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ATF Adds A New Nose To Its Team

ATF in Chicago is getting an added nose for sniffing out crime: A dog.

Mike Robinson
The Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO –Meet Chris. He has a nose for trouble.
The frisky yellow Labrador retriever is the newest sleuth to join the crime-fighting team in the Chicago office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
With his sensitive and highly-trained nose, Chris doesn’t just sniff out a hidden bomb. He finds where explosives used to be stored — even after they have been removed.

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Mueller Goes Up To The Hill To Talk Anthrax

Mueller/fbi photo

Mueller/fbi photo

FBI director Robert Mueller III is up on the Hill today to explain the anthrax case against scientist Bruce E. Ivins, who committed suicide before any charges were filed. The case relies heavily on circumstantial evidence, which has created a stew of critics.

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer 
WASHINGTON — The strength of the government’s evidence against Bruce E. Ivins, who died before prosecutors publicly labeled him the lone culprit in the 2001 anthrax-by-mail attacks, will be tested anew today when FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III appears before the House Judiciary Committee.
Authorities have released scores of pages from search warrants that they executed in an attempt to link Ivins, a bioweapons researcher at the Army lab at Fort Detrick, Md., to poison-laced letters that killed five people and sickened 17.

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Feds Say Ex-FBI Agent Acted Like Gangster

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John Connolly/wbztv

On the opening day of trial in Miami, prosecutors portrayed ex-Boston FBI agent John Connolly as another member of the Whitey Bulger gang who was responsible for murder. Meanwhile, Bulger remains a fugtive.

Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe Staff
MIAMI – A jury of Floridians was introduced yesterday to Boston’s most notorious gangsters, a dizzying array of slayings, Byzantine betrayals, and a glimpse of a scandal involving the FBI’s handling of informants, as testimony began in the trial of former FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. on murder charges.
A federal prosecutor from Boston portrayed Connolly as a corrupt agent who recruited gangster James “Whitey” Bulger as an informant and then became “just another member of the gang” and leaked sensitive information that provoked the 1982 slaying of Boston business consultant John B. Callahan.

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FBI Says U.S. Crime Slightly Down

The FBI reported that crime in 2007 declined a bit including murder and other violent acts. 

By Solomon Moore
New York Times
Violent crime declined slightly in 2007, reversing a two-year rise, and property crimes declined for a fifth straight year, an annual national survey released on Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation found.
The survey, the Uniform Crime Report, compiled crime data from more than 17,700 law enforcement agencies, which reported 1,408,337 violent crimes, a decrease of 0.7 percent from 2007. Violent crimes include murder, manslaughter, rape and assault; all four of those types of crime decreased.

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