August 18, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Cops say teen plotted blast

From wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. – Police were already keeping an eye on 17-year-old expelled student Jared Cano when they were tipped off that he was allegedly planning to bomb his old high school when classes resumed. In his apartment, they found shrapnel, plastic tubing, timing and fuse devices that he was amassing in a plot he intended to be worse than the Columbine mass killings, police said Wednesday.

Cano has been arrested several times before, most recently accused of breaking into a house and stealing a handgun, Tampa police said. He was on a police watch list.

Officers said they also found a journal with schematic drawings of rooms inside Freedom High School and statements about Cano’s intent to kill specific administrators and any students who happened to be nearby next week.

The school scheme was mapped out minute-by-minute and he wanted to cause more casualties than the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, which killed 13 before the two shooters killed themselves, police Chief Jane Castor said.

Hackers release BART information

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – A hacker group broke into a Bay Area Rapid Transit police union website Wednesday and released names, home addresses, email addresses and the personal passwords of 102 officers in the second cyber attack against the transit system in a week.

BART and the police union confirmed the cyber attack and criticized it as jeopardizing the security of police officers, who guard their home addresses carefully.

The FBI is investigating the case that appears to ramp up conflicts between BART and hackers upset over the transit agency’s Aug. 11 decision to shut off cellphone service in stations to thwart a planned protest.

Tweet won’t result in charges

LOS ANGELES – The Game will not face criminal charges after a tweet from the rapper’s account incited a telephone flash mob that jammed the emergency phone system at one of the busiest stations of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, the agency said Wednesday.

Capt. Mike Parker said the department decided to drop the matter after conducting an investigation and consulting with the district attorney’s office. He also welcomed an apology the rapper made to the department.

“His willingness to help share with the media and the community that the safety of the public is what is most important is a great message,” Parker said in a statement.

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