Fast and Furious

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Furious Finds Its $100M Fate

Easily wins the weekend, but falls far short of 'Furious 7'

(Newser) - Fate of the Furious sped its way to a $100.2 million opening weekend, enough for a No. 1 finish that was disappointing only when stacked up against Furious 7's $147.2 million opener, reports Forbes . The eighth installment scored big globally, notes Variety , with $532.5 million, easily... More »

Fate of the Furious Is Action-Packed Absurdity

It's 'stupid,' yet 'wildly entertaining,' say critics

(Newser) - Once, there was a "family" of car enthusiasts working out of a dirty garage. Now, that family must stop an evil hacker who's enlisted one of their own in a plot for world domination. Oh, how things change. Here's what critics are saying about The Fate of ... More »

Furious 7 Joins Elite Billion-Dollar Club

It's the 20th film to ever do so

(Newser) - The elite club of movies that have grossed at least $1 billion worldwide gained a new member yesterday. Furious 7 became the 20th film to have ever passed the threshold, per BoxOfficeMojo's stats. And as Variety reports, it did so pretty fast and furiously: in a record 17 days.... More »

Paul Walker Gets Worthy Farewell in Furious 7

Flick is a thrill ride, even with the confusing plot

(Newser) - There's a somber feeling attached to the seventh Fast & Furious flick following Paul Walker's death in the middle of filming. With help from his brothers and plenty of CGI, moviemakers managed to not only finish the movie, but honor their fallen comrade in the process. Here's... More »

Fast & Furious All Started Thanks to Magazine Article

And no, the writer isn't raking in the dough

(Newser) - Fan of the Fast & Furious franchise? You have a 1998 magazine article to thank. As the Washington Post explains, Kenneth Li—then a reporter for the New York Daily News—wrote about the world of street racing in Queens for the paper; he later pitched a more in-depth story... More »

US Marshals in Disguise Help Mexico Marines

Wall Street Journal: American personnel taking part in armed raids in Mexico

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has an interesting scoop about how American personnel are helping Mexico's military catch drug suspects—they're disguising themselves as Mexican marines and taking part in armed raids. It's generally members of the US Marshals Service doing so, but FBI and DEA agents sometimes... More »

Paul Walker's Brothers to Help Finish Last Film

Younger siblings will work on 'Fast and Furious 7'

(Newser) - Paul Walker's last film will be finished with help from the late star's younger brothers, reports Us Weekly . The producers of Fast and Furious 7 announced via Facebook today that Caleb and Cody Walker "are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in... More »

Mexican Gets 30 Years in 'Fast and Furious' Killing

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes says someone in his group killed Brian Terry

(Newser) - After pleading guilty to first-degree murder, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of Mexico has been sentenced to 30 years in prison over the death of US border agent Brian Terry . Osorio-Arellanes, 37, said that he was part of a group of five people trying to steal marijuana from drug traffickers on Dec. 14,... More »

6K Fans Expected at Paul Walker Memorial

Sheriff's Dept. warns people about causing another crash

(Newser) - While the world is mourning Nelson Mandela, a very different public memorial will be held today in Santa Clarita, Calif.—for Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, the LA Times reports. The LA County Sheriff's Department is asking 6,000 expected visitors to obey parking regulations and not... More »

House GOP Starts Longshot Move to Impeach Holder

Lawmakers cite Fast and Furious, same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Ten angry men and Michele Bachmann have launched a longshot bid to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder. The group of conservative House Republicans plans to formally introduce the articles of impeachment today, calling for Holder's removal for refusing to turn over documents in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal,... More »

ATF to Whistle-Blower: You Can't Publish a Book

John Dodson wrote account of Operation Fast and Furious

(Newser) - ATF agent John Dodson blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious , in which feds accidentally handed Mexican drug cartels 2,000 guns. Now Dodson's bosses say he can't publish a book on the scandal—though he plans to do so anyway, Fox News reports. Dodson gave the... More »

Family of US Agent Killed in Mexico Sues Feds

Jaime Zapata's family has previously suggested Fast and Furious link

(Newser) - The family of a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who was killed in Mexico and another agent that survived the attack are suing the US government, the agents' supervisors, the company that made their armored SUV, and the gun shops that allegedly sold two of the weapons used, the... More »

Nation's Top Gun Regulator Works ... Part Time

ATF's interim chief splits time as US attorney in Minnesota

(Newser) - The movement to tighten gun laws may be gaining steam , but the Washington Post reports that the federal agency charged with enforcing such laws might not be up to the challenge. Some of the problems with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms:
  • It hasn't had a director confirmed
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Official Targeted in Fast, Furious Probe Resigns

Darrell Issa says it's high time Gary Grindler left

(Newser) - House Republicans appeared to claim a scalp today in their battle over the Fast and Furious case, as Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler announced his resignation. The administration says Grindler's departure was little more than standard second-term turnover, but Grindler came under harsh criticism in Darrell Issa's investigation,... More »

Lawyers in Settlement Talks on 'Fast and Furious' Suit

Republicans have sued Eric Holder for documents

(Newser) - Lawyers for the Justice Department and Darrell Issa's House Oversight panel are trying to settle a Fast and Furious lawsuit themselves in new negotiations, reports CNN and Reuters . Issa's GOP-led committee sued Eric Holder in August to try to force him to hand over documents related to the... More »

Megadeth Singer: Obama 'Staged' Mass Shootings

Prez masterminded killings to pass gun ban, Mustaine claims

(Newser) - We could have guessed that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine wasn't a big fan of Barack Obama—he did kind-of endorse Rick Santorum in February —but his latest diatribe against the president made his feelings crystal clear. At a concert in Singapore, Mustaine accused Obama of "staging" the... More »

Eric Holder Sued Over Fast and Furious

Rep. Darrell Issa leads legal charge for documents

(Newser) - Darrell Issa has taken the battle over Fast and Furious to court, just like he promised . The lawmaker and his House committee today filed suit against Eric Holder to hand over documents on the botched gun operation, ABC News reports. The suit aims to overturn an executive privilege invoked by... More »

House Republicans Are Going to Sue Eric Holder

Darrell Issa is still pushing for Fast and Furious documents

(Newser) - Darrell Issa is using one of the last weapons he has to try to get Eric Holder to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal. He and other House Republicans plan to file a civil suit against the attorney general this month, he tells NBC News... More »

Feds Offer $1M in Killing of Border Agent Brian Terry

Darrell Issa slams Justice Department for timing of the charges

(Newser) - The Justice Department unsealed charges today against five men in the murder of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, offering up to $1 million for information leading to arrests, CBS News reports. A sixth suspect has already been jailed and charged, but the others are at large—probably in Mexico.... More »

Justice Department: No, We Won't Prosecute the Boss

Agency tells John Boehner it won't pursue criminal contempt charges

(Newser) - The House may think Eric Holder is criminally contempt , but the Justice Department thinks the House can go fly a kite. The department informed John Boehner today that it won't prosecute its boss on the contempt charges, reports the Washington Post . The letter was drafted yesterday, the same day... More »

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