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  • Radiation sign on grey wall (photo: Thinkstock)Radiation sign on grey wall. (photo: Thinkstock)

    Two men from upstate New York have been accused of trying to make and sell a portable X-ray weapon that they "intended to sell to Jewish groups or a southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan," and which could be fired at people perceived to be enemies of Israel, the Times Union reports.

    Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, and Eric J. Feight, 54, have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, according to the paper. The two men could face 15 years in prison and $250,000 fines.

    A press release from the Department of Justice explains investigators said that Crawford reached out to Jewish organizations (at least one of which reported his strange behavior to the police) for assistance with the technology involved in making the X-ray weapon. The remotely controlled X-ray weapon they designed would supposedly have been able to deliver lethal doses of radiation to unsuspecting victims.

    The weapon was never operable, according to reports.

    "This case demonstrates how we must

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  • The reconstruction of TWA Flight 800's fuselage. (Daniel Brooks/Epix)

    The producers of an upcoming documentary on TWA Flight 800—which exploded and crashed into the waters off Long Island, N.Y., on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 people on board—claim to have proof that a missile caused the Paris-bound flight to crash. And six former investigators who took part in the film say there was a cover-up and want the case reopened.

    "There was a lack of coordination and willful denial of information," Hank Hughes, a senior accident investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said on Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. "There were 755 witnesses. At no time was information provided by the witnesses shared by the FBI."

    Jim Speer, an accident investigator at the time of the crash for the Airline Pilots Association, who sifted through the recovered wreckage in a hangar, said he discovered holes consistent with those that would be formed by a high-energy blast in the right wing. He requested it be tested for explosives. When the test came

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  • Hastings in Vermont (Penguin/Rolling Stone)

    Michael Hastings, the award-winning journalist whose explosive 2010 Rolling Stone profile of U.S. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal ("The Runaway General") led to McChrystal's resignation, died Tuesday in an early morning car accident in Los Angeles, the magazine said. He was 33.

    "Hard-charging, unabashedly opinionated, Hastings was original and at times abrasive," Rolling Stone, where he was a contributing editor, said in an obituary. "He had little patience for flacks and spinmeisters and will be remembered for his enthusiastic breaches of the conventions of access journalism."

    Hastings, who covered the 2008 presidential election for Newsweek, was hired by Buzzfeed last spring to cover President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

    "We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone," Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith said in a statement. "Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his

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  • Van Gaal 'very irritated' by Giggs rift talk
    Van Gaal 'very irritated' by Giggs rift talk

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on Thursday angrily rejected media speculation that there is a rift between him and assistant manager Ryan Giggs. Van Gaal reacted jubilantly to Ashley Young's late goal in United's 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park on Wednesday. In marked contrast, Giggs greeted the dramatic winner in subdued fashion and failed to react when van Gaal playfully jabbed the Welshman in the face as he celebrated. The 41-year-old former midfielder has been earmarked as a future manager at Old Trafford and potentially a successor to van Gaal in 2017.

  • Cricket-World Cup India v West Indies scoreboard

    March 6 (Infostrada Sports) - Scoreboard at close of play in the World Cup match between India and West Indies on Friday in Perth, Australia West Indies Innings Dw. Smith c Dhoni b Shami 6 C. Gayle c M. Sharma b Shami 21 M. Samuels run out (M. Sharma, Kohli) 2 J. Carter c Shami b Ashwin 21 D. Ramdin b U. Yadav 0 L. Simmons c U. Yadav b M. Sharma 9 D. Sammy c Dhoni b Shami 26 A. Russell c Kohli b Jadeja 8 J. Holder c Kohli b Jadeja 57 J. Taylor c&b U. Yadav 11 K. Roach not out 0 Extras (lb-5 w-16) 21 Total (all out, 44.2 overs) 182 Fall of wickets: 1-8 Dw. Smith,2-15 M. Samuels,3-35 C. ...

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