May 8, 2015

FBI bulletin sent to Texas police about gunman just before attack

U.S. government investigators learned several hours before a provocative cartoon contest that a man under investigation for extremist activities might show up, but had no indication that he planned to attack the event, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday. The information about Elton Simpson ...

Apr 20, 2015

Forensic lab 'errors' against criminal suspects spanned years, FBI admits

The FBI on Sunday admitted “errors” spanning several years in evidence provided in court by its forensic lab to help secure criminal convictions, including in death penalty cases. The admission follows a report by the Inspector General’s Office (OIG) last July probing “irregularities” by ...

Apr 8, 2015

Despite law, FBI can give ransom to kidnappers

While U.S. policy bans federal officials from doing business with kidnappers, the FBI for years has used a secret exemption to government rules to communicate with hostage-takers and sometimes send money to them, U.S. government sources said. Under a directive issued by President George ...

Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program, officials say

Mar 30, 2015

Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program, officials say

The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits. After ...

Mar 20, 2015

FBI investigating hanging death of missing black man in Mississippi

Federal and state authorities are investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday. The investigation involves the FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s ...