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No charges for FBI agent in Boston-probe shooting

An FBI agent has been cleared over the fatal shooting of a Chechen-born man being quizzed in connection with last year's Boston bombing, a law enforcement source said Friday. Mixed martial artist Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot dead after a violent altercation with investigators following two hours of questioning at his apartment in Orlando, Florida in May last year. Police later said Todashev, a friend of slain Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had pulled a knife on investigators and tried to grab the gun of an FBI agent following questioning.

No charges for FBI agent in Boston-probe shooting

An FBI agent has been cleared over the fatal shooting of a Chechen-born man being quizzed in connection with last year's Boston bombing, a law enforcement source said Friday. Mixed martial artist Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot dead after a violent altercation with investigators following two hours of questioning at his apartment in Orlando, Florida in May last year. Police later said Todashev, a friend of slain Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had pulled a knife on investigators and tried to grab the gun of an FBI agent following questioning.

U.S. likely to clear agents in marathon-related shooting: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors are very likely to clear government agents of wrongdoing in the Florida shooting of a man while he was being questioned about the Boston Marathon bombings, a law enforcement official said on Friday. Chechen immigrant Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot during interrogation in May 2013. He was an acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two Chechen brothers who prosecutors say carried out the Boston bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Private prison company CCA asks federal judge to put Idaho lawsuit on hold during FBI probe

BOISE, Idaho - Private prison company Corrections Corporation of America is asking a federal judge to put an Idaho lawsuit on hold while an FBI investigation into the company is underway. In a motion filed in Boise's U.S. District Court earlier this week, CCA's attorney Kirtlan Naylor said the company wants to stave off turning over any documents or taking part in any depositions until the federal fraud investigation ends.

FBI not in on Malaysia crash probe; other U.S. agencies to arrive on Monday

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The FBI has not sent agents to Kuala Lumpur to assist in the investigation of a Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing on Saturday, according to a senior U.S. law-enforcement official, though representatives from other U.S. agencies and plane-maker Boeing are expected to arrive on Monday. The plane, a 777-200ER, disappeared suddenly, and though no wreckage has been found, the 239 passengers and crew aboard flight MH370 are presumed dead.

California senator faces corruption charges in medical scam, FBI sting; brother also charged

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A California state senator was charged Friday with accepting $100,000 in bribes, lavish trips and no-show jobs for his children in exchange for pushing legislation to benefit a hospital engaged in billing fraud and participating in a film industry tax scheme that actually was an FBI sting.

Govt task force says attacks on retailers don't appear co-ordinated

WASHINGTON - A multi-agency government task force looking into cyberattacks against retailers says it has not come across evidence suggesting the attacks are a co-ordinated campaign to adversely affect the U.S. economy. In a two-page report, the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force says the global implications of the retail attacks and the economic impact to private business and individual citizens cannot be overstated. The report obtained by the Associated Press does not identify the retailers by name, but it comes after recent attacks on Target and Neiman Marcus.

Silicon Valley power-grid attack 'terrorism'

A former regulator says a 2013 shooting which nearly knocked out Silicon Valley's power supply was a terror attack, possibly testing for a bigger strike, but others cast doubt on the claim. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Friday it could not rule anything out, but that the attack on an electricity substation near San Jose was more likely a criminal matter, rather than terrorism-related.

FBI probes suspicious powder at Super Bowl hotels

The FBI and US police officers were investigating Friday suspicious powder sent by post to at least five hotels near the New Jersey stadium hosting Sunday's Super Bowl, police said. "FBI and police responded to each of these locations and they are currently trying to determine what the substance is," Detective John Cleary from Carlstadt police told AFP. jm/jm

Alzheimer's expert from Mich. tells NY jury he lied to FBI out of shame over broker secrets

NEW YORK, N.Y. - An Alzheimer's expert testified Tuesday that he was too ashamed to be truthful when the FBI confronted him with claims he fed inside information to a hedge fund manager whose company owned pharmaceutical stocks. Sidney Gilman, 81, described his dealings with investigators to a New York City jury at the trial of former SAC Capital portfolio manager Mathew Martoma. During two days of testimony, Gilman has described feeding secrets about a clinical trial for a promising Alzheimer's drug to Martoma, 39, of Boca Raton, Fla.
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