Eavesdropping In: Jihadist Death Threats On David Letterman; Abercrombie Stock Plunges From "Jersey Shore" Sitch; Obama Calls For Syria's Assad To Step Down; The Game's In The Clear; TSA's New Small Talk Security Program

by Emily Green · August 18, 2011

FBI investigates death threats against David Letterman that describe him as a "lowly Jew" (even though he's not a member of the tribe) on an extremist website frequented by Al-Qaeda. [KTLA]

Abercrombie & Fitch stock plunges after the "Jersey Shore" cast reacts negatively on Twitter to their offer to pay The Situation a substantial fee to not wear the brand. [KABC]

After refusing to implement democratic reforms, President Obama joins other world leaders in a call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, imposes bans on U.S. business with Syria. [HuffPo]

The Game is cleared of possible criminal charges for that Tweet prank with the Compton Sheriff's Station's phone number that caused their lines to flood with calls. [TMZ]

TSA launches new behavior-detection program where officers at terminals engage passengers in casual chitchat to try and feel out suspicious behavior of those who pose a security threat. [LATimes]