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Pipe bombs planted at RNC, DNC headquarters night before Jan. 6 riot: FBI

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The pair of pipe bombs found at the DNC and RNC headquarters on January 6 were planted the night before the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, the FBI announced on Friday.

In a wanted poster, the FBI said that it has learned new information about the bomber, stating that the bureau now believes the still-at-large suspect planted the devices between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (EST) on January 5 at both political parties’ headquarters.

The bureau has increased its monetary reward to up to $100,000 for information leading to the location, arrest, and conviction of the individual—or individuals—responsible for the placement of these pipe bombs.

The wanted poster, which shows what appears to be a still photo of the suspect from security footage, says the person “wore a face mask, a grey hooded sweatshirt, and Nike Air Max Speed Turf shoes in yellow, black, and gray. The individual carried a backpack in their hand.”

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As the mob descended on Capitol Hill on January 6, the pipe bombs were discovered within minutes of each other around 1 p.m. before they could be detonated.

The bombs were eight inches in length and constructed out of galvanized steel, according to a law enforcement official, CNN reported Wednesday. The devices had been rigged to egg timers and packed with an explosive powder, the official said. Currently, investigators are examining the remains of the bombs at the FBI lab in Virginia.

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Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Buys Entire Texas Town

‘No Plans Yet’, Cuban Says About His Purchase of Abandoned Texas Town of Mustang

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Forget becoming Mayor of a town, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is now the owner of a town.  Cuban reportedly purchased the entire town of Mustang, Texas. The town is virtually abandoned with no current residents, “and it’s been several years since the last two businesses, Wispers Cabaret strip club and Lion’s Den adult bookstore, operated” reports NBC News.

In a brief email explaining the purchase to NBC News on Friday, Cuban wrote “did it to help out a friend. No plans yet!” The town of Mustang is roughly 65 miles south of American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks.

According to Mike Turner, president of Dallas real estate firm J. Elmer Turner, the town had been for sale on the market about four years, listed after the principal owner Marty Price became ill and decided to sell.

Price was an attorney who died this past August; a devoted basketball fan with Mavericks floor seats. “Mark Cuban stepped up, and it was a natural for him to buy it” Turner told NBC News. “With his resources and imagination, I’m sure there are endless possibilities.”

Turner did not reveal the final sales price but admitted it closed last month for less than the $4 million asking price. Jerry Newsom, chief of the volunteer fire department in the neighboring town of Angus, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth “we’re excited to have him as our neighbor here, and we’re excited for the growth and the potential it has.”

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