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Former Home Depot employee gets 30 years for plans to set off bombs in stores

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former Home Depot employee was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for threatening to set off pipe bombs in some of the chain’s suburban New York stores in an attempt to extort money from the retailer, his trial attorney said on Saturday.

Daniel Sheehan, 52, of Deer Park, New York was convicted in 2013 of threatening to explode the bombs on the day after Thanksgiving Day the previous year, according to his trial attorney Leonard Lato.

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So-called Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Prosecutors said Sheehan tried to extort $2 million from The Home Depot by planting a pipe bomb in its Huntington, New York store and threatening to plant three more in other stores, forcing them to close, if the money was not paid.

U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley in Central Islip, New York sentenced Sheehan to 30 years and one month in prison on Friday, Lato said. The 30 years were mandatory under federal law for a conviction of using a destructive device in the commission of a felony, he said.

The judge said he would determine later how much money Sheehan owes Home Depot for security and other costs connected to the failed plot, according to Lato, who Sheehan dismissed as his attorney following the verdict.

Prosecutors said Home Depot estimated spending about $1.5 million for security guards, bomb-sniffing dogs and other protection measures.

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Sheehan earlier turned down a plea deal that carried a 12 year prison sentence, Lato said.

(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Stephen Powell)

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A Lamborghini-driving Moscow hacker who called his operation Evil Corp and has ties to the FSB Russian intelligence service was indicted by US authorities Thursday for the cybertheft of tens of millions of dollars.

An indictment unsealed in Pittsburgh named Maksim Yakubets and his Evil Corp partner Igor Turashev as the main figures in a group which inserted malware on computers in dozens of countries to steal more than $100 million from companies and local authorities.

The indictment was accompanied by sanctions from the US Treasury on the two men, as well as the announcement of a $5 million reward toward Yakubets' arrest and conviction -- the highest reward ever offered for a cybercriminal.

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‘You’re a damn liar’: Joe Biden goes off on Iowa voter for attacking his son’s work in Ukraine

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As House Democrats move closer to indicting President Donald Trump on articles of impeachment, many Trump supporters continue to insist that Trump did nothing wrong when, on July 25, he tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Moreover, some impeachment critics still claim that an investigation of the Bidens’ activities in Ukraine is warranted. The Bidens’ connection to Ukraine was brought up this week by a man at a Joe Biden campaign event in Iowa — and the former vice president and U.S. senator from Delaware wasted no time calling him out.

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Ukrainians aren’t happy about Rudy Giuliani’s surprise visit to ‘destroy’ Dems’ impeachment efforts: report

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President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, made a surprise visit to Ukraine's capital this week with his "shady band of conspiracy theorists," BuzzFeed News reports, and people are not happy about his arrival.

Giuliani's visit comes as Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky prepares to enter into peace talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin and as Ukrainians looks to distance themselves from the fact that their country is a key factor in the impeachment proceedings playing out in D.C. As BuzzFeed News points out, Giuliani is in the country to do research for a pro-Trump documentary that aims to "destroy" the Democrats' impeachment effort.

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