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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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Immigration Deportations Down 10% in 2013

Almost 60% of the individuals deported from the United States in fiscal year 2013 had a criminal conviction, according to new statistics from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In the 12 months ending Sept. 30, ICE removed 368,644 people, representing a roughly 10% decrease over the previous fiscal year and the first year-over-year drop since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. Mexican ...

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Russian Diplomats, Spouses Charged in Medicaid Fraud

Federal prosecutors in the United States have charged 49 former or current Russian diplomats and their spouses in a long-running Medicaid fraud scheme described as “shameful and systemic corruption.” According to law enforcement officials, the defendants illegally obtained almost $500,000 from the government healthcare program for the poor between 2004 and August 2013, even as they were purchasing jewelry, ...

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Agents Unearth U.S.-Mexico Smuggling Tunnel

A tunnel stretching almost 600 yards between a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, and an industrial building in San Diego, Calif., was being used as a major drug-smuggling passageway, U.S. authorities announced recently. Federal agents seized 17,292 pounds of marijuana and 325 pounds of cocaine, and took three people into custody as part of the investigation that uncovered the tunnel, according to an Oct. 31 new ...

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DOJ Awards Grants to Combat Gangs, Violence

In an effort to curb gang activity, and youth and gun violence in communities across the country, the U.S. Department of Justice recently awarded grants totaling more than $13 million to help fund and expand crime prevention programs. The federal agency is providing about $5.1 million to 16 communities through the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which is run by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. It also ...

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National Campaign Spotlights Critical Infrastructure

Imagine daily life without power plants and electrical grids, bridges and interstate highways, water systems and communications networks. Such infrastructure is the backbone of 21st century America, and officials say the U.S. economy and national security could be placed in peril if these systems were damaged or destroyed. That’s why the federal government has declared November as Critical Infrastructure Se ...

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President Taps New Homeland Security Chief

President Barack Obama has nominated former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The selection requires Senate confirmation. Given Washington’s hyper-partisan atmosphere, those hearings are likely to feature Republican opposition, as signaled by early grumbling about Johnson’s selection. If confirmed, Johnson would fill the vacancy left by Janet Napolitano, w ...

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Federal Judiciary OKs Cost-Cutting Measures

Government spending cuts triggered by sequestration have left the federal court system scrambling to trim costs and reduce space, officials say. The enforced cutbacks of $1.2 trillion that went into effect March 1 reduced funding to the judiciary by $350 million for fiscal year 2013. According to U.S. Courts system, those sequestration measures “triggered broad cuts in court staff and programs.” ...

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Wiretap Use Jumped 24% in 2012, Report Finds

Wiretap surveillance increased significantly from 2011 to 2012, fueled mainly by a jump in the number of wiretaps approved by federal judges, according to a recent report. Nationwide, 3,395 wiretaps were authorized by state and federal judges last year, up 24% over the previous year. Federal judges signed off on 1,354 taps, which represented a 71% increase over 2011, the report found. ...

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