Rawf8/iStock(FORT RILEY, Kan.) — The FBI has arrested a U.S. soldier who allegedly discussed plans to bomb a major American news network, planned to travel to Ukraine to fight with violent far-right group Azov Battalion and allegedly distributed information online on how to build bombs. He also allegedly suggested targeting Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.According to charging documents in the case, Jarrett William Smith, who transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas, in July, joined the U.S. military only after first expressing his desire to fight in Ukraine.On Aug. 19, 2019, Smith allegedly spoke with an FBI informant in an online chat group and discussed a plan for an attack inside the U.S., his search for more “radicals” like himself, and the possibility of killing members of the group Antifa.In suggesting that the headquarters of the major news network could be a target, Smith allegedly said: “A large vehicle bomb. Fill a vehicle full of [explosives] then fill a ping pong ball with [commonly available chemical] via drilling then injection. Put the ball in the tank of the vehicle and leave. 30 minutes later, BOOM.”Then, in a Telegram conversation with an undercover FBI agent on Sept. 20, Smith allegedly had this exchange:FBI: You got anyone down in Texas that would be a good fit for fire, destruction and death? SMITH: Outside of Beto? I don’t know enough people that would be relevant enough to cause a change if they died.Smith has allegedly been in communication with another American, Craig Lang, who traveled to Ukraine and fought with another far-right group, the Right Sector.They were in contact since 2016. On Dec. 8, 2018, Smith allegedly led a group chat on Facebook with Lang that included discussing Smith’s ability to build bombs.Smith allegedly said, “Oh yeah, I got knowledge of IEDs for days. We can make cell phone IEDs in the style of the Afghans. I can teach you that.”Smith was arrested on Sept. 21, and he allegedly admitted to the FBI that he provides people online with instructions for building bombs.According to charging documents, at least one of the instructions he allegedly provided in recent days would not have resulted in a viable explosive device.He has been charged in Kansas with distributing information relating to weapons of mass destruction.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
COVID-19 is having immeasurable effects on all facets of normal life. One of which is the fairly uniform closure of schools and universities for the next several weeks. With working parents trying to juggle their new remote work status and the 5, 9, 13 or 18 year-old kids at home, yes, it is a situation for potential insanity.But, never fear! The Foundation is here!We realize kids might be spending more time than usual in front of the TV – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be educational! Have them take some time to learn about finances, entrepreneurship and building a better financial financial future (perhaps without even knowing they are learning 😊). The Foundation is the proud steward of Biz Kid$, a national financial education initiative that teaches kids about money and business. And, even better, Biz Kid$ is exclusively funded and branded by credit unions!The overall objective of Biz Kid$ is to engage young people and help them develop life skills in the areas of money management and entrepreneurship. The initiative includes an Emmy award-winning television series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website targeting kids 9 – 16 years old. It is the first national public television series promoting financial education for elementary through high school students and was created by the same team that produced “Bill Nye the Science Guy”. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“The opportunity to possibly do research there was also going to work out with me really well because [the research] was also in the neuroscience department, which is what I’m majoring in at USC,” Rodriguez said. “I do have a research job at the Keck School [of Medicine], but it would be a totally different situation if I were able to do that.” Though Burrows was given the option to defer study abroad to Spring 2021 or move to a program that started after Aug. 15, she no longer believes she would be able to fit a semester abroad into her academic schedule. Rising senior Ankit Shah is enrolled in the World Bachelor in Business program, which relies on study abroad. Students in the Marshall School of Business program spend their first year at USC, second year at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, third year at Università Bocconi in Milan and fourth year at one of the three locations of their choosing to conclude their degree program. With uncertainty surrounding international travel and the resumption of in-person fall classes, USC extended the suspension of its study abroad programs through Fall 2020 May 11. Students were given the option to defer their semester abroad and were assured their academic continuity would not be affected. The decision followed the Office of Overseas Studies’ announcement via email April 20 that all programs beginning before Aug. 15 would be canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. “Students can still apply for USC Housing if they have not already. However, assignments are not guaranteed and currently on hold until the university formalizes plans for the fall semester,” the email read. Because Burrows suspected study abroad would be suspended, she said she prepared by registering for fall semester classes. However, she had not applied for on- or off-campus housing and is unsure how she should proceed with uncertainty surrounding the status of fall classes. Faced with similar housing predicaments, Rodriguez has been searching for available leases with Burrows. “We have made this difficult decision based on health and safety concerns and the high degree of uncertainty associated with international travel and host country measures,” the email read. Andrea Rodriguez, a rising junior majoring in neuroscience who planned to study in New Zealand at the University of Auckland during the fall semester starting in July, believes the decision should have been relayed sooner. Rodriguez has been left to search for housing for the upcoming semester. Shah originally planned to return to USC for his last year but recently decided to study in Hong Kong where classes are being held in person. With hybrid or online classes being a possibility at USC, Shah said he prefers an in-person experience. With Fall 2020 study abroad trips suspended due to the pandemic, many students are left to find last minute housing. (Daily Trojan file photo) “At the end of the day, I think my overall takeaway from all this was you can be sad about it, and you can complain and reminisce,” Shah said. “Or you could just face reality and find the positive in it.” “At the end of the day, the city of L.A. is really what’s pulling me back or really is what drives me toward USC,” Shah said. “L.A. is still probably going to be pretty unsafe, no matter how much USC says ’We’re going to do a hybrid model’ … It just wasn’t enough for me, especially when you start factoring in the amount of money that I’d have to pay.” Rodriguez had also reached out to a professor in the neuroscience department at the University of Auckland to conduct research before she received the email from USC on her study abroad program cancellation. Like Burrows, Rodriguez is no longer able to fit study abroad in her schedule due to her prerequisites as a pre-health student. “I was really excited about spending a semester abroad, and I’m especially interested in community service — the place where I was going, they have a lot of NGOs,” Burrows said. “I was just overall excited for a new experience, getting new perspectives, traveling the world more.” Regarding accommodations for students who were scheduled to study abroad in the fall, USC Housing Director Chris Ponsiglione said in an email to the Daily Trojan that students will still be allowed to register for University housing. This arrangement also applies to other students who had not planned to study abroad. “When I found out that we weren’t studying abroad anymore, I was very, very sad,” Rodriguez said. “Now I have so many other worries on top of me, like housing, like what am I going to do next year? — as opposed to the worries I already had where it’s finals season, classes are online, you’re dealing with [the] pandemic … [it’s] just so overwhelming to me.” Shah was able to switch his decision from USC to HKUST but now has to find housing in Hong Kong and cancel the lease he had already signed in Los Angeles. “It’s just a difficult situation because it’s not like there’s anything that could have made it better, but it also just feels a little bit unfair that I had this one semester that I was able to study abroad, and then that’s the one semester that it got canceled,” Burrows said. “I wasn’t really worried about housing at all, but now I have to figure that out,” Burrows said. “But also I don’t even know if we are going to be on campus in the fall, so should I try to get housing?” Although this was not the senior year he had originally planned, Shah said he had always wanted to return to Hong Kong and is trying to make the best of the situation. Rising junior Kwayera Burrows knew she wanted to study abroad before she was accepted into USC. During her freshman year as a mechanical engineering major with a heavy course load, she was unsure if she would be able to do so and still graduate in four years. Under the guidance of a new adviser her sophomore year, Burrows made plans to attend the University of Botswana in Fall 2020 to participate in community service with local nongovernmental organizations.
The roof on the Principality Stadium will be closed for tonight’s crucial Six Nations meeting of Wales and Ireland. Both sides are unchanged after contrasting results in their last outings. Ireland beat France at the Aviva, and tonight’s hosts fell to Scotland at Murrayfield. With Wales having a point to prove, Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw knows the atmosphere will be raucous under the roof tonight. Starting openside tonight and former Wales captain Sam Warburton says they’re keen to avoid a third successive defeat.
LOS ANGELES >> Brandon McCarthy awoke Monday thinking he might start a baseball game. Later, in the afternoon, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told McCarthy he was going on the 10-day disabled list instead.McCarthy went to his locker in the clubhouse and dutifully explained the situation to reporters. He was doing a weightlifting exercise Friday in San Diego prior to a game against the Padres when he dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder. McCarthy’s shoulder was popped back into place, Clayton Kershaw was told to take McCarthy’s start Saturday, and McCarthy would take Kershaw’s start on Sunday.Then rain appeared in the forecast for Sunday. For the third time in the history of Petco Park, a game was postponed before it could even begin.“It’s bad luck I’d say,” McCarthy said. “I was ready to start Saturday, Sunday.” But McCarthy still believed it was possible Monday that he would start that night’s game. In the end, he didn’t even swing a bat while the other starters took batting practice on the field.“There could have been a miscommunication,” Roberts said. “I know I talked to him personally.”By placing McCarthy on the disabled list, the Dodgers were able to recall Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City, giving them an extra left-hander in the bullpen.McCarthy will throw a simulated game Wednesday. His disabled list stint was backdated three days, the maximum allowed under MLB rules. The Dodgers play in San Francisco May 15-17, and McCarthy will start one of the three games against the Giants, Roberts said.Left-handers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill are also eligible to return from the disabled list during that series.Bellinger wins awardIn his first full week in the major leagues, Cody Bellinger was chosen the National League Player of the Week.During the week of May 1-7, Bellinger hit .429 (9 for 21) with eight runs scored, a double, one triple, three home runs, 12 RBI and a stolen base in five games.“I found out on Twitter,” he said. “My dad called me. He was pretty proud. It was a cool moment.”Compared to previous hot streaks in his career, Bellinger said the last week ranks “up there.” It was a continuation of his performance at Triple-A; Bellinger was batting .349, with 10 home runs in 29 games, when he was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster on April 25.Going back even further, Bellinger said his swing clicked during the last week in spring training.“I just tried to carry that into the season,” he said. “I just want to keep my foot on the gas pedal and keep going.”Bellinger will be awarded a watch, courtesy of Rockwell.Injury updatesHill will make his second rehabilitation start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday in San Jose. That would line the left-hander up to start Monday in San Francisco on regular rest.Hill exited his first rehab start Thursday in Rancho Cucamonga after a 29-pitch first inning, then threw another 31 pitches in the bullpen. His next start is expected to last five innings and 75 pitches.Infielder Logan Forsythe, who is recovering from a fractured toe and strained hamstring, will need another three or four rehab games before he can return from the 10-day disabled list, Roberts said. Forsythe got another day off Monday.Franklin Gutierrez tested his sore left hip by jogging in the outfield prior to Monday’s game. Roberts said the outfielder is available off the bench, but unlikely to start. The Dodgers face right-handed starters Tuesday and Wednesday, and Gutierrez hasn’t started against a righty this season. He was ready to start Monday too.“If I had my way I’d be pitching,” he said.Why didn’t McCarthy get his way? Roberts expressed concern that a comebacker over the pitcher’s head could cause him to reach up instinctively. A bunt grounder to McCarthy’s left might lead him to dive and extend the shoulder. In either scenario, it didn’t make sense to Roberts to take the risk.“When you have five other guys that are capable right now to pitch and help us win baseball games, to then have the benefit of some extra days to strengthen it, to heal it, as an organization I think it’s the right thing,” he said. “I understand his frustration.”Roberts said he told Alex Wood on Sunday that he would start Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Julio Urias will start Tuesday and Kenta Maeda on Wednesday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error