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How an Arrest Ended Secret Talks to Save Peter Kassig

Stanley Cohen feels betrayed after covert operation fell through

(Newser) - For weeks before Islamic State militants released a video showing the beheading of Peter Kassig , FBI officials backed a plan to save the US aid worker. In an exclusive, the Guardian reveals New York lawyer Stanley Cohen—who has represented Osama bin Laden's son-in-law —convinced al-Qaeda-linked clerics Abu... More »

Teen Burned Alive Said Last Words to Firefighters

Hacking group Anonymous says gangs were involved in her death

(Newser) - The horrific case of a Mississippi teenager burned alive has spawned new developments, including talk of her last words, hacks by Anonymous, and the possibility of a mysterious second person. From around the Web:
  • Moments before Jessica Chambers was doused in flammable liquid and set ablaze in her car near
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At Least 3 Shot Outside High School

Police believe Portland attack may be gang-affiliated

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire today on several young people outside an alternative high school in Portland, Oregon, wounding four and fleeing on foot with two other people, police tell the AP . The victims are all students at Rosemary Anderson High School or in affiliated job programs: a 16-year-old girl in... More »

FBI Looks Into Black Teen's Hanging Death

Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanging in North Carolina trailer park

(Newser) - A prosecutor says the FBI is looking into the hanging death of a black North Carolina teen after his family questioned the official ruling that he killed himself. Seventeen-year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging by a dog leash and a belt from a swing set in a trailer park in... More »

FBI Joins Search for College Student Missing in Philly

Shane Montgomery last seen leaving bar before Thanksgiving

(Newser) - A Philadelphia college student hasn't been seen since the night before Thanksgiving, when he left a bar in the early morning. Now the FBI has joined the search, NBC 10 reports. West Chester University student Shane Montgomery, 21, was last seen leaving the bar after he reportedly bumped into... More »

Letter May Be FBI's Attempt to Get MLK to Kill Himself

Yale professor finds uncensored version in Hoover's files

(Newser) - In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received an anonymous letter assailing him as an "evil" fraud and threatening to reveal all kinds of sordid details about his personal life. Unless: "There is only one thing left for you to do," it concludes. "You know what it... More »

FBI: 3 Teen Girls From Denver Tried to Join ISIS

Girls ages 15 and 16 were caught in Germany, returned home

(Newser) - Three teenage girls from Denver flew overseas in a bid to join ISIS in Syria before being stopped, reports the Denver Post . The girls, ages 15 and 16, apparently were lured by a "slick" online campaign to join militants with the Islamic State, an FBI official tells ABC News... More »

ISIS Oil Sites Pounded for 2nd Day

FBI: Only 12 Americans fighting in Syria

(Newser) - The US-led anti-ISIS coalition has hit the militant group in the wallet for a second day, carrying out more airstrikes on the oil production facilities in eastern Syria believed to make millions of dollars a day for the group. Activists say that ISIS has started to cut back on the... More »

FBI: We've Identified 'Jihadi John'

But FBI Director James Comey isn't making the information public

(Newser) - The US believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in videos related to the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker. But FBI chief James Comey told reporters that he would not reveal the man's name or nationality. Comey did not address whether the US... More »

Mass Shootings Have Nearly Tripled Since '06: FBI

Most are over before cops arrive, report finds

(Newser) - Mass shootings really are on the rise, according to a new FBI report. There has been an average of nearly one mass shooting a month in America this century and the rate has risen dramatically in recent years, the report released yesterday says. The agency says it identified a total... More »

NY Man Was ISIS Recruiter: Federal Indictment

Mufid Elfgeeh also charged with plotting to kill US troops back from Iraq

(Newser) - A man from Rochester, NY, was indicted yesterday on charges of attempting to help three people (two of them FBI informants) travel to Syria to take up arms with ISIS, reports the LA Times . The Justice Department statement further alleges that Mufid Elfgeeh sent $600 to a potential recruit in... More »

More Riots in Missouri After Teen's Fatal Shooting

18-year-old Michael Brown was reportedly unarmed when he was shot and killed

(Newser) - The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., was the scene of another evening of rioting and unrest last night as largely young, black crowds faced off against a mostly white police force that reportedly responded with tear gas, reports the Los Angeles Times . But the family of slain teenager Michael... More »

FBI Takes Over Case of Cop Who Shot Unarmed Teen

Federal agency to investigate death of 18-year-old Michael Brown

(Newser) - The FBI will be taking over the investigation into the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the local police chief tells the AP . The unarmed teen was fatally shot Saturday by a St. Louis officer after a struggle. A candlelight vigil for Brown on Sunday turned violent... More »

Rights Group: FBI Turned Muslims Into Terrorists

Human Rights Watch points finger at federal agents

(Newser) - The FBI has been coaxing and even paying American Muslims to commit acts of terror as part of the agency's domestic sting operations, a human rights group said today. According to Human Rights Watch, the FBI may have sometimes "created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the... More »

Snowden Leak: NSA Spied on Muslim-American Leaders

Including a former Homeland Security official

(Newser) - The NSA and FBI targeted a number of prominent and seemingly upstanding Muslim-Americans for surveillance, including lawyers, professors, civil rights activists, and even a former Bush administration official, according to the latest revelation from Edward Snowden's document trove. A spreadsheet recapping the thousands of email addresses the NSA monitored... More »

Insane Clown Posse Loses Suit Against FBI

Duo objected to ranking of Juggalos as gang members

(Newser) - The Juggalos took on The Man, and The Man won, at least this round. A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit brought by Insane Clown Posse and the ACLU against the FBI over the official designation of the group's fans as gang members, reports mlive.com . The band argued... More »

Kids Not Reported Missing Rescued in FBI Bust

Operation Cross Country cracks down on child-sex trafficking

(Newser) - The FBI arrested 281 pimps and rescued 168 child victims of sex trafficking in a nationwide sting last week—the agency's eighth annual crackdown on the child sex trade, CBS News reports. The operation across 106 cities aimed to rescue child sex workers from casinos, truck stops, street corners,... More »

US Nabs Suspected Benghazi Mastermind

Special forces capture Ahmed Abu Khattala

(Newser) - US Special Forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, the man long suspected of leading the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, over the weekend in a secret raid, official sources tell the Washington Post . American troops, working with the FBI, apprehended Khattala near Benghazi, and are currently holding him... More »

FBI Captures SF Explosives Suspect

PR consultant posted apparent suicide note

(Newser) - After a nationwide manhunt, the FBI says the San Francisco social media expert and political consultant suspected of stockpiling explosives was captured within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge. When agents arrested Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II at a cafe, he "looked pretty surprised and frantic," a witness tells... 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 »

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