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February 26, 2014 | By David Ng
A nearly 40-year-old cold case involving the theft of a valuable work of art from Amherst College has been reopened in the hopes of locating the Dutch Golden Age painting.  The FBI is working with Amherst's Mead Art Museum to locate a work stolen in 1975 from the museum in Massachusetts. The canvas, which dates from the 17th or 18th century, was one of three paintings torn from their frames during a break-in. Mead Art Museum officials announced this month that they are working with the Boston division of the FBI and the FBI's Art Crime Team to try to solve the case.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The missing work is Jan Baptist Lambrechts' "Interior With Figures Smoking and Drinking.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - A portion of the bribe money federal prosecutors say undercover FBI agents gave to state Sen. Leland Yee made its way into public campaign finance disclosures. The Times found $17,300 in contributions that match the dates and amounts, and sometimes circumstances, of payments detailed in an FBI agent's affidavit released the day the veteran lawmaker was arrested in a sting operation. According to that affidavit, the money was intended to buy influence for the New Jersey mob, secure state business, foster legislation governing marijuana dispensaries and help set up an international arms deal.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2009 | Scott Glover
The FBI suspects that serial killers working as long-haul truckers are responsible for the slayings of hundreds of prostitutes, hitchhikers and stranded motorists whose bodies have been dumped near highways over the last three decades. Federal authorities first made the connection about five years ago while helping police link a trucker to a string of unsolved killings along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma and several other states.
WORLD
April 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A British submarine joined the search Wednesday for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet as Malaysian police said their investigation of the 227 passengers found no personal or psychological problems or motivation to hijack or sabotage the aircraft. Authorities are continuing to investigate the pilot, copilot and 10 other crew members for clues to how and why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished March 8 en route to Beijing, police Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told Bernama, the Malaysian state news agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1999
Should the FBI now be known as the FIB? ROBERT LEES Los Angeles
NATIONAL
February 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Sixteen teenagers being sold as prostitutes--some reported missing by their families--were rescued by authorities in the lead-up to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, the FBI announced Tuesday. Police from cities including Yonkers in New York and Atlantic City in New Jersey also arrested 45 people who potentially face prostitution-related charges. The FBI said some of those arrested said they traveled to New Jersey from other states with the intent to capitalize on the large number of people visiting the New Jersey-New York area for the Super Bowl.  The arrests and recovery cap a two-week-long law pre-Super Bowl law enforcement effort as authorities face pressure from human rights groups to crack down on human trafficking.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars, NBC's "Crisis," which premieres Sunday, seems prepared to do what CBS couldn't with "Hostages" - create a high-octane, character-driven suspense drama that is both familiar (newbie FBI agent up against emotionally charged odds) and unexpected (the point of the abduction is not clear). Our story opens with something Very Bad happening. In the middle of a field a sweaty and distraught man seems to be disarming security satellites as an FBI agent ("666 Park Avenue's" Rachael Taylor)
NATIONAL
April 20, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel and Ashley Powers, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was identified by a foreign government as a "follower of radical Islam and a strong believer" whose personality had changed drastically in just a year, according to the FBI. As investigators considered possible motives for Monday's fatal bombings, U.S. authorities acknowledged that an unnamed government had contacted the FBI to say the 26-year-old ethnic Chechen “had changed drastically” since...
WORLD
March 8, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The FBI is deploying agents and technical experts to assist in investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet, based on the American citizenship of three of the passengers aboard the lost flight, a top federal law enforcement official in Washington said Saturday. He said that a fourth passenger, whom he described as an infant flying with the three Americans, also may be a U.S citizen. "This gives us entree" to the case, the official said, speaking confidentially because the FBI investigation is just beginning.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
Why hasn't anyone on Wall Street gone to prison for the 2008 financial crisis? Perhaps because the FBI is recommending far fewer white-collar prosecutions. The FBI has recommended only 2,001 white-collar cases for criminal prosecution so far this fiscal year, on pace for a nearly 7% drop from last year, according to a report Tuesday by a research group affiliated with Syracuse University. It would be one of the lowest years on record and would extend a years-long trend, according to government data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Federal agents armed with a search warrant returned to California legislative offices Tuesday to execute a second sweep. FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankee confirmed the search of an office within the Senate's annex building, but declined to identify the room or name the subject of investigation. Senate workers said it was an overflow office used by Sen. Leland Yee, the San Francisco Democrat arrested last week on political corruption and arms-dealing conspiracy charges. Yee's main office was searched the day of the arrest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Stung by criminal cases involving three state senators, Democratic legislative leaders vowed Tuesday to reassess their campaign finance practices, and canceled a lucrative golf fundraiser scheduled for this weekend. The promise of self-scrutiny among Senate Democrats was just one way last week's criminal complaint against Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) detailing public corruption and arms trafficking charges continues to reverberate through the Capitol. Also on Tuesday, federal agents were again present in a legislative office building, searching a room used by Yee as an overflow office, according to Senate workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO -  If there has ever been a more nauseating corruption scandal in Sacramento, I'm not aware of it. Certainly not in the past 50 years. The notion of a legislator masquerading as a gun control crusader while offering to help a mobster traffic in automatic rifles and rocket launchers is beyond hypocrisy. It's sick. The obligatory insert here: Everyone is presumed innocent until proved guilty in court. But no one I've talked to presumes any innocence in this sordid case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
SAN FRANCISCO - Keith Jackson came seemingly from nowhere to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education, a young newcomer running as a champion of parents and the "problem children" he knew growing up in the city's historically black Western Addition. He disappeared from public prominence years ago after a troubled tenure on the board and for well over a decade earned a comfortable if unassuming living as a niche player in local politics, representing candidates and corporate interests before San Francisco's hard-pressed African American community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Scott Gold, Joe Mozingo and Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - State Sen. Leland Yee, a prominent figure in California's Democratic legislative majority, was arrested in a federal corruption investigation Wednesday along with an ostentatious gangster known as "Shrimp Boy" - who insisted that he had gone straight - and two dozen of their alleged associates. An affidavit filed in federal court in San Francisco by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua said there was probable cause to believe that Yee had conducted wire fraud and had engaged in a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally import firearms.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
As Shabazz Muhammad's father is sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas for conspiracy to commit fraud, UCLA faces its most significant men's basketball game since 2008. Muhammad is in the NBA now, but the off-court problems he brought to UCLA last season continue to dog the school. According to a sentencing brief filed last week , Ron Holmes told the FBI he received a loan based on his son's future professional basketball earnings. Estimated at $350,000 in another court document, the loan was Holmes' principal source of income at the time and came from an unnamed "marketing company.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
First, he preached the Gospel in South Los Angeles. Then he picked up a badge and gun as an LAPD officer working the Wilshire Division. From there, he moved to the FBI, serving as an undercover agent in Los Angeles, then in Tennessee. His life, he said, was "my American dream. " But now Darin McAllister is in federal prison in eastern Kentucky, serving a four-year sentence as part of a Justice Department investigation into mortgage fraud. His life today, he says, is "my American nightmare.
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano and Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The FBI probably will be able to retrieve material deleted from the flight simulator used by the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to determine whether he rehearsed plans to divert the Boeing 777 after it lifted off from Kuala Lumpur, U.S. investigators said Wednesday. "The chances are good we will get some of it," one federal official said, asking to not be identified because the investigation is still underway. He said agents will retrieve and examine files deleted Feb. 3 from the hard drive of the simulator that pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah built at his home.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
In a landmark settlement of criminal charges, Toyota Motor Corp. admitted deceiving regulators about deadly safety defects and agreed to pay $1.2 billion, the largest penalty ever imposed on an automaker. In the unprecedented deal with the U.S. Justice Department, the world's largest automaker admitted it misled consumers about two defects that caused unintended sudden-acceleration incidents - sticking gas pedals and floor mats trapping the pedals. “Toyota put sales over safety, and profit over principle,” said George Venizelos, assistant director of the FBI. “The disregard Toyota had for the safety of the public was outrageous.
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