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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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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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Agents: $387,000 Stashed on Mexico-Bound Bus

Agents with an Alabama-based drug task force discovered almost $390,000 in cash hidden in passengers’ luggage on a bus heading to Mexico, according to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE). The officers stopped the bus on Dec. 8 in the small town of Cuba, Ala., near the Mississippi state line. A drug-sniffing dog indicated the presence of contraband in the luggage compartment, according to an ICE n ...

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U.S. Women Heading to Federal Prison in Terror Plot

Colleen LaRose, better known as “Jihad Jane,” was sentenced to 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to charges including conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, conspiracy to provide support to terrorists and attempted identity theft. Her co-defendant, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, aka “Jihad Jamie,” also was sentenced in January 2014 to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to provide ma ...

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Identity Theft Cost Victims $24.7 Billion, Report Finds

Identity theft continues to cost Americans a lot of time, money and emotional stability, according to a new federal report. Roughly 16.6 million people experienced at least one incident of identity theft in 2012. That equates to 7% of the U.S. population age 16 years or older. The losses attached to those thefts totaled nearly $25 billion, outdistancing the combined losses associated with all other property ...

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Homeland Security Expands Cybersecurity Program for College Students

A program created to engage top-notch college students in cybersecurity work is expanding, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Initiative, founded in April 2013 by then- Secretary Janet Napolitano, will select more than 100 students to work as volunteers in dozens of locations across the country in 2014. ...

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Police Chiefs Call for Criminal Justice Improvements

The International Association of Chiefs of Police has teamed with the federal Justice Department and the Innocence Project to endorse a slate of measures designed to reduce the number of wrongful convictions. The 30 recommendations include the use of new guidelines for photo lineups, more cautious use of eyewitness identifications and stricter oversight of police interviews, according to a December 2013 new ...

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Firearm Background Check System Hits 15th Anniversary

The computerized system that provides instantaneous background checks for gun purchases across the United States recently marked its 15th anniversary. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has processed more than 177 million transactions since its creation in November 1998, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Each time one of the almost 47,000 licensed gun sellers nation ...

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