Robert De Niro, target of pipe bomb, calls on people to vote


Sayoc was arrested Friday at an auto shop in Plantation, Florida. He has a criminal history and has ties to NY, the officials said.

In southern Florida, FBI agents and police swarmed the strip mall in Plantation, where an AFP photographer saw a van covered in blue tarpaulin loaded onto a truck by authorities and driven away. They brought to at least 10 the number of suspicious packages intercepted by authorities this week. One official says it was addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Democratic US Rep. Maxine Waters: Two suspicious packages: one intercepted at a congressional mail-screening facility in Maryland and a second one found at a postal facility in Los Angeles. By the following morning, he'd abandoned that toned-down rhetoric and blamed the media for the discord in USA public life.

Pressed by reporters Thursday on whether there could be a link between Trump's insults of political opponents and the bombs, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders replied, "the president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone no more than (Democratic Party Senator) Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a baseball field practice past year". "We must never allow political violence to take root in America and I'm committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it and stop it now". Very unfortunate, what is going on. "Republicans, go out and vote!".

The arrest came on the same day law enforcement found three more devices - in Florida, New York and California - and capped off an increasingly tense five-day stretch in which at least one explosive device was found each day, putting officials and potential targets on high alert.

Though none has exploded, they comprise one of the biggest bombing threats in the United States in decades. No further details were available about the case.

Trump recently endorsed the body-slamming of a reporter, routinely denounces the press as "fake news" and has leveled toxic remarks in the past against the pipe bomb targets. There is also a notation about the ajudication being withheld. In 2014, he was arrested after stealing copper pipes at a Home Depot, to which he plead guilty.

The Republican president congratulated law enforcement for what he called a "fantastic job" which he likened to "finding a needle in a haystack". Sayoc appears to have pleaded no contest to some offenses. Other charges of larceny, grand theft and fraud soon followed across the southern part of the state. He filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

At least one of the packages passed through a large US mail sorting facility in Opa-locka, Fla., near Miami, according to multiple reports.

Clapper appeared on CNN shortly after news broke a package was addressed to him, saying he felt relief no one was harmed by that device.

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The packages addressed to Biden were intercepted at DE mail facilities in New Castle and Wilmington, according to a law enforcement official who, like others, wasn't authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the devices, containing timers and batteries, were not rigged to explode upon opening.

The packages were in manila envelopes with bubble-wrap interior, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, and each package had six American flag Forever stamps on the envelope.

The parcel intended for Mr Holder ended up rerouted to the return address printed on all the packages - the Florida office of Ms Schultz.

Former CIA director John Brennan, who was the addressee of the pipe bomb sent to CNN, on Thursday assailed Trump for attacking the media.

The stickers included images of American flags, and what appeared to be logos of the Republican National Committee and CNN, though the writing surrounding those images was unclear.

The New York Police Department said they were responding Friday morning to an intersection about six blocks from where CNN is located.

The bombs seized Wednesday were about 15 centimetres long and packed with powder and broken glass, according to a law enforcement official who viewed X-ray images.

FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney would not confirm the origin of the packages Thursday despite reports that investigators believed some came from Florida.

The Secret Service said the Clinton and Obama packages were "identified during routine mail screening procedures" and that neither were ever at risk of receiving them. But they were uncertain whether the devices were poorly designed or never meant to cause physical harm. "There's something more powerful than bombs, and that's your vote". But the components could still provide clues - like the clock and the tape used.