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Virginia Colleges Receive Federal Grant to Combat Domestic Violence

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded two Virginia universities an almost $500,000 grant to train and educate their students and staff about domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The three-year grant, from the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women, will be divided between the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), according to the schools. ...

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Experts Named to National Commission on Forensic Science

More than three-dozen experts have been appointed to serve on the National Commission on Forensic Science, a newly created board that will work to strengthen practices in the field, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The appointees were chosen from a pool of more than 300 candidates and include top names in the fields of research, law enforcement, academia and law. Deputy Attorney General James M. ...

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Feds: Contractor Tried to Smuggle Military Secrets to Iran

An engineer who spent time working for U.S. defense contractors has been indicted on charges that he attempted to smuggle sensitive military information to Iran, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mazaffar Khazaee, of Indianapolis, Ind., is charged with two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property, according to the FBI. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison ...

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Target Pledges $5 Million to Cybersecurity Education Following Cyber Attacks

Target is continuing its attempts to rebuild credibility following news that millions of its shoppers had their payment information stolen. In a press release, the retailer said it will draw on experts with the organizations to find ways to effectively educate consumers about the dangers of online threats, such as phishing scams. ...

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Body-Worn Police Cameras Growing in Popularity

Police departments and other law enforcement agencies across the country are experimenting with, or at least considering, the use of body-worn cameras for their officers. The Orlando Police Department is teaming with the University of South Florida (USF) to conduct a yearlong study using on-body cameras. The study will evaluate and compare police interactions with civilians that occur with and without camer ...

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Former NY Police, Firefighters Accused in Disability Fraud

Authorities in New York have charged 106 people – many of them former police officers and firefighters – with perpetrating a $400 million fraud against the Social Security disability system. Local, state and federal investigators said the scam began in January 1988 and proceeded under the guidance of four men: Raymond Lavallee, 83, a former FBI agent and prosecutor; Thomas Hale, 89; Joseph Esposito, 64, a r ...

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Big Game Hunting Guide Accused of Maiming Mountain Lions

A Colorado big game outfitter is accused of illegally trapping bobcats and mountain lions and then shooting some of them in the legs or paws to make it easier for clients to hunt the big cats, federal authorities have announced. Christopher W. Loncarich, of Mack, Colo., faces charges including conspiracy, transportation and sale of unlawfully taken wildlife, and creation of false records concerning wildlife ...

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Neiman Marcus also Targeted by Holiday Season Hackers

Upscale retailer Neiman Marcus is the latest major corporation to announce that it was the victim of a cyber attack during the holiday shopping season. The Dallas, Texas-based company, which operates nearly 80 department stores and clearance centers nationwide, said it learned in mid-December 2013 of the possible theft of customers’ debit and credit card data. ...

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