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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 »

Women Missing From Ohio Town Knew Each Other

Charlotte Trego's mom says she knew 4 of the 5 other women

(Newser) - The FBI is focusing on the similarities between six women who vanished—four have turned up dead, two are still missing—in the small town of Chillicothe, Ohio, including the fact that several of them apparently knew each other. While two victims were known friends, relatives of four of the... More »

Report: Houston Astros Got Hacked—by Cardinals

FBI is investigating a very strange MLB scandal

(Newser) - The FBI and the Justice Department are delving into what's beginning to look like something of a Watergate for Major League Baseball: The New York Times reports today on an investigation into whether the Houston Astros got hacked—by none other than front-office officials from the St. Louis Cardinals.... More »

FBI: 'Celebgate' Nude Photo Hack May Be Huge

At least 572 unique iCloud accounts accessed from Chicago: documents

(Newser) - FBI agents seized computers, cellphones, hard drives, and more during a Chicago search tied to last summer's "Celebgate" photo hack , according to unsealed documents. Agents executed search warrants at two locations—a brick bungalow and an apartment in Chicago's South Side—on Oct. 16, reports the Chicago ... More »

Hidden Behind Fake Companies, an FBI 'Air Force'

AP finds low-flying planes are active over dozens of cities

(Newser) - The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology—all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, the AP has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's... More »

FBI Finds Lone Gold Bar Stolen in $5M Heist

Authorities may have traced suspects to South Florida

(Newser) - The FBI has made a break in the case of $4.9 million in gold bars stolen during a highway heist along Interstate 95 last month. Officers say they've uncovered a single bar worth up to $500,000 in South Florida, though they won't specify how or exactly... More »

'We Have a Terror Recruiting Problem in Minnesota'

6 men from the state arrested following year-long investigation

(Newser) - A yearlong FBI investigation into alleged ISIS-related activities resulted in the arrest of six Somali-American men in Minnesota and California yesterday, officials tell CNN . KSTP reports all hail from Minnesota, and it has the US attorney for the state, Andrew Luger, putting the situation in blunt terms: "We have... More »

Poland Outraged by FBI Chief's Holocaust Remarks

He listed Poles alongside Germans as 'murderers and accomplices'

(Newser) - Angry Polish leaders have demanded an apology from the US ambassador after some ill-judged remarks on the Holocaust from FBI Director James Comey. "In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn't do something evil," Comey... More »

FBI Gave Bad Forensics Testimony for Years

Hair-comparison experts 'overstated' the facts, FBI admits

(Newser) - Impressed when an FBI forensic expert testifies in court? Jurors likely are too, but the FBI's hair-comparison unit actually gave unscientific testimony against criminal defendants for more than 20 years before 2000, according to the FBI and the Justice Dept. Among the FBI's 28 microscopic hair experts, 26... More »

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