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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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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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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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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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Studies Find 20-Year Drop in Gun Deaths

Gun-related homicides and other violence involving firearms have fallen significantly over the past two decades, two new studies found. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), firearm-related homicides dropped by 39%, from 18,253 to 11,101, between 1993 and 2011. Firearm-related crimes that were not fatal decreased 69% over the same period, from 1.5 million victimizations to 467,300 victim ...

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Report: Cost of Online Scams Increased in 2012

A national clearinghouse for reporting Internet-related crime received 289,874 complaints in 2012, representing financial losses of more than $525 million, according to the organization’s annual report. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reported that 39.6% of the complaints reported dollar losses. Total losses increased 8.3% over 2011, even though the number of complaints received by IC3 decreased b ...

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McAfee Executive Named to U.S. Cybersecurity Post

An executive with the technology security company McAfee has been appointed to head cybersecurity policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During her tenure as vice president and chief technology officer at McAfee, Phyllis Schneck led initiatives relating to public sector cybersecurity, global threat intelligence and adaptive security, according to the company’s website. As Deputy Under Sec ...

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