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Jun 23, 2011

Accused Boston crime boss “Whitey” Bulger arrested

BOSTON (Reuters) – Former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, one of America’s most wanted criminals, quietly walked into a dragnet thanks to a tip from the public that led police to his apartment hide-out.

Bulger, 81, fell for a ruse that lured him out of his apartment in Santa Monica, California, and was arrested without a fight, federal agents said at a news conference after Bulger and his long-time companion, on the run together since 1995, were apprehended.

Jun 23, 2011

Marine reservist charged in U.S. military shootings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Thursday charged a Marine Corps reservist with shootings at four military buildings around Washington, including the Pentagon, and said he appeared to be trying to build a bomb.

Yonathan Melaku, 22, was detained early on Friday near Arlington National Cemetery. He had 9-mm shell casings and small bags of a powder later identified as ammonium nitrate in his backpack, as well as a notebook making references to Taliban, al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden and “The Path to Jihad.”

Jun 21, 2011

New round of cyber attacks heightens focus on FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Each week brings word of another cyber attack on a major U.S. institution, sending law enforcement scrambling and raising new questions about whether it has the ability or resources to track down cyber criminals.

The FBI says it is working to bulk up its cyber division as hackers focus on higher-profile targets, but is at the mercy of a Congress struggling to cut the massive budget deficit.

Jun 17, 2011

Ex-Colonial Bank exec gets 8 years in TBW fraud

, June 17 (Reuters) – A former bank
executive who served as the go-between during a seven-year,
$2.9 billion fraud scheme at Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage
Corp was sentenced on Friday to eight years in federal prison.

Catherine Kissick, 50, who headed Colonial Bank’s mortgage
warehouse lending division, pleaded guilty in March to one
count of conspiracy to commit bank, securities and wire fraud.
She also testified against TBW former chairman Lee Farkas.

Jun 17, 2011

U.S. Atty General Holder defends U.S. terrorism trial plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s use of criminal courts to try terrorism suspects after a renewed call to send them to military trials at the naval base in Cuba.

Republicans and even some of President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats have sought to keep open the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and forced the administration to use military courts for the most significant terrorism suspects, those accused of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Jun 17, 2011

Attorney General Holder defends terrorism trial plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s use of criminal courts to try terrorism suspects after a renewed call to send them to military trials at the naval base in Cuba.

Republicans and even some of President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats have sought to keep open the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and forced the administration to use military courts for the most significant terrorism suspects, those accused of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Jun 15, 2011

US inspects firms in 17 sectors for illegal workers

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) – U.S. federal
immigration agents on Wednesday began issuing inspection
notices to some 1,000 employers deemed critical to keeping the
nation’s food, energy and infrastructure safe, the government
said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency
declined to identify that companies were targeted in its
expanding crackdown on hiring of illegal workers.

Jun 15, 2011

U.S. agents slam gun sting effort on Mexico border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. firearms agents told lawmakers on Wednesday they were instructed to only watch as hundreds of guns were bought, illegally resold and sent to Mexico where drug-related violence has raged for years.

Agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Arizona told the House of Representatives Oversight Committee they were told not to arrest the so-called straw buyers and instead see where the guns went.

Jun 14, 2011

Lawmaker wants accused Iraqis sent to Guantanamo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called on the Obama administration to send two Iraqis who are accused of trying to help al Qaeda to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

U.S. authorities arrested two Iraqi men in Kentucky last month and charged them in federal court with trying to help al Qaeda militants in their home country. One of the suspects was also charged in attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq.

Jun 14, 2011

U.S. lawmaker wants accused Iraqis sent to Guantanamo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called on the Obama administration to send two Iraqis who are accused of trying to help al Qaeda to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

U.S. authorities arrested two Iraqi men in Kentucky last month and charged them in federal court with trying to help al Qaeda militants in their home country. One of the suspects was also charged in attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq.

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      "Legal correspondent. Previously has covered the White House, U.S. political campaigns, Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the U.S. economy. Launched and directed the "Tales from the Trail: 2008" Reuters campaign blog, the predecessor to Reuters' "Front Row Washington" blog."
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