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Ukraine hacks add to worries of cyber conflict with Russia

Jan. 14, 2022 17:48 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hackers on Friday temporarily shut down dozens of Ukrainian government websites, causing no major damage but adding to simmering tensions while Russia amasses troops on the Ukrainian border. Separately, in a rare gesture to the U.S. at a time of chilly relations, Russia said...

Bill would require Senate confirmation for US prison chief

Jan. 14, 2022 11:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after the head of the troubled federal Bureau of Prisons said he was resigning amid increased scrutiny over his leadership, lawmakers have introduced a bill to require Senate confirmation for future bureau directors — the same process used to vet leaders of the FBI and...

FACT FOCUS: Federal agents didn't orchestrate Jan. 6

Jan. 11, 2022 22:56 PM EST

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection poked another hole in the pro-Trump conspiracy theory that federal agents orchestrated the attack, confirming on Tuesday that a man at the center of the claims said he’d never been an FBI informant. Ray Epps, an Arizona man...

Justice Dept. creating unit focused on domestic terrorism

Jan. 11, 2022 15:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is establishing a specialized unit focused on domestic terrorism, the department's top national security official told lawmakers Tuesday as he described an “elevated” threat from violent extremists in the United States. Assistant...

Georgia DA investigating Trump closer to decision on charges

Jan. 10, 2022 09:38 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The prosecutor weighing whether Donald Trump and others committed crimes by trying to pressure Georgia officials to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential election victory said a decision on whether to bring charges could come as early as the first half of this year. ...

US prisons director resigning after crises-filled tenure

Jan. 06, 2022 00:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the federal Bureau of Prisons is resigning amid increasing scrutiny over his leadership in the wake of Associated Press reporting that uncovered widespread problems at the agency, including a recent story detailing serious misconduct involving correctional...

US prisons director resigning after crises-filled tenure

Jan. 05, 2022 20:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the federal Bureau of Prisons is resigning amid increasing scrutiny over his leadership in the wake of Associated Press reporting that uncovered widespread problems at the agency, including a recent story detailing serious misconduct involving correctional...

Garland vows accountability for anyone responsible for 1/6

Jan. 05, 2022 17:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday vowed to hold accountable anyone who was responsible for last year’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, whether they were physically there or not. In a speech to Justice Department employees, Garland said prosecutors...

California man gets second life term for synagogue attack

Dec. 28, 2021 18:27 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 22-year-old white supremacist was sentenced Tuesday to life in federal prison for killing a woman and injuring three others in a shooting at a Southern California synagogue in 2019, adding to the life term he received three months earlier in state court. John T....

Prosecutor to serve until U.S. Attorney for Oregon named

Dec. 27, 2021 17:45 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Scott Asphaug will lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon until a new lead prosecutor is appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Asphaug was named acting U.S. Attorney on Feb. 28 and on Saturday was appointed interim by Attorney...