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NYC Couple Arrested for Explosives; Woman Gives Birth in Custody

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A man and his girlfriend, who gave birth under arrest, are facing weapons charges after police say they found a powerful substance used to make bombs and an arsenal of weapons in their New York City apartment.

Morgan Gliedman, 27, and Aaron Greene, 31, were arrested on Saturday in their Manhattan apartment after officers with a search warrant found 7 grams of HMTD, a highly explosive white powder used in bomb making.  Police also seized a flare launcher, a sawed-off shotgun, nine rifle magazines and various how-to manuals on building bombs and booby traps.

"They had a terrorist encyclopedia, they had improvised and modified firearms, deadly homemade weapons, a do it yourself machine gun..." New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Monday.

Kelly was unsure how much damage 7 grams of HMTD would cause.

Potential targets or a motive for having these items has not been determined.  Police say the couple has no known links to any terrorist organization.

Greene's lawyer, Lisa Pelosi, told ABC News her client has entered a plea of not guilty and is being held without bail.  Greene, a Harvard graduate, is expected back in court on Jan. 4.

Gliedman has not been arraigned because she is still in a hospital after giving birth to her daughter, Melanie, while in police custody, according to authorities.

Calls to Gliedman and Greene's family were not returned and police are not granting interviews regarding the case.

Police went to the apartment in Manhattan's Greenwich Village on Saturday morning after they received a tip from a couple Gliedman and Greene invited to their home.  Police said they had been investigating Gliedman for credit card fraud when the tip came in.

Police blocked off the street where the couple lived and the entire building had to be evacuated.

Gliedman and Greene are self-admitted heroine users, according to police.

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Police: Angry Ex-Girlfriend Triggered US Airways Bomb Hoax -- A bomb hoax in Philadelphia that turned a Dallas-bound flight around and led to a full-scale SWAT response was apparently triggered by a spiteful ex-girlfriend who telephoned authorities to say her former beau was aboard the US Air flight armed with liquid explosives, police told ABC News.

According to authorities, Christopher Shell, a salesman in his 20's who travels between Philadelphia and Dallas, had no explosives and is cooperating with authorities.

When asked how Shell reacted when police took him off the plane, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan said at a news conference, "He was obviously very alarmed as I would be if heavily armed police entered a plane to take me off...he was certainly stunned."

However, in an unlikely coincidence, Shell had been sped through security by a friend at the airport and posted a message to his Facebook page that getting through security had been a breeze.

The note would have been innocuous in any other circumstance, officials said. In the context of the phoned-in threat alarms went off and bomb techs, cops, FBI agents and K-9 dogs descended on the flight and conducted a full search.

The ex-girlfriend and a man believed to be a current boyfriend are now in custody, sources said. According to sources, they appear to have perpetrated the hoax bomb threat and are being questioned by federal authorities in Philadelphia. Neither the FBI nor the U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia would comment. No charges have been brought against anyone at this time, sources say.

"This is no joke," Sullivan said. "These will be federal charges...they're going to be very serious charges."

He said authorities did not yet have a motive for the hoax.

"It's just an incredibly foolish and irresponsible thing to do," he added. "And bottom line, it's criminal."

Philadelphia police received a call around 7 a.m. from a person stating that a specific individual had explosive liquid on him and was attempting to get it past TSA and onto the Dallas flight.

Authorities later discovered that the person implicated on the tip call was on the flight to Dallas that had departed at 7:39 a.m. and ordered it to return, according to ABC News' Philadelphia affiliate WPVI.

The man was being questioned, his luggage was searched and no explosives were found. No explosives were found on the plane.

All 69 passengers and five crew members on flight 1267 are safe.

"As soon as we had the situation on the plane secure, I did speak to all the passengers and they were briefed as to what was going on," Sullivan said. "All the passengers were extremely cooperative and very understanding, despite the fact that they were all shaken up."

Philadelphia police officers, FBI bomb technicians and SWAT officers boarded the plane once it had landed and was moved to a safe location. The flight was deemed safe and able to depart for its destination.

"It was a hoax all the way through," one official involved in the investigation told ABC News.

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Georgia College Girl Arrested for Alleged Pipe Bomb 'Hobby'

WSB/ABC News(CORNELIA, Ga.) -- Her father says she's just a daddy's girl with some unladylike hobbies. The FBI and the ATF disagree.

Celia Alchemy Savage, 23, was arrested by federal and local officials after a Wednesday search of her Cornelia, Ga. home allegedly turned up two pipe bombs, a pistol, suspected marijuana and methamphetamine and alleged drug paraphernalia. She is being held on federal weapons, explosives and drug charges, and has been denied bond.

According to the criminal complaint, when an ATF agent asked Savage what there was to do in Cornelia, Ga., she said, "Blow things up." The agent said that Savage also stated that she "likes to blow up toilets in the woods."

Savage allegedly told authorities that "manufacturing explosive devices and detonating them for recreation was her hobby," and that she had built five to seven pipe bombs for fun.

"Savage stated she was aware that it was wrong, or against the law, to manufacture the destructive devices," alleged the ATF agent in the criminal complaint, "but claimed she has a passion for it."

The complaint alleges that the drugs, drug paraphernalia, "numerous pills," pistol and bomb components were found in a bedroom of the residence that Savage described as her "lab." According to the ATF agent, Savage admitted that she had used marijuana "the previous day and methamphetamine two (2) months ago."

A video of Savage blowing up a toilet in the woods can still be seen on YouTube. Savage's father, Tommy Savage, confirmed to investigative reporter Mark Winne of ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that his daughter was the person seen in the video.

Savage's Facebook profile, which is also still on the web, lists "explosives" as an interest, her political orientation as "anarchist" and her status as "Push to test. Release to detonate."

"I despise all law enforcement and any governing authority," she says in her "about Celia" section. "I am not one for selective targeting but mass destruction." Various photos show Savage with high-powered weapons, holding a snake, riding a motorcycle, in a kickboxing stance and posing with her father and a dead animal.

The profile also includes a paraphrased quote from Scott Adams, the creator of the quotes from George S. Patton and U.S. Grant: "There is no problem that cannot be solved by the use of high explosives."

Savage's father Tommy told Winne of WSB-TV that his daughter was a daddy's girl and a church-going college student who is not a member of any radical group. "She likes to hunt and fish," said Savage. "She loves shooting. She goes sky diving. All kinds of stuff like that that you wouldn't really typically think of a young lady doing." He denied that she was a drug user, but said he worried about some of the people with whom she'd been hanging out.

Tommy Savage also said, however, that his daughter shared his distrust of government. "I think everybody ought to be able to set on their property and do whatever the heck they want to," he told Winne.

Tommy Savage declined a request from ABC News for comment. His daughter's court-appointed lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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California Dog Burned by Explosives Reunited with Owner

Dexter the dog. Image: KXTV(STOCKTON, Calif.) -- Dexter, a spaniel long-haired chihuahua mix who was severely injured by explosives that were strapped to his body and detonated, was reunited with his owner, Shukriyyah Albaaqee, after she saw reports of the dog on the news.

Police in Stockton, Calif. responded to reports on Wednesday that an explosive device had detonated and discovered an injured dog at the scene. They then discovered that someone had strapped the device to the dog and set it off.

The dog was rushed to a local animal hospital, where he was given the nickname “Rocket.” According to ABC’s Sacramento affiliate, KXTV, the dog was injured but in stable condition. He had a large, deep wound, roughly 10 inches long.

“It’s quite a miracle that he’s still alive right now,” a veterinary worker told KXTV. “He’s a trouper. He’s a tough little guy.”

Employees at the animal hospital did not believe Dexter was a stray.

Reports of the incident on the news led Shukriyyah Albaaqee to the animal hospital where she provided pictures and home video as proof that Dexter indeed belonged to her.

Dexter will stay at the animal hospital until at least Tuesday while he heals.

RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based on Sacramento, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever strapped the explosive to Dexter and detonated the device.

If you have any information regarding the situation, please contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377.

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Two Service Members in Custody After Explosives Found in Truck

Thinkstock/Getty Images(REDONDO BEACH, Calif.) -- Two active duty members of the military were taken into custody in Redondo Beach, Calif., Thursday evening for having multiple "flash bang" explosives in the back of their pick-up truck, according to officials.

The vehicle was found in the parking lot of South Bay Galleria, a local shopping center.

Redondo Beach Police Captain Jeff Hink told ABC News Radio the military tipped authorities to these men and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's bomb squad was then called in to check out the suspicious devices.

"They're explosive in nature," Hink said, describing the devices.  "But they are like practice distraction devices that the military uses.  There were 10 of them in the car."

"Just like a large firecracker it could certainly hurt you if it went off and you were standing -- holding it or standing right near it," he explained.

The posed danger forced evacuations of nearby stores.

"A couple hundred people were evacuated from a nearby Target store.  There was a Living Spaces furniture store and a Nordstrom Rack that were adjacent to this particular parking lot in Redondo Beach," Hink said.

He said the police department is working with representatives from the military to investigate the matter.  It is unclear why the two men, who have not been identified, were at the shopping center or what their intent was.

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Explosives Removed from Vehicle Near Kansas State Buildings

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(TOPEKA, Kan.) -- Police detained an individual after saying they removed explosives from his pickup truck parked at the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka, Kan.

The Topeka Police and Kansas Highway Patrol removed the devices from the vehicle, according to ABC News affiliate KTKA, after it was discovered parked without a permit Wednesday morning in the complex’s west parking lot.

“With the use of their police robot, they were able to remove several improvised explosive devices from the vehicle,” Kansas Capitol Police spokesman Patrick Saleh said.

However, federal officials described the devices as looking like or being composed of large fireworks -- M100s.

The owner of the pickup truck was taken into custody in a state office building connected by a tunnel to the Kansas statehouse, ABC News affiliate KAKE in Wichita, Kan., reported.

“He was taken into custody without resistance and is currently being interviewed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms,” Saleh said.

The vehicle had Florida paratrooper license plates, according to KAKE.

Saleh said authorities were interviewing the truck’s owner and it was not clear that he would be charged with a crime.

“I won’t know if we’re going to charge him at the state level or they’ll charge him at the federal level, or charges will be filed at all,” Saleh said. “It all hinges on their interview and what their plans are next, at this point.”

Saleh told ABC News there were no apparent ties to foreign terrorism.

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Man Arrested with Explosives at Texas Airport

John Foxx/Thinkstock(MIDLAND, Texas) -- A man tried to board a plane in Texas with explosives on Saturday.

The incident took place at Midland International Airport in western Texas. Authorities say security found explosives on the suspect.

The terminal was evacuated as a result of the investigation. The suspect is currently in custody.

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Napolitano's Future: Airline Passengers Can Keep Shoes On

Digital Vision/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sees the future of American air travel, and it is full of passengers who are allowed to keep their shoes on through security.

"We are moving towards an intelligence and risk-based approach to how we screen," Napolitano said Tuesday, according to Politico, at an event sponsored by the news organization. "I think one of the first things you will see over time is the ability to keep your shoes on. One of the last things you will [see] is the reduction or limitation on liquids."

Airports began demanding passengers remove their shoes for a separate scan after convicted terrorist Richard Reid unsuccessfully attempted to set off explosives hidden in his shoes during a transatlantic flight in December 2001.

"[T]he threat posed by shoe bombs didn't end with the so-called shoe bomber," the Transportation Security Administration says on its website. "Government tests have shown how a shoe bomb could easily slice through metal and potentially take down a plane."

Napolitano said "new technology" was the solution to the current "inconveniences" of air travel security -- such as shoe removal -- but did not elaborate on what that technology was. However, she said that technology does not yet exist that is capable of distinguishing harmless liquids from potential bombs in one, quick scan, meaning it could take much longer to ease the restrictions on liquids, according to the Politico report.

Napolitano's comments come less than a week after Germany declared full-body imaging systems currently in use in some U.S. airports too unreliable to use in their airports -- partially due to what the German government said was a high frequency of false alarms, including the system's reported inability to distinguish human sweat from potentially deadly chemicals.

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks approaches, Napolitano joined the chorus of government officials who said there is so far no "specific or credible information" on an impending attack, but Napolitano warned the symbolic date could be a tempting target for a "lone wolf" actor.

"It's also a possibility that we will have...a lone wolf decide, 'This is a great day to get some attention. I'm going to do something,'" she said.

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Explosives Licensees Warned ahead of 9/11 Anniversary

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(WASHINGTON) -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has sent a letter to individuals and businesses that are permitted to handle explosives in the United States as the 9/11 anniversary approaches reminding them to be vigilant about the security of their explosive products and stockpiles.

A letter was sent last week to the 11,000 ATF explosives licensees and permittees who work with fireworks and commercial explosives at demolition and mining companies.

The letter asserts that while there is no threat information concerning the upcoming 9/11 anniversary, individuals and businesses authorized to use explosives should increase their security measures to prevent theft.

“While the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received no specific threat information associated with the anniversary to date, we encourage you to exercise increased awareness and vigilance as the anniversary approaches. The security of your explosives storage sites is very important, and you should heighten your security precautions in light of the anniversary,” the letter from Arthur Herbert the ATF’s Assistant Director Enforcement Programs and Services stated.

This is not the first time the ATF has encouraged security over explosives. After the 9/11 attacks the ATF pushed to meet with all members of the explosives industry from manufacturers, demolition firms to firework companies.

According to the ATF, more than 85 percent of the explosives used in the U.S. are used for mining operations.

Following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which was caused by a homemade bomb using ammonium nitrate fertilizer, the ATF established a partnership with The Fertilizer Institute to warn the agriculture industry about thefts or suspicious purchases of ammonium nitrate.

Under federal regulations, authorized users of explosives are required to report any theft to their stockpiles and stores.

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Possible Explosive Device on Gas Pipeline Investigated in Oklahoma

Shane Bevel/Bloomberg via Getty Images(OKEMAH, Okla.) -- Authorities are investigating a possible explosive device which was attached to a gas pipe along an Oklahoma highway, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

The device, which a spokesperson for the Okfuskee County Sheriff's Office told ABC News was "the real thing," was discovered Wednesday morning by an official with Oklahoma's native Muscogee (Creek) Nation outside the small town of Okemah and reported to the sheriff's office.

Bomb technicians from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol along with several agents of the FBI and the sheriff's office responded to the report and were able to remove the device from the pipeline to examine it at an "inert" location, FBI spokesperson Clay Simmonds told ABC News.

"They are currently examining the device and, should it turn out to be a legitimate explosive device, they will render it safe," Simmonds said.

Simmonds described the device as small pipe bomb-like, about one foot by one foot with visible wires and a timing device. While the device is still under careful investigation, Simmonds said that the initial impression by investigators was that it could have only done limited, if any, damage to the pipeline.

A highway that runs parallel to the gas pipe has been closed off and is expected to stay closed until the device has been rendered harmless and investigators sweep for a possible second device, Simmonds said.

Simmonds said there are no suspects at this early stage, but the plan is to start that investigation in earnest once the area is safe.

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