‘Pressure cooker’ devices used in Boston Marathon bombing

Federal agents zeroed in Tuesday on how the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out — with kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel — but said they still didn’t know who did it and why. An intelligence bulletin issued to law enforcement and released late Tuesday included a picture of a […]

FBI’s privacy-invading ‘National Security Letters’ gag orders ruled unconstitutional

FBI’s privacy-invading ‘National Security Letters’ gag orders ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge in California Thursday ruled that the FBI usages of secretcy in so-called “National Security Letters” is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment of the United States. The decision comes as good news to the publisher of Capitol Hill Blue because the agency attempted to use such a letter to obtain records of […]

Father chased son into desert before shooting

Father chased son into desert before shooting

Mysterious black bag in hand, Jared Loughner ran into the desert, his angry father stopping pursuit in his truck. Hours after Randy Loughner’s futile confrontation with his 22-year-old son Saturday morning, six people were shot dead and more than a dozen others wounded — and Jared Loughner was in custody. The sheriff’s deputies who swarmed […]

Personal threats a job perk for Congress

Personal threats a job perk for Congress

Growing hazard for members of Congress: Threats — both real and perceived. Pennies tinged in red, purported to be in blood, arrive at the office of outgoing speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with a message that says “no more blood for war.” The red turned out to be paint but the message is clear. FBI documents […]

Barbie’s boobs come with an FBI warning

Barbie’s boobs come with an FBI warning

Uh oh. A new Barbie doll sports a cleavage (and not a bad one for a 12-inch-high superstar) but the toy’s mammaries come with an FBI warning. Barbie’s boobs have always been a source of controversy since they first hit the scene in 1950 but the newest Barbie is a true boob tube. That’s right. […]

Bernie Madoff’s son dead in apparent suicide

Bernie Madoff’s son dead in apparent suicide

The eldest son of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff hanged himself by a dog leash in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday, the second anniversary of his father’s arrest in a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that swindled thousands of investors of their life savings, law enforcement officials said. Mark Madoff, 46, was found hanging from a ceiling pipe […]