Report: ISIS Message Board Offers Bomb-Making Tips, Suggests Attacking Times Square

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Users of a message board sympathetic to terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have posted instructions on how to make a bomb and are encouraging would-be terrorists to attack tourist hotspots including Times Square, according to a report by the news site Vocativ.

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Empty Blue Suitcase Caused Times Square to Shut Down For An Hour

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Not the same blue suitcase that caused Times Square to cease functioning.
Cops shut down a large swathe of Times Square this afternoon because of a suspicious package. A blue suitcase, actually, that had been left in front of the Market Food Court at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Not to worry, because the suitcase was just a suitcase.

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Blog of the Day: "Tourists Thought I Was Da Bomb," The Tumblr

Oh, Tumblr. It's the web service that enables even the most three-toed sloth-brained invalids to - in a matter of mere minutes - set up a blog, start posting on it, cull content, attract reader-submitted content, attract the attention of an agent, and alchemize into a book deal. This likely won't be one of those instances where any money will get put forth anytime soon, but still, it's wonderful.

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Morning Links: Times Square Suspicious Package Watch Continues, Twitter "Hacker" Apologizes, Another iPhone Prototype Found

• Another suspicious Times Square package -- this time a brown paper bag found on top of a pay phone -- caused cops to seal off several blocks along 7th Avenue last night. The bag was determined to contain a metal cooking tray.

• An Afriqiyah Airways plane carrying 104 people crashed this morning while attempting to land at the airport in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. At least 96 people have died. A 10-year-old Dutch boy is believed to be the sole survivor. Terrorism has been ruled out as a cause for the crash.

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Breaking: Yet Another Suspicious Package Found in Times Square

Police have evacuated a small area of Times Square due to a suspicious package. NotifyNYC says there police activity in the vicinity of 46th Street and Broadway; expect street closures in the Times Square area. CNN is now saying the package was found near 45th Street, and NBC New York says police are checking the object, which sources described as a "cooler or lunchbox" found under a bench in front of the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Broadway.

Updated: All clear: The object was a cooler! Full of water bottles. Wouldn't a nice cold beer taste great right now?

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Top 5 Million Things Banned by the Taliban

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Creeping beauties: Taliban get dolled up for the camera
Are we sure that Faisal Shahzad was trained by the Taliban? His skillz weren't mad (as colleague Tom Robbins points out), even if Shahzad himself is. Whether he was on a mission for the Taliban is still up in the air.

If he is a real Taliban, here are some of the 5 million things and activities he can't do or have:

Satellite dishes
Nail polish
Wearing your hair in a "Beatle-y" way
Sewing catalogs
Pig oil

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Morning Links: Arrest in Times Square Bombing Case, More Volcanic Ash, the First Lady's First Tweet

• Police have made an arrest in the Times Square bombing case. Faisal Shahzad, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan who lived in Connecticut, was on board an Emirates flight bound for Dubai when federal investigators and police arrested him. He is expected to be charged today in federal court.

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Mike Bloomberg: Where's the Love for the Alert Street Vendors?

Given how we treat our street vendors in this city (you know, like, ticketing them for taking a piss), this shouldn't be a a big surprise. Mayor Bloomberg treated Officer Wayne Rhatigan, who first responded to the Times Square bomb scare, to a nice steak dinner last night.

But missing from the festivities were the first people to actually respond to the explosive-filled vehicle, before they alerted authorities. Street vendors Lance Orton and Duane Jackson were "inspecting the SUV when they heard several 'pops' that sounded like firecrackers before seeing streams of smoke."

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Times Square Bomb Update, with Surveillance Video of Suspect


The NYPD continues to investigate the failed car bomb found in Times Square on Saturday evening. They have released surveillance video of a "person of interest," a white man in his 40s seen near the bomb scene, removing his shirt.

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T-Shirt Vendor Saves Times Square: The May Day Car Bomb Recap

New Yorkers owe a lot to the T-shirt guy who noticed the smoking car in Times Square last night. It's likely that he saved lives and will forever be considered a hero, that special breed of selfless city-dweller. How does he feel? Pissed, of course!

"I'm fed up," the vendor told City Room. "We've been up since 6 a.m. of yesterday morning." Can't a guy get any sleep around here? "I'm not going to say nothing, I'm not going to say nothing," he told reporters. Throw that on a T-shirt and sell it, dude.

But now that it's morning, more details have emerged in the bomb scare. Here's a rundown, but first more on the star of last night's show. How much is the Post going to have to drop to get this guy on Monday's cover?

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