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FBI Raids Arizona Business That Sells Bodies, Body Parts to Research Facilities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI raided a business in Arizona that buys cadavers and body parts for a human tissue bank, AZFamily.com reports.

Federal and state authorities wearing masks hauled away boxes from Biological Resource Center on Monday.

The business describes itself as a facility that “connects those who wish to donate their body to science with medical and research facilities.”

The FBI declined to divulge details.

“I can’t tell you much,” Stephanie Grisham with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office told AZFamily.com. “All I can say is that it’s a joint investigation between the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the FBI.”

Man Wearing Google Glass Faces Hour-Long Interrogation at Ohio Movie Theater

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An Ohio man was interrogated for an hour after he was spotted wearing Goggle Glass at a movie theater.

The Business Insider reports that the glasses caused alarm at the AMC theater, where employees believed he was illegally taping the film.

The man, who has not been identified, tried telling authorities that the device was turned off and that the glasses were prescription. But authorities didn’t believe him and eventually sorted through the contents of the device.

“While we’re huge fans of technology and innovation, wearing a device that has the capability to record video is not appropriate at the movie theatre,” AMC wrote in a statement.

Wife of Missing FBI Agent in Iran Demand More Information from FBI About Husband

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of Bob Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran nearly seven years ago, is fed up and said she wants the world to know the truth about her husband.

“He was working as a consultant for the CIA,” his wife, Christine Levinson, told CBS News.

Levinson wants the FBI to divulge details of her husband’s work with the CIA.

In 2011, the family received documents, pictures and a video of Bob Levinson apparently in detention in Iran.

Secret Services Investigates Potential Link Between Target Breach, Border Arrests

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating a potential link between the recent hacking of consumer data from Target and the arrest of two Mexicans over the weekend, Reuters reports.

The Mexicans were found with a cache of fraudulent credit cards.

Target said the breach ended in the theft of 40 million credit and debit card records, Reuters reported.

“The U.S. Secret Service continues to work closely with affected parties and law enforcement to investigate the Target breach. In regards to the arrest announced yesterday, the Secret Service is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and McAllen Police Department to determine if there is any connection,” Donovan said in an email.

More than 250,000 Arrests Makes Texas-Mexico Border the Busiest in Country

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas is ground zero for Border Patrol arrests, the Associated Press reports.

Of the 420,789 apprehensions during the Border Patrol’s fiscal year that ended in September, 235,567 of the arrests were made in Texas.

Arizona, which often is the busiest border, saw 125,942 arrests.

Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said the increase in Texas arrests is largely due to an influx of immigrants from Central America.

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Ex-Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his Wife Are Indicted in Alleged Public Corruption Scheme

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As expected, former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, once mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate,  and his wife Maureen, were charged Tuesday in a 14-count indictment for allegedly taking gifts and cash in exchange for improperly helping a businessman.

Authorities in Eastern District of Virginia alleged in the indictment that from April 2011 through March 2013, the McDonnells schemed to use the former governor’s official position to enrich themselves and their family members by soliciting and obtaining payments, loans, gifts and other things of value from Star Scientific, a Virginia-based corporation, and “JW,” then Star Scientific’s chief executive officer.

The McDonnells obtained the things of value in exchange for the former governor performing official actions on an as-needed basis to legitimize, promote and obtain research studies for Star’s products, including the dietary supplement Anatabloc, a press release said.

McDonnell denied wrongdoing, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Authorities allege that the McDonnells obtained from JW more than $135,000 in direct payments as gifts and loans, thousands of dollars in golf outings, and numerous other things of value.

As part of the scheme, Robert McDonnell arranged meetings for JW with Virginia government officials. McDonnell also hosted and attended events at the Governor’s Mansion that encouraged Virginia university researchers to initiate studies of Star’s products and to promote Star’s products to doctors for referral to their patients.

“Public officials hold positions of trust and must accept the transparency and accountability that our laws require and their constituents expect,” said IRS-CI Chief Richard Weber in a statement. “IRS-CI stands committed to investigating those officials. This case should serve as a strong warning to those who might consider similar behavior. No one is above the law and everyone is accountable for their misdeeds.”

 

FBI Joins Search for Missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird in New Jersey


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird was last seen leaving his home in New Jersey more than a week ago.

Now the FBI is getting involved and helping local police, Fox News reports.

Bird, 55, disappeared on Jan. 11 after going on a short walk in Morris County.

So far, local police have been unable to find any credible leads.

FBI Director Comey Raises Concerns About Radicalized Americans Carrying Out Attacks

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James B. Comey is expressing increased concerns about Americans being radicalized in the Middle East and North Africa and returning to the U.S. to carry out attacks, the Tribune Washington Bureau reports.

The agency is stepping up efforts to identify radicalized Americans who who travel overseas.

“We are focused on trying to figure out what our people are up to, who should be spoken to, who should be followed, who should be charged,” Comey said in a recent meeting with reporters. “It’s something we are intensely focused on.”