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2021-10-14 15:56:22
by Dan McCue
Justices Consider Whether to Reinstate Marathon Bomber’s Death Sentence

WASHINGTON -- On April 15, 2013, two Chechen-American brothers planted a pair of homemade pressure cooker bombs near the finish... Read More

WASHINGTON -- On April 15, 2013, two Chechen-American brothers planted a pair of homemade pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. At approximately 2:49 p.m. that Monday afternoon, the bombs detonated 14 seconds apart, killing three... Read More

2021-10-12 18:40:45
by Victoria Turner
Family of Slain Journalist Claims Facebook Exploited Tragedy for Profit

WASHINGTON -- Imagine knowing your daughter’s moment of death has been immortalized in a video online. Now imagine that it... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Imagine knowing your daughter’s moment of death has been immortalized in a video online. Now imagine that it keeps popping up over and over again on Facebook, Instagram, and Google’s YouTube for six years and counting, despite your... Read More

2021-10-08 15:43:29
by Dan McCue
Don’t Need a Clairvoyant to Know Court’s Position on Psychic Mail Fraud Scheme

MIAMI, Fla. - Three individuals and two companies have been permanently enjoined from operating an international mail fraud scheme offering... Read More

MIAMI, Fla. - Three individuals and two companies have been permanently enjoined from operating an international mail fraud scheme offering unwary consumers psychic, clairvoyant or astrological services, the Justice Department said on Friday. Robert Lhez, Mireille Dayer and Julie Poulleau,... Read More

2021-09-16 20:03:11
by Tom Ramstack
Georgetown Tennis Coach to Plead Guilty For Taking Bribes in Varsity Blues Scandal

WASHINGTON -- A former Georgetown University tennis coach plans to plead guilty to participating in the college admissions cheating scandal... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A former Georgetown University tennis coach plans to plead guilty to participating in the college admissions cheating scandal known as Varsity Blues.  Gordon Ernst is admitting to accepting about $2.7 million in bribes to help children of wealthy... Read More

2021-09-13 15:28:49
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Arrest California Man with Bayonet and Machete Near DNC

WASHINGTON -- A 44-year-old California man was arrested early Monday morning near the Democratic National Committee headquarters after U.S. Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A 44-year-old California man was arrested early Monday morning near the Democratic National Committee headquarters after U.S. Capitol Police discovered he had multiple knives and a machete in his truck. “This is good police work plain and simple,”... Read More

2021-09-04 00:38:43
by Dan McCue
Biden Moves to Declassify Some Sept. 11 Documents

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden directed the Justice Department and other federal agencies on Friday to immediately begin a review... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden directed the Justice Department and other federal agencies on Friday to immediately begin a review of documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks so that Attorney General Merrick Garland can release any deemed... Read More

2021-08-19 15:24:50
by Dan McCue
‘Active Bomb Threat’ on Capitol Hill Ends in Surrender

WASHINGTON -- A man who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress surrendered... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A man who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress surrendered to the police Thursday afternoon, after hours of negotiations and evacuations of several government buildings in the area. The man,... Read More

2021-08-19 13:18:01
by Dan McCue
Ex-Netflix Employees Accused of $3.1 Million Insider Trading Scheme

WASHINGTON -- Three former Netflix software engineers and two close associates have been charged with generating over $3 million in... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Three former Netflix software engineers and two close associates have been charged with generating over $3 million in profits by trading on confidential information about Netflix's subscriber growth, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday. According to a... Read More

2021-08-03 21:12:34
by Tom Ramstack
Countering Domestic Terrorism Draws Support from Lawmakers

WASHINGTON -- Congress is trying to figure out how to confront the evolving threat of domestic terrorism that increasingly uses... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Congress is trying to figure out how to confront the evolving threat of domestic terrorism that increasingly uses the internet to recruit sympathizers. The government doesn’t want to squelch free speech but it does want to halt disinformation... Read More

2021-08-03 21:08:07
by Dan McCue
Officer Dead, Suspect Killed After Incident Outside Pentagon

A police officer died after being stabbed Tuesday during an incident at a transit station outside the Pentagon. The suspect... Read More

A police officer died after being stabbed Tuesday during an incident at a transit station outside the Pentagon. The suspect in the stabbing was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene, officials said. The building was temporarily placed... Read More

Report: Hate Crime Laws Lack Uniformity Across the US

NEW YORK (AP) — More than half a century since they were modernized, hate crime laws in the U.S. are... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — More than half a century since they were modernized, hate crime laws in the U.S. are inconsistent and provide incomplete methods for addressing bias-motivated violence, according to a new report by advocates for better protections. The... Read More

2021-07-29 14:26:01
by Tom Ramstack
Transnational Crime Eludes Solutions Despite Congress’ Renewed Efforts

WASHINGTON -- Federal law enforcement personnel tried to convince sometimes skeptical members of Congress Wednesday they are making adequate efforts... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Federal law enforcement personnel tried to convince sometimes skeptical members of Congress Wednesday they are making adequate efforts to control transnational crime along the U.S. southern border. However, they also acknowledged a “crisis” as illegal immigrants and drug... Read More

2021-07-20 21:07:55
by Tom Ramstack
Man Who Threatened Federal Judge Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

A man who threatened a federal judge presiding over prosecution of a Trump national security adviser was sentenced in Washington,... Read More

A man who threatened a federal judge presiding over prosecution of a Trump national security adviser was sentenced in Washington, D.C. Monday to 18 months in prison. Frank J. Caporusso, a 53-year-old electronic parts salesman, had pleaded guilty to threatening... Read More

Biden to Talk Crime with City, Police Leaders Nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host New York City's Democratic mayoral candidate and other city and law enforcement... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host New York City's Democratic mayoral candidate and other city and law enforcement leaders from around the country to talk about reducing crime. Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president  and the likely next mayor... Read More

2021-06-14 18:24:33
by Reece Nations
Stretch of Mass Shootings Occur Nationwide Over Weekend

A violent string of mass shootings killed at least 10 people and left another 50 injured in nine separate incidents... Read More

A violent string of mass shootings killed at least 10 people and left another 50 injured in nine separate incidents across six states between Friday and Sunday this past weekend. Mass shootings are typically defined as incidents in which four... Read More

2021-06-11 14:33:47
by Tom Ramstack
Mexican Drug Kingpin’s Wife Pleads Guilty in D.C. Court

WASHINGTON -- The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 15 after... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 15 after pleading guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Emma Coronel Aispuro,... Read More

Sting: FBI-run Messaging App Tricks Organized Crime

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Criminal gangs divulged plans for moving drug shipments and carrying out killings on a messaging... Read More

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Criminal gangs divulged plans for moving drug shipments and carrying out killings on a messaging app secretly run by the FBI, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday, as they unveiled a global sting operation they said... Read More

Charges After US Capitol Insurrection Roil Far-Right Groups

Indictments. Infighting. Incarceration.  Former President Donald Trump's lies about a stolen 2020 election united right-wing supporters, conspiracy theorists and militants... Read More

Indictments. Infighting. Incarceration.  Former President Donald Trump's lies about a stolen 2020 election united right-wing supporters, conspiracy theorists and militants on Jan. 6, but the aftermath of the insurrection is roiling two of the most prominent far-right extremist groups at... Read More

2021-06-02 12:07:45
by TWN Staff
Rep. Mace Home Vandalized Over Memorial Day Weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., woke up Monday morning to discover her home was vandalized with spray-painted insults... Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., woke up Monday morning to discover her home was vandalized with spray-painted insults and profanity on Memorial Day.In a post on Twitter in which she included several photos of the graffiti, Mace said... Read More

2021-05-18 12:50:06
by Tom Ramstack
Anti-Asian Actions Condemned By Congress After Incidents Surge

WASHINGTON -- Congress weighed in Monday on a surge in Asian hate crimes since the COVID-19 pandemic started with a... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Congress weighed in Monday on a surge in Asian hate crimes since the COVID-19 pandemic started with a resolution that condemns the stinging words and actions behind the incidents. The resolution, H.R. 275, “reaffirms the commitment of the... Read More

2021-05-17 15:01:43
by TWN Staff
Former Green Beret Gets 15 Years for Russian Espionage Conspiracy

A former Army Green Beret was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for conspiring with Russian intelligence operatives... Read More

A former Army Green Beret was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for conspiring with Russian intelligence operatives to provide them with U.S. national defense information. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 46, of Gainesville, Va., admitted to conspiring with... Read More

2021-05-04 19:21:51
by TWN Staff
Corruption Cases Against Public Officials, Law Enforcement Rising

Prosecutions for "official" corruption -- a catch-all meaning bribery, graft, conflicts of interest and other violations by federal, state, local... Read More

Prosecutions for "official" corruption -- a catch-all meaning bribery, graft, conflicts of interest and other violations by federal, state, local officials and law enforcement -- have been rising steadily during the first six months of FY 2021, according to a... Read More

Senate OKs Bill to Fight Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step... Read More

High Court Moves Away from Leniency for Minors Who Murder

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade in which the Supreme Court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade in which the Supreme Court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors convicted of murder, the justices on Thursday moved the other way.The high court ruled 6-3 along liberal-conservative lines against a... Read More

2021-04-14 15:30:54
by TWN Staff
Ponzi Scheme Mastermind Bernie Madoff Dies in Prison

Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history, died in a... Read More

Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history, died in a federal prison early Wednesday. He was 82. Madoff died at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., apparently from natural... Read More

Senate Filibuster Test Over Asian-American Hate Crime Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to start debate on legislation confronting the rise of potential hate crimes against... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to start debate on legislation confronting the rise of potential hate crimes against Asian Americans, a growing problem during the coronavirus crisis that will also test whether the chamber can push past partisanship... Read More

2021-04-14 14:05:10
by Kate Michael
Younger AAPI Taking the Helm to Combat Anti-Asian Violence

WASHINGTON DC — For Michigan State Sen. Stephanie Chang it has been hard to find words to explain the violence... Read More

WASHINGTON DC — For Michigan State Sen. Stephanie Chang it has been hard to find words to explain the violence and senseless killings of the last several months to her mixed-race six-year-old daughter.  “She’s Asian and Black and I want... Read More

2021-04-12 23:07:27
by Victoria Turner
Unintended Consequencs of Sex Trafficking Laws

The two federal laws governing sex trafficking online have disproportionately harmed more sex workers than saved victims of human trafficking,... Read More

The two federal laws governing sex trafficking online have disproportionately harmed more sex workers than saved victims of human trafficking, said Danielle Borrelli, operations coordinator at the California Cybersecurity Institute, today at a Lincoln Network event moderated by Alexiaa Jordan.  ... Read More

2021-04-09 14:36:46
by Alexa Hornbeck
Individuals with Disabilities at High Risk of Sexual Assault

The Bureau of Justice Statistics issued a report stating those with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven... Read More

The Bureau of Justice Statistics issued a report stating those with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than those without disabilities.  “Persons with developmental disabilities are at highest risk of sexual assault in this country,”... Read More

2021-03-30 20:17:29
by Tom Ramstack
Jan. 6 Insurrectionists May Get No More than Slap on the Wrist

WASHINGTON -- Arrests of Jan. 6 insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol are continuing this week even as the zeal to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Arrests of Jan. 6 insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol are continuing this week even as the zeal to throw the defendants in prison with severe sentences begins to subside or run into stumbling blocks of criminal law. In... Read More

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