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Parents Say the FBI Let Their Son Die

Michigan parents grieve over son who died amid counterterror work

(Newser) - "You murdered our son. Don't ever talk to us again." That's what Michigan resident Theresa Reilly told an FBI agent after her son turned up dead—the end of a strange and tragic tale in US counterterrorism, writes Brett Forrest at the Wall Street Journal . Billy... More »

FBI: This Man Is the Worst Serial Killer in US History

50 Samuel Little murders have now been confirmed

(Newser) - The FBI says it is now confident that Samuel Little is the most prolific serial killer in American history—and the number of confirmed murders could still rise by more than 40. The 79-year-old, who started cooperating with law enforcement last year, has confessed to murdering 93 women across America... More »

Report: Tycoon Had Dozens of Employees Spy on Women

Greg Lindberg had dossiers prepared on romantic 'interests,' former staffers say

(Newser) - When insurance tycoon Greg Lindberg was interested in a woman, he had a highly unusual way of showing it, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The sources, including former security staffers, say Lindberg employed dozens of operatives to spy on women he was dating or viewed as potential romantic partners,... More »

FBI: In 5 Years, 27K Kids Under 10 Were Arrested

The stats are eye-opening

(Newser) - When two 6-year-olds in Florida were arrested at school, many people were outraged that children that young were taken into custody—but it may be more common than most people think. ABC News broke down FBI crime stats from 2013 to 2017 and found that over that five-year span, nearly... More »

History Channel Will Let John Dillinger's Grave Be

Relatives want a positive ID of remains

(Newser) - John Dillinger was slippery in life. The gangster broke out of jail three times and was often on the run. But in death, everyone has known where he is. Now, two of his relatives say that isn't really Dillinger's body buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. They... More »

FBI Searches Offices of Dive Boat Owner

Agents also searched company's 2 other boats

(Newser) - Federal agents investigating the dive boat disaster that killed 34 people a week ago served search warrants Sunday at the headquarters of Truth Aquatics, the company that owned the Conception. Lt. Eric Raney with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office tells the Los Angeles Times that agents from the... More »

Comey Violated FBI Protocol, Says Government Watchdog

But he sees vindication in report about his handling of Trump memos

(Newser) - A scolding for James Comey: The Justice Department's inspector general says the former FBI director violated FBI policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Trump. The watchdog office says Comey broke FBI rules by giving a memo containing unclassified information to a friend with instructions... More »

FBI Raids Home of UAW Union Boss

There was 'absolutely no need' for search, union says

(Newser) - FBI agents swooped in on the homes of United Auto Workers union president Gary Jones and predecessor Dennis Williams Wednesday, apparently as part of a wide-ranging probe of alleged corruption. Federal agents also targeted the union's northern Michigan retreat and a local UAW office in Missouri, among other addresses,... More »

Threat Assessment Leads to Scores of Arrests

Effort was stepped up after El Paso, Dayton shootings

(Newser) - After the El Paso and Dayton massacres earlier this month, the FBI ordered a new threat assessment to be made by agents across the country to head off another mass shooting. That step has resulted in the arrests of more than two dozen people charged with threatening to commit mass... More »

FBI Busts Teen for Online Threats, Finds 25 Firearms

Ohio teen allegedly said federal agents should be shot on sight

(Newser) - When the FBI arrested Ohio 18-year-old Justin Olsen for making online threats against federal agents and Planned Parenthood, among others, he said he had been joking. The 25 firearms and 10,000 rounds of ammunition found in his home, however, might suggest otherwise. Federal agents say the 10 rifles, including... More »

At FBI Agent's Retirement Party, a Wonderful Surprise Guest

Troy Sowers rescued abducted baby in 1997. Stewart Rembert, now in military, was that baby

(Newser) - Troy Sowers was a new FBI agent in 1997, with just a few months under his belt, when he had a huge get: He found a newborn who'd been abducted from a Washington state hospital, left in a box near a restaurant dumpster. It was a happy ending for... More »

'More Information Needed' After Epstein Autopsy

Cause of death still pending, medical examiner says

(Newser) - An autopsy has been completed on Jeffrey Epstein—but the cause of death is still "pending further information," according to the New York City medical examiner's office. Barbara Sampson, the city’s chief medical examiner, says a private pathologist observed the autopsy Sunday at the request of... More »

Another Ex-FBI Official Is Suing

Andrew McCabe says his firing was unlawful

(Newser) - Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Trump's ire, sued the FBI and the Justice Department on Thursday over his firing, the AP reports. The lawsuit, the second this week from an ex-FBI official challenging the circumstances of his termination, says the firing was part... More »

FBI Agent Axed Over Anti-Trump Texts Sues

Peter Strzok says bureau gave in to pressure from Trump

(Newser) - A veteran FBI agent who wrote derogatory text messages about Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday charging that the bureau caved to "unrelenting pressure" from the president when it fired him, the AP reports. The suit from Peter Strzok also alleges he was unfairly punished for expressing his political... More »

DOJ Watchdog Wraps Up 'Damning' Comey Report

But Justice Department prosecutors have declined to prosecute

(Newser) - Looks like a Justice Dept report about James Comey won't be too flattering but won't lead to criminal prosecution, either. The DOJ's top watchdog is finishing a report that will probably conclude the former FBI director leaked classified data and kept information from his agents, insiders tell... More »

FBI Captures 'Pink Lady Bandit'

The woman allegedly robbed 4 banks across the East Coast in one week

(Newser) - In less than a week, a woman the FBI dubbed the "Pink Lady Bandit" robbed four East Coast banks, but on Sunday, she was caught. The FBI says the suspect carried a "distinctive pink handbag" during at least two of the robberies—hence the nickname. Her modus operandi... More »

Man With 'Despicable Goal' Is Arrested Before Boarding

Delowar Mohammad Hossain wanted to join the Taliban, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A Bronx man was arrested at JFK airport on Friday for allegedly planning to join the Taliban and kill US soldiers, CBS News reports. According to investigators, Delowar Mohammad Hossain was about to fly to Thailand, then Afghanistan, to fulfill his dream of killing Americans there. "I just want... More »

Here's What the FBI Found in a Body Donation Company

The Biological Resource Center Inc. was up to no good

(Newser) - The FBI's raid on an Arizona body donation company revealed sights that can only be called gruesome. A former agent has testified in a civil suit against Biological Resource Center Inc. and its owner, saying he saw "several unsettling scenes" when the company's doors were opened in... More »

FBI Investigates Gangs in LA—of Deputies

'Los Angeles Times' reports on tattooed groups within the sheriff's department

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating gang-like groups in Los Angeles—and in a twist, the alleged members are sheriff's deputies. The probe focuses on tattooed groups within the LA County Sheriff's Department with names such as the Spartans, the Regulators, the Reapers, and the Banditos, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

FBI Probes Samples From One Minibar in Dominican Republic

Some say the death rate isn't statistically significant

(Newser) - The FBI is testing samples taken from at least one minibar at the Bahia Principe Hotel in Dominican Republic's La Romana, where three US tourists died in the span of five days last month. The agency is also assisting with toxicology tests on those tourists—41-year-old Miranda Schaup-Werner of... More »

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