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FBI launches probe into theft of U.S. taxpayer information
The FBI said on Thursday it had begun looking into the illegal access of the tax-return information of about 100,000 people disclosed by the Internal Revenue Service earlier this week. "The FBI has opened an investigation into the recently reported incident at the Internal Revenue Service and is working with our interagency partners to determine the nature and scope of this matter," a spokesman said. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday cyber criminals had sought to gain access to personal tax information 200,000 times from February to May, and were successful in about half of those attempts.
Thu, 28 May 2015 13:44:26 -0400
Defense in Freddie Gray case seeks to move trial from Baltimore
(Reuters) - Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the trial moved from Baltimore, saying their clients cannot get a fair trial there, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. The lawyers filed an 85-page document on Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court asking for a change of venue, arguing that a "presumption of prejudice" exists in the city, the newspaper said. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, was arrested April 12 and suffered a spinal injury in police custody.
Thu, 28 May 2015 11:45:10 -0400
U.S. President Obama visits family of journalist slain by ISIS
U.S. President Barack Obama met on Thursday with the family of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded last year by Islamic State militants. The White House said Obama met with Sotloff's parents Art and Shirley and his sister, Lauren, while he was in Florida for fundraising and a briefing on the upcoming hurricane season. "The president expressed his and the first ladys condolences for Stevens death," White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said.
Thu, 28 May 2015 13:47:59 -0400
Pennsylvania man gets 7 years in counterfeiting, scams
PITTSBURGH (AP) A judge has sentenced a Pittsburgh man to 7 years in federal prison for his role in a counterfeit money scheme based in Uganda and several other scams. Thu, 28 May 2015 15:48:37 -0400
Report: Deficient risk assessment led to drill rig grounding
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A federal agency says the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC mobile offshore drilling rig in 2012 was due to the company's inadequate assessment of risk involved in a winter tow across the treacherous Gulf of Alaska. Thu, 28 May 2015 15:48:29 -0400