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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a news writer for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett and interned at The L Magazine. At New York University she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, The Washington Square News. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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A bomb squad was standing by Wednesday as San Diego police searched the apartment of a man who allegedly made death threats at a local mosque during Ramadan, the U-T San Diego reported

Police Capt. Brian Ahearn told the newspaper that no weapons or explosives were found in Larry Michael Rodgers' apartment.

Rogers allegedly walked into the Islamic Center of San Diego Monday before daily prayers and said "I'm going to kill all of you" as he left the mosque, according to the U-T. Imam Taha Hassane told the newspaper that Rogers called the congregants "terrorist rats."

Rogers was to be arraigned on suspicion of making terrorist threats Wednesday afternoon, according to the U-T.

A Mississippi boy died Wednesday after another child accidentally shot him in the head, TV station WDAM reported.

Copiah County Undersheriff Derrick Cubit told WDAM that the boy, 9, was in a home with two of his cousins when one child found a gun in the bedroom and fired it, hitting the boy above his right eyebrow. Adults were reportedly in another room of the house eating when the gun went off, according to WDAM.

The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, who published several articles about National Security Agency surveillance programs based on information leaked by fugitive former security contractor Edward Snowden, has struck a deal with publisher Metropolitan Books to pen a book on NSA surveillance, the Atlantic Wire reported Thursday.

An announcement from Metropolitan Books said that the book will contain "new revelations exposing the extraordinary cooperation of private industry," according to the Atlantic Wire.

Greenwald's NSA tell-all is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

A woman has come forward to a San Diego news outlet for the first time to say that she was sexually harassed by Mayor Bob Filner -- when Filner was still a congressman.

"He is abusing his power and when he came out and did a DVD saying he is sorry and he had an apology and he would take a harassment class," the woman told San Diego TV station KGTV in an interview posted Wednesday. "It goes much, much further than that and that's what made me decide to talk to you about this."

The woman, who was only shown in silhouette, told KGTV that she lobbied Filner on behalf of California's Association of Realtors while he was a congressman. KGTV protected her identity because she feared repercussions.

She said that she felt violated when Filner would touch her inappropriately while photos were taken in his office.

"The first time I stood next to him in a photo he kind of rubbed the shoulders and up and down the back," she said. "It would go to where he would caress on the bottom and up the shoulders."

Watch the full interview below, courtesy of KGTV: 

This post has been updated.

The South African government said that hospitalized former President Nelson Mandela's health is "steadily improving" as he celebrates his 95th birthday Thursday, Reuters reported.

"His doctors have confirmed that his health is steadily improving," South African President Jacob Zuma's office said in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.

"On behalf of government and all the people of South Africa, we wish Madiba a joyous 95th birthday," the statement continued.

Mandela has been hospitalized for more than a month due to a recurring lung infection.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday said their thoughts were with civil rights icon Nelson Mandela and his family on the occasion of the former South African president's 95th birthday. 

"Our family was deeply moved by our visit to Madiba’s former cell on Robben Island during our recent trip to South Africa, and we will forever draw strength and inspiration from his extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility," the Obamas said in a statement.

"On Nelson Mandela International Day, people everywhere have the opportunity to honor Madiba through individual and collective acts of service.  Through our own lives, by heeding his example, we can honor the man who showed his own people - and the world - the path to justice, equality, and freedom," the statement continued.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday dodged questions on a potential Olympic boycott should Russia offer asylum to fugitive security contractor Edward Snowden. 

"The Olympics are a long way off," Carney said in a press briefing.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) had suggested Tuesday that the U.S. boycott the 2014 winter games in Sochi to send an "unequivocal signal" to Russia that offering Snowden asylum would be a breach of the law.

Carney emphasized that the boycott was suggested by a lawmaker, and that the U.S. is focused on resolving the matter by working with Russia through typical law enforcement channels. When asked if the boycott was a bad idea, he said "yes."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) disagreed with Graham's suggested boycott Wednesday, saying the idea was "dead wrong."

Asiana Airlines will not follow through with legal action it threatened against an Oakland TV station that aired false and racially offensive names of pilots involved in the San Francisco plane crash, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

The airline said that although the racially charged names "profoundly disparaged Asiana, its employees and all Asians," it would ultimately not take legal action, according to the Times.

"Asiana Airlines, however, has decided to not pursue legal action as a result of a public apology by KTVU for the report in question and its determination to keep all of its resources dedicated to caring for the passengers and family members of Asiana flight 214 and supporting the investigation into the cause of the accident," a statement from the company read, as quoted by the Times.

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