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Baldwin Trial Now Imminent After Judge's Ruling

It's set to start in early July after judge denied actor's request to dismiss the case over damaged evidence

(Newser) - A court ruling on Friday put an involuntary manslaughter case against Alec Baldwin on track for trial in early July as a judge denied a request to dismiss the case on complaints that key evidence was damaged by the FBI during forensic testing. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer sided with prosecutors...

Reward for Info on Missing 'Cryptoqueen' Goes Way Up

Ruja Ignatova is accused of scamming OneCoin investors out of more than $4.5B

(Newser) - A reward for information on one of the few women ever featured on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list has climbed 20-fold, despite claims that the missing "Cryptoqueen" was murdered. Ruja Ignatov, a Bulgarian-born German citizen accused of running a $4.5 billion cryptocurrency scam, has been missing...

Post Office Lets Police Monitor Americans' Mail

Thousands of requests to log the outside of letters are approved each year, per the Washington Post

(Newser) - The Washington Post reports that the US Postal Service allows law enforcement agencies to monitor the mail of Americans—or at least the outside of it—on a fairly regular basis. The postal service has received more than 60,000 such requests since 2015, and it has honored virtually all...

On Terrorism, an 'Unavoidable Conclusion'
On Terrorism,
an 'Unavoidable

On Terrorism, an 'Unavoidable Conclusion'

After 9/11, the 'warning lights are blinking red again': Foreign Affairs op-ed

(Newser) - Both current FBI chief Christopher Wray and Gen. Michael "Erik" Kurilla, who heads up US Central Command, have issued recent warnings on the threat of terror attacks inside the United States and against American interests abroad, and other officials have concurred. The threat level from groups such as al-Qaeda,...

Attending Pride Events? Heed This FBI Warning

FBI, Homeland Security warn that terrorists may target next month's celebrations

(Newser) - Those planning to attend June's Pride Month celebrations should be on the watch for terrorist threats, according to the FBI and Homeland Security. The security agencies warned of the "potential targeting of LGBTQIA+-related events and venues" by foreign terrorist organizations and their supporters in a news release , which...

Columbia Encampment Is Staying—for Now
Columbia Encampment
Is Staying—for Now
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Columbia Encampment Is Staying—for Now

Negotiations extended for 2 days after 'important progress' made

(Newser) - Columbia University gave student protesters until midnight Tuesday to agree to dismantle the pro-Palestinian encampment on campus. Shortly after that deadline passed, student protesters said they abandoned negotiations when school officials threatened to unleash the National Guard. But around 3am, Columbia said negotiations had been extended for 48 hours after...

FBI Code Name for Trump Documents Probe Was a Doozy

'Plasmic Echo' sounds like a prog-rock band name

(Newser) - It's no secret that law enforcement agencies often assign code names to various cases to keep them as hush-hush as possible, but one used for the investigation into Donald Trump's handling of classified documents is a bit of a head-scratcher. The Hill reports that the FBI deemed the...

FBI Will Pay Hefty Price for Sitting on Nassar Allegations

Justice Department reaches $139M settlement with 139 victims

(Newser) - The settlement is even bigger than expected: The Justice Department will pay nearly $139 million to resolve 139 claims over its handling of sex abuse cases involving Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, reports the Washington Post . Victims say the feds were slow to respond to their allegations over the...

US Senate OKs Spying Bill, Despite Privacy Worries

Bipartisan vote gives thumbs-up to reauthorization of FISA surveillance program

(Newser) - Barely missing its midnight deadline, the Senate voted early Saturday to reauthorize a key US surveillance law after divisions over whether the FBI should be restricted from using the program to search for Americans' data nearly forced the statute to lapse. The legislation approved 60-34 with bipartisan support would extend...

FBI Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Bridge Collapse

Investigators looking into whether ship left Baltimore port with known systems problems

(Newser) - The FBI and the Coast Guard have opened a criminal investigation into the deadly collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, report the Washington Post and CNN . On Monday morning, federal agents boarded the container ship that struck the bridge pillar last month. "The FBI is present...

FBI Chief Warns of Potential Attack Amid FISA Fight

After Wednesday's chaos, House Republicans may now see a path forward

(Newser) - FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Thursday of "the potential for a coordinated attack" in the US, similar to the ISIS-K attack that killed more than 140 people in Russia last month. Wray told lawmakers he was "hard-pressed to think of a time [during my law enforcement career] where...

FBI: Idaho Teen Hatched 'Truly Horrific' Pro-ISIS Plot

Alexander Mercurio charged with planning attack on local churches

(Newser) - An 18-year-old planned to storm at least one church in Idaho, "killing as many people as possible" in the name of the Islamic State, according to authorities, who say they intervened to stop him just in time. Investigators arrested Alexander Mercurio on Saturday, a day before he intended to...

Report: Vet Accused in FBI Attack Has QAnon Links

Ervin Bolling, a Trump supporter, spoke of wanting to join militia, according to nonprofit

(Newser) - The Navy veteran accused of ramming the gate of the FBI field office in Atlanta on Monday is a supporter of former President Trump who promoted conspiracy theories related to QAnon and the 2020 presidential election on social media, according to a report. Ervin Lee Bolling, facing a state charge...

Veteran Accused of Ramming Gate at FBI's Atlanta Office

Ervin Lee Bolling faces federal charge

(Newser) - The man accused of ramming an SUV into the gates at the FBI's Atlanta office Monday has been identified as Ervin Lee Bolling, a US Navy veteran from South Carolina. The AP reports that Bolling enlisted in 1998 and served as a submarine sonar technician before retiring from the...

FBI: Airliner's Loss of Panel May Have Been a Crime

Investigation concerns Boeing's deferred prosecution agreement

(Newser) - Boeing skirted criminal liability by reaching a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department three years ago on charges that it had defrauded regulators during the certification process for 737 Max jets. The period much like a probation hasn't quite expired yet, and that could become a problem for...

Indicted FBI Informant Taken Back Into Custody

Prosecutors had appealed release of Alexander Smirnov, charged with lying about Bidens

(Newser) - A former FBI informant who claims to have links to Russian intelligence and is charged with lying about a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Biden's family was again taken into custody Thursday in Las Vegas, two days after a judge released him, his attorneys and court documents said, per...

FBI Director Issues 'Dramatic Public Warning' on China
FBI Director Issues 'Dramatic
Public Warning' on China
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FBI Director Issues 'Dramatic Public Warning' on China

Christopher Wray says hackers are targeting America's infrastructure

(Newser) - FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday issued what CNN calls a "dramatic public warning" about the cyberthreat posed by China, specifically to US infrastructure. Appearing before the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, he said Chinese hackers are going after the things that keep us "safe...

Judge Rips FBI in Freeing 'Newburgh Four' Defendant

James Cromitie was too clueless to be a leader of terrorists, ruling says

(Newser) - A man convicted in a post-9/11 terrorism sting was ordered freed from prison by a judge who criticized the FBI for relying on an "unsavory" confidential informant for an agency-invented conspiracy to blow up New York synagogues and shoot down National Guard planes. US District Judge Colleen McMahon on...

Ex-Abercrombie Chief at Center of FBI Probe

Investigation follows allegations that Mike Jeffries sexually abused more than 100 men

(Newser) - The FBI has reportedly launched a criminal investigation of former Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries following claims that he lured male models into an international sex-trafficking ring . The agency has subpoenaed potential witnesses and begun interviews as part of an investigation led by agents specializing in sex crimes, as...

RFK Jr.: Dad, JFK Had to Allow Wiretapping of MLK

Presidential candidate says 'politically' they had to do it

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was defending his father and uncle's approval of the wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr. on the eve of the holiday honoring the civil rights leader. In an interview with Politico while he was campaigning in Atlanta on Sunday, RFK Jr. explained that in his...

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