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Arrest made in device left at FBI building

DETROIT (AP) -- A man with a history of bizarre rants against the FBI was charged Thursday with placing an explosive outside a federal building in Detroit in a case that has embarrassed the government because a guard took the tool bag inside, where it was left unattended for 20 days.

Gary Mikulich, 42, was arrested 500 miles away in the Upper Peninsula on charges of trying to use an explosive to damage the McNamara Federal Building, which houses the FBI, Internal Revenue Service, immigration court and other agencies.

The tool bag containing a metal cash box was discovered Feb. 26 and brought inside the building, where it sat until March 18 when a Federal Protective Service officer decided to X-ray it. The officer saw electrical components inside and summoned the Detroit police bomb squad, which blew it up miles away in a city park, the FBI said.


One Paul or another may seek presidency

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Rep. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Thursday the odds are better than 50-50 that a Paul will run for president next year, but who would be the family standard-bearer remained unclear. One thing is certain: the younger Paul won't make a bid for the White House if his father, Sen. Ron Paul, R-Texas, tries again.

Ron Paul unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in 2008. Now Rand Paul, the tea party favorite, is being encouraged to jump into the coming political fray if his father sits out next year's race.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., another tea party favorite, is feeling pressure from the political calendar to rush a decision on a White House bid and may announce her intentions as early as May, one of her top advisers said Thursday.


Role in fatal beating brings 32-year term

CHICAGO (AP) -- A Chicago man caught on video jumping into the air and, prosecutors say, landing full force on a prone high school honors student's head during the boy's fatal 2009 beating was sentenced Thursday to 32 years in prison.

Circuit Court Judge Nicholas Ford sentenced Silvonus Shannon, 20, after a hearing during which Shannon begged for forgiveness from the family of Derrion Albert.

The attack occurred during a six-month period in 2009 when more than 20 Chicago public school students were killed, and it prompted the Police Department and the school district to take steps to beef up security around schools.

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