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    We've all heard stories of students calling in fake bomb threats to their schools in order to avoid a test, a big assignment, or to just cause some chaos. It's been happening for decades. My own high school was a victim of one of these tasteless pranks, which cancelled classes and brought in the bomb squad.

    But in Calhoun County, Illinois, it wasn't a student stupidly suggesting that a bomb was present, but a teacher. Yes, a teacher!

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    If not for one of John David LaDue's vigilant neighbors, the world might have been two weeks away from hearing about another horrific Columbine-like attack. The 17-year-old from Minnesota had concocted an elaborate and terrifying plot to shoot his entire family dead, blow up his school, and kill as many students as he could, before being killed by police. The amount of preparation the teen put into his scheme will astound you. And, if not for one witness, police believe John -- who reportedly admired the Columbine killers -- would have had no trouble carrying out his deadly plan.

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    If you are like me, the most you've ever tried to get past a TSA guard is a few toiletries that didn't fit into the required zip-top baggie. Most of the 638,705,790 passengers don't even try to get a bottle of Evian through these days. The rules are clear and finite. Though not everyone sees it that way. The TSA has shared some of the crazy things that passengers have tried to smuggle in their checked and carry-on luggage. It just may leave you shocked and terrified to fly.

     

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    A bomb went off in a Russian train station killing at least 14 people and injuring countless others. This is the second such an attack in a matter of months on Russian soil. While information is still coming in, Russian authorities believe a female suicide bomber is responsible for the blast.

    With just 6 weeks to go until the Winter Olympics begin in Russia, all eyes are on the nation to see what measures they'll take to prevent something like this from happening again. Video footage captured of this explosion shows its terrifying force. It makes you wonder how it could have been prevented and how the tide of violence in Russia can be stopped. 

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    The bomb threats at Harvard this week turned out to be nothing more than a stressed-out student trying to get out of taking a test. Seriously. The hoax that led to four university buildings being evacuated on Monday was linked back to 20-year-old Eldo Kim, who admitted sending the threats out of “a desire to avoid a final exam.”

    Sorry dude, but it would have been way better to retake the class than to perpetrate a fake bomb scare. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

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    It's getting a bit more nerve-racking to travel nowadays, especially in light of this story, when an airport worker's terrorist plot was thankfully foiled by the authorities. Terry Loewen, 58, was an avionics technician at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas. He was arrested on Friday while attempting to detonate a vehicle that was filled with explosives that he thought were real.

    He seems to have no affiliation with any kind of group, as authorities are calling him "a lone wolf." After trying to open a security gate with his pass and drive a vehicle with explosives onto the tarmac, he was taken into custody. And thank goodness. Imagine the mayhem and casualities that would have been caused had his violent plot worked.

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    Tiger Woods hasn't had a very easy time with his reputation. His Golden Boy image was forever tarnished by a string of torrid affairs with a slew of unsavory women -- some of which were reportedly porn stars. Now divorced and happily dating professional skier Lindsey Vonn, he has to deal with fallout from another humiliating scandal.

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    Stereotype or not, most grooms would rather not have that much to do with the wedding planning process. The idea of signing off on a color scheme or booking a florist sends them running for the hills. That's a reality most brides can fully accept. Until you ask for one simple task, and it turns into a TOTAL fiasco! What one groom from Liverpool, U.K. named Neil McArdle did is a perfect -- albeit extreme! -- example of this.

    The 36-year-old and his bride-to-be, Amy Williams, were planning on getting hitched at the Liverpool Register Office in St. George's Hall in April. The couple had pencilled in a date and were given "right to marry" paperwork to be filled in. But by the day they were supposed to say "I do," McArdle realized he had not completed the forms and the venue was not officially booked. So ... instead of 'fessing up, he decided to call in a bomb threat!

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    By now you may have heard of the "White Widow," a British fugitive and mother of four who is suspected as one of the masterminds behind the terrible Westgate Mall massacre in Nairobi. At least 39 people are dead and more than 300 are wounded. While the 29-year-old woman, whose name is Samantha Lewthwaite, is well known in Great Britain, this is the first time most Americans have heard a thing about her. 

    As investigators continue to question and look into the role Lewthwaite may have played in this tragedy, here are some facts about the "White Widow" that you need to know. 

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    A French woman was fined and sentenced to a suspended jail sentence on Friday, for sending her three-year-old son named Jihad to preschool in an offensive shirt given to him by his uncle. It read “Jihad, Born September 11, I am a bomb.”

    Bouchra Bagour and her brother Zeyad were found guilty of condoning a criminal act, as the shirt obviously recalled al Qaeda’s terrorist act in 2001 that brought down the World Trade Center towers and killed nearly 3,000 innocent people.

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