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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 »

FBI Boss: Time to Hire Weed-Smoking Hackers?

Agency needs to recruit the best: director

(Newser) - The FBI needs top hackers to combat cybercrime, and many of those hackers are into marijuana, says the bureau's director. Right now, the FBI won't hire anyone who's smoked weed in the past three years, but it may be time for that to change, says James Comey,... More »

FBI: Teacher May Have Serially Molested Hundreds

Vahey drugged, abused boys on overnight trips

(Newser) - An American man who was a well-respected teacher at some of the world's top international schools for decades appears to be one of the most prolific pedophiles the FBI has ever dealt with, investigators say. The FBI says it has been contacted by hundreds of potential victims from around... More »

FBI Agent Arrested at Pakistan Airport

He was carrying ammo, multiple knives onto plane

(Newser) - An FBI agent was arrested at an airport in Pakistan on Monday when he tried to carry bullets and knives onto a Karachi-to-Islamabad flight, Pakistani authorities revealed today. Joel Cox was on an official trip to Pakistan to provide training for local police, CNN reports. When police nabbed him he... More »

NY Rep Grimm Turns Himself In to Feds

Michael Grimm investigated over campaign funds

(Newser) - US Rep. Michael Grimm has turned himself in to the FBI over charges linked to his New York City restaurant, the Washington Post reports. The Staten Island Republican—who is a former member of the FBI himself—has faced an ongoing federal investigation into his campaign finances. The expected indictment,... More »

Muslims: FBI Used No-Fly List to Coerce Us

Lawsuit alleges that agents try to strong-arm people into becoming informants

(Newser) - The FBI has been using the no-fly list to try to strong-arm American Muslims into becoming confidential informants, four men allege in a federal lawsuit filed yesterday. The plaintiffs' stories are all slightly different, but in each case FBI agents allegedly offered an explicit or implied quid-pro-quo, the Guardian reports.... More »

FBI Makes a Movie to Warn 20-Year-Olds: Don't Spy

Bureau releases 'Game of Pawns' as warning to students studying abroad

(Newser) - Game of Pawns opens with guys taking shots and a declaration that junior year in college "was going to be the best year of my life," and no, it's not the latest Zac Efron film. It's a 28-minute movie released last week by the FBI... More »

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