17 Nov '11, 9pm

Man charged with trying to assassinate Obama

Man charged with trying to assassinate Obama

WASHINGTON: A 21-year-old Idaho man who allegedly called US President Barack Obama the "devil" and the "anti-Christ" was charged on Thursday with attempting to assassinate him by firing shots at the White House. Oscar Ortega-Hernandez was arrested by Pennsylvania state police on Wednesday following last week's shooting incident at the presidential mansion in Washington, one of the world's most closely guarded buildings. Obama and his wife Michelle were in California at the time of the incident, and no one was injured. Ortega-Hernandez was charged in US federal court in Pittsburgh, where a judge ordered that he remain in police custody, the official said. He could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. He was arrested at a hotel near Indiana, Pennsylvania, after gunshots were heard late Friday near the White House, about 600 to 700 yards (metres) away on Co...

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