An IT staffer who'd worked for Democrats in Congress was arrested by federal officials and charged with bank fraud. Officers and agents were involved in the arrest of Imran Awan at Dulles as he tried to fly away to Pakistan.
Politico has reported that Awan is "at the center of a criminal investigation potentially impacting dozens of lawmakers." Awan was arrested after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to Pakistan.
Awan allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment from House offices and even allegedly funneled sensitive congressional data offsite in what some are calling a massive cyber-security breach. read more
The arsenal is a terrorist's dream: 150 live hand grenades, 44 rocket propelled grenades, 1,450 9mm cartridges, 18 tear gas grenades, scores of triggers and detonators of various kinds, 102 explosive charges, and 264 blocks of plastic explosive. Such is the inventory of deadly materiel that was stolen from a military installation in Portugal on June 28 and is still missing.
Then, two days after that robbery, a van loaded with nitroglycerin was robbed in Barcelona, Spain. Those explosives have not been recovered either.
European authorities are worried, to say the least. These are not the unstable homemade munitions used in many recent terrorist attacks, they are military-grade. But precisely who took them, and for whom, remains a mystery. read more
The equations that describe the universe at the smallest and largest scales -- how the tiniest elementary particles dance, how the space-time of the cosmos bends -- predicted a slight incongruity, a tiny unbalancing in the numbers of certain particles under certain circumstances.
But physicists have yet to observe this phenomenon, with the unwieldy name of mixed axial-gravitational anomaly, and confirm the prediction. The imbalance is negligible except when the warping of space-time is extreme -- like next to a black hole or the moment after the Big Bang.
It turns out there was somewhere else to look, and it was much closer. An international team of scientists discovered this anomaly in a tabletop apparatus in Zurich examining the properties of a tiny metallic ribbon. read more
With only the barest of notice or declared interest, Mayor Bill de Blasio suddenly jetted off to Germany on Thursday to join protest events around the Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg.
The trip seemed to be an international extension of Mr. de Blasio's election-year effort to portray himself as a progressive leader.
Organizers later announced on Twitter that Mr. de Blasio would be the event's keynote speaker. The event had previously listed as the featured speaker Gesine Schwan, a German politician who has run for president as the Social Democratic Party candidate.
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There are numerous protests planned around the summit, including a series of anti-capitalist events, beginning Thursday, called "Welcome to Hell."
A former school aide and track coach has been arrested for allegedly assaulting several male students, according to a Charles County Sheriff's Office. And officials say he admitted to being HIV positive.
Carlos Bell, 30, was arrested Friday, June 30 in connection with the production of child pornography and three counts of second-degree assault.
According to the sheriff's office, an investigation began in December after a high school student's parent raised concerns about "electronic messages" from Bell to her child. read more