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Houston Judge Dismisses Bulk of Roger Clemens’ Defamation Suit Linked to Steroids

Winning baseball star Roger Clemens lost a serious round in civil court. Meanwhile, the FBI is trying to figure out whether he lied to Congress. That probe could eventually land him on the prison softfball team.

By MARY FLOOD
Houston Chronicle

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HOUSTON — A Houston federal judge on Thursday dismissed most of pitcher Roger Clemens’ defamation lawsuit against the ex-trainer who says he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone.
U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ruled that Brian McNamee did indeed have an immunity from being sued for the comments he made about Clemens to Sen. George Mitchell’s investigators in a Major League Baseball sponsored look at steroid abuse in the sport.
The judge found that evidence shows prosecutors threatened trainer McNamee that if he did not talk to Mitchell, he could have become a target of a criminal investigation. The judge therefore ruled McNamee was compelled to speak to Mitchell as part of a government proceeding and could not be sued for defamation for his comments.
The judge also ruled that he does not have jurisdiction over McNamee for Clemens’ complaints about McNamee’s statements made to Mitchell or statements made to a Sports Illustrated reporter because the statements were made in New York by McNamee, who lives in New York.
The judge suggested Clemens could refile his complaint about McNamee’s interview with the reporter in a New York court.
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Police in Maine Say Dirty Bomb Materials Posed No Danger

Police say the materials itself posed no danger, but it sounds like the person who had them might have.

By Eric Russell
Bangor Daily News
BANGOR, Maine – In the wake of revelations that a Belfast man had a stash of potentially hazardous materials at his home when he was killed last December, state Public Safety Commissioner Anne Jordan stressed Wednesday that at no time was the public at risk.
Jordan did confirm that a number of materials were taken from the home of James G. Cummings on the night of Dec. 9, and that the FBI was contacted.
“A [hazardous materials] team from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was called to the home the night of the homicide to remove a number of items from inside the home,” the commissioner said in a statement Wednesday. “An assessment that night by members of the hazmat team indicated the home was safe for State Police detectives to enter and conduct their investigation after the materials had been removed. In addition, detectives felt it was appropriate that the FBI be contacted.”
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Mexicans Arrest Man Suspected of Killing Border Patrol Agent

The signs of violence in this region are everywhere along the border. Here’s another example of how the violence is impacting American lives.

By ELLIOT SPAGAT
Associated Press Writer
SAN DIEGO – A man suspected of killing a U.S. Border Patrol agent last year by running him over with a drug-loaded Hummer was arrested Wednesday near a Mexican resort town, the FBI said.
Mexican federal agents arrested Jesus Navarro Montes, 22, near Zihuatenejo in an operation coordinated with the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI said. The U.S. government is seeking his extradition on drug charges.
FBI agents in San Diego want to question Navarro, a Mexican citizen, about the January 2008 death of Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar in southeastern California’s Imperial Sand Dunes, where marijuana smugglers have long mixed in with recreational dune riders.
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White Powder Triggers Evacuation of FBI Headquarters in El Paso

White powder scares have haunted the American landscape ever since 2001. Offices have been shut down with regularity, and there’s no end in sight.

By The Associated Press
EL PASO, Texas – The FBI headquarters in El Paso was evacuated Wednesday after two people in the mail room were exposed to a white powdery substance.
The employees who came in contact with the powder were taken to a local hospital as a precaution. Everyone else in the federal law enforcement building, which houses about 200 FBI employees and nearly 100 U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency personnel, was sent home while hazardous materials crews worked to identify the substance.
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It’s Raining Corporate Fraud: FBI Official Says Agency Has 500-plus Cases

There may be a job shortage and an ethics shortage in some political circles, but there’s no shortage of corporate fraud. The FBI may use some counterterrorism agents to help sort through the financial mess.

By Associated Press
WASHINGTON – The FBI is conducting more than 500 investigations of corporate fraud amid the financial meltdown, FBI Deputy Director John Pistole told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Investigators are tackling an even bigger mountain of mortgage fraud cases in which hundreds of millions of dollars may have been swindled from the system, he told lawmakers.
Pistole says there are 530 active corporate fraud investigations, and 38 of them involve some of the biggest names in corporate finance in cases directly related to the current economic crisis.
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Dirty Bomb Parts Found in Home of Man Shot by Wife

This comes under the category of “pretty darn scary”. The story was first reported by unattributable.com, an online magazine which covers and blogs on current events.

By Walter Griffin
Bangor Daily News
BELFAST, Maine – James G. Cummings, who police say was shot to death by his wife two months ago, allegedly had a cache of radioactive materials in his home suitable for building a “dirty bomb.”
According to an FBI field intelligence report from the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center posted online by WikiLeaks, an organization that posts leaked documents, an investigation into the case revealed that radioactive materials were removed from Cummings’ home after his shooting death on Dec. 9.
The report posted on the WikiLeaks Web site states that “On 9 December 2008, radiological dispersal device components and literature, and radioactive materials, were discovered at the Maine residence of an identified deceased [person] James Cummings.”
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FBI Turns to Foreign Press To Help Capture Boston Mobster “Whitey” Bulger

"Whitey" BulgerFBI Agent Richard Teahan at briefing

FBI Agent Richard Teahan at briefing/Bulger photo above

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – The FBI wants to capture Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger badly.
Correction. Make that very badly.
On Tuesday, the agency took things up a notch and invited the foreign press in Washington for a briefing on Bulger, 79, who’s wanted for a host of crimes including 19-counts of murder. Agents suspect Bulger has been living overseas and stashed money  where he could have easy access.
“We’re hoping again we can reach people around the world and just make Whitey Bulger more of a household name like he is in Boston,” said Gail A. Marcinkiewicz, the FBI’s Boston spokeswoman, who attended the briefing at the Washington Foreign Press Center . “We’re trying to get Whitey Bulger’s name out there.”
Boston FBI agent Richard Teahan briefed the small group of reporters who showed up – less than a half dozen– and provided details about the gangster including allegations by women who said they were molested by him as children. The agency also distributed photos, videos and audio tapes of Bulger, who is definitely a household name in the Boston area and is on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List along with Osama bin Laden.
Agent Marcinkiewicz said Bulger has been on the lam since 1995, and his last confirmed location was London in 2002. The FBI is offering a $2 million reward for information leading to his arrest.

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NYPD Counterterrorism Unit Thinks and Acts Globally

People expect big things from New York. The police department’s counterterrorism unit doesn’t disappoint with it’s global reach.

By Christopher Dickey
Newsweek

In sweltering Mumbai last November, two days after the terrorist rampage that killed or wounded more than 500 people, some odd figures joined the alphabet soup of agencies investigating the atrocity-three New York City police detectives. In 2005 other American cops looked at bomb detonators with Scotland Yard after the London tube bombings. Still others turned up in Madrid after its own train attacks in 2004, and several times in Jerusalem after suicide bombings there.
The cops showed up because David Cohen, the spymaster of the NYPD, sent them.
A former director of clandestine operations for the Central Intelligence Agency, Cohen wants his own people seeing up close and right away the warning signs-he calls them signatures-that might have revealed a terrorist operation taking shape.
And if the FBI, the CIA or any other federal agency objects to the NYPD making the world its beat, Cohen doesn’t really care.
“Listen to this,” he told me one morning at his office at police headquarters in downtown Manhattan. “We got a report from the FBI on the Madrid bombing which was terrific, it was great … It was f—ing 18 months later!” He drank from a mug with the eagle-and compass seal of the CIA on it. “They tried the best they could.”

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