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FBI Releases Hugh Hefner's File

He was 'too clever' to violate federal laws

(Newser) - The FBI has released its 58-page file on Hugh Hefner—which starts with a 1955 news clipping describing Playboy as an "oversexed young version" of Esquire, Hefner's former employer. The heavily redacted file, which can be seen in full here , reveals that the agency interviewed Hefner several times... More »

FBI Tested 'Bigfoot' Hairs, Has Released the Results

Determined Oregon man sent 15 hairs to agency in 1976

(Newser) - An Oregon man has spent his life on a mission—and there are newly released FBI files to prove it. Peter Byrne is now 93, and he's decades into an obsession to find creatures of lore like Bigfoot and the yeti, a fascination born from stories he'd heard... More »

Man Suspected of Killing Son's Wife Now on Most-Wanted List

Eugene Palmer hasn't been seen since 2012

(Newser) - If he's alive, Eugene Palmer is 80. "His age doesn’t change the level of violence in this crime," says a special agent with the FBI's New York office. Palmer on Wednesday became the 523rd person added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list... More »

FBI Ups Its Efforts to Find 'Highly Intelligent' Fugitive

Donna Borup, accused of '81 acid attack on cop, has been on the lam for almost 40 years

(Newser) - The FBI is intensifying efforts to locate a woman accused of blinding a police officer with acid in 1981, offering up to $100,000 for information leading to her arrest. Donna Borup was a member of the May 19th Communist Organization, a group calling for the violent overthrow of the... More »

Rosenstein Slams Comey, Comey Responds With 5 Words

'I wish him the best,' ex-FBI director says after former deputy AG calls him 'partisan pundit'

(Newser) - President Trump has had a lot to say about his ex-FBI director and ex-deputy attorney general , but one thing he can't say is that the two former DOJ higher-ups are friends. The latest round between James Comey and Rod Rosenstein took place Monday in Baltimore, where the latter was... More »

Report: Undercover FBI Agent Pressed Trump Aide for Info

George Papadopolous claims she tried to seduce him

(Newser) - Vindication for President Trump? According to a report in the New York Times , the FBI sent an undercover agent to pose as a research assistant and meet with Trump aide George Papadopoulos months before the 2016 election. The woman, who told Papadopoulos her name was Azra Turk, directly asked the... More »

More Bad News for Baltimore's Self-Publishing Mayor

Raids conducted at several locations linked to Catherine Pugh

(Newser) - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh remained on paid leave Thursday following a bout of pneumonia, while FBI agents were hard at work. A spokesman confirms agents from the Baltimore FBI office and Washington IRS office raided City Hall, two homes owned by Pugh, and the office of her attorney early Thursday,... More »

Barr: I Think Spying on Trump Campaign 'Did Occur'

He plans to investigate whether it was lawful

(Newser) - Attorney General William Barr was back on Capitol Hill Wednesday and said he believes the government did spy on the Trump campaign and plans to investigate whether it was lawful. Now that the Russia investigation has wrapped up, Barr intends to review the origins of the FBI's investigation of... More »

Woman Charged in 'Soulless' Murder of Elderly Doctor

Source says Thomas Burchard had been giving Kelsey Turner a lot of money, paying her rent

(Newser) - A man driving along a remote stretch of road outside Las Vegas earlier this month stumbled upon an abandoned car. Weeks later, a 25-year-old woman has been arrested by the FBI in California, tied to the homicide of a 71-year-old psychiatrist whose body cops say was found in that car.... More »

Trump: DOJ to Review 'Outrageous' Smollett Case

President tweets about the case

(Newser) - All charges have been dropped against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, but the FBI is still reportedly on the case —and one person in particular hopes to keep the heat on it. President Trump, who'd railed against Smollett last month on Twitter for insulting "tens of millions" of... More »

Bizarre Alleged Raid on N. Korean Embassy Revealed

Alleged ringleader is US resident

(Newser) - A Spanish judge lifted a secrecy order Tuesday, revealing details of a bizarre alleged raid on North Korea's embassy in Madrid. According to judge Jose de la Mata, who has been leading the investigation of the Feb. 22 incident, Adrian Hong Chang, a Mexican citizen who lives in the... More »

Report: FBI Is Still Investigating Jussie Smollett

'We believe he did what he was charged with doing,' prosecutor says

(Newser) - Authorities in Chicago are confused— and angry —about state prosecutors' decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett , but the Empire star might still end up back in court. Sources tell ABC that Smollett, who was accused of staging an attack on himself in late January, is still being... More »

Mueller Was Investigating Cohen Long Before Raids

Judge releases documents with new details about federal investigation

(Newser) - Robert Mueller began investigating Michael Cohen at least nine months before FBI agents in New York raided his home and office, according to documents released Tuesday, per the AP . The series of heavily redacted search warrant applications and other documents revealed new details about the timing and depth of the... More »

Shocker for Cryptocurrency Clients: 'All of Your Money Is Gone'

After Quadriga CEO reportedly died, the mystery deepens

(Newser) - A CEO's untimely death, hard-to-crack passwords, and up to $190 million in missing cryptocurrency. These all underlie a mystery that Fortune calls the "implosion of Quadriga" after the December death of the QuadrigaCX coin exchange's chief, Gerald Cotten, at the age of 30, and now the FBI... More »

Trump Accuses McCabe of 'Treasonous' Behavior

Former acting FBI chief is out with another interview

(Newser) - President Trump is using a new word to describe the actions of former acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe: "treasonous." And the president applies it to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as well, reports the Daily Beast . In morning tweets, Trump was responding to McCabe's assertion that Rosenstein... More »

Graham: Senate Will Probe 'Stunning' McCabe Claim

He denounces 'attempted bureaucratic coup'

(Newser) - Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham has promised a Senate investigation of former acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe's "beyond stunning" claim that officials discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. Graham, a Republican, said that if they wouldn't testify voluntarily, he would subpoena... More »

Report: FBI Has Launched Investigation of Ryan Adams

He's accused of sexting with underage fan

(Newser) - Fans once called Ryan Adams "the new Bob Dylan." But after allegations of sexual misconduct , he might become the new Anthony Weiner. Sources tell the New York Times that the FBI has launched an investigation of the singer and is trying to determine whether he broke the law... More »

One of FBI's 10 Most Wanted Is Believed Shot Dead at Motel

Agents tracked man they believe is Greg Alyn Carlson to NC

(Newser) - The FBI tracked a man they think was one of the country's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives to a North Carolina motel, where agents shot and killed him. The armed suspect shot to death at a motel in the Raleigh suburb of Apex on Wednesday will be identified by state... More »

McCabe: Yes, We Talked About Removing Trump From Office

Former acting FBI chief says Justice Department considered using 25th Amendment

(Newser) - Andrew McCabe is having his say. McCabe has been out of the headlines for a while, but he became acting director of the FBI after President Trump fired James Comey—only to be fired himself under heavy criticism from the president. While acting FBI chief, McCabe ramped up the investigations... More »

New RFK-Murder Theory Involves Shadowy CIA Man

'A Lie Too Big to Fail' points the finger at Robert Maheu

(Newser) - The cloak-and-dagger figure who likely inspired the TV show Mission: Impossible also planned Robert F. Kennedy's assassination—at least according to a lengthy new book on the subject, the Washington Post reports. In A Lie Too Big to Fail, author Lisa Pease contends that Robert Maheu, an ex-FBI agent... More »

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