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Trump-Russia: FBI probed whether Trump was working for Moscow – NYT

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The FBI became concerned after Mr Trump fired FBI director James Comey, the New York Times reports The White House has condemned a New York Times report that the FBI opened an inquiry into whether President Trump was secretly working for Russia. Law enforcement officials became concerned by Mr Trump’s behaviour in May 2017, when he sacked FBI director James Comey, the paper says. The investigation reportedly examined whether Mr Trump was a national security threat. “This is absurd,” White House press secretary Sarah…

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Backflip FBI agent avoids jail over accidental bar shooting

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe FBI agent was performing a backflip A former FBI agent who accidentally shot a man while performing a backflip in a Denver bar has avoided jail after agreeing to a plea deal. Chase Bishop, 30, admitted third-degree assault and was sentenced to two years unsupervised probation. Bishop was off-duty when he was filmed dropping his gun while dancing last June. As he picked the weapon up it went off. Video of the incident went viral on social media and led to…

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FBI swoops on ‘national threat’ ‘hacks for hire’ sites

Image caption All 15 websites targeted in the operation have been seized The FBI has seized control of 15 websites that let people pay to knock individuals and other sites offline. The so-called booters sought to swamp targets with huge amounts of data in what are known as distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Three US men have been charged with allegedly offering DDoS services. “DDoS-for-hire services such as these pose a significant national threat,” US Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder said in a statement. The FBI says more than 200,000 attacks have…

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Facebook boots 115 accounts after FBI tip on eve of U.S. election

FILE PHOTO: A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo as he poses with a laptop in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc blocked about 115 user accounts after U.S. authorities tipped it off to suspicious behavior that may be linked to a foreign entity, the company said in a blog post on Monday, hours before U.S. voters head to the polls. The social network said it needed to…

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Facebook trims data breach to 29 million users as FBI probes

(Reuters) – Cyber attackers stole data from 29 million Facebook accounts using an automated program that moved from one friend to the next, Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Friday, as the social media company said its largest-ever data theft hit fewer than the 50 million profiles it initially reported. Figurines are seen in front of the Facebook logo in this illustration taken March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic The company said it would message affected users over the coming days to tell them what type of information had been accessed in…

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Brett Kavanaugh: Senate to get FBI report within hours

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Senators will shortly receive the FBI’s report on Judge Brett Kavanaugh The US Senate is expected to receive the FBI’s report on allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, in the next few hours. Its conclusions will not be made public, but Senators will be able to review the report on Thursday. Republicans and Democrats remain bitterly divided on whether to approve Mr Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court judge. The judge has vehemently denied all allegations against him. Republican Senate…

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Trump: FBI can question ‘anybody’ about Kavanaugh

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump: I’d be the world’s worst drinker President Trump has said he wants the FBI to conduct a “very comprehensive investigation” into sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee – but not a “witch hunt”. US media reports earlier suggested the White House wanted to restrict the inquiry into Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Mr Trump said he had requested that the FBI be given free rein, but added: “I’d like it to go quickly.” Judge Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge has been interviewed…

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Brett Kavanaugh: FBI contacts second woman

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Brett Kavanaugh angrily denied allegations he faces at a hearing on Thursday The FBI has approached the second woman to accuse US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct as it begins a fresh inquiry into him. Deborah Ramirez accuses Judge Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a drinking game when they were students at Yale University in the 1980s. The judge has denied the allegation, describing it as a smear. President Donald Trump ordered a new investigation after the judge’s first…

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New Mexico compound gang arrested by FBI

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Officers found 11 starving children at the remote compound, and the remains of a toddler Five adults at a desert compound in New Mexico have been arrested by the FBI weeks after a judge received death threats for granting them bail. The two men and three women, residents at a site where 11 starving children and the buried remains of a toddler were found, face conspiracy charges. Child abuse charges against the five were dismissed after a 10-day limit for a hearing was missed by…

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FBI sought Google location data of many to catch robber

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google is under fire for keeping location data when users have switched off the function The FBI requested location data from Google covering 100 acres (0.4 sq km) as part of an investigation into a series of robberies in US city Portland, reports Forbes. The request for data on users in the area amounted to an “indiscriminate search”, said lawyers. It comes amid news that Google stores geographical data from phones even when location history is turned off. But the search giant did not…

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