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2022-05-20 16:09:25
by Reece Nations
Justice Department, ATF Assessment Details Alarming Rise in Privately Made Firearms

WASHINGTON — The first in a series of national firearm commerce and trafficking assessments was published this week after Attorney... Read More

WASHINGTON — The first in a series of national firearm commerce and trafficking assessments was published this week after Attorney General Merrick Garland commissioned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to conduct the study last year. The first... Read More

2022-05-17 20:49:08
by Madeline Hughes
Report Details ICE Surveillance Dragnet

WASHINGTON — Weaving together information from public databases and private data brokers, immigration officials have created a vast surveillance system... Read More

WASHINGTON — Weaving together information from public databases and private data brokers, immigration officials have created a vast surveillance system that can be used on nearly any American, regardless of immigration status, according to a new report from Georgetown Law’s... Read More

2022-05-06 21:34:16
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Opens New Office to Crack Down on Polluters

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Thursday it was opening a new Office of Environmental Justice to crack down on... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Thursday it was opening a new Office of Environmental Justice to crack down on industrial polluters. Top priorities of the new program are reducing climate change and protecting low-income or disadvantaged communities, according to... Read More

2022-05-06 18:21:59
by Madeline Hughes
Cybercrime Tracking Bill Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice can now get a handle on the number of cybercrimes happening in the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice can now get a handle on the number of cybercrimes happening in the U.S. after President Joe Biden signed a bill into law Thursday granting the department the ability to track crimes that have... Read More

2022-05-02 23:17:50
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Used Electronic Surveillance in 3.4M Warrantless Searches

WASHINGTON — The FBI is enduring a backlash after intelligence agencies’ annual transparency report to Congress last month revealed that... Read More

WASHINGTON — The FBI is enduring a backlash after intelligence agencies’ annual transparency report to Congress last month revealed that it conducted nearly 3.4 million warrantless searches of Americans’ electronic data in the previous year.  The agency collected the information... Read More

2022-04-29 21:34:48
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Sues Trump Campaign Manager Saying He Hid $16M in Taxable Income

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Justice Department is suing Paul Manafort, the former presidential campaign manager of Donald Trump,... Read More

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Justice Department is suing Paul Manafort, the former presidential campaign manager of Donald Trump, after he allegedly hid taxable income he was paid as a consultant for business and political interests in Ukraine. Prosecutors... Read More

State Report Details Bias in Minneapolis Police Department

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An extensive state investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020 found that the... Read More

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An extensive state investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020 found that the Minneapolis Police Department has engaged in a pattern of race discrimination for at least the past decade. The Minnesota Department... Read More

2022-04-26 21:06:14
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Warns of Ransomware Attackers Using Sophisticated Program

WASHINGTON — The FBI is warning that computer hackers most likely based in Russia have compromised at least 60 organizations... Read More

WASHINGTON — The FBI is warning that computer hackers most likely based in Russia have compromised at least 60 organizations since last month with a new generation of a sophisticated programming language.  The targets of the ransomware attacks have included... Read More

2022-04-20 23:18:04
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Sues Towing Company for Auctioning Service Members’ Cars

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Justice Department is suing a Virginia towing company it accuses of towing and auctioning the... Read More

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Justice Department is suing a Virginia towing company it accuses of towing and auctioning the vehicles of military service members while they were deployed on active duty. The lawsuit says Steve’s Towing Inc. of Virginia... Read More

Police Stops of Black People Often Filled with Fear, Anxiety

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The video seems clear: Patrick Lyoya disobeyed an officer during a traffic stop, tried to run, then wrestled... Read More

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The video seems clear: Patrick Lyoya disobeyed an officer during a traffic stop, tried to run, then wrestled with the officer over his Taser before the officer fatally shot him in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For a number of... Read More

Videos Show Patrick Lyoya Shot in Head by Michigan Officer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Black man face-down on the ground was fatally shot in the back of the... Read More

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Black man face-down on the ground was fatally shot in the back of the head by a Michigan police officer, the violent climax of a traffic stop, brief foot chase and struggle over a... Read More

2022-04-13 23:26:34
by Tom Ramstack
Accused Spies Granted Bail as Secret Service Investigates

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., released two accused spies on bail Wednesday after prosecutors failed to show... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., released two accused spies on bail Wednesday after prosecutors failed to show they were flight risks or a threat to national security. The two men, Haider Ali and Arian Taherzadeh, had been... Read More

2022-04-12 19:59:33
by Reece Nations
Lawmakers Request DC Mayor Be Given Control Over National Guard in NDAA

WASHINGTON — A group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership asking for... Read More

WASHINGTON — A group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership asking for the District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act to be included in the fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization... Read More

2022-04-06 14:56:01
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Nab Fox Who Raised Ruckus on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — Capitol Hill is no stranger to pop culture phenomena that insist upon themselves – after all, Bono was... Read More

WASHINGTON — Capitol Hill is no stranger to pop culture phenomena that insist upon themselves – after all, Bono was just here just a few days ago — but few are those who achieve the kind of instant celebrity a... Read More

Ex-Police Officer Faces Jury Trial on Capitol Riot Charges

Over a year ago, two off-duty police officers from a small town in Virginia were charged with storming the U.S. Capitol together.... Read More

Over a year ago, two off-duty police officers from a small town in Virginia were charged with storming the U.S. Capitol together. A trial for one of them starts this week. The other could be a key prosecution witness. The trial of former... Read More

$14M Jury Award for Protesters Could Resonate Around US

DENVER (AP) — A federal jury’s $14 million award to Denver protesters hit with pepper balls and a bag filled... Read More

DENVER (AP) — A federal jury’s $14 million award to Denver protesters hit with pepper balls and a bag filled with lead during 2020 demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis could resonate nationwide as courts weigh... Read More

2022-03-31 23:10:19
by Tom Ramstack
Immunity From Liability for Police Challenged by Civil Rights Advocates

WASHINGTON — Police officers’ immunity from liability fell under attack again Thursday in Congress as civil rights activists urged lawmakers... Read More

WASHINGTON — Police officers’ immunity from liability fell under attack again Thursday in Congress as civil rights activists urged lawmakers to abolish the doctrine. They said the protection from lawsuits and criminal prosecution normally given to officers encourages irresponsible behavior... Read More

Police Chief: More Officers Needed to Fully Reopen Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Capitol Police told lawmakers Wednesday it was his recommendation to move forward... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Capitol Police told lawmakers Wednesday it was his recommendation to move forward with a phased-in reopening of the U.S. Capitol as his agency works to overcome attrition after the January 6 insurrection... Read More

2022-03-30 20:30:09
by Tom Ramstack
Senators Demand Explanation About FBI Investigation Lapses

WASHINGTON — High-ranking members of the Senate are calling on the FBI to explain what appear to be a series... Read More

WASHINGTON — High-ranking members of the Senate are calling on the FBI to explain what appear to be a series of blunders in the agency’s recent investigations of political officials and organizations. A newly revealed internal audit from 2019 said... Read More

2022-03-16 12:15:41
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Highlights Role of Misogynistic Extremism in Hot Yoga Shooting

WASHINGTON — On Nov. 2, 2018, Maura Binkley, a 21-year-old Florida State college student, was attending a hot yoga studio... Read More

WASHINGTON — On Nov. 2, 2018, Maura Binkley, a 21-year-old Florida State college student, was attending a hot yoga studio session in Tallahassee, Florida, when a 40-year-old man entered the studio with a gun and opened fire. The attacker killed... Read More

2022-03-15 13:17:36
by Tom Ramstack
Suspect Arrested in Shootings Of New York, DC Homeless

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., police say they arrested a man Tuesday morning suspected of shooting at least five homeless men... Read More

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., police say they arrested a man Tuesday morning suspected of shooting at least five homeless men this month. Two of the five men died. All of them lived in New York City or Washington. “Early this... Read More

2022-03-14 16:46:23
by Tom Ramstack
New York and DC Police Search for Serial Killer

WASHINGTON — The mayors of Washington, D.C., and New York City released a statement Sunday saying they are tracking what... Read More

WASHINGTON — The mayors of Washington, D.C., and New York City released a statement Sunday saying they are tracking what appears to be a serial killer who is attacking homeless people at random in both cities. Police blame at least... Read More

2022-03-11 22:22:39
by Tom Ramstack
DC Police Officer’s Suicide Declared Line-of-Duty Death

WASHINGTON — The widow of a Washington Metropolitan Police officer won her struggle this week to have her husband’s suicide... Read More

WASHINGTON — The widow of a Washington Metropolitan Police officer won her struggle this week to have her husband’s suicide after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol declared a line-of-duty death. Officer Jeffrey Smith died nine days after... Read More

2022-03-08 22:23:21
by Tom Ramstack
Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrectionist Convicted After First Jury Trial Among Rioters

WASHINGTON — A Texas oil rig worker on Tuesday became the first criminal defendant from the Jan. 6, 2021, riot... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Texas oil rig worker on Tuesday became the first criminal defendant from the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol to be convicted by a jury. Guy Reffitt, 49, was convicted in U.S. District Court in... Read More

2022-03-04 21:00:52
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Cracks Down on Firms Doing Business with Russian Partners

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department started organizing a task force this week to enforce the sanctions against Russia announced... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department started organizing a task force this week to enforce the sanctions against Russia announced in recent days by President Joe Biden. More than a dozen U.S. attorneys are hunting down violators of export controls... Read More

2022-02-27 17:23:34
by Dan McCue
Fencing Going Up, Streets Being Closed for State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON — An “inner-perimeter fence is going up around the U.S. Capitol building and several street closures have been announced... Read More

WASHINGTON — An “inner-perimeter fence is going up around the U.S. Capitol building and several street closures have been announced in conjunction with President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a statement... Read More

2022-02-24 16:58:47
by Reece Nations
New York Prosecutors Leading Trump Business Probe Resign 

NEW YORK — Two prosecutors leading the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business practices suddenly tendered... Read More

NEW YORK — Two prosecutors leading the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business practices suddenly tendered their resignations on Wednesday. While the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has been examining Trump and his business dealings since 2018,... Read More

2022-02-01 18:47:16
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Officers Union Signs Labor Agreement

WASHINGTON — Twelve years after their most recent labor pact expired the U.S. Capitol Police and the Labor Committee for... Read More

WASHINGTON — Twelve years after their most recent labor pact expired the U.S. Capitol Police and the Labor Committee for frontline Capitol Police officers have reached an agreement on the key provisions of a new collective bargaining agreement. Over the... Read More

2022-02-01 18:45:07
by Tom Ramstack
Rising Crime Rates Prompt Calls for Stricter Enforcement

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C.’s mayor is casting doubt on whether the city’s attorney general is adequately protecting residents against crime... Read More

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C.’s mayor is casting doubt on whether the city’s attorney general is adequately protecting residents against crime in a dispute echoed nationwide amid a surge in violence. "When a violent crime happens in our city, we need... Read More

2022-01-27 23:19:09
by Dan McCue
Garland Updates Bipartisan Group of Election Officials on Threat Status

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland held a virtual discussion with a bipartisan group of election officials on Wednesday,... Read More

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland held a virtual discussion with a bipartisan group of election officials on Wednesday, providing them with an update on the threats that have been investigated and addressed in the past several weeks. Among... Read More

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