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FBI Agent Shot on New York Street in the Afternoon

The agent was apparently on a drug surveillance probe

(Newser) - An FBI agent was shot Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn and did like in the movies—pursued his alleged attacker and opened fire, NBC New York reports. The agent was performing surveillance for a drug probe when a BMW drove by and the suspect apparently shot him in the shoulder. Sources... More »

House Committee: Here's What Comey Told Us

A transcript of his closed-door interview is released

(Newser) - The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning, per the AP . Comey... More »

Killer Hoped to Move Prisons, Made Astounding Confession

So far, 34 murders have been confirmed and attributed to Samuel Little

(Newser) - If Samuel Little hadn't wanted a change of scenery, scores of murders across the US might have remained unsolved. The FBI says the 78-year-old man suspected of being America's most prolific killer wasn't happy in California, where he was serving three life sentences for the murders of... More »

With Sheriff's Memo, a Blow to the Proud Boys

Document reveals FBI designation of group as 'extremist'

(Newser) - The FBI considered the far-right "chauvinist" Proud Boys to be an extremist group even before members were accused in an alleged assault in New York City last month. That's according to a document from the Clark County Sheriff's Office in Vancouver, Wash., shared by nonprofit Property of... More »

They Used Decoy Heads to Flee Alcatraz. Now, FBI Replicas

3D-printed dupes look like the heads used by Frank Morris, Anglin brothers

(Newser) - Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D-printed copies of the decoys that inmates Frank Morris and John and... More »

Woman Dies on Cruise Ship Headed to Aruba

FBI, local authorities are investigating after incident involving 52-year-old

(Newser) - Not many details are out yet, but it's a big enough story that the FBI is now involved. ABC News reports that both local and federal authorities are investigating the Tuesday death of a 52-year-old woman on Princess Cruises' Royal Princess cruise ship. The vessel had departed its Florida... More »

FBI Report Doesn't Hold Good News on Hate Crimes

They're up again

(Newser) - The FBI says hate crimes reports were up about 17% in 2017, marking a rise for the third year in a row. An annual report shows there were more than 7,100 reported hate crimes last year. There were increases in attacks motivated by racial bias (59.6% of incidents),... More »

Comey's Gmails? 156 Have Been Released

He discussed sensitive FBI matters, says the Post

(Newser) - Was it hypocrisy? While probing Hillary Clinton's emails, former FBI chief James Comey conducted business on his private Gmail account—including seven messages the Justice Dept. deemed too sensitive for public release, the New York Post reports. A Freedom of Information request obtained 156 of his emails, but 363... More »

FBI: No Civil War Gold Here. Treasure Hunters: Oh Yeah?

Father-son team think the agency secretly grabbed up to $250M worth of the precious metal in Pa.

(Newser) - The father-son duo of Dennis and Kem Parada spent years combing a bit of Pennsylvania wilderness with high-end metal detectors to prospect for a fabled cache of Civil War gold. They felt certain they'd found the hiding place, but at the end of the court-sanctioned excavation, the FBI in... More »

Guy Whose Property Was Being Seized Left Crazy Booby Traps

An FBI agent was shot in the leg by the wheelchair

(Newser) - An Oregon man resisting the sale of his home left booby traps on the property—including one apparently inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark. Gregory Lee Rodvelt rigged up a hot tub to roll down a hill when a tripwire was triggered, much like the scene where Indiana Jones... More »

White House Allows FBI to Expand Kavanaugh Inquiry

The directive reportedly instructed investigators to interview anyone necessary

(Newser) - A White House directive has reportedly given the FBI broad authorization to interview anyone necessary in its investigation into President Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh. Sources tell the New York Times the move came after Democrats criticized the White House's call for an investigation of sexual assault... More »

Comey: Week Deadline Is 'Idiotic,' but FBI Can Do It

'It's not as hard as Republicans hope it will be'

(Newser) - If lawmakers really want to know the truth behind the Brett Kavanaugh allegations, giving the FBI only a week to conduct an investigation is "idiotic," James Comey writes in a New York Times op-ed—but he has faith in the agency's abilities. "If truth were the... More »

Kavanaugh Accuser Has Interesting Legal History

Julie Swetnick has been involved in at least 6 legal disputes since 1993

(Newser) - Julie Swetnick is no stranger to legal battles. Brett Kavanaugh's third accuser (see her accusations here ) has been involved in at least six since 1993, the AP reports. A previous employer, Oregon-based Webtrends, sued her in 2000 for allegedly lying on a job application after she traded back-and-forth... More »

The FBI's Probe Is Underway

The agency is already talking to Deborah Ramirez

(Newser) - The FBI has contacted Deborah Ramirez, who's accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when he was a Yale student, as part of the bureau's investigation of the Supreme Court nominee, her attorney said Saturday. Ramirez's lawyer, John Clune, said agents want to interview her and she has... More »

Blasey Ford Doesn't Like One Aspect of New Inquiry

She applauds FBI investigation into Kavanaugh but doesn't think it should have a time limit

(Newser) - President Trump said he would go along with whatever Senate leaders wanted to do in regard to Brett Kavanaugh, and the president followed through Friday by ordering the FBI to launch a new investigation before a full Senate vote. "Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett... More »

Lawyers: Kavanaugh Accuser Has Received Death Threats

She wants an FBI investigation before she testifies

(Newser) - The woman who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her doesn't want to relive the "traumatic and harrowing incident" until the FBI has carried out an investigation. Lawyers for Christina Blasey Ford released a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday saying an investigation... More »

A Priest Had Just Finished Praying. Then, an Ambush

Attack on Indiana priest Basil John Hutsko being investigated as hate crime

(Newser) - A "hardworking" Indiana priest said by a colleague to rise before dawn every day to help his community may have been the object of a hate crime, and the FBI is now investigating. Merrillville Police rep Jeff Rice tells the Chicago Tribune that 64-year-old Basil John Hutsko is "... More »

Strzok Fundraiser Pulls in More Than $190K in Hours

He's 'been the target of highly politicized attacks,' it states

(Newser) - Peter Strzok, fired by the FBI and insulted by President Trump, still apparently has a few allies. A GoFundMe fundraiser that friends started for the 21-year agency veteran raked in more than $190,000 in a matter of hours Monday, the Hill reports. Strzok, "his work, and his character... More »

Peter Strzok Has Been Pink-Slipped

FBI agent's anti-Trump texts effectively ended his career

(Newser) - Peter Strzok , the FBI agent who helped lead the probe into Russian election interference until a maelstrom developed around his anti-Trump text messages, has been fired, his attorney confirmed Monday. President Trump, who viewed Strzok's animosity toward him as typical of the DC establishment behind what he calls... More »

A Week After She Disappeared After a Late Jog, Little to Go On

FBI has now joined the case of missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts

(Newser) - State and federal agents are investigating the disappearance of a 20-year-old University of Iowa student who has been missing for nearly a week from her Iowa hometown. Volunteer searches for Mollie Tibbetts of Brooklyn were called off this week as the FBI and state investigators took over, Iowa Division of... More »

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