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Tamilisa Miner/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- A man allegedly caught researching acts of domestic terrorism and amassing more than a dozen firearms will spend at least two weeks in federal custody, a Maryland federal judge decided on Thursday.

U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, was arrested on charges of firearm and drug possession, but Judge Charles Day said that Hasson’s internet search history, as well as previous letters and emails he had allegedly written, were enough to warrant him a danger to the community.

Speaking on behalf of the prosecution, Jennifer Sykes said that the gun and drug possession charges were “just the tip of the iceberg” in terms of the extent of Hasson’s alleged crimes, indicating that they may attempt to charge him as a domestic terrorist allegedly planning to launch a major attack.

According to court documents filed Tuesday, Hasson was described as someone who had "espoused extremist views for years". In a draft email from June 2017 he allegedly wrote, "I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth. I think a plague would be most successful but how do I acquire the needed/ Spanish flu, botulism, anthrax not sure yet but will find something."

He was found to have been studying the writings of previous domestic terrorists and was particularly interested in that of Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people in 2011, prosecutors alleged.

The defendant also allegedly compiled a list of prominent Democratic lawmakers as well as journalists from CNN and MSNBC. Names on that list include presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris, as well as MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and CNN's Van Jones.

The documents further showed that since 2017 Hassan had compiled 15 weapons, some of which had the capacity for extra magazines, and over a thousand rounds of ammunition. The weapons were found in his home in Silver Spring, which prosecutors say he had been leasing since 2016. Investigators also found over 30 bottles of HGH, human growth hormone, which followed Breivik’s recommendations to bulk up in order to maximize one’s physical strength during an attack.

At the time of his arrest, Hasson was serving in the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and had served in that position since 2016. Hasson also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1988 to 1993 and spent two additional years in the mid-nineties in the National Guard, records showed.

Sykes also revealed that there was video showing Hasson taking those controlled substances while at work.

Hasson’s attorney, Julie Stelzig, sought to characterize the prosecution’s argument as overblown, calling it "histrionic."

"These are very serious words," Stelzig said of the prosecution’s claims that Hasson intended to murder innocent civilians. "Even more extraordinary was the lack of actual substance backing up the assertions."

Stelzig also accused the government of submitting the court filing "in order to bring enormous media attention to the case" and convince the judge that Hasson should be detained and not released.

The defense noted that the charges Hasson was actually facing – possession of a firearm as either an addict or an unlawful user of a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor possession of the synthetic opioid painkiller tramadol, were charges that did not carry the presumption of detention, meaning that the prosecution had the burden of convincing the judge that he deserved to be detained.

Stelzig downplayed Hasson's alleged stockpile of 15 guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition, which were presented as evidence during the case.

"I can assure Your Honor that there are people in many parts of this country with whom this collection of guns would be modest at best," Stelzig said.

She told the judge Hasson's search history did not reflect that of someone intent on committing an act of terrorism, arguing that he had not gathered home addresses for any of the public officials he had listed.

"We are not yet a country that criminalizes people for their thoughts. Even their darkest thoughts," Stelzig said. "We are not yet a country that detains people for their internet searches."

Day based his decision on four factors: the circumstances of the offense charged, the weight of the evidence, some ancillary factors including his otherwise spotless record and service to the nation as a Marine veteran and member of the Coast Guard and National Guard, and the presumption of innocence relative to the government’s assertion that his internet searches show him to be a danger to the community, "which is where the government is laying its hat," he said.

The judge said both the prosecution and defense had made strong arguments but that he took issue with the defense’s suggestion that the prosecution had filed a motion for detention in order to "drum up media interest and potentially to influence this court."

"I don’t know about the former but I can assure you the second is not accurate," the judge said.

He said his ruling – that Hasson should remain in federal custody for at least 14 days – came with a "caveat" that after those fourteen days, if the prosecution has not yet charged Hasson with any of the other criminal activity they alluded to on Thursday, Hasson’s defense would be allowed to return to court and argue again for his release.

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Sushaaa/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A photographer on a quest to capture an image of the elusive world's largest bee found success while retracing the steps of famous anthropologist Alfred Russel Wallace, who jointly published some writings on evolution through natural selection with Charles Darwin in 1858.

Clay Bolt's search for the Megachile pluto began with picking up a copy of one of Wallace's journals, "The Malay Archipelago," which detailed his travels through Malaysia, New Guinea and Indonesia in the late 1800s, Bolt wrote in a blog published Thursday on the Global Wildlife Conversation's website.

The bee, commonly known as Wallace's Giant Bee, has been lost to science since 1981, Bolt wrote. It is "about as long as an adult human's thumb" and "a large black wasp-like insect, with immense jaws like a stag-beetle," Wallace wrote in his journal.

The bee can grow up to 1.5 inches long and can have a wingspan of up to 2.5 inches, according to National Geographic.

 Bolt first caught a glimpse of the giant -- albeit dead -- bee in 2015, when he visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, he said.

"It was more magnificent than I could have imagined, even in death," Bolt wrote.

In late January, Bolt and three others flew to Indonesia because it was the same time of year that researcher Adam Messer last encountered the bee in 1981, Bolt said.

After arriving in Ternate, one of Bolt's guides, Iswan, ended up having a "very sharp set of eyes and a passion for insects," he wrote. The bee, which is known to nest in active termite mounds inside of trees, emerged on the last day of searching on a low termite mound about 8 feet from the ground.

"We immediately noticed that it had a hole in it, like many other nests we’d seen, but this one was a little more perfect," Bolt wrote. "It was very round, and just the size that a giant bee might use."

Iswan then exclaimed that he saw something move, the other climbed up to determined that the they had "rediscovered Wallace's Giant Bee."

"After doing a happy dance, I photographed the bee and shot some video proof," Bolt said. "My goal was to be the first person to make a photo of a living Wallace’s Giant Bee and I had achieved that goal."

Bolt now hopes to work with conservation groups to ensure protection for the species.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Sure, "it's just an honor to be nominated," as many Oscars hopefuls will be saying this weekend, but being recognized by the Academy -- win or lose -- is an easy way for celebrities to scoop up a ton of freebies.

The gifts included in the nominees' SWAG bag this year includes more than $100,000 worth of goodies, according to Forbes -- though Distinctive Assets, the company that packages all the nominees' stuff, stopped counting after 2016, when the retail value of each was clocked at $260,000.

Among the goodies gifted by the company this year, Forbes explains, is a $40,000, 12-night Tanzania vacation for two, and a six-night and seven-day stay at Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu in Kauai, Hawaii.

However, that's not the only SWAG bag in town. Nominees, Oscar attendees, and presenters staying at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles get their own bag of goodies, too, and ABC Radio has learned that in addition to the myriad gadgets and anti-aging creams and other A-List bric-a-brac, included will be a $13,500 VIP "axe-throwing experience" offered by Kick Axe, New York City's first axe-throwing venue.

For that price, one would think you'd get the chance to chuck axes at real-life dragons, though a rep for the company says The VIP experience includes one-on-one training with an "axe-pert," and a private party.

The establishment's founder and owner Ginger Flesher-Sonnier noted in a statement, "We look forward to hosting many of them for a bout of post-award-season stress relief...To be selected to be included as the gift celebrities are given in their hotel room at the Four Seasons is very axe-citing for the growing company."

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Michael Cohen, former personal attorney and long-time fixer to President Donald Trump, appeared on Capitol Hill Thursday for closed-door meetings with the Senate Intelligence Committee, ahead of hearings before various congressional committees next week.

Cohen is scheduled to give public testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday and closed testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday. A source close to Cohen also confirmed he will testify behind closed doors to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear what Cohen discussed Thursday with the Senate Intelligence Committee members or its staff, but meetings like these are commonplace ahead of hearings. Cohen was accompanied by his legal counsel, Lanny Davis.

Cohen declined to comment to reporters, other than to say that the shoulder he recently had surgery on is still "sore."

When asked if Cohen will be coming back to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Davis said "I'm thinking about it."

That committee subpoenaed Cohen last year.

Cohen's testimony was delayed last month, "Due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani," according to a statement from Davis, which included a reference to the president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

But Cohen tweeted Wednesday his intention to testify, saying "The schedule has now been set. Looking forward to the #American people hearing my story in my voice!"

Wednesday's blockbuster public hearing comes at a sensitive time, as Trump will be in Vietnam on the same day meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The testimony and potential for negative comments about Trump could distract from the second meeting with Kim.

"He needs to tell his personal story to the American people," Davis said in a wide-ranging interview for an episode of "The Investigation," a new ABC News podcast focused on the probe that is led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"And when he does," Davis added, "you're going to hear personal, front-line experiences of memories, and incidents, and conduct, and comments that Donald Trump said over that 10-year time period behind closed doors that, to me when I first heard Michael tell me all this, even as much as I knew about Trump that was negative, was chilling."

Davis said that while Cohen cannot talk about subjects vital to the special counsel investigation, he can describe his life at Trump's side, where he spent years as a lawyer and fixer.

He said the issue Cohen "can speak to better than anyone" is Trump's character.

Cohen pleaded guilty in August to six felonies associated with his personal business dealings, including tax evasion and making false statements to a bank, and two felony campaign finance violations in connection with his role in arranging non-disclosure agreements during Trump's campaign with two women who had claimed past affairs with the president.

In November, he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Moscow real estate project that Trump and his company pursued at the same time he was securing the GOP nomination in 2016. Cohen has on repeated occasions scheduled, and then canceled, appearances before Congress in recent weeks.

Due to the recent shoulder surgery, and the appearances before Congress, a judge recently pushed back Cohen's prison report date from March 6 to May 6.

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Wachiwit/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Johnson & Johnson regarding alleged asbestos contamination in its baby powder.

The New Jersey-based pharmaceuticals and consumer goods giant said that it is cooperating with the government inquiries and that it has been subpoenaed.

The investigations were revealed in an annual report for the fiscal year ending Dec. 30, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on Wednesday. It is the first time the investigations were made public.

"The Company has received preliminary inquiries and subpoenas to produce documents regarding these matters from Senator [Patty] Murray, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company is cooperating with these government inquiries and will be producing documents in response," according to the SEC filing.

The SEC and DOJ declined to comment.

The company also addressed the increasing number of lawsuits it was facing from asbestos-related claims, the filing showed.

"The number of pending product liability lawsuits continues to increase, and the Company continues to receive information with respect to potential costs and the anticipated number of cases. Lawsuits have been primarily filed in state courts in Missouri, New Jersey and California. Cases filed in federal courts in the United States have been organized as a multi-district litigation in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey," according to the filing.

Johnson & Johnson "has successfully defended a number of these cases but there have been verdicts against the Company, including a verdict in July 2018 of $4.7 billion," according to the SEC filing. It added that the company believes "it has strong grounds on appeal to overturn these verdicts."

On Thursday, Johnson & Johnson denied that the company's iconic baby powder contained asbestos and maintained it safety.

"These inquiries are related to news reports about the ongoing talc litigation that adversely impacted our share price in late December 2018. The news reports included inaccurate statements and also withheld crucial information that had already been made public in the litigation and in prior media reports. Decades of independent tests by regulators and the world’s leading labs prove Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is safe and asbestos-free, and does not cause cancer. We intend to cooperate fully with these inquiries and will continue to defend the Company in the talc-related litigation," a spokesman wrote to ABC News in an emailed statement.

In December, Reuters published an explosive investigation alleging the opposite.

Through its investigation, Reuters says it counted 11,700 plaintiffs claiming that J&J talc caused cancer — specifically thousands of cases of women suffering from ovarian cancer.

The news agency reported that "an examination of many of those documents, as well as deposition and trial testimony, shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public."

In one of the biggest asbestos-related civil judgments to date, a St. Louis jury awarded 22 women the aforementioned $4.7 billion after they successfully claimed the company's talc powder caused their ovarian cancer.

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TracyHornbrook/iStock(ORLANDO, Fla.) --  Get excited: there's more awesomeness coming to Epcot.

An interactive city will be part of a new play pavilion, with a re-imagined main entrance and experience center, Disney announced Thursday.

The new play pavilion includes an interactive city where games and hands-on activities allow guests to interact with their favorite Disney characters. The new space doesn't have a name yet but will be located under the dome of the pavilion previously known as Wonders of Life (more recently the Festival Center).

Disney did not reveal a specific opening date but said it would be ready in time for the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary in 2021.

The Epcot main entrance will be changed to include new pathways, green spaces and a newly re-imagined fountain. The new design, Disney said, will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements.

Later this year, a new Experience Center will open that will help guests visualize the plans ahead.

The new developments are in addition to the previously-announced Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction in the France pavilion; “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along, also in the France pavilion; Circle-Vision 360 film for the China pavilion and updated O Canada! 360-degree show; a signature dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan; a space-themed table-service restaurant adjacent to Mission: SPACE; and Epcot Forever, a 2019 limited-time nighttime experience over World Showcase Lagoon set to classic Epcot tunes, followed by an all-new nighttime show debuting in 2020.

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Rich Barnes/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Syracuse University men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim accidentally struck and killed a pedestrian late Wednesday night, according to local police.

Boeheim remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, Syracuse Police said in a news release.

The legendary college coach underwent "field sobriety and alco-sensor tests," which "were negative for any signs of impairment," according to police.

Boeheim released an emotional statement Thursday morning.

"I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night’s accident," Boeheim said.

The deadly accident took place around 11:20 p.m., police said.

The victim, Jorge Jimenez, 51, of Syracuse, had been in a car that lost control on the highway, hitting a guard rail, police said.

The car was in the middle of the road when the accident occurred, according to police.

Jimenez and the others in the car with him were walking along the highway when, according to authorities, Boeheim noticed the vacant vehicle and tried to avoid it, according to police.

"As a result, the driver, James Boeheim 74, struck the victim who was standing on the side of the road," according to the police statement.

The coach said he and his wife "extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family."

"Out of respect for those involved, I will not be providing further comment at this time," Boeheim said.

No tickets have been issued, the police department said.

Boeheim's speed was not immediately clear, according to police, but Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick told ABC Syracuse affiliate WSYR the coach was driving at an appropriate speed.

The crash came shortly after Syracuse won its home game against the University of Louisville.

"We are saddened by the death of a member of our Central New York community," Syracuse Athletics Director John Wildhack said in a statement. "We extend our deepest condolences to all impacted by this tragic accident."

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