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Aug 2, 2011

Regulators to keep closer tabs on chemical used in bombings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Department of Homeland Security proposed new security measures on Tuesday to monitor sales of ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound widely used in fertilizer but also the key ingredient in some bombs.

Under pressure to finalize the new rules, the department proposed requiring buyers and sellers to register and be verified before completing transactions involving the sale of 25 pounds (11.3 kgs) or more of the chemical.

Aug 1, 2011
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“Whitey” Bulger arrest mugshots released after years as a fugitive


The U.S. Marshals Service on Monday released the mugshots of long-sought fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger and his girlfriend Catherine Greig after they were arrested in California on June 22. They were released after Reuters filed a Freedom of Information request.

Bulger and his companion had been on the lam for years and he is facing charges for 19 alleged murders from the 1970s and 1980s when he ran the Winter Hill Gang in Boston. The 81-year-old Bulger has pleaded not guilty.

Jul 27, 2011
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Al Shabaab recruited dozens of Americans: U.S. report


An al Qaeda-affiliated group in Somalia, al Shabaab, has recruited more than 40 Muslim Americans to its battle in the war-ravaged country and at least 15 have been killed, a congressional report said on Wednesday.

U.S. officials have become increasingly worried about the group, particularly after capturing an al Shabaab commander who had allegedly been a liaison with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an active Yemeni group that has tried to strike the United States.

Jul 26, 2011

Guns from U.S. sting at Mexican crime scenes: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least 122 firearms from a botched U.S. undercover operation have been found at crime scenes in Mexico or intercepted en route to drug cartels there, according to a Republican congressional report being issued on Tuesday.

Mexican authorities found AK-47 assault rifles, powerful .50 caliber rifles and other weapons in late 2009 that were later linked to the U.S. sting operation to trace weapons going across the border to Mexico, the report said.

Jul 24, 2011

Geithner says confident debt deal will get done

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Sunday it was unthinkable for the United States not to meet its debt obligations and he is confident a deal to raise the debt ceiling will get done.

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are struggling to hammer out a deal and assure investors before Asian markets open that the United States can avert a catastrophic default and hold onto its prized credit rating.

Jul 21, 2011

U.S. cyber arrests seen leading to more hackers

WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – The FBI’s arrest this week
of 16 people who allegedly participated in high-profile cyber
attacks is providing a treasure trove of information and will
lead to further arrests, a U.S. law enforcement official told
Reuters on Thursday.

The crackdown — on members of the group Anonymous — was
the biggest reaction so far by U.S. authorities to a string of
cyber attacks, and was meant to serve as a deterrent to others
who may be considering joining the cause.

Jul 21, 2011

Hacking groups say they are back after FBI arrests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After a brief hiatus and an FBI takedown of several alleged “hacktivists,” two groups that have claimed responsibility for a recent wave of cyber vandalism say they are back.

A statement was posted online on Thursday jointly by the groups, Anonymous and Lulz Security, after U.S. authorities arrested 16 people earlier this week for several attacks, most prominently Anonymous’ attempt to cripple eBay’s PayPal site after it stopped accepting donations to the WikiLeaks organization.

Jul 21, 2011

U.S. charges two for illegal lobbying for Pakistan over Kashmir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. citizens have been charged with illegally lobbying the United States for the Pakistani government and its spy agency over the disputed territory of Kashmir, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.

FBI agents arrested Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, in Virginia on charges that he failed to register as an agent of a foreign government. Zaheer Ahmad, 63, was also charged but is believed to be in Pakistan. Both are naturalized U.S. citizens.

Jul 19, 2011

U.S. arrests 14 for roles in PayPal cyber attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities on Tuesday arrested 16 people on charges they participated in major cyber attacks, including the crippling of eBay’s PayPal website as retribution for dropping WikiLeaks as a client.

FBI agents arrested 14 people in nine states and Washington, D.C., for the PayPal attack, which occurred last December and was allegedly coordinated by the hacking group Anonymous. It was the biggest take down so far tied to the high-profile cyber attack.

Jul 19, 2011

Concerns came early in U.S.-Mexico gun sting, lawmakers say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Arizona gun dealer balked at continuing to sell weapons in a sting operation meant to track arms flowing to drug cartels in Mexico as early as December 2009, Republican lawmakers said on Monday.

Two guns sold in the operation, dubbed “Fast and Furious”, ended up almost exactly a year later at the crime scene where a U.S. Border Patrol agent died in a shootout with illegal immigrants trying to cross into the United States.

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