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By Jon Herskovitz and David Schwartz GARLAND, Texas/PHOENIX (Reuters) - Federal agents for years monitored one of the two gunmen who were shot dead after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. Two government sources who asked not to be named said the shooters were roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, of Phoenix. Court documents show that Simpson had been under surveillance since 2006 and was convicted in 2011 of lying to FBI agents over his desire to join violent jihad in Somalia. FBI agents and police searched the two men's home at the Autumn Ridge Apartments in north-central Phoenix, cordoning off the complex and evacuating residents for several hours in the early morning.
Vanity Fair on Monday unveiled the first photo of a new villain from the upcoming highly-anticipated "Star Wars" film -- on a day fans around the world celebrate the blockbuster space saga. "Girls" star Adam Driver will portray black-clad baddie Kylo Ren in "The Force Awakens" -- Episode VII of the mega-franchise, which is due out later this year. The upmarket weekly also debuted a picture of Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o wearing motion-capture tracking dots to turn her into the CGI character Maz Kanata, described as a pirate. "Star Wars" has attracted generations of loyal fans ever since the first film arrived nearly 40 years ago, recounting the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Darth Vader.