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Man Who Killed TSA Officer, Wounded 3 Others Pleads Guilty to Avoid Death Penalty

Paul Ciancia

Paul Ciancia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 26-year-old man who used a semi-automatic rifle to kill a TSA officer and wound three others at Los Angeles International Airport because he was angry about security checks pleaded guilty to murder and 10 other charges on Tuesday.

Paul Ciancia pleaded as part of a deal with prosecutors that will keep him off death row. Instead, he will face mandatory life in prison, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Federal authorities said Ciancia shot TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez 12 times at a passenger ID checkpoint in November 2013. Three other TSA officers were injured.

Ciancia was captured on security cameras as he stalked his victims.

A note from Ciancia said he was angry with airport security checks.

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FBI-Themed Stripper with Replica Assault Rifle Causes Alarm in Germany

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A male stripper caused alarm in Frankfurt’s red-light district after he was spotted with what appeared to be an assault rifle and bullet-proof vest emblazoned with “FBI.”

“A significant number” of police were called to the area Saturday night, NBC News reports.

Turns out, the 30-year-old Hungarian man was table-dancing and wearing a costume.

The gun was a plastic replica “but had deceiving similarities to a G36 assault rifle,” police said.

The stripper was allowed to perform after a delay.

“Prosecutors in Frankfurt now have to evaluate whether the possession of the rifle replica violates German gun laws,” Frankfurt police spokesman André Sturmeit told NBC News.

Man Armed with Loaded Rifle, Machete, Gas Arrested for Threatening to Kill former president George W. Bush

White House photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Armed with a loaded rifle, a machete and gasoline, a man threatened to kill former president George W. Bush and win over one of his two daughters, USA Today reports.

The Secret Service arrested Benjamin Smith, 44,  in New York City after he told agents he was “working on a relationship with Barbara Bush.”

After a 12-hour search, they found Rossi with a loaded .38-caliber rifle.

Police received a tip from the man’s mother after finding a note.

“I’m going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon,” the note said. “I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine.”