National News Brief: Terrorist wanted, sea turtles, Gavin Smith’s murder suspect charged


Alleged terrorist recruiter from Virginia placed on FBI’s Most Wanted list

Liban Haji Mohamed, a 29-year-old former taxi driver from northern Virginia, was added Thursday to the FBI’s Most Wanted terrorist list. An arrest warrant was placed on Mohamed with allegations of recruiting individuals for al-Shebab, a terror group in Somalia. The FBI labeled Mohamed as one of the 31 people on the list because of his key knowledge of the Washington, D.C. area’s infrastructure and government buildings. This is information he could use to help al-Shabab plan an attack on U.S. soil. He is pending charges for providing material support to both Al Qaeda and al-Shabab. There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to Mohamed’s arrest and conviction.

Sea turtles stranded by unusually cold temperatures rescued and released

Nearly two dozen Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, an endangered species, that were stranded last November and December off the coast of Massachusetts have successfully completed rehabilitation. The turtles were labeled “cold-stunned,” a condition the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration describes as a drastic slowing of the turtles’ circulatory systems that inhibits functioning. On a sunny day with temperatures in the 70s, the now healthy turtles were released into the Gulf of Mexico to their natural habitat.

Suspect charged in murder of former UCLA basketball player and Fox executive Gavin Smith

A convicted drug dealer has been charged in the murder of Gavin Smith, a former UCLA basketball player and 20th Century Fox film executive, who went missing a little more than two years ago. John Creech, the 42-year-old charged with Smith’s murder, is currently serving a jail sentence from previous charges of dealing controlled substances. After hikers discovered Smith’s remains in a remote area of Palmdale, California, authorities discovered Smith’s missing black Mercedes-Benz in a storage unit linked to Creech. If convicted, Creech faces 25 years to life in prison.

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