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Norwegian man arrested in Maine after email threat: ‘Time for more police to die’

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A Norwegian man was arrested on Wednesday after sending emails threatening to kill police in Maine with explosives and high-powered rifles, officials said.

Police departments across the United States are on high alert following attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge last month that killed eight police officers.

Portland police said in a statement that Espen Brungodt, 28, sent the threats to the Portland Police Department and local media outlets around 8:45 a.m. (1245 GMT) on Wednesday and was arrested unarmed and without incident roughly four hours later.

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Police said Brungodt entered the United States on July 26 through Boston and was traveling with family members.

The Portland Press Herald newspaper published online a copy of the email it had received from Brungodt, which stated in part: “Time for more police to die.”

“Very soon, my partners will head down to Portland Police Department … There they will shoot and kill as many police officers as they can,” the message read, according to the newspaper.

The message also said a nearby parking garage had been booby-trapped with explosives.

Police said the threats prompted the closure of the Cumberland County Courthouse after investigators determined the suspect was likely in the area.

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Brungodt faces federal charges related to transmitting threatening communications, Portland police said.

The police statement said local authorities were assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

It was not immediately clear if Brungodt had retained an attorney. A spokesperson for the police department could not be immediately reached for comment.

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(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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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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