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Police trigger small blast at Colorado shooter’s home

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Bomb experts triggered at least one small controlled explosion Saturday at the apartment of the alleged Batman gunman James Holmes, after de-activating a tripwire, witnesses said.

A small boom could be heard by reporters outside the apartment block, including AFP, where police have been trying to defuse multiple devices since the shooting which killed 12 people early Friday.

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Others heard two or three. A short time later small parts of a blind could be seen floating in an open window on the third-floor apartment, through which police have been trying to determine exactly what is inside.

Five apartment blocks, including the one where Holmes lived, were evacuated shortly after he allegedly opened fire in a crowded theater showing an opening day midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Twelve people were killed in the attack, and 58 injured in the hail of gunfire.

Police announced shortly before the controlled explosion that they had de-activated a tripwire.

“We have been successful in defeating the first threat, which includes defeating the tripwire and the first incendiary device,” said Aurora Police Department spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson.

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“This tripwire was set up to clearly detonate when somebody entered that apartment. It was set up to kill that person. That could have been a police officer executing a search warrant, or anything.

“So this is some serious stuff that our team is dealing with,” she added.

With that achieved, the bomb squad experts are reassessing their next step, she said. A police statement added that, given the number of devices inside the apartment, they are not forecasting how long the operation will take.

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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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