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2 charged with setting booby traps on trail

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A deadly booby trap rigged along a popular Utah trail could have killed someone if they had tripped a ground wire set up to send a 20-pound, spiked boulder swinging into an unsuspecting hiker, authorities said Monday. Another trap was designed to trip a passer-by into a bed of sharpened wooden stakes.

Two men arrested over the weekend on suspicion of misdemeanor reckless endangerment told authorities the traps were intended for wildlife, but investigators didn't believe them.

The area is in Provo Canyon, a popular hiking spot a few miles from downtown Provo.

Benjamin Steven Rutkowski, 19, of Orem, and Kai Matthew Christensen, 21, of Provo, were booked in the Utah County Jail and released on bail.


Man admits bomb plot outside Wrigley Field

CHICAGO -- A Chicago man of Lebanese descent pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to placing a backpack he thought contained a powerful explosive device in a trash container on a crowded street outside Wrigley Field in September 2010.

Sami Samir Hassoun, 24, turned and blew a kiss to his family in the courtroom when the hearing concluded. He faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 15.

The explosive device Hassoun planted was inoperable and had been provided to him by undercover FBI agents.

In a detailed explanation of the plot, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Hammerman said that undercover agents repeatedly asked Hassoun whether he wanted to back out of the plot, but he steadfastly refused.

-- Chicago Tribune