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FBI Joins Investigation Into Flint's Poisoned Water

Federal prosecutors 'working with multi-agency team'

(Newser) - The FBI is part of a criminal probe into Flint's water crisis. A rep for the US Attorney's Office in Detroit tells the Detroit Free Press that federal prosecutors are "working with a multi-agency investigation team ... including the FBI, the US Postal Inspection Service, EPA's Office... More »

For 2 Weeks, the FBI Ran a Child Porn Site

137 people face charges, but not everyone is pleased

(Newser) - From Feb. 20 to March 4 of last year, the FBI ran one of the largest child pornography sites on the dark web—a section of the Internet where people usually operate with anonymity—with the goal of using security-cracking software to identify users. Early last year, the site known... More »

FBI Thinks Kent State Professor May Have ISIS Connections

His response? 'Haters gonna hate'

(Newser) - A Kent State University professor is being investigated by the FBI over possible connections to ISIS, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. While the university isn't commenting on the investigation, the Cleveland Scene alleges history professor Julio Pino was possibly suspected of recruiting for the terrorist organization. Pino tells the... More »

The FBI Is Now Tracking Animal Abusers

Animal cruelty is now tracked along with other crimes like homicide

(Newser) - This year, for the first time, the FBI will track animal abuse the same way it tracks crimes such as homicide, arson, and assault. After years of lobbying, the bureau agreed in 2014 to make animal cruelty a Class A felony with its own category, and started tracking cases this... More »

Jewelry Thief's Crime Spree Spans 5 States

Woman and male accomplice have stolen $450K in bling: cops

(Newser) - A woman believed to be in her 20s or 30s held employees of a Jared Vault jewelry store in Mebane, NC, at gunpoint on Monday before making off with jewelry piled into a shopping bag. But this wasn't her first rodeo: The FBI says the same brunette has robbed... More »

Why the FBI Stalked Pete Seeger for 30 Years

He spoke up for Japanese-Americans

(Newser) - Pete Seeger was a National Medal of Arts recipient, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and sang at President Obama's first inauguration. But before any of that, the folk singer and activist, who died last year at 94 , was the subject of a government investigation that... More »

Stolen Propane Tanks Put FBI on Edge

Missouri authorities probe tank thefts, cellphone purchases

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating reports in Missouri of stolen propane tanks and prepaid cellphones purchased en masse—developments that sparked concerns of a possible terrorist plot, KFOR reports. An estimated 65-70 tanks were grabbed from outside cages in three separate heists, two at Lee's Summit on the same day... More »

FBI: We're Going to Start Counting Deaths by Cop Better

New system will list deadly encounters by gun, Taser, physical force

(Newser) - The FBI is finally on the case: The agency is revamping its data-collection system to more accurately portray how many deaths come at the hands of police officers each year, the Guardian reports, giving itself a pat on the back as part of the impetus behind the initiative. Officials say... More »

FBI Foils Va. 'Race War' Plot to Bomb Black Churches

Virginia white supremacists tried to buy weapons from undercover agent: FBI

(Newser) - The FBI says two white supremacists in Virginia tried to buy weapons from an undercover agent so they could carry out mass shootings and bombings at black churches and synagogues. Authorities say Robert C. Doyle, 34, and Ronald B. Chaney III, 33—whom Buzzfeed identifies as belonging to a white... More »

FBI Now Investigating Violent Classroom Arrest

Sheriff says video made him sick

(Newser) - The rough arrest of a girl in a Columbia, SC, classroom has become international news—and a federal case. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has contacted the FBI and the Justice Department about the case, and a US attorney tells the State that there will be a "thorough and... More »

FBI Director Blames 'Ferguson Effect' for Rise in Violent Crime

'A chill wind...has blown through American law enforcement'

(Newser) - The top law-enforcement official in the country blamed cellphone cameras and the "Ferguson effect" for the increase in violent crime being seen in many cities, the New York Times reports. "I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has... More »

How the FBI Handled One of Its Toughest Hostage Cases

A 5-year-old boy's life hung in the balance

(Newser) - When Jimmy Lee Dykes told a bus driver shortly before shooting him to death that he himself would die at the end of the ordeal, Dykes was right. But first he kidnapped a 5-year-old boy from the bus and held him hostage for a week in an underground bunker on... More »

FBI Talking to Customers of Fantasy Sports Leagues

Feds looking into legality of sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel

(Newser) - The FBI and Justice Department are digging into the scandal that's erupted in the fantasy sports world, and they've begun talking to customers, reports New York Times . "It is entirely predictable that the government would follow up on the misleading reports about our industry," says a... More »

FBI Warns of Threat to Philly Universities

There may be a link to the Oregon shooting

(Newser) - Monday could be a jittery day at universities in the Philadelphia area. The University of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Temple University have warned students and faculty of a threat of violence at 2pm Eastern at an "unspecified university near Philadelphia," USA Today reports. The universities say they were... More »

American Disappears Off Fishing Boat Near Peru

Keith Davis 'is not the type of guy who's just going to fall off a boat': relative

(Newser) - An adventurous marine biologist described by a family member as a "MacGyver-type guy" who was careful and resourceful disappeared earlier this month off the fishing boat he was monitoring—and his family isn't convinced it was an accident, CNN reports. Keith Davis, reported to be 41 or 42... More »

Millions May Still Be Out There From '70s Murder

FBI agent investigating heiress's murder may have lifted cash: reporter

(Newser) - During the last few months of her life, Marjorie Jackson became wary of keeping her inherited fortune in the bank, so she withdrew $8.6 million and stashed it in garbage bags, drawers, and toolboxes all over her Indianapolis home, the Indianapolis Star reports. And she may have had even... More »

'Jared Fogle Is a Monster': FBI Informant

Rochelle Herman-Walrond spent 4 years secretly recording Fogle for FBI

(Newser) - "I'm numb and I'm shocked. I'm relieved most of all," says the Florida woman who secretly recorded Jared Fogle for the FBI for four years, building up evidence that led to charges that will send the ex-Subway pitchman to prison . Per WWSB , Rochelle Herman-Walrond, IDed... More »

New Video Could Crack One of World's Great Art Heists

$5M reward for 13 priceless artworks stolen from Boston museum 25 years ago

(Newser) - The FBI hopes new surveillance footage released today will aid in the recovery of 13 priceless artworks stolen 25 years ago and help put to rest one of Boston's greatest mysteries. In the early hours of March 18, 1990, two men dressed as cops were let into the Gardner... More »

FBI Investigating Security of Hillary Clinton's Emails

But it's not targeting her, per a WaPo report

(Newser) - The FBI is taking a look at the private email server Hillary Clinton used while she was secretary of state and is also asking about a thumb drive that holds copies of emails sent by Clinton during that time as part of an inquiry into the security of her email... More »

The FBI Has a Hiring Problem

It has 82 computer scientist positions open

(Newser) - The FBI has a hiring problem, and drugs and money may be to blame. Reuters reports that the issue is specifically on the cybersecurity front, citing a DOJ report that shows that as of January, the FBI had hired only 39% of the 134 computer scientists it had gotten the... More »

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