DENVER - Threats made against schools across the country that led to evacuations on Monday could be the latest example of so-called "swatting" against schools.
In recent months, hoaxers playing online games have allegedly used proxy servers and other high-tech identity-disguising tools to anonymously threaten schools online or in phone messages with electronic voices to trigger a huge police response, including SWAT teams.
The latest threats led to the evacuation of schools in Colorado, Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin. Media outlets in the United Kingdom also reported evacuations.
Some officials described Monday's threats as automated, and the ones made in Colorado and Minnesota were received just before noon local time.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker still owes nearly $900,000 on his failed presidential campaign, which ended abruptly last fall.
The campaign has been gradually reducing its $1.2 million debt from the end of 2015. According to finance records, the campaign owed $898,676 at the end of April, down about $50,000 from the previous month.
BALTIMORE - A Baltimore police officer has been acquitted of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died a week after he was critically injured in police custody.
A judge found Officer Edward Nero not guilty of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The judge announced his verdict on Monday.
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