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Minnesota FBI: Terror Arrests Haven’t Stopped Travel Plots

The head of the FBI in Minneapolis says the high-profile arrests of six young area men charged with plotting to join the Islamic State group haven’t stopped others from aspiring to do so. In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton said “there are people in this community that are at various stages along the path to traveling as we speak.” He didn’t elaborate on numbers.

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Cops: S.D. Prison Escapee Arrested In Prior Lake After Robbing 3 Banks

Officials in the south metro say a career criminal has been arrested after escaping a South Dakota prison and robbing three banks in the Twin Cities metro area.

07/15/2015

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Robber Hits 2 Richfield Banks In 1 Hour Tuesday

Police are looking for a bank robber who hit two Richfield banks within an hour Tuesday afternoon.

07/14/2015

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FBI Seeks Minnesota Victims Of Convicted Child Predator

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s help to locate additional victims of a convicted online child predator who may have Lucas Chansler, 31, formerly of St. Johns, Florida, was sentenced to 105 years in prison after pleading guilty last August to nine counts of producing child pornography.

07/07/2015

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FBI On High Alert For Fourth Of July Terrorist Attack

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are asking Americans to remain vigilant to the threat of a terror attack over the Fourth of July weekend.

06/30/2015

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Sen. Franken Seeks Answers Over FBI Surveillance Flights

Sen. Al Franken has ten big questions for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice in light of the recent surveillance flights that occurred over a number of U.S. metro areas, including the Twin Cities.

06/03/2015

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Secret Aerial FBI Program Uncovered By 23-Year-Old Journalist

The FBI has admitted to flying secret surveillance flights over American cities in recent weeks. The story was first reported by Sam Richards who put out information under the twitter handle @MinneapolisAM. The 23-year-old independent journalist first published the story of the FBI surveillance program on the website Medium on May 26.

06/02/2015

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FBI Behind Mysterious Surveillance Aircraft Over Twin Cities

Scores of low-flying planes circling American cities are part of a civilian air force operated by the FBI and obscured behind fictitious companies, The Associated Press has learned.

06/02/2015

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Prosecutor: Terror Suspected Threatened To Kill FBI Agents

Prosecutors say a Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group told an informant he’d kill FBI agents if they tried to stop him, while another told friends he’d “spit on America” at the U.S.-Mexico border.

05/21/2015

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Good Question: How Much Of A Threat Are Biker Gangs?

On Monday, prosecutors in Texas charged 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs with engaging in organized crime. So, how much of a threat are these biker gangs? Good Question.

05/18/2015

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Potential Jihadist Threats Impacting Some Local Brides

A handful of brides in the Twin Cities are scrambling to find a new reception hall after the Fort Snelling Officer’s Club shut down due to heightened security. “Due to increased force protections, the Officer’s Club will remain closed until further notice,” the club’s voice message said.

05/14/2015

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Defenders Of Minn. Men Accused Of Trying To Join ISIS Claim Entrapment

Defenders of some Minnesota men accused of trying to join ISIS say the FBI entrapped them. The government charged four men and two of their friends with trying to go overseas: Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20.

05/13/2015

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Federal Agents Raid Minneapolis Day Care Center

A child care center in Minneapolis is closed while federal officials are investigating. Parents and children were turned away from the Salama Child Care Center on the 1400 block of Nicollet Avenue Wednesday morning.

05/13/2015

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Tweet Threatens High-Ranking Military Member

United States military bases are on their highest alert in four years Friday night. While a Pentagon spokesperson stressed it was not due to a specific threat, a WCCO investigation has found a specific tweet on April 30 listing the address on a U.S. military base of a top U.S. general in charge of leading the U.S. response to ISIS.

05/08/2015

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Minn. Terror Suspect Returns To Twitter, Posts False Information

A fugitive Minnesota terror suspect was back on Twitter Tuesday, spreading false information about a Texas attack to ISIS sympathizers. WCCO reported Monday how the Minnesotan known as Mujahid Miski encouraged one of two gunmen involved in an attempted attack on a Texas event.

05/05/2015

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Barway Collins’ Mother Arrives In Minneapolis For Funeral

Louise Karluah — the mother of Barway Collins — walked through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Wednesday before heading to the north Minneapolis funeral home where her son’s body is being preserved. She was surrounded by compassionate strangers who’ve dedicated time and money to help her.

04/29/2015

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San Diego Terrorism Case To Be Sent To Minnesota

A man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group is going to be sent from California to Minnesota to face charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford in San Diego signed a warrant for the removal of Mohamad Farah.

04/24/2015

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Several Arrested In Minneapolis & San Diego In Terrorism Investigation

Sources tell WCCO that FBI agents arrested at least six people in Minneapolis and San Diego for suspicion of trying to join ISIS. Authorities say efforts of a joint terrorism task force led to the arrests.

04/19/2015

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Fmr. Viking Accused Of Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Two Minnesota men, including a former Minnesota Vikings tight end, are charged with running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of millions of dollars. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 66-year-old Stu Voigt and 61-year-old Jeffery Gardner face several criminal charges in connection to a real estate scheme between 2005 and 2007.

04/15/2015

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Focus Of Search For Missing Boy Remains On Miss. River

Crystal police say they are continuing to search an area along the Mississippi River for a 10-year-old boy who has been missing since March 18. Barway Collins was last seen approaching his apartment building after exiting his school transportation service van.

03/31/2015

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Man Accused Of Lying To FBI In Terror Probe Ordered Detained

A 19-year-old Minneapolis man charged with lying to the FBI during a terrorism investigation has been ordered detained while his case is presented to a grand jury. Hamza Ahmed was arrested last week as authorities are investigating people who have gone to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group.

02/09/2015

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Police: 6 Arrested On Child Pornography Charges In Rochester

Six Rochester men were arrested on child pornography charges Thursday night after a 10-month investigation by the city of Rochester, according to Rochester police. Police said the men were involved in possessing and distributing thousands of pornographic photographs and videos.

02/06/2015

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Insurer That Runs Blue Cross Blue Shield Hacked

The FBI is investigating the hacking of one of the nation’s largest health insurers. Anthem runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in more than a dozen states. The company discovered last week that hackers accessed as many as 80 million customer records.

02/05/2015

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Mpls. Man Charged With Lying To FBI In Terror Investigation

A Minneapolis man is charged with making false statements in a terrorism investigation after allegedly lying about his attempt to fly to Turkey — a country considered to be a gateway for linking up with terrorist networks. Nineteen-year-old Hamza Ahmed was charged Thursday with lying to FBI agents after being removed from a plane leaving New York City’s JFK International Airport for Istanbul on Nov. 9, 2014.

02/05/2015

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20 Years Later, Iowa Man Wanted On LSD Charges Is In Custody

An Iowa man who fled authorities in 1994 while facing LSD charges is back in custody more than 20 years later.

01/06/2015

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