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Former UMD Students Sentenced For Shooting Threats

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A former University of Maryland student was arrested last March for making threats of shooting rampage.
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A former University of Maryland student was arrested last March for making threats of shooting rampage.

Alexander Song was arrested last March after making an online threat of a shooting rampage, saying he hoped he could "kill enough people to make it to national news."

Police never found any guns in his possession, however, and now, Song will not spend any time in jail.

He pleaded guilty to charges of disturbing the peace at a college, and misuse of telephone facilities, and was sentenced Thursday to three years of supervised probation. Prosecutors say they support the punishment.

Song remains banned from the College Park campus.

Meanwhile, Prince George's County prosecutors say they are drafting a bill to make it a crime to make generalized threats by phone and email.

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At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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