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Life Continues, Slowly at First, for Widow of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Steve Neavling

Katherine Russell is trying to return to a normal life.

That’s no easy task when you’re the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a firefight with police in April.

Russell is caring for her toddler daughter and working for a family friend in New Hampshire, The Providence Journal reports.

Her lawyer dispelled rumors that Russell converted to Christianity.

“She remains a Muslim and still wears a hijab,” lawyer Amato A. DeLuca, of DeLuca & Weizenbaum said.

Columnist Excited About Attending 2013 FBI Citizens Academy This Fall

By Capi Lynn
Statesman Journal

For lack of a better description, this is going to be cool. Way cool. I have been accepted to the 2013 FBI Citizens Academy being held this fall in Salem.

I’ve done my share of research about the academy, which was started in 1993 and today is offered at 56 field offices nationwide. The Portland Division, one of those field offices, has organized more than 20 academies since 2000, and more than 700 citizens statewide have graduated.

The highlight of the seven-week training program for many is the final session. That’s when attendees get to play with some of the FBI’s toys — as in the guns and gear and things that go boom.

“You’re going to get hands-on experience that is way too cool,” said graduate Art Bobrowitz, a retired public information officer and training supervisor for Oregon State Police. “I’m not going to tell you what all it is, but you’re going to have an absolute blast.

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FBI, Police Crack Missouri Murder Mystery After Nearly 30 Years

Steve Neavling

Paul A. Moses cruised through the last three decades while the Missouri family of a murdered woman desperately sought the killer.

On Tuesday, FBI agents arrested the 64-year-old suspected murderer on federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, the FBI reports.

A Jasper County arrest warrant also charges Moses with murder.

Moses was transported to the San Diego FBI Field Office to be photographed and fingerprinted.


Crackdown on Los Angeles Street Gangs Reveals Photos of Armed Children

Steve Neavling

A young girl in pink pajamas is pictured pointing a Kalashnikov-style assault rifle.

Children also are posed flashing gang signs.

The chilling images were found when the FBI and LSAP officers conducted raids late last week targeting the Rollin’ 30s Harlem Crips gang, the New York Daily News reports.

More than 30 alleged gang members were arrested.

“It’s a culture of violence,” LAPD Cmdr. Bill Scott told reporters Thursday.

FBI Steps Up Scrutiny of Syrians Inside U.S. Amid Fears of Retaliation for Military Action

Steve Neavling

The FBI is stepping up its surveillance of Syrians inside the U.S. because of fears of a terrorist attack in retaliation for American military involvement in the country’s affairs, the New York Times reports.

Also of concern are cyberattacks, which officials warned federal agencies and private companies about in recent days.

Syria isn’t the only worry. Authorities also are on alert after Iran threatened to retaliate against Israel if the U.S. attacks, the New York Times wrote. Iran also is considered a sponsor of terrorism and could attack U.S. targets.

“They’re not starting from scratch — the field offices know what they have in terms of sources and investigations, but this is a directive for them to redouble their efforts and check their traps,” one senior American official told the Times.

DEA Has Unprecedented Access for AT&T Phone Records Dating Back to 1987

Steve Neavling

AT&T agreed to provide the DEA with real time access to an unprecedented amount of phone records as part of a recently revealed partnership, The Atlantic reports.

Since 2007, the DEA has had access to every call that goes through AT&T’s switchboard, The Atlantic wrote.

The phone company even provided four employees to help track down suspects.

The access includes phone numbers, time and duration of calls and where the calls were made dating back to 1987.

To put that into perspective, 4 billion call records accumulate every day, the New York Times wrote.

Denver’s ATF Head Lands Job As New Director of Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Steve Neavling

The ATF’s head of the Denver field division has been named the new director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Denver Post reports.

The Navy announced Andrew Traver’s new position Friday.

“It is an awesome privilege to be chosen to lead a top-tier, elite agency in NCIS, and I intend to do my very best to ensure that NCIS continues to be a highly proficient, efficient and accomplished force, setting an inspiring professional standard for all to emulate,” Traver said.

Traver had been nominated by President Obama to become the new director of ATF, but his nomination stalled and never went anywhere.



Suspect Spits Blood at Border Patrol Agent Following Violent Encounter

Steve Neavling 

The suspect was unwilling to go without a fight.

When a Border Patrol agent was arresting Alberto Mayen, the Guatemalan responded by twisting the agents arm and then pounding the agent in the chest, Valley Central reports.

The suspect, who was sent to the hospital, spat blood on the agent when another agent came to help.

The pair were able to get the suspect into a Border Patrol car, Valley Central reported.