More than 800 suspected criminals have been arrested worldwide after being tricked into using an FBI-run encrypted messaging app, officials say. The operation, jointly conceived by Australia and the FBI, saw devices with the ANOM app secretly distributed among criminals, allowing police to monitor their chats about drug smuggling, money laundering and even murder plots. Officials called it a watershed moment. Targets included drug gangs and people with links to the mafia.
A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, missing since her parents were discovered shot dead in their home three months ago, has been found, malnourished and dirty but alive, after apparently fleeing her captor in a remote community. The child’s disappearance sparked massive searches, with 1,500 volunteers scouring woods and fields in suburban Minneapolis, and the offer of a $25,000 reward for her safe return.
A woman who says she was a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim when she killed a man in 2004 was granted clemency Monday by Tennessee’s governor and will be released from prison later this year. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown, who had been serving a life sentence but who will be released on parole on Aug. 7 — 15 years from the date she was first arrested. While law enforcement officials had opposed clemency, arguing Brown was not justified in killing 43-year-old Johnny Allen, celebrities like Kim Kardashian West and singer Rihanna spoke out for Brown.
Nine refugees including six children were injured when a man went on a stabbing rampage at a 3-year old’s birthday party in Boise, Idaho on Saturday. Indian police are investigating the deaths of 11 family members found in a house north of Delhi, citing evidence of possible ‘mystical practices’ by the family.
The man accused of driving into a crowd and killing one at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was indicted on federal hate crime charges on Wednesday. The organizer of the deadly September 11, 2012 attack on US diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya was sentenced to 22 years in prison on various charges.
The ‘Golden State Killer’ that raped dozens of women, killing at least 12, more than 40 years ago was arrested and charged with capital murder after DNA evidence was discovered in recent days. The killer has been identified as 72-year old Joseph James DeAngelo, a former police officer. DeAngelo will be arraigned on Friday.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued tougher sentences be carried out, including mandatory minimum sentences, in his first step on his war on drugs. He hopes to bring back the war on drugs from the 1970s and 1980s, which led to overcrowding in US prisons. He is rolling back the Obama administration to ease penalties on nonviolent drug-related offenses, which he announced on Friday.