Investigative News

  • Expert: Autopsy Doesn’t Show If Brown Went for Gun October 23, 2014 ST. LOUIS (AP) – Michael Brown’s official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there’s no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him. The St. Louis County medical examiner’s autopsy report, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, doesn’t explain why Brown was killed after the apparent scuffle at Officer Darren Wilson’s police vehicle spilled onto a Ferguson street or confirm whether he was confronting Wilson or trying to surrender ... Read more
  • Kingsport Police Search for Debit Card Fraud Suspect October 8, 2014 DEBIT CARD FRAUD KPTKINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Detectives are attempting to figure out who made fraudulent purchases at a Kingsport business a few days ago. Police officials say on October 5th around 5:30 pm, an unidentified suspect made a fraudulent debit card transaction of over $200 at the East Stone Drive Dollar General. The item was a visa gift card worth $206.05. The suspect seen in the photo is described as a black male about 6’3 in height, with a thin build and short black hair. Detectives are asking for anyone with information on the identity of this man to contact the criminal investigations division at 423-229-9429 or ... Read more
  • Official: American May Be Key in ISIS Social Media Blitz October 6, 2014 Official: American May Be Key in ISIS Social Media Blitz By MICHELE McPHEE and BRIAN ROSS An American college graduate from Boston, who has been on the run from the FBI for years, is suspected of joining ISIS and leveraging his computer skills to spread the Iraqi terror group’s propaganda on social media, a senior law enforcement official told ABC News. Ahmad Abousamra, a dual American-Syrian citizen, was born in France in 1981 but grew up in the upscale Boston suburb of Stoughton under the watchful eye of his father, who was a prominent endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He attended the private Xaverian Brothers Catholic high school in Westwood up until ... Read more
  • Report: ISIS Puts Literal Price Tags on Abducted Girls October 6, 2014 abc newsMembers of the terror group ISIS are literally putting price tags on abducted women and girls to sell them as merchandise in a major Iraqi city, according to allegations cited in a new United Nations human rights report. “UNAMI/OHCHR received a number of reports that an office for the sale of abducted women was opened in the al-Quds area of Mosul city,” says the report by the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Mosul is Iraq’s second-largest city, much of which is controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq ... Read more
  • CEO Indicted for Spyware App That Records Calls, Nearby Conversations September 30, 2014 abc newsFor the first time criminal charges have been brought against a suspect for allegedly advertising and selling spyware for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry – software that’s purportedly capable of intercepting phone calls, text messages and emails, and even eavesdropping on offline conversations happening within a few yards of the smartphone carrier. The Department of Justice announced today the indictment of Pakistani national Hammad Akbar, CEO of InvoCode Pvt Ltd, the U.K.-based company that sells StealthGenie software online, in part marketing it to suspicious spouses and lovers. Akbar was arrested in Los Angeles Saturday. “This application allegedly equips potential stalkers and criminals ... Read more
  • F-22 Raptor Carried US Flag on Maiden Combat Mission Into Syria September 26, 2014 F-22 Raptor One of the F-22 Raptor fighter jets that went on the fleet’s first ever combat mission in Syria carried an American flag into battle, according to a mid-air photograph snapped of the plane just after the mission. The photo was taken from an Air Force refueling plane as the next generation F-22 filled its tanks after its mission to strike a single Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) target in Syria – a mission the Air Force said was a “success.” A folded American flag can be seen in the cockpit, in front of the pilot, as reported by The ... Read more
  • Khorasan Terror Group Linked to Summer Airline Plot September 24, 2014 abc newsThe “imminent” threat against the West that pushed the United States to strike the Khorasan Group in Syria Monday is linked to the same terrorist efforts that ABC News first disclosed this summer, just before the U.S. government announced heightened security measures for air travelers overseas, sources said today. The little-known Khorasan Group was “nearing the execution phase for an attack in Europe or the homeland,” and airstrikes overnight “removed their capability to act,” senior law enforcement and intelligence officials told ABC News today. But prior to the strikes, ABC News reported earlier this year that U.S. officials learned that a particularly ... Read more
  • Could This Be the Face of James Foley’s Executioner? August 26, 2014 Computer sketch By BRIAN ROSS and RHONDA SCHWARTZ As British authorities focus on neighborhoods in East London in hopes of learning more about the apparently England-raised militant who appears in a mask in the gruesome video of James Foley’s execution, computer science experts across the Atlantic have created an image that may show a likeness of his face. The image was created by American facial recognition specialists who consult with the U.S. government based on the purported ISIS member’s eyes and the area just around the eyes not covered with the black cloth. British authorities said they are close to identifying the man in the ... Read more
  • Memorial for CIA’s Fallen Marks Somber 40-Year Anniversary August 21, 2014 CIA Memorial Wall Last May Kate Quigley sat in the lobby of the CIA headquarters and stared at a star freshly carved out of a marble slab on the wall. The star was hammered out of the stone of the Agency’s Memorial Wall in honor of Quigley’s brother, former Navy SEAL and CIA contractor Glen Doherty, who died alongside fellow ex-SEAL and Agency contractor Tyrone Woods as they protected Americans at a CIA outpost in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. The stars for Doherty and Woods joined a solemn, growing constellation. One is etched for each of the dozens of people who have died ... Read more
  • James Foley Punished for Suspected Escape Plans, Fellow Hostage Says August 21, 2014 abc newsBy RYM MOMTAZ and BRIAN ROSS Before the murder of American James Foley was captured on video and posted online recently, the journalist once suffered “brutal punishment” because his captors believed he was planning to escape, a former fellow hostage told ABC News. “James was a bit punished for a presumed attempt to escape, but it had no real chance,” French freelance reporter Nicolas Henin told ABC News, after saying he once attempted to escape himself but was caught after wandering in the Syrian countryside for a few hours. Henin said Foley was met with “brutal punishment” inspired both by his captor’s suspicions ... Read more

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