The Rochester NY man accused of an ISIS-inspired plot to kill Rochester bar patrons pleaded guilty to a federal crime Thursday. Emanuel Lutchman, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorism organization in front of U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Lutchman faces 20 years in federal prison and lifelong post-release supervision. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 2016. He allegedly plotted to attack patrons at a Rochester bar, the Merchants Grill, on New Year's Eve with a machete and knives that he had purchased from Walmart on Hudson Avenue.
ISTANBUL (AP) — An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a crowded nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations, killing at least 39 people and wounding close to 70 others in what the province's governor described as a terror attack. Gov. Vasip Sahin said the attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club at around 1:15 a.m. Sunday before entering and firing on people partying inside. He did not say who may have carried out the attack.
"Unfortunately (he) rained bullets in a very cruel and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New Year's and have fun," Sahin told reporters. Private NTV news channel said the assailant entered the Reina nightclub, in Istanbul's Ortakoy district, dressed in a Santa Claus outfit. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the man was still on the run, adding: "efforts to find the terrorist are continuing."
"Our security forces have started the necessary operations. God willing he will be caught in a short period of time," the minister said. At least 15 of the dead were foreign nationals, Soylu said, without providing information on their nationalities. Five of the victims were identified as Turkish nationals while authorities were still trying to identify the rest of the victims. At least 69 people were being treated in hospitals, four in serious condition, Soylu said. Three or four of the Turkish victims may have been employees at the nightclub, he said. "This was a massacre, a truly inhuman savagery," Soylu said.
Orlando, Florida (CNN)An American-born man who'd pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 49 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation's worst terror attack since 9/11, authorities said.
* The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida, was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 but was not found to be a threat, the FBI said.
* Mateen called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers, according to a U.S. official.
* Orlando police shot and killed Mateen.
Mateen carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2 a.m. Sunday and started shooting, killing 49 people and wounding at least 53, officials said. After a standoff of about three hours, while people trapped inside the club desperately called and messaged friends and relatives, police crashed into the building with an armored vehicle and stun grenades and killed Mateen.
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