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FBI: Murders Up 11% in 2015—but There's Context

Stats for violent crime, including rapes and robberies, still below rates from 20 years ago

(Newser) - The number of murders in the US rose 11% last year from 2014, while the number of violent crimes saw a modest increase of 4% after two years of decline, per an FBI press release . Rapes rose 6.3%, aggravated assaults increased 4.6%, and robberies rose by 1.4%... More »

Mexico Captures One of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted

He's accused of rapes, murder in Chicago

(Newser) - After 18 years as a fugitive and four years on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list, Fidel Urbina is going to face justice. The former Chicago resident, who is accused of kidnapping, rape, and murder was arrested by Mexican authorities Thursday in a tiny village called El Polvo in... More »

The FBI Took Over a Child Porn Site—and Users Loved It

Users raved about site's improvements while agency tried to secretly find suspects

(Newser) - For two weeks in early 2015, the FBI infiltrated a child porn website on the dark web and kept it running , hoping to use special software to ID users. Not only was the mission successful—nearly 190 people have been charged in the sting as of July, per the DOJ—... More »

FBI 'Gathering Facts' About Pitt's Allegedly Drunken Flight

Source denies actor hit son on plane

(Newser) - The Brangelina divorce saga has reached a stage where there really might be a need to make a federal case out of it. Sources tell TMZ that the reason the LAPD isn't investigating Brad Pitt's alleged abusive behavior on the family's private plane last week is that... More »

FBI: Election Systems Hacked in 2 States

FBI warning state officials to boost election security

(Newser) - The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers breached related data systems in two states, the AP reports. In a confidential "flash" alert from its cyber division, first reported by Yahoo News and posted online by others, the FBI said... More »

FBI Worker Pleads Guilty to Being Spy for China

Kun Shan Chun had top security clearance, is accused of sending FBI docs overseas

(Newser) - An FBI electronics technician with top security clearance pleaded guilty on Monday to funneling photographs of FBI documents and other sensitive information to China, the AP reports. Prosecutors in Manhattan federal court charged Kun Shan Chun—a naturalized US citizen who goes by "Joey Chun"—with making false... More »

FBI Chief: a 'Terrorist Diaspora' Is Coming

Defeat of ISIS in Syria will bring new challenges: Comey

(Newser) - Don't expect terror attacks to end with the Islamic State's defeat in Iraq and Syria. Though that defeat is on the horizon, "through the fingers of that crush are going to come hundreds of really dangerous people and they are going to flow primarily to Western Europe"... More »

iTunes Purchase May Be Downfall of Pirate Website

FBI arrests Artem Vaulin of website KAT with help from Apple

(Newser) - It might—might—be a little tougher to grab illegal downloads off the Internet in the near future: The FBI says it arrested the owner of the biggest illegal site on the Internet, with help from Apple, reports MacRumors . Artem Vaulin, a Ukraine native, was arrested in Poland and accused... More »

FBI Iris Scans Slammed as 'Runaway Surveillance'

434K scans have been collected since 2013

(Newser) - The FBI has collected 434,000 eye scans from people arrested in the US since 2013, according to a Verge investigation based on records obtained through the California Public Records Act. The scans can be used for identification much like a fingerprint, and critics are worried about abuse. The FBI... More »

FBI Ends One of Longest Investigations, With Mystery Unsolved

Congratulations, DB Cooper

(Newser) - Well, Mr. Cooper, or whatever your name is, you've officially stumped the FBI. The agency announced Monday that it was no longer investigating the famous 1971 hijacking in which a passenger known as DB Cooper jumped out of a plane over Washington state with a parachute and $200,000... More »

FBI: Clinton Email 'Careless' but Not Criminal

But Justice Department will have final say

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has dodged a huge bullet ahead of the convention: The FBI chief said Tuesday that after an exhaustive review of her use of a private email server as secretary of state, the agency will not recommend criminal charges. James Comey did criticize Clinton and her staff for being... More »

FBI Catches a Most-Wanted Woman

Shanika Minor allegedly killed a pregnant woman over loud music

(Newser) - Shanika Minor became just the 10th woman ever to make the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list when she was added this week for allegedly killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child, the Washington Post reports. On Friday, she was captured. Back in March, Minor's mother complained... More »

How This Woman Just Made the FBI's Most Wanted List

Shanika Minor has been on the run for months after alleged murder

(Newser) - Three days after 24-year-old Shanika Minor allegedly shot and killed a nine-months-pregnant neighbor in Milwaukee on March 6, she was charged with murdering both the woman and her unborn child. Then in late April, the feds added charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, reports CBS News . Now, nearly four... More »

FBI Has No Proof Orlando Gunman Was Gay: Officials

But nothing has been ruled out yet, per AG Lynch

(Newser) - FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation who spoke anonymously to the AP . The FBI began looking into that possibility after media reports last week quoted men... More »

FBI Conclusion on Black Teen's Hanging Death: Suicide, Not Hate Crime

One pathologist had suggested it was physically impossible for teen to hang himself

(Newser) - When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy's body was found hanging from a belt on a swing set in a predominantly white trailer park on Aug. 29, 2014, the morning before he was set to debut as a junior linebacker on his football team in the tiny town of Bladenboro, NC, local... More »

'I'm in Orlando, I Did the Shootings': Mateen to 911

Gunman also warned of future attacks in FBI-released partial transcripts of calls on night of shooting

(Newser) - The FBI has released the latest in the Orlando massacre : partial transcripts of 911 calls made by shooter Omar Mateen the night of the attack. Per the Orlando Sentinel , Mateen's first call was with a 911 dispatcher at 2:35am from the bathrooms inside Pulse, where he held hostages.... More »

FBI on Hunt for Serial Killer Who Last Struck in 1986

'Original Night Stalker' was tied to at least 52 sex assaults in Sacramento County, Bay Area

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since a violent serial burglar, rapist, and killer started to terrorize Northern California, but the FBI this week announced there is a new, concerted push to find the so-called "East Area Rapist." Described as a white male about 5-foot-10 with blond or light... More »

FBI Faces Tough Questions Over Orlando

Up to 10K terror investigations are still open

(Newser) - The FBI is grappling with the aftermath of what a former Homeland Security counterterrorism coordinator calls one of its "great nightmares: someone they looked at who ultimately goes out and carries out a successful attack." The FBI—which investigated and cleared gunman Omar Mateen twice—also investigated but... More »

FBI Investigated, Cleared Orlando Shooter Twice

Former co-worker says he saw this coming

(Newser) - Omar Mateen, the man believed to be behind the nation's deadliest mass shooting , was no stranger to the FBI. FBI Special Agent Ron Hopper, who runs the agency's Orlando office, says the 29-year-old was investigated—and cleared—twice, the Washington Post reports. In 2013, he was investigated for... More »

Where Does Spam Come From? This Guy, Allegedly

The FBI raided Michael Persaud's house in April

(Newser) - There's a decent chance Michael Alexander Persaud has sent you some spam. According to the FBI, which raided Persaud's San Diego home in late April, the 39-year-old is able to send a million unsolicited emails in less than 15 minutes, ABC News reports. Authorities have been investigating Persaud... More »

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