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 2021-08-04 01:36 

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Trump-backed Carey wins House primary in Ohio...

Mike Carey topped a formidable field of 11 GOP primary contenders for the seat vacated by Republican Steve Stivers in May, even fending off Stivers' own pick, state Rep. Jeff LaRe, and three other experienced current or ex-lawmakers....

 2021-08-02 18:20 

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Taliban seize TV station in strategic city in Afghanistan...

The Pentagon has said about 95% of US troops have left and the Taliban have rapidly expanded their presence to large swaths of country. The speed at which Afghan security forces have lost control to the Taliban has shocked many and led to concerns that th...

 2021-08-02 11:33 

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California man who texted selfie from the Capitol riot arrested after tip from his prayer group to FBI...

A member of his prayer group contacted federal authorities after Glenn Allen Brooks texted a photo of himself in a crowd that forced its way inside the Capitol, officials said....

 2021-07-30 19:13 

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Senate advances nearly $1 trillion infrastructure plan...

Earlier this week, 17 GOP senators joined all Democrats in voting to start the debate, launching what will be a dayslong process to consider the bill. That support largely held Friday with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky again voting yes to ...

 2021-07-30 01:26 

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AG Garland threatens to sue Texas over migrant order...

The Department of Homeland Security also sent Wednesday's order to its attorneys to get their assessment, according to Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, who spoke to department officials....

 2021-07-28 11:20 

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U.S. men's basketball routs Iran in bounce-back performance...

The Americans deliver a Dream Team-like blowout against an overmatched opponent, racing out for transition dunks and stepping back to knock down some of their 19 3-pointers in a 120-66 win....

 2021-07-28 01:29 

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DoJ won't defend GOP lawmaker in Capitol riot suit...

The Justice Department said in the court filing that it had determined that Rep. Mo Brooks' appearance at the Jan. 6 rally - in which then-President Donald Trump exhorted his supporters to stop the certification of Joe Biden's electoral victory - ...

 2021-07-27 23:56 

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FBI got inside a KKK group plotting a murder in 2015...

In November, a Georgia deputy was caught on an FBI wiretap boasting about targeting Black people for felony arrests so they couldn't vote, and recruiting colleagues into a group called "Shadow Moses." In 2017, an interim police chief in Oklaho...

 2021-07-27 21:55 

San Jose Mercury

Hayward tax return preparer busted by undercover IRS agent sentenced to federal prison for filing false returns...

Rajnish Shokeen was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison after pleading guilty to a charge of filing a false tax return....

 2021-07-27 12:53 

San Jose Mercury

DOJ drops charges against visiting Chinese researchers, including one at UC Davis...

The DOJ announced charges against Tang Juan and three other scientists living in the U.S. last July, saying they lied about their status as members of China's People's Liberation Army....

 2021-07-27 12:51 

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Russia knocks off Team USA; Simone Biles withdraws from Olympics team competition...

Olympic all-around champion Biles leaves competition after first rotation....

 2021-07-24 23:26 

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Russia, China, Japan men surge to gymnastics lead at Tokyo Games...

Japan's Kohei Uchimura, the two-time Olympic champion, fell midway through his routine and will not advance to high bar event finals at the Tokyo Games....

 2021-07-23 00:30 

San Jose Mercury

Democrats renew questions about FBI probe of Kavanaugh...

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court in October 2018 after a rancorous process in which claims emerged that he had sexually assaulted women three decades ago. He emphatically denied the allegations....

 2021-07-22 18:36 

San Jose Mercury

FBI agent at center of Michigan Gov. Whitmer kidnap probe assaulted wife after swingers' party, authorities say...

An FBI agent at the center of the investigation into the plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is accused of smashing his wife's head against a nightstand and choking her after a dispute stemming from their attendance at a swingers' party....

 2021-07-21 22:10 

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A Bay Area dentist office embezzlement case is somehow tied to massive probe of Hells Angels, murder investigation...

Katrina Maras has been charged with fraudulent use of her employer's credit card, alleged crimes that were discovered when the FBI investigated her partner's link to the Hells Angels....

 2021-07-21 14:19 

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Notorious drug dealer 'White Boy Rick' announces lawsuit against feds, Detroit police for child abuse...

On the one-year anniversary of his release from prison after 32 years, Richard Wershe Jr. filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing former FBI agents, ex-Detroit police officers and former federal prosecutors of child abuse in connection with his time as an inform...

 2021-07-20 19:28 

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Trump ally Barrack arrested on foreign lobbying charges...

Thomas Barrack is accused of unlawfully advancing the interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the United States. He is also alleged to have lied to FBI agents during an interview about his dealings with the UAE....

 2021-07-19 18:13 

San Jose Mercury

FBI file on Boston serial killer James 'Whitey' Bulger declassified...

Months before sadistic Southie mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was recruited by the FBI, he was hunted for loan sharking where he was wiretapped and beat an agency mole, newly declassified records imply....

 2021-07-19 18:10 

San Jose Mercury

Excerpts from the FBI Bulger file: How to fix a horse race...

Excerpts from the 300-page FBI file on James "Whitey" Bulger -- at least the pages that are not redacted or left out -- stitch together schemes to score easy money at every turn. Here are a few examples:...

 2021-07-18 17:14 

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Rights group in Russia shuts down amid government crackdown...

MOSCOW (AP) — A rights group in Russia announced Sunday that it was shutting down, citing fear of prosecution of its members and supporters after Russian authorities blocked its website for allegedly publishing content from an "undesirable"; ...

 2021-07-16 19:25 

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Moscow lifts dining restrictions as Russia sets death record...

The softening of restrictions in the Russian capital reflects their devastating impact on restaurant owners, who pleaded with city officials for weeks to rescind them. The decision comes even as Moscow is still experiencing a surge in infections and Russi...

 2021-07-16 00:55 

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Biden presses Merkel on Russia pipeline project...

"On a personal note, I must tell you I will miss seeing you at our summits," Biden said as he stood by Merkel, the second-longest serving chancellor in Germany's history, at a late afternoon White House press conference. "I truly will."...

 2021-07-14 21:52 

San Jose Mercury

Watchdog says FBI mishandled USA Gymnastics abuse case...

At least 40 girls and women said they were molested over a 14-month period while the FBI was aware of other sexual abuse allegations involving Nassar. Officials at USA Gymnastics also contacted FBI officials in Los Angeles in May 2016 after eight months o...

 2021-07-14 12:03 

San Jose Mercury

Trial date reset for former UC Davis researcher, a Chinese national charged with visa fraud...

A July jury trial date in federal court has been reshuffled for a 38-year-old former University of California, Davis, researcher charged last year with visa fraud and lying to the FBI about being a member of the Chinese military, a case that made national...

 2021-07-14 00:51 

San Jose Mercury

Feds charge 4 in Iran in plot against US journalist, others...

William F. Sweeney Jr., the head of New York's FBI office, noted that the indictment sounded a bit like "some far-fetched movie plot." "We allege a group, backed by the Iranian government, conspired to kidnap a U.S. based journalist here o...

 2021-07-13 17:31 

San Jose Mercury

Death toll rises to 92 in Iraq COVID ward blaze...

Mac Skelton, a medical sociologist focused on Iraq, said chaos and neglect in Iraq's public hospitals since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 have given rise to "toxic" distrust between patients and doctors....

 2021-07-12 16:35 

San Jose Mercury

Racism after Euro final: Police investigate 'unforgivable' online abuse of 3 England players...

British police opened investigations Monday into the racist abuse of three Black players who failed to score penalties in England's shootout loss to Italy in the European Championship final....

 2021-07-12 13:46 

San Jose Mercury

New child tax credit payments start this week. Here's how the IRS is trying to make sure the neediest families don't miss out...

Eligible parents can get half their credit -- up to $300 a month for each child under age 6 and up to $250 for each one ages 6 to 17 -- from now through the rest of the year....

 2021-07-09 20:22 

San Jose Mercury

Colombia describes travel by suspects in Haiti assassination...

In Washington, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said senior FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials will be sent to Haiti "as soon as possible to assess the situation and how we may be able to assist."...

 2021-07-09 19:24 

San Jose Mercury

Biden tells Putin Russia needs to crack down on cybercriminals...

"I made it very clear to him that the United States expects, when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil even though it was not, not sponsored by the state, we expect him to act," Biden said, speaking to reporters at an event on economic c...

 2021-07-05 11:52 

San Jose Mercury

The Latest: Sputnik V trials among 12-17s start in Moscow...

Early trials of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine among children ages 12 to 17 have started in Moscow, city officials said Monday....

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