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VT Killer Planned to Kill Pop Star: Russell Contreras of the Associated Press reports convicted killer Dana Martin devised a plan to kill four individuals, including pop-star Justin Bieber and his bodyguard, and to castrate the other two. Martin, who is serving two life terms for the 2000 killing a 15-year-old girl in Vermont, is infatuated with Bieber.  After receiving no answers from his many letters to  Bieber, Martin recruited a man he met in prison and his nephew to kill the singer. The pair, Mark Staake and Tarrer Ruane were on their way to New York when they made a wrong turn in Vermont and ended up in Canada. Staake had an outstanding warrant and was arrested. Investigators found details of the plot and a drawing of Bieber in Ruane's vehicle. Staake and Ruane are facing multiple charges, including conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

CODIS IDs 10,000 Suspects in TX Cold Cases: Maurice Chammah of the Texas Tribune reports 10,000 suspects in cold cases have been identified in Texas using the FBI's Combined DNA Index System database. In Texas, all juveniles, sex offenders, and felons must provide a DNA sample. DNA in new cases is then run through CODIS and investigators are alerted if the DNA is a match to anyone who has been previously convicted of a crime. Since 1996, CODIS has analyzed more than 660,000 samples of DNA.

In FL About 1M Can Carry Concealed Weapons: Michael Peltier of Reuters reports almost one million Florida residents have active concealed weapon licenses. Florida has the most registered gun owners of any state in the nation. More than two million have been issued since 1987, with only 0.3 percent revoked.

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