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Violent crime down 6.4 percent in U.S. in 2011

The number of violent crimes reported in the United States fell 6.4 percent in the first six months of 2011 compared to the same period last year, the FBI reported Monday. The US law enforcement agency’s preliminary semiannual crime report, based on information from more than 12,500 local police agencies,…

Mueller confirms FBI will update rape definition

FBI Director Robert Mueller confirmed Wednesday that the agency would expand its definition of “rape,” which has not been updated since 1929. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program currently defines rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” Rape without force is not included.…

Black Friday gun sales hit all-time high

WASHINGTON — US firearms sales reached a record 129,166 during last week’s Black Friday that kicked off the holiday shopping season, a 32 percent increase from the previous all-time high, officials said. The FBI confirmed the jump from the last peak of 97,848 weapons sold during Black Friday of 2008,…

ACLU: FBI illegally spying on Muslim groups

NEW YORK — The FBI has spied and compiled information on Muslim community groups under the cover of holding outreach meetings with their representatives, a US rights organization said Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a report saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation had overstepped its authority and was…

Manila says arrested hackers funded by Saudi group

MANILA/BOSTON (Reuters) – Philippine police and the FBI have arrested four people over a hacking operation that targeted customers of U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T to funnel money to a Saudi-based militant group. Those arrested on Wednesday in Manila were paid by the same group the Federal Bureau of Investigation accuses…

U.S. man pleads not guilty to aerial bomb plot

WORCESTER, Massachusetts — A US physics graduate accused of planning to bomb the US Capitol and the Pentagon with explosives-packed model planes pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday. Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, is also accused of planning to attack the sites in Washington with automatic weapons and grenades. He faces…

FBI arrests 16 in ‘Anonymous’ hacker crackdown

WASHINGTON — US authorities Tuesday arrested 16 people for cyber crimes including 14 over an online attack on the PayPal website claimed by the hacking group “Anonymous,” the Department of Justice (DoJ) said. The US indictment against the 14 hackers alleges the denial of service (DDoS) attacks on PayPal were…

FBI: Pakistani spy agency secretly lobbied U.S. lawmakers

Republicans and Democrats were the recipients of about $2 million in lobbying dollars secretly funneled into a U.S. nonprofit by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, U.S. law enforcement officials said in court documents filed Tuesday. Syed Ghulam Fai, who chaired the Kashmiri American Council, and Zaheer Ahmad, were arrested earlier today on…

Documents: Alleged anthrax killer lacked necessary equipment

Court documents filed this week by the Department of Justice claim that Dr. Bruce Ivins, an army scientist who allegedly mailed packages of anthrax spores to government officials and members of the press in 2001, did not possess the equipment necessary to have orchestrated the attacks. Despite the admission, discovered…

Confirmed: FBI probing News Corp. allegations

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a probe into allegations that employees of News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, attempted to bribe police and hack the voicemails of American citizens killed on Sept. 11, 2001, according to a senior law enforcement…

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