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Japanese Girl Charged With Decapitating Friend

Police not revealing suspect's name because she's a minor

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Japanese girl described by friends as emotionally unstable has been charged with bludgeoning and decapitating a 15-year-old friend, telling police "I did it all by myself," the Japan News reports. The body of Aiwa Matsuo was found early yesterday in the suspect’s Sasebo apartment, where... More »

Black Boxes: MH17 Downed by 'Explosive Decompression'

Missile 'did what it was designed to do'

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes have revealed that the plane was brought down by a "massive explosive decompression” after its fuselage was pierced by shrapnel from a missile explosion, a Ukrainian security spokesman tells the AP . "It did what it was designed to do—bring down... More »

Regulators Take Stern Look at Facebook Study

As Cornell clarifies its involvement

(Newser) - Facebook's controversial emotional manipulation study has users outraged and, at least in Europe, regulators are responding. The study has prompted "several" European data protection agencies, including Britain's Information Commissioner's Office and Ireland's Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, to look into whether Facebook broke privacy... More »

Phil Mickelson, Carl Icahn Face Trading Probe

Sports bettor Billy Walters also caught up in investigation

(Newser) - An unusual trio of public figures is raising federal eyebrows in an insider-trading investigation. The FBI and SEC are looking into whether billionaire investor Carl Icahn might have passed information to Billy Walters, an expert bettor on sports, the Wall Street Journal reports. Officials wonder if, in turn, Walters may... More »

FBI Probes Herbalife Pyramid Scheme Allegations

Hedge fund manager made accusation in 2012

(Newser) - In December 2012, a hedge fund manager accused nutrition company Herbalife of being a pyramid scheme; now, the FBI is investigating. The criminal probe comes on top of civil investigations from multiple agencies, including the Federal Trade Commision, the Financial Times reports—though no charges have been filed. Following news... More »

Reporter Unmasks the 'Father of Bitcoin'

Leah McGrath Goodman: Satoshi Nakamoto is ... 64-year-old Satoshi Nakamoto

(Newser) - Satoshi Nakamoto: It's the name of the "father of Bitcoin," and it's been rumored to be everything from a pseudonym to a cipher. According to investigative journalist Leah McGrath Goodman, Satoshi Nakamoto is ... Satoshi Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese-American man with an estimated $400 million Bitcoin fortune... More »

Benghazi Attack Didn't Involve al-Qaeda: Report

Anti-Islam video did help spark violence: NYT investigation

(Newser) - A major New York Times investigation sheds new light on the debate over the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Initially, officials' accounts suggested an anti-Islam video had sparked the violence on Sept. 11, 2012, but Republicans have argued that al-Qaeda was involved, citing a " cover-up ."... More »

New Crime-Fighting Tool: Photos of Victims' Eyes?

We might see reflected images of the criminals, say researchers

(Newser) - Humans are extremely good at identifying faces, even when they're tiny—and that fact could help police solve future crimes. Researchers showed 32 participants high-resolution photo portraits of faces, and the participants were asked to identify people reflected in the subjects' pupils—often the photographer or someone standing next... More »

FBI Nabs 18 Sheriff's Deputies for Jail Abuse

Jailers allegedly caught and grilled federal informant

(Newser) - The FBI is arresting 18 former and current LA county sheriff's deputies today following a 2-year investigation into abuse and corruption at Los Angeles County jails, NBC News reports. According to a criminal complaint and four grand jury indictments, officers beat and held inmates without justification, and conspired to... More »

FBI Can Use Suspects' Laptop Cameras— With the Light Off

Bureau develops malware for targets' computers

(Newser) - If the FBI wants dirt on a suspect, agents are capable of turning on his laptop's webcam—without him knowing. The light won't go on, Gizmodo reports, based on a Washington Post piece. The technique, available to the bureau for years, is mostly used to fight terror or... More »

Florida Cops' Coke Scheme Undone by Newspaper

Sunrise locals upset about criminals police 'brought to our city'

(Newser) - Police in Sunrise, Fla., spent years luring drug buyers into town before arresting them—and making a bundle in the process, according to an investigative report by the South Florida Sun Sentinel . The operation has since been stopped, thanks to the paper's revelations, which ran last week and shed... More »

FBI: We Couldn't Have Stopped Boston Bombings

Internal reviews find laws and protocols prevented deeper investigation

(Newser) - Even though a tip put Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the FBI's sights prior to the Boston Marathon bombings, there was essentially nothing the agency could have done to prevent the attack, the bureau has determined. A number of internal reviews zeroed in on how a 2011 request from Russia, which... More »

Cops Won't Run Coaster Death Investigation

Six Flags running own investigation

(Newser) - Don't expect an independent probe into the death of a woman on Six Flags' Texas Giant roller coaster : The amusement park is conducting its own investigation, the Dallas Morning News reports. Since the death is seen as accidental, police and fire authorities aren't likely to dig deep on... More »

Judge: Don't Touch Philly Collapse Site

Women injured in the incident want to sue

(Newser) - A Philadelphia judge has ordered the site of this week's horrific building collapse preserved, so that experts can comb it for evidence. And the city should keep any debris removed from the site available for inspection as well, the judge said. The order comes in response to an emergency... More »

Clue in Colorado DOC Chief Murder: 'Boxy' Car

Police still have no suspects, motive

(Newser) - Colorado is reeling in the fatal shooting of corrections head Tom Clements, and police are scrambling to come up with either suspect or motive. Fearing additional attacks, the state is ramping up security measures for Gov. John Hickenlooper, lawmakers, and other officials, the Denver Post reports. Police aren't sure... More »

Menendez Facing Grand Jury Probe

Investigation centers on ties to Salomon Melgen

(Newser) - Sen. Robert Menendez is facing a federal grand jury probe amid continuing questions over his relationship with friend and donor Salomon Melgen, insiders tell the Washington Post . Interviews and records show the New Jersey Democrat pushed the Dominican government to follow through on a port security contract with Melgen; Menendez'... More »

Coast Guard: Leak Caused Cruise Ship Fire

Faulty fuel line said to spark fire

(Newser) - The cause of the engine-room fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was a leak in a fuel oil return line, says a Coast Guard official. In a teleconference today, Cmdr. Theresa Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months. She said the Bahamas is... More »

Boeing Investigators: We're Just Stumped

But FAA might let company conduct test flights

(Newser) - Bad news for Boeing: Two months later, investigators are still scratching their heads over those overheating lithium-ion batteries , the Wall Street Journal reports. Their intense investigation, involving the National Transportation Safety Board, Japanese experts, and outreach to the US Navy and Department of Energy, has not added to last month'... More »

Justice Department Opens Inquiry Into HP Unit

Autonomy's bookkeeping under investigation

(Newser) - Hewlett-Packard says the Justice Department is investigating HP's business software unit Autonomy, which the computer maker has accused of fudging its accounting . HP revealed the investigation in an SEC filing yesterday. The technology company also said it provided information to the UK Serious Fraud Office and the SEC about... More »

Dead Spy Locked Himself in Sports Bag: Police

Scotland Yard investigation concludes what inquest rejected

(Newser) - Scotland Yard has concluded that MI6 Codebreaker Gareth Williams probably locked himself inside the duffel bag he was found dead in, sources close to the inquiry tell the Telegraph . Police re-opened the case after the coroner ruled that a third party had likely been involved —possibly even one of... More »

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