iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Federal authorities have arrested two women who were allegedly planning to detonate a bomb in the New York City area after being radicalized by ISIS, ABC News has learned.

The public was never in danger, as it was all part of a lengthy undercover FBI operation. The women were allegedly looking to build an improvised explosive device, but it’s unclear how far along their plan had reached.

The women — in their 20s and 30s — were arrested earlier Thursday in New York, and authorities are convinced ISIS propaganda and their alleged online activities contributed to their ultimate shift toward violence, ABC News was told.

Such arrests tied to ISIS have become a regular occurrence recently.

Last week, two cousins were arrested in Chicago — one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard — for allegedly trying to launch attacks in the U.S. and overseas on behalf of ISIS. They were also nabbed in an FBI undercover operation, and both men had been under FBI surveillance for months, federal authorities said.

The week before, a former U.S. Air Force veteran was indicted by federal authorities for allegedly trying to join ISIS. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, who is from New Jersey and had been living overseas for years, was secretly arrested two months ago after being deported back to the United States.

On his laptop, FBI agents allegedly discovered more than 180 jihadist propaganda videos and noticed he had been conducting online searches for such phrases as “borders controlled by Islamic state,” “kobani border crossing,” and “who controls kobani.”

Last month, three New York City men were arrested on charges they allegedly conspired to join ISIS but also expressed willingness to carry out attacks on the terror group’s behalf in the United States. The men had planned to travel to the Middle East and had also pledged to launch attacks in this country, including one on President Obama or planting a bomb in Coney Island, Brooklyn, federal officials said.

Over the past 18 months, about 30 people have been charged with joining terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq or trying to do so.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Federal authorities have arrested two women who were allegedly planning to detonate a bomb in the New York City area after being radicalized by ISIS, ABC News has learned.

The public was never in danger, as it was all part of a lengthy undercover FBI operation. The women were allegedly looking to build an improvised explosive device, but it’s unclear how far along their plan had reached.

The women — in their 20s and 30s — were arrested earlier Thursday in New York, and authorities are convinced ISIS propaganda and their alleged online activities contributed to their ultimate shift toward violence, ABC News was told.

Such arrests tied to ISIS have become a regular occurrence recently.

Last week, two cousins were arrested in Chicago — one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard — for allegedly trying to launch attacks in the U.S. and overseas on behalf of ISIS. They were also nabbed in an FBI undercover operation, and both men had been under FBI surveillance for months, federal authorities said.

The week before, a former U.S. Air Force veteran was indicted by federal authorities for allegedly trying to join ISIS. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, who is from New Jersey and had been living overseas for years, was secretly arrested two months ago after being deported back to the United States.

On his laptop, FBI agents allegedly discovered more than 180 jihadist propaganda videos and noticed he had been conducting online searches for such phrases as “borders controlled by Islamic state,” “kobani border crossing,” and “who controls kobani.”

Last month, three New York City men were arrested on charges they allegedly conspired to join ISIS but also expressed willingness to carry out attacks on the terror group’s behalf in the United States. The men had planned to travel to the Middle East and had also pledged to launch attacks in this country, including one on President Obama or planting a bomb in Coney Island, Brooklyn, federal officials said.

Over the past 18 months, about 30 people have been charged with joining terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq or trying to do so.

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Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will start the season on the disabled list, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed on Thursday.

Ausmus said that he doesn’t expect Verlander to be on the disabled list for awhile as he’s battling a right triceps injury. He’s even expected to pitch in Florida on Sunday.

Verlander was 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA last year and had 159 strike outs.

The former American League MVP was expected to pitch the second game of the year for Detroit.

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Oakland A’s/MLB(NEW YORK) — Oakland Athletics left fielder and leadoff hitter Coco Crisp will have arthroscopic surgery on his elbow and will miss six to eight weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday.

This is not the first time in his career that he’ll be headed to the disabled list. Crisp has made that trip four of his five seasons with the A’s.

Crisp hit .246 with nine home runs, 47 RBIs and 19 stolen bases last season for Oakland.

Crisp signed a two-year contract extension with the club last year and has a club option for 2017.

Oakland is also starting the season without outfielder Josh Reddick, who strained his oblique during spring training.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Sacramento Kings are expected to sign 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract this week, according to ESPN.

Bhullar would become the first player of Indian decent in NBA history.

Bhullar played college basketball at New Mexico State until 2014. He was not drafted and has been playing this season with Sacramento’s affiliate in the NBA Development League, the Reno Big Horns.

“He adds a very interesting dimension to the game,” Kings head coach George Karl said. “And our game is becoming an international game and India is becoming one of the greatest, largest, biggest democracies in the world and I think it’s a good story and hopefully we’ll find some minutes for him.”

The worry with Bhullar has been his conditioning, but the youngster, who weighed more than 400 pounds last July, has lost more than 30 pounds during his time with the Big Horns.

Bhullar is averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game for Reno this season.

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FORT MYERS, Fla.) — In what was seen as a surprise, Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the team announced Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old Vazquez was injured during an exhibition game against the New York Yankees on March 13, while throwing out a runner who attempted to steal second base.

The catcher was given an MRI by the Red Sox medical staff, revealing ligament damage. This resulted in Vazquez meeting with Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on Wednesday. It was then decided that Dr. Andrews would perform the surgery on Vazquez in Pensacola, Florida on Thursday.

The news comes as a surprise to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, who said earlier Wednesday that originally it didn’t seem Vaszquez’s injury was a “high-level concern.”

“Honestly when we did the MRI, we were hoping it would provide peace of mind. It obviously showed something we weren’t expecting,” Cherington said. “My initial reaction was really more for the kid. This is someone, again, who really loves baseball, he loves the position he plays, it means a lot to him to be a catcher, a catcher from Puerto Rico, a catcher for the Red Sox, all those things. So I felt for him. OK, he’s going to miss this time. He’s going to come back, and he’ll play. But I felt for him.”

Despite Vazquez being officially out, the Red Sox will not promote top catching prospect Blake Swihart. The Sox will instead use Ryan Hanigan as their No. 1 catcher and Sandy Leon as the backup.

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Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) — The New York Mets have agreed to a four-year contract extension with center fielder Juan Lagares that will keep him with the team through 2019, according to ESPN.com.

The deal guarantees Lagares $23 million from 2016-19 and also includes a $9.5 million team option for 2020.

The 26-year-old Lagares became the third Mets outfielder to win a Gold Glove last year.

Lagares is from the Dominican Republic and joined the Mets as an amateur free agent in 2006. He has played the last two seasons with the big league club, hitting .262 with eight home runs, 81 RBIs, 19 stolen bases, and a .302 on-base percentage.

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sframephoto/iStock/Thinkstock(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) — The University of Maryland has finished an investigation into an email containing racist and sexist language sent by a student that went viral earlier this year.

The email had been sent to members of the student’s fraternity last year, and according to a statement from university President Wallace Loh, condoned non-consensual sexual conduct. Investigators said that the email, “while hateful and reprehensible,” Loh wrote, “did not violate University policies and is protected by the First Amendment.”

Still, Loh said that the email “is profoundly hurtful to the entire University campus…caused anger and anguish, pain and fear, among many people.” He also said that the email “subverts our core values of inclusivity, human dignity, safety, and mutual respect.”

Loh wrote that the student in question apologized for his actions, saying that he “[regrets] sending that email more than I’ll ever be able to put into words” and that “there is no way to erase this incident or the agony is has caused.”

The student offered to undergo individualized training in diversity and cultural competence and perform extensive community service, Loh added. The student will not return to the campus for the spring semester.

Last month, the Kappa Sigma fraternity acknowledged that the student was a member of their organization when the email was sent. He was later suspended by the fraternity and eventually submitted a letter of resignation.

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DanHenson1/iStock/Thinkstock(KANKAKEE, Ill.) — A convicted murderer escaped from a detention center in Illinois on Wednesday morning.

According to the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, Kamron Taylor, 23, overpowered a correctional officer and took the officer’s keys and uniform at about 3 a.m. Wednesday at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. Taylor is believed to have fled the jail and stolen the officer’s vehicle.

A statement from the sheriff’s department said that the vehicle Taylor is believed to have stolen was located at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Taylor, described as a black man about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 170 pounds, is considered armed and dangerous.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Charlotte Hornets 102 (32-42) – Detroit Pistons 78 (29-46)

San Antonio Spurs 103 (49-26) – Orlando Magic 91 (22-53)

Washington Wizards 106 (42-33) – Philadelphia 76ers 93 (18-58)

Boston Celtics 100 (34-41) – Indiana Pacers 87 (32-43)

Brooklyn Nets 100 (34-40) – New York Knicks 98 (14-61)

Houston Rockets 115 (51-24) – Sacramento Kings 111 (26-48)

Milwaukee Bucks 95 (37-38) – Chicago Bulls 91 (45-30)

Toronto Raptors 113 (45-30) – Minnesota Timberwolves 99 (16-59)

Dallas Mavericks 135 (46-29) – Oklahoma City Thunder 131 (42-33)

NHL: Buffalo Sabres 4 (22-47-8; 52pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (29-43-6; 64pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (30-29-17; 77pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (42-23-11; 95pts)

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