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Getting Slightly Warmer, Ohio Man Accused of Planning Attack on U.S. Capital, Tax Refunds Could be Late

Getting slightly warmer. (Source: WOIO) Getting slightly warmer. (Source: WOIO)
We're still very cold this morning, but no sub-zero temperatures.  I can't rule out flurries later today otherwise a partly sunny sky.  A cold front tomorrow will bring the risk of snow the first part of the day Friday.  We're above normal this weekend...Around 40!

TODAY:  Clouds and sun.  Flurries possible late afternoon.  Cold.  High: 27

TONIGHT:  Mostly cloudy.  Flurries east.  NOT FRIGID!  Low: 25.

TOMORROW:  A chance of snow.  No accumulation.  Some sun in the afternoon.  High:  26

(RNN) - The FBI arrested an Ohio man who allegedly planned to attack the U.S. Capitol.
Christopher Lee Cornell was taking steps to acquire weapons, planned to detonate pipe bombs and open fire in the building, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. district court in southern Ohio. Allegedly, Cornell researched building plans and the construction of pipe bombs and was saved money to acquire materials.  Officials arrested Cornell, 20, after he purchased two guns along with 600 rounds of ammunition. He paid for his purchase in cash, Fox 19 reports. 
The criminal complaint states that Cornell viewed members of Congress as enemies. 
The complaint goes on to allege Cornell "posted statements videos and other content indicating his support for ISIL … voiced his support for violent jihad, as well as support for violent attacks committed by others in North America and elsewhere." 
Cornell established Twitter accounts under the name Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah,starting in Summer 2014
The suspect told an undercover informant he wanted to conduct violent jihad by killing employees and officers working in and around the U.S. Capitol. The informant began cooperating with the FBI in the fall of 2014 and supplied info about interactions with Cornell.  "[Cornell] wrote on an instant messaging platform … that he had been in contact with persons overseas and he did not think he would receive specific authorization to conduct a terrorist attack in the United States, but state that he wanted to go forward with violent jihad and opined that this would be their way of supporting ISIL. Specifically [Cornell] stated that 'I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything.'"

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans could get their state income-tax refunds later this year because of new security measures aimed at preventing fraud.
The Ohio Department of Taxation says additional safeguards could delay refunds up to 15 or 30 days, and some taxpayers might have to take a quiz for their return to be processed.
Tax Commissioner Joe Testa says the new procedures follow an increase in tax fraud attempts.
The department says it intercepted fraudulent tax returns seeking to steal refunds of more than $250 million last year. That's a spike over the average of $10 million in previous years.
Screening measures include a new filter that will be applied to refund requests to analyze demographic information on returns.
The agency says the new safeguards will inevitably cause some refunds to be delayed.

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