poisoning Foiled
Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) was the target of an apparent ricin poisoning today at the US Capitol, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada). Senator Wicker has not been injured in the incident, but one of the many capitol mail sorting buildings where the letter was discovered has been evacuated and closed. No one was harmed there. Ricin derives from the Castor oil plant and is very lethal, even in very small doses. This attempted poisoning comes a day after the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. The suspect(s) in both incidences are both still on the loose
This isn’t the first time that lawmakers have been targeted with poison. In 2001, an anthrax attack killed five people and injured 17 others when envelopes filled with anthrax spores were sent to various lawmakers and news agencies across the country one week after the September 11th attacks.
More updates will be made once they become available.
Three Dead in Boston Terrorist Attack; 144 Injured
The city of Boston, Massachusetts is on high alert after a series of three explosions rocked the city on the day of the Boston Marathon. The blasts occurred four hours into the race and took place on two different parts of the course. An explosion also was reported at the JFK Library after a fire in the maintenance room. No one was hurt in that blast. However, at the time of this post, three people have died, including an unidentified 8 year old boy. CNN is reporting that about 144 people are injured and are now in area hospitals.
FNN will update the situation as new information becomes available. Please follow our blog for updates.
A recap of the day’s events will be coming soon. President Obama is making a statement at 6:10 EST
President Barack Obama says the United States could launch an attack on Iran as early as this June, Israeli media reports.
According to a report on Israel’s Channel 10 News that has since been picked up by the Times of Israel, Pres. Obama will use an upcoming meeting overseas to discuss a military strike on Iran. Pres. Obama is scheduled to visit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next month, and during the get-together the two leaders will reportedly work out the details for a possible assault.
Pres. Obama will tell Netanyahu that a “window of opportunity” for a military strike on Iran will open in June, Channel 10 claims.
Israel has long-urged the White House to use its military prowess to intervene in Iran’s rumored nuclear weapon procurement plan, demands which have by-and-large been rejected by the Obama administration. According to the latest reports, though, the United States might finally be willing to use its might to make a stand against Iran’s race for a nuke.
“I have conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu all the time. And I understand and share Prime Minister Netanyahu’s insistence that Iran should not obtain a nuclear weapon, because it would threaten us, it would threaten Israel, and it would threaten the world and kick off a nuclear arms race,” Pres. Obama said during an interview on the television program 60 Minutes last year, but not before adding that he’ll continue to block “noise” from Netanyahu’s camp. “Now I feel an obligation, not pressure but obligation, to make sure that we’re in close consultation with the Israelis — on these issues. Because it affects them deeply. They’re one of our closest allies in the region. And we’ve got an Iranian regime that has said horrible things that directly threaten Israel’s existence,” he said.
But five months after those remarks, Iran is still inclined to become a nuclear power. Only days earlier, The Jerusalem Post reported that Netanyahu said the details of a confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency suggested that that Iran had begun installing advanced centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment facility, sparking “very grave” concerns that Israel could be hit with a nuke.
Right now, five members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany are holding talks with Iranian officials in Kazakhstan, with the goal of reaching a diplomatic answer to the nuclear crisis. However, domestic tensions within Iranian political elite do not make the prospect of a solution any more viable for now. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s second and final term in office is set to wrap up this June, and political fights within the country’s top contenders for the position has prompted possible presidents to take harsh stance on the issue and resist outside pressure.
"President Ahmadinejad’s second term in office expires in half a year. The law prohibits him from running for the third term. What is happening could be an intensifying power struggle,” Andrei Baklitsky of the Russian Center for Policy Studies tells the Moscow Times of the latest “5+1 talks” in Kazakhstan. “At first [Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar] Salehi signals the possibility of direct talks with the United States and then the supreme leader rejects it. But as Salehi is Ahmadinejad’s man, the controversy should be viewed through the prism of an internal political standoff rather than as Tehran’s official policy.”
John Kerry, the US secretary of state, told reporters in Berlin, "My hope is Iran will make its choice to move down the path to a diplomatic solution."
When Netanyahu critiqued the United States’ reluctance to act first last year, a meeting between the prime minister and Pres. Obama was subsequently cancelled by the White House. Just next month, though, the commander-in-chief will travel to the West Bank and Jordan for the first time during his second term in office. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor has said of the trip that it will mark an “opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran and Syria.”
Charred remains confirmed to be Dorner as Media and the Public continue to question whether or not SWAT Teams intentionally burned down that cabin:
YUCAIPA, Calif. (KABC) — The charred human remains found in a burned out cabin have been positively identified as Chris Dorner, the sheriff’s department announced Thursday.
Positive identification was made through dental examination in the autopsy. Dorner’s driver’s license and some other personal effects were found with the body, authorities said.
The manhunt for the fugitive former LAPD officer came to a fiery end on Tuesday after making a last stand in an Angelus Oaks mountain cabin.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is defending the decision to use pyrotechnic tear gas, saying it was a tactic designed to end a barricade situation.
"We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out," said Sheriff John McMahon.
But when authorities tossed pyrotechnic tear gas canisters, known as “burners,” into the cabin, it caught fire. Officers were heard over the scanners as the plan went into play.
"Seven burners deployed and we have a fire," a deputy was heard saying.
The decision to use tear gas came after a deadly shootout that killed 35-year-old Detective Jeremiah MacKay and wounded Deputy Alexander Collins.”It’s sad to lose an officer, especially when people talk so badly about the police and what they do,” said Sheila Carlson of Yucaipa. “They fight every day for us.”
MacKay was a 15-year veteran of the sheriff’s department. He leaves behind a wife, a 7-year-old daughter and a 4-month-old son. Funeral arrangements for MacKay are being finalized on Thursday.
Investigators say Dorner fled to Angelus Oaks from Big Bear, where he may have been hiding since last Thursday.
Jim and Karen Reynolds say they encountered Dorner inside a unit at the Mountain Vista Resort on Tuesday. The complex is across the street from Bear Mountain ski resort, where law enforcement had set up a command post.
The Reynolds say the cabin was thought to be empty since last Thursday. While authorities aren’t saying when Dorner actually went in, Jim Reynolds has his own ideas.
"There were no footprints going in or out, so he was there before the snow started," he said.
Which means Dorner was there at least by last Thursday night or early Friday morning.”I don’t believe that there (was) anybody in there on Thursday,” said San Bernardino County Deputy Chief Steve Kovensky.
Sheriff’s deputies would not comment if every home in the area had been searched when they were doing door-to-door checks.
Meanwhile, Dorner’s ex-girlfriend spoke out Thursday for the first time since his death.
"I don’t think it’s any way justifiable someone going out and killing anyone because they’re stressed out at work, there are ways and outlets of releasing stress," she said. "Chris, unfortunately, was one of those people. He bottled up his emotions and he wasn’t very good at expressing himself," she said.(Copyright ©2013 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)
The Manhunt for Christopher Dorner Timeline
The timeline is from today going backwards:
- Wednesday - Feb. 13 [10:30 a.m.]:A funeral service was held for Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain, who was killed in an alleged ambush attack by Dorner last week. The emotional service was held at Grove Community Church in Riverside. Crain was an 11-year veteran of the department and also served two tours in Kuwait as a U.S. Marine. The 34-year-old leaves behind a wife, 10-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. Loved ones described Crain as a selfless friend and dedicated family man.
- Wednesday - Feb. 13 [8:05 a.m.]:In a morning news conference, LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman said the LAPD is back to normal operations, but some protective details remain in place. Neiman also said the charred body in the cabin has not been positively identified.
- Wednesday - Feb. 13 [6:45 a.m.]:An official briefed on the investigation told the Associated Press that a wallet with a California driver’s license with the name Christopher Dorner has been found in the rubble of a cabin.
- Tuesday - Feb. 12 [11:30 p.m.]:A charred human body has been found in the rubble of the burned-out cabin where fugitive Chris Dorner was believed to have been barricaded, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said late Tuesday. The identity of the remains, however, was still unclear. ‘Identification will be attempted through forensic means,’ a San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department press release said.
- Tuesday - Feb. 12 [8 p.m.]:LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith denies reports of a body recovered at a charred cabin. “I’m not sure where this information is coming from or how it’s being attributed to the Los Angeles Police Department,” Smith said.
- Tuesday - Feb. 12:A body, believed to be that of Chris Dorner, has been recovered from a burned cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains, ABC News confirms. Officials say a suspect they believe to be Dorner was involved in a shootout with police at the location before the structure burst into flames. Just before 4:30 p.m., authorities confirmed that one officer was killed and another was injured. Officials also confirmed that a single gunshot was heard coming from inside the cabin just before the blaze broke out. They said several more shots were heard afterward, and that the flames were possibly setting off ammunition stored inside.
- Tuesday - Feb. 12 [12:45 p.m.]:A California Department of Fish and Wildlife officer traveling Highway 38 saw a man who looked like Dorner driving a vehicle, the CDFW said. It said the officer pursued the suspect and that a shooting ensued. The officer’s vehicle was shot many times but no officers were injured. The suspect escaped on foot. Officials said the suspect was likely driving a vehicle he stole after burglarizing a different cabin earlier in the day and holding two women hostage. One was able to escape and make a call. Authorities responded to the location and gave chase when Dorner fled in the stolen vehicle.
- Tuesday - Feb. 12 [11 a.m.]:The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion to add $100,000 to the reward. The County Board of Supervisors and the Riverside City Council are also considering an additional $100,000 each, and the Riverside County supervisors are also hoping to add another $100,000, which would bring the total to an unprecedented $1.4 million.
- Tuesday - Feb. 12 [morning]:A federal law enforcement source confirmed to ABC News thatsurveillance video of a man buying scuba gearat a Sport Chalet in Torrance on Feb. 1, two days before the killings, was Chris Dorner. The video was obtained by TMZ on Monday. Investigators are also looking into reports that Dorner checked into a Manhattan Beach hotel and wrote his manifesto there.
- Monday - Feb. 11 [evening]:A hotel in Tijuana was raided insearch for Chris Dorner. He was not found. In an affidavit filed by the U.S. Marshals Service and obtained by Eyewitness News, the agency says, “there is probable cause to believe that Dorner has moved and traveled … from California to Mexico with the intent to avoid prosecution.” However, there have been no confirmed sightings of Dorner crossing the border or of him inside Mexico.
- Monday - Feb. 11 [afternoon]:Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbachfiled charges against Chris Dornerin the murder of Riverside police officer Michael Crain. Zellerbach’s office also filed three counts of attempted murder. The charges would make Dorner eligible for the death penalty.
- Sunday - Feb. 10 [afternoon]:The Riverside Police Departmentreleased the name of the officer who was shot and killed in an early-morning ambushFeb. 7. That officer, 34-year-old Mike Crain, was an 11-year veteran of the RPD. He was also a Marine who served two tours in Kuwait.
- Sunday - Feb. 10 [1 p.m.]:A joint task force offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Chris Dorner. The announcement was made by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a press conference at LAPD Headquarters. Police Chief Charlie Beck said that to the force’s knowledge, the $1 million reward is the largest local reward ever offered.
- Sunday - Feb. 10 [11:46 a.m.]:Los Angeles County Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Mark Ridley-Thomas announced they’re offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to Dorner’s capture. According to a press release, the motion will be introduced on Tuesday during the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
- Sunday - Feb. 10 [6:20 a.m.]:Investigators say they plan to announce a reward for Dorner’s capture at a news conference at LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles at 1 p.m.
- Saturday - Feb. 9 [11 p.m.]:Transportation officials are warning California airports that Dorner has some flight training and may try to take an aircraft. They’re also on the lookout for people masquerading as pilots or emergency personnel. Dorner also had access to military and police uniforms.
- Saturday - Feb. 9 [6 p.m.]:ABC News has learned that a man claiming to be Dorner called the father of one murder victim, chastising him for not doing enough to protect his daughter. According to court documents obtained by ABC news, the caller phoned the father of Irvine murder victim Monica Quan. Randy Quan is himself a former LAPD officer turned lawyer. He represented Dorner in his failed lawsuit against the LAPD. The call was made four days after Monica Quan’s murder and just 11 hours after a Riverside officer was killed.
- Saturday - Feb. 9 [5:30 p.m.]:New surveillance video shows a man believed to be Dorner dumping items in a garbage bin, including an ammo magazine and a military belt. It was taken Monday, one day after the murders of Quan and her fiancé, outside an auto parts shop in National City, south of San Diego.
- Saturday - Feb. 9 [5:30 p.m.]: During a late afternoon press conference,authorities announced a joint task forcecomprised of the Los Angeles, Irvine and Riverside police departments, the FBI and U.S. Marshals, and other affiliated law enforcement agencies in their search for Chris Dorner. It was also announced that the LAPD would reopen the investigation into Dorner’s firing.
- Saturday - Feb. 9 [About 2 p.m.]: Eyewitness News learned thatweapons were found in Chris Dorner’s burned truckin Big Bear. Sources also said that Dorner had a storage locker in Buena Park. A search warrant was served at the storage facility during the early morning hours.
- Saturday - Feb. 9 [7 a.m.]: Authoritiesbegin day three of their searchfor Chris Dorner in Big Bear. Snowfall halted plans for an overnight search Friday, but weather conditions improved Saturday, possibly aiding the manhunt. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said that until they find some kind of evidence that Dorner is in fact not in the Big Bear area, they will continue to search for him.
- Friday - Feb. 8 [Sundown]: Amid fears that Chris Dorner isleading them on a wild goose chase, investigators combing the Big Bear area in which the suspect’s burned vehicle was found wrapped up their search for the day. Authorities had initially planned to canvass the region overnight but said they changed course because of safety concerns about severe winter weather in the area. Before shutting down Friday, police had followed several possible leads, including footprints and ski tracks in the snow that they later determined to be unrelated to the manhunt.
- Friday - Feb. 8 [About 5:45 p.m.]: The California NAACPurged Chris Dorner to turn himself inunder the protection of the NAACP. “The police have already in a vigilante state of mind, assaulted and shot at a white truck with two innocent women inside. How many more look-alike cars will be shot at before this disastrous situation is brought under control. It is our hope that Mr. Dorner will turn himself in under the aegis of the NAACP so that we can help provide safe passage, ensuring due process of law for Mr. Dorner, and most importantly, calm the situation,” Alice Huffman, president of the California/Hawaii Conference of the NAACP,said in a statement.
- Friday - Feb. 8 [Noon]: After issuing a search warrant at noon, Irvine police combed through the La Pama house belonging to Chris Dorner’s mother. Investigators removed from the home seven grocery bags of evidence but it was not known what was in the satchels. A neighbor said he saw Dorner at the residence a week ago.
- Friday - Feb. 8 [Noon]:The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., along with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, issues the following plea to suspected cop killer Chris Dorner.
"Dear Christopher Dorner;
Apparently you have been wounded by your past experiences of what you have stated in losing your job. I understand your feelings of being hurt. I’m making a plea to you to stop spreading the pain, the hurt and the fear. Please stop don’t take anymore lives.
Christopher, your mother is in pain and concerned for your safety. There are many good and creditable people in Los Angeles, like The Los Angeles Sentinel’s Executive Publisher/CEO Danny J. Bakewell Sr., Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer and Rev. Charles Singleton. These individuals I know personally and they would gladly receive you. Whatever I can do without hesitation please contact me through Danny Bakewell at the L.A. Sentinel.
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr.”
- Friday - Feb. 8 [About 11 a.m.]: The Los Angeles Police Department canceled and then reinstated a tactical alert aimed at protecting police officers and their loved ones from Chris Dorner. The move came about the same time the department locked down the Twin Towers Correctional Facility at 450 Bauchet St. amidreports that someone matching Dorner’s description was seen in the area.Police closed the street directly in front of the facility and were not allowing anyone in or out of the arraignment center. Dorner was not located.
- Friday - Feb. 8 [10:22 a.m.]: The Big Bear Lake Resort Association releases statement regarding manhunt. “Big Bear Lake Resort Association is pleased to know law enforcement authorities continue to search for multiple murder suspect Chris Dorner in the Big Bear area. The announcement at the most recent press conference given by San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon announced that the two top priorities are to keep deputies and the community of Big Bear safe. The most recent press conference has given the Big Bear community more assurance to keep Big Bear open for business. Big Bear will remain open until law enforcement authorities can confirm Dorner is still in the area or not. At that time Big Bear Lake Resort Association will reassess the situation for business.”
- Thursday - Feb. 7 [9:30 p.m.]: In a 9 p.m. news conference, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said local schools were expected to reopen Friday morning. The ski resort was also expected to reopen Friday morning. Bachman said there were no reports of any sightings of the suspect. No stolen vehicles were reported in the area. Bachman advised local residents not to answer their door unless they know they visitor, or if the visitor is a uniformed law enforcement official. Bachman said the search would continue into the night. Dogs and helicopters with infrared cameras were part of the search.
- Thursday - Feb. 7 [5:30 p.m.]: At a 5:30 p.m. news conference, McMahon told reporters that tracks were found near the vehicle and were followed, but they did not lead to the suspect. He said snow on the ground was helpful in the search, and that dogs being used in the search were not affected by the weather and ground conditions. McMahon said about 125 law enforcement officers were involved in the search, including tracking in the woods and going door to door in the community. He said the search would continue “as long as we can, weather permitting.”
- Thursday - Feb. 7 [4 p.m.]:FBI SWAT teams and local police serve a search warrant at a Las Vegas-area home belonging to Dorner. Authorities leave with boxes of items from the two-story house. They say no weapons were found but decline to disclose what was discovered.
- Thursday - Feb. 7 [3:30 p.m.]: In a news conference in the Big Bear area, San Bernardino County Assistant Sheriff John McMahon said law enforcement personnel were searching the wooded area around where the truck was found, as well as going door to door to check on occupied and unoccupied residences and structures. He said at least 15 to 20 additional officers would be patrolling the community around the clock until further notice. Roadway checkpoints were also set up in the area.
- Thursday - Feb. 7 [Noon]: A burning truck was located in the woods near Big Bear Lake. The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department confirmed later that the vehicle is Dorner’s Nissan Titan. No one was in the truck.
- Thursday - Feb. 7 [5:30 a.m.]: LAPD officers were patrolling a Torrance neighborhood to guard a target from Dorner’s manifesto. They opened fire on a car they mistook for Dorner’s and injured two uninvolved civilians. One injured civilian suffered a minor bullet wound, and the second civilian was shot twice and reported in stable condition.
Thursday - Feb. 7 [2:30 a.m.]: A passer-by found a wallet with an LAPD badge and a picture ID of Dorner on a street near San Diego International Airport. The items were turned over to police.Thursday - Feb. 7 [1:30 a.m.]:Two LAPD officers were in Corona to check on one of the individuals named in Dorner’s manifesto when they came across a pickup truck that looked similar to Dorner’s. The officers ran the license plate and found that it did not match the vehicle. They started to follow the truck when the gunman opened fire with what appeared to be a rifle, officials said. One officer was grazed in the forehead but was expected to be OK. A short time later, a gunman believed to be Dorner ambushed two Riverside police officers stopped at a red light during a routine patrol at Magnolia and Arlington avenues. One officer was killed and the other wounded. That injured Riverside officer underwent surgery and was reported to be in stable condition.
Wednesday - Feb. 6 : LAPD announced Dorner as a suspect in the Irvine double murder. Investigators said Dorner implicated himself in the killings in amulti-page manifestohe posted on his Facebook page. That night, a man fitting Dorner’s description tried to steal a boat from a San Diego marina. He was unable to steal the boat and instead fled. Authorities say an 81-year-old man on the boat was tied up but not hurt.
Monday - Feb. 4 : Some of Dorner’s belongings were found in a trash bin in the San Diego-area community of National City, Calif.
Sunday - Feb. 3 : Thebodies of Keith Lawrence, 27, and his fiancee Monica Quan, 28, were found in a carin the parking lot of their apartment complex in Irvine Sunday night. Police identified the suspect as Dorner. Quan was in her second year as assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at California State University, Fullerton. Her father represented Dorner in disciplinary hearings that resulted in Dorner’s dismissalThe Coroner’s office has not yet confirmed if the body found in the Cabin is that of Chris Dorner.