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Do you think that Michael Adebolajo has ties to other terrorist orginizations or is just acting on his own?
The cleaver-wielding madman who ranted on camera about jihad, gesticulating with blood-stained hands after a British soldier was hacked to death, was raised a Christian, converted to Islam and radicalized, according to reports.
Acquaintances of Michael Adebolajo, 28, say he is the man filmed Wednesday clutching the bloody cleaver and a large knife like wicked props and screaming: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.”
Adebolajo, a British citizen, and another unidentified attacker are suspected of butchering and nearly decapitating a soldier, identified as Lee Rigby, 25, of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, in Woolwich, south of London on Wednesday. Shortly after the soldier was attacked, the man identified as Adebolajo delivered the devilish diatribe that was filmed by horrified onlookers as the two killers stalked the Woolwich streets covered in gore and shouting terroristic threats.
Read more at the NY Daily News
Woolwich attack: Watch shocking video of terrorists charging at police car to try to kill WPC
Workers cheered and whistled as they completed the spire on New York's One World Trade Center on Friday, raising the building to its full height of 1,776 feet and helping fill a void in the skyline left by the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The spire makes the building the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, 47 feet taller than Chicago's Willis Tower, though it is substantially shorter than towers in the Middle East and Asia.
"I am very happy, but also sad, because why did we have to rebuild this tower? It's a proud day for the city," said Philip English, one of a couple dozen construction workers on hand as the spire was completed at 7:46 a.m. local time.
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It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault. In two precision operations that involved people in more than two dozen countries acting in close coordination and with surgical precision, thieves stole $45 million from thousands of A.T.M.'s in a matter of hours.
In New York City alone, the thieves responsible for A.T.M. withdrawals struck 2,904 machines over 10 hours starting on Feb. 19, withdrawing $2.4 million.
The operation included sophisticated computer experts operating in the shadowy world of Internet hacking, manipulating financial information with the stroke of a few keys, as well as common street criminals, who used that information to loot the automated teller machines.
Read more at the NY Times
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney this morning joined in calls for the resignation of Newark Archbishop John J. Myers over his supervision of a priest who violated a lifetime ban on working with children.
Sweeney (D-Gloucester) joins Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) in seeking Myers' ouster. Advocates for victims of sexual abuse also have demanded Myers step down.
While politicians rarely venture into the affairs of the Roman Catholic church, let alone demand the resignation of an archbishop, Myers' handling of the Rev. Michael Fugee has drawn sharp criticism from across the country.
Read more at NJ.com