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Here's Why the FBI Seized NYC Mayor's Phones

Sources say federal authorities are looking into Eric Adams' text messages with Turkey, FDNY

(Newser) - Sources tell media outlets including CBS New York and ABC 7 New York that federal authorities who stopped New York City Mayor Eric Adams on the street and seized his mobile devices last week are interested in alleged text messages between Adams, a Turkish government official, and then-FDNY Commissioner Daniel...

FBI Stops New York Mayor on Street, Takes His Phones

Eric Adams' 2021 campaign is under investigation

(Newser) - After raiding New York City Mayor Eric Adams' home last week, the FBI has seized his electronic devices, apparently as part of a corruption investigation. Agents stopped Adams on the street, the New York Times reports, asked his security team to move away from him. The agents then climbed into...

FBI Chief: Selection of HQ Site Is a Little Fishy

Christopher Wray suggests person who made the final call had a conflict of interest

(Newser) - The FBI is finally getting a new HQ, though a contentious debate is raging over the site selection announced this week . FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that he was concerned about a "potential conflict of interest" in the General Services Administration's selection of Greenbelt, Maryland, a Washington...

Fugitive Jan. 6 Suspect Turns Himself In

Gregory Yetman fled into NJ woods when authorities tried to arrest him Wednesday

(Newser) - A Jan. 6 Capitol attack suspect who took off into the woods near his New Jersey home when law enforcement officers tried to arrest him Wednesday morning is now in custody after a two-day manhunt. The FBI says Gregory Yetman turned himself in to Monroe Township police without incident on...

FBI Investigates Alleged Illegal Donations to NYC Mayor

Investigation centers on alleged ties between Eric Adams' 2021 campaign and Turkey

(Newser) - The home of New York City Mayor Eric Adams' chief fundraiser was raided Thursday as part of a public corruption probe seeking to determine whether the mayor's 2021 election campaign conspired with Turkey's government to receive illegal foreign donations, according to the New York Times . A search warrant...

Home of Fundraiser for NYC Mayor Is Raided

Eric Adams quickly returns to New York City

(Newser) - Federal agents on Thursday raided the home of a top fundraiser and longtime confidante to New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who promptly ditched a planned White House meeting and flew home from Washington. Agents searched the home of Brianna Suggs in Brooklyn, a law enforcement official told the AP...

Report: Peter Thiel Was FBI Informant

He focused on foreign influence in Silicon Valley, according to political activist Charles Johnson

(Newser) - Tech billionaire Peter Thiel has bankrolled Republican politicians who've publicly attacked the FBI, from former President Donald Trump to Sen. JD Vance. It's somewhat surprising then that a new report from Insider alleges he has served as an FBI informant. Alt-right political activist Charles Johnson claims he helped...

Spy Chiefs in 5 Nations Sound Warning on China

Five Eyes intelligence chiefs say Chinese spies are operating at an 'epic scale'

(Newser) - Spy movies have taught us to suspect figures lurking around military bases and federal buildings, yet the focus of Chinese spying in the US looks quite different, according to the heads of spy agencies in the Five Eyes coalition—US, Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand—who gathered for an...

FBI: Violent Crime Is Down, Property Crime Is Up

Violence has receded to pre-pandemic levels, according to agency's annual reports

(Newser) - Violent crime across the US decreased last year—dropping to about the same level as before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—but property crimes rose substantially, according to data in the FBI's annual crime report released Monday. The report comes with an asterisk: Some law enforcement agencies failed...

Witnesses Tell What They Saw as FBI Hunted for Civil War Gold

Elk hunters describe heavily loaded armored truck, signs of a night dig

(Newser) - In the heart of Pennsylvania elk country, Eric McCarthy and his client, Don Reichel, got up before sunrise to scour the forest floor for so-called "brown gold"—a rack of freshly shed antlers to add to Reichel's collection back home. One hill over, a team of FBI agents was also...

Family: Flight Attendant Recorded Teen in Bathroom
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Flight Attendant Recorded Girl, 14, in Bathroom: Family

Police removed flight attendant from American Airlines flight on Sept. 2; FBI investigating

(Newser) - The family of a 14-year-old girl who allegedly discovered an iPhone taped to the back of a toilet seat on a recent flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Boston said they believe she was targeted by a member of the crew, per the AP . During American Airlines Flight 1441 on...

FBI Arrests Man ID'd by Jan. 6 Online Investigators

Gregory Mijares, who wore a gas mask, admitted fighting police at Capitol, affidavit says

(Newser) - An Indiana man who law enforcement officials say helped spark some of the worst violence to take place at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has been arrested almost two years after online sleuths determined his identity and tipped off the FBI. Court records show Gregory Mijares, 41, was arrested...

FBI Renews Its Hunt for 'Wisconsin's State Ghost'

It releases photos of Leo Burt that have been aged 50 years

(Newser) - Leo Burt was 22 when he was suspected of helping to commit the largest act of domestic terrorism at the time: bombing a mathematics center at the University of Wisconsin. The Aug. 24, 1970, attack, thought to be in protest of the Vietnam War, killed 33-year-old physics researcher Robert Fassnacht...

Man Accused of Abducting Woman Tries to Escape: Cops

Negasi Zuberi, 29, now faces new charges

(Newser) - The man accused of abducting a woman and holding her captive in a makeshift cell apparently doesn't like the view from inside his own jail cell. Negasi Zuberi, 29, who is being held in Oregon's Jackson County Jail on a federal interstate kidnapping charge, now also faces charges...

At Least 75 Cops Open Fire During Shootout in Pittsburgh

Officers are all on administrative leave following Wednesday's drama, which left a suspect dead

(Newser) - At least 75 police officers have been placed on leave following a shootout with a man in Pittsburgh who allegedly fired on officers serving an eviction notice. The man died of a gunshot wound Wednesday following a 6.5-hour standoff, but not before hundreds if not thousands of bullets were...

Ahead of His Sentencing, Proud Boy Goes Missing

Christopher Worrell faced 14 years in prison, now has warrant out for his arrest

(Newser) - A Florida Proud Boy convicted of seven counts in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was to be sentenced in federal court on Friday, but it appears that Christopher Worrell had better plans. As NBC News reports, Worrell is missing and now has his very own wanted poster courtesy of the...

Ex-FBI Official Pleads Guilty in Russian Oligarch Case

Charles McGonigal says he's 'deeply remorseful'

(Newser) - A former high-ranking FBI counterintelligence official pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to violate sanctions on Russia by going to work, after he retired, for an oligarch he once investigated. Appearing before a federal judge in New York City, Charles McGonigal, 55, said he was "deeply remorseful" for work he...

Philly DA: Teen Bomb-Maker Was 'Grave Danger to Everyone'

17-year-old nabbed in Philadelphia was allegedly testing devices, communicating with terrorists

(Newser) - A 17-year-old "aspiring terrorist" is facing multiple state felony charges in Pennsylvania after he was found to be communicating with a foreign terrorist group while building a weapon of mass destruction, officials said Monday. At a press conference, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said the unnamed teen "was...

Man Accused of Threatening Biden Shot by FBI Agents

Agency says man was killed when agents tried to serve warrants at Utah home

(Newser) - A Utah man accused of threatening President Biden and other officials was shot and killed by FBI agents hours before the president was due to arrive in the state Wednesday. Officials said the man was killed at his Provo home around 6:15am local time after "special agents attempted...

'Sticky Note Bandit' Strikes a 4th Time in 2 Weeks

Houston suspect left latest bank robbery without cash, police say

(Newser) - The FBI says the "Sticky Note Bandit" attempted his fourth bank robbery Tuesday, but he didn't get away with any cash. Police say the suspect walked into a Bank of America branch in Houston and, as in other robberies, handed a teller a sticky note with a threatening...

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