Sep 16, 2020
Queens man charged after bomb-making materials found after fire
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ASTORIA, Queens (WABC) -- Officials continued to investigate inside a home in Queens, where they say bomb-making materials were found just hours after a fire.
It all started with a fire at around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the home on 19th Street in Astoria.
Fire crews put the flames out, but also took what has been described as an "emotionally distraught" tenant who had burns on his hands to the hospital.
Marak Squires, 37, was taken to a hospital in Manhattan where he was charged with reckless endangerment.
It was hours later when the landlord was examining the damage from the fire and noticed suspicious substances and bomb-making materials.
The materials were not assembled, but there was enough for investigators to want to find out more.
"The chemicals separately are what they are, but taken together they can assemble an explosive device," said Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller. "There were books about military explosives, booby traps and other things."
"What we're looking at here is the totality of the circumstances that raised our concern to a level where we're going to need more investigation," Miller added.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.
Authorities are looking into the mental state of the tenant. Squires has one prior arrest for misdemeanor assault.
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Joint terrorism task force and the NYPD bomb squad responded to the scene.
Police evacuated Astoria Park.
Due to a police emergency please avoid Astoria Park and the surrounding streets.— NYPD 114th Precinct (@NYPD114Pct) September 16, 2020
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Billionaire Gives Away Entire $8 Billion Fortune
Achieving a 38-year Brewsters Millions-like goal, a one-time billionaire declared mission accomplished of going broke, giving away his entire $8 billion fortune.
Irish-American billionaire Chuck Feeney, 89 and in declining health, was the co-founder of retailer Duty Free Shoppers, but he has exhausted his fortune by making decades of secret donations under his foundation Atlantic Philanthropies.
It began in 1982 and ran out of money this week, per the report.
"We learned a lot. We would do some things differently, but I am very satisfied," Feeney told Forbes, expressing pride in "completing this on my watch." "My thanks to all who joined us on this journey. And to those wondering about giving while living: Try it, youll like it."
Liberal activists Microsoft founder Bill Gates, former California Gov. Jerry Brown, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thanked Feeney for going broke for charity.
Duty Free Shoppers Group was founded in 1960, pioneering duty-free airport shopping – ostensibly making him a modern-day Robin Hood, taking from those who can afford to travel and giving it to the needy.
In something perhaps incomprehensible, Feeney is reported to being frugal, not owning a car or a home and having just one pair of shoes. He lives in a small San Francisco apartment with his wife, per BI.
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