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U.S. revives federal task force to fight homegrown extremists: officials

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is re-establishing a law enforcement group to fight those it designates as domestic terrorists, with an announcement expected on Tuesday, Department of Justice officials said. Following hate-motivated shootings such as the one at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, Missouri…

Federal prosecutors charge SAC Capital hedge fund with criminal fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors on Thursday unveiled criminal fraud charges against billionaire Steven A. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors LP, capping a nearly seven-year probe into one of Wall Street’s most renowned firms. The indictment accused SAC and various affiliates of four counts of securities fraud and one count…

Baptist pastor: Sex with underage girl ‘is exactly what Christ desires’

The former pastor of an Indiana megachurch who is awaiting sentencing in a sex crimes case told a 17-year-old girl that Jesus wanted her to have sexual relations with him. Federal prosecutors on Wednesday released letters in which former First Baptist Church pastor Jack Schaap explained that the underage girl…

Feds crack down on Colorado medical pot dispensaries

DENVER (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors in Colorado launched a crackdown on Thursday against nearly two dozen medical marijuana dispensaries located within 1,000 feet of schools, giving the proprietors 45 days to cease operations or face civil and criminal penalties. U.S. Attorney John Walsh issued the ultimatum in letters to 23…

21 top Mexican prosecutors quit amid purge

Mexico’s attorney general’s office announced the resignations of federal prosecutors of 21 out of 32 states amid a widespread purge of the department. Attorney General Marisela Morales said in a statement shortly afterwards that “purging is fundamental within the PGR (Attorney General’s Office) to give the results that citizens are…

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