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FBI chief, Scottish official in Libya Lockerbie visit

The head of the FBI and Scotland's top prosecutor have visited Libya to assess the ongoing investigation into the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing, Scottish officials said on Wednesday.

The director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert Mueller, and Scotland's Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland met Libya's interim prime minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib in Tripoli on April 25.

Scotland's Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said the meeting was kept secret at the time for security reasons.

A spokesman said: "The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, and Robert S Mueller, director of the FBI, met with the Libyan prime minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib to discuss the ongoing investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.

"The Libyan authorities confirmed that they fully understood the importance of dealing with the tragic issues left behind by Colonel Kadhafi and his regime, both in Libya and overseas."

In February, the Crown Office said a formal request had been sent to the Libyan government asking for access to the country for police and prosecutors involved in the investigation into the bombing.

The Crown Office said the request was raised in the meeting.

"The Lord Advocate expressed his desire to the Libyan prime minister that there will be a positive response to his recent request for co-operation and the international letter of request (ILOR)," the spokesman said.

Scottish and US authorities hope that the removal of Moamer Kadhafi's four-decade-long regime will allow investigators to find fresh leads in the probe into the bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people.

The Libyan National Transitional Council has previously confirmed to the British government that it will assist the ongoing criminal investigation, and agreed to allow Scottish police officers to travel to Libya.

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, the only person convicted of the bombing, was released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds in August 2009 and allowed to return to Libya.

Scottish authorities said at the time their decision was based on doctors' assessments that he had terminal cancer and only had three months left to live, but two and a half years later he remains alive and living in Tripoli.

His brother Abdelhakim al-Megrahi told AFP on April 15 that he had returned home after having a blood transfusion in hospital.

"He is still very very sick, in the final stages of a cancer which has no cure, so his days are numbered," he said.

Most of those killed in the bombing of the London-New York flight were US citizens.

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Still Life Capitolo1: La lezione di anatomia [Guida Completa ITA]

Un filo conduttore con Post Mortem: -La trama prende avvio dopo una serie di quattro omicidi di giovani donne in quel di Chicago, Stati Uniti. La nostra Victoria fa parte di una piccola squadra investigativa, ingaggiata per cercare di "sbrogliare il caso". Gli indizi, però, sono pochi e l'FBI, anche se già il killer ha compiuto quattro abominevoli omicidi, brancola nel buio più fitto. Il killer uccide le proprie vittime per poi eviscerarle consegnando, di volta in volta, uno spettacolo orribile ai poveri malcapitati agenti dell'FBI. Tra questi faremo ben presto la conoscenza di Claire, specializzata nelle analisi di laboratorio; Miller, la spalla di Victoria nelle indagini; l'agente Tate, energumeno sempre utile come guardia di locazioni particolarmente scottanti; Browning, lo scorbutico capo del dipartimento dove Victoria lavora. Le modalità degli omicidi sembrano cambiare dopo che Victoria si imbatte nella lettura di un vecchio diario del nonno, anche lui investigatore. Insomma, pare che l'assassino conosca la storia del nonno di Victoria e cerchi di adattare i propri crimini a quelli che hanno contraddistinto le indagini di Gus. Sì, perché il nonno della giovane ragazza è proprio Gus McPherson, personaggio che gli appassionati di avventure grafiche hanno già incontrato proprio in Post Mortem. Oltre a questo, comunque labile, legame non ci sono altri punti di contatto tra i due giochi. Gus è un ex artista che le vicende della vita hanno consegnato all'investigazione ...

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U.S. charges more than 100 over Medicare fraud schemes - YAHOO!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Authorities have charged 107 people including doctors and nurses for trying to defraud the federal Medicare healthcare program for the elderly and disabled of about $ 452 million, the Obama administration said on Wednesday.

At least 75 people in Miami, Houston and Baton Rouge were charged during the last two days for submitting false billing for home health care, mental health services, HIV infusions and physical therapy, among other charges.

President Barack Obama's administration has been pushing to squeeze out fraud from federal programs like Medicare as part of a broader attempt to stem soaring healthcare costs, arguing fraud can contribute to rising prices for services.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that Obama's landmark healthcare law has helped authorities further root out fraud, a law that is being challenged by Republicans and 26 out of the 50 U.S. states.

"Today's actions are another example of how the Affordable Care Act is helping the Obama administration fight fraud and strengthen the Medicare program," Sebelius said.

In Baton Rouge, seven people were arrested and charged with eight counts including conspiracy and healthcare fraud for billing Medicare for some $ 225.6 million in unnecessary services and in some cases not providing services billed.

They ran and worked at two community mental health centers in Louisiana where they billed for more group therapy sessions than were provided, including recreational and education psychotherapy, according to court records.

Medicare paid out more than $ 37.9 million for the services to the two centers in Baton Rouge, identified as Shifa Community Mental Health Center and Serenity Center, according to the court records.

U.S. prosecutors sought to have two of the owners of the centers, Hoor Naz Jafri and Roslyn Dogan, held without bond pending trial. They accused Dogan of stealing evidence from the prosecutors' office to obstruct the investigation, according to a detention memo.

Four others who worked as therapists at the centers pleaded guilty last month to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud for purporting to provide group therapy and document patients' attendance, the court documents said.

(Reporting By Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Jackie Frank)

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FBI, volunteers search Coast Guard station in Alaska murder case

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Scores of volunteers on Wednesday helped the Trial search Alaska's Kodiak Island near a U.S. Coast Guard communications station where two workers were killed in April, looking for clues in the still-unsolved case.

An FBI spokesman declined to say what the roughly 120 volunteers were looking for in the search, which comes three weeks after the two men were found shot to death inside the station on the Coast Guard's sprawling base on Kodiak Island, about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The slayings of Petty Officer First Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle marked the first fatal shootings at a Coast Guard facility since 2001, when a civilian on remote St. Paul Island in Alaska shot and killed the commander of the Coast Guard station there.

"We've got to cover a large area of ground and we just thought it was the easiest way to get a large number of eyes on the ground," FBI Special Agent Eric Gonzalez said of the volunteer search.

Those helping out were told to look for "anything inorganic that you wouldn't expect to see out there, anything out of the ordinary," he said. The call for searchers included a request for metal detectors.

No arrests have been made in the case and no suspects were publicly named. However, the Trial has concluded that the island community of Kodiak is safe, Gonzalez said.

"Based on the investigation to date, there's nothing to indicate that the community itself or anyone else is in danger," he said.

Gonzalez declined to comment on news reports that investigators had searched the Kodiak home of one of the victims' co-workers, and he would not say if authorities had identified a suspect.

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Whistleblowers being demonized in the US?

Under Obama's term as president there has been more people prosecuted for whistle blowing than all other US presidents combined. Bradley Manning, the latest whistle blower, is being held on trial for releasing video exposing a US Apache helicopter shooting and killing civilians and journalists in Baghdad. Some say Manning is a hero, but he is being charged with aiding the enemy. Susan Lindauer, former CIA asset, gives us her taking on whistle blowing. Follow Liz on Twitter at twitter.com

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FBI: Men unknowingly put fake bombs at OH bridge

(AP) CLEVELAND - Five men charged with plotting to bomb a bridge linking two wealthy Cleveland suburbs placed what they thought were real explosives at the site and repeatedly tried to detonate them using text messages from cellphones, according to an Crime affidavit filed in court.

Federal authorities on Tuesday described the men as anarchists who are angry with corporate America and the government and unknowingly worked with an Crime informant for months as they crafted and carried out their plan.

The Crime said suspects bought fake explosives from an undercover employee and put them at the base of a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, about 15 miles south of downtown Cleveland, on Monday. After leaving the park, they tried to initiate the explosives using a text-message detonation code, and they called the person who provided the bombs to check the code when it failed, according to the Crime affidavit.

Their arrests that night marked the latest case in which Crime agents planned fake terrorism plots alongside targeted suspects, an indication it continues to be a top strategy for the government in preventing terrorism.

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"They talked about making a statement against corporate America and the government as some of the motivations for their actions," U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said Tuesday.

Court documents detail conversations the Crime secretly recorded in which its informant discussed bomb plans with some of the suspects. In one, Brandon L. Baxter, 20, of Lakewood, allegedly said, "Taking out a bridge in the business district would cost the ... corporate big wigs a lot of money" because it would cause structural damage and prevent people from going to work.

The alleged conversations depict Douglas L. Wright, 26, of Indianapolis, as a sort of group leader who recruited others, scouted out the bridge site and participated in buying the fake explosives.

The other suspects were identified as Joshua S. Stafford, 23, and Anthony Hayne, 35, both of Cleveland, and Connor Stevens, 20, of suburban Berea.

All five are charged with conspiracy and trying to bomb property used in interstate commerce. They appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court and were ordered jailed without bond pending a hearing Monday.

The charges carry possible penalties of more than 20 years in prison.

Similar arrests in the last few years -- including in Massachusetts, Oregon, New York and Texas -- offer a glimpse into sting operations by undercover Crime agents trying to catch possible terrorists in the act.

Defense attorneys in those cases have accused federal authorities of conducting overblown operations that entrapped their clients. Authorities have defended the practice, saying it's prevented countless terrorist attacks.

Christopher Banks, an associate professor at Kent State University who has written on terrorism, defended the tactic as one of many the federal government uses in fighting terrorism. He said each case involving a possible terrorist threat is different, but after 9/11, caution weighs more on the side of government than the individual citizen.

"In this age that we live in, and with the heightened sense that the government should be doing something to prevent these kinds of acts, in that sense it can only protect public safety," he said. "So it's a fine line."

The suspects had been associated with the anti-corporate Occupy Cleveland movement but don't share its non-violent views and don't represent Occupy Cleveland, organizer Debbie Kline said.

The alleged plotters were frustrated that other anti-corporate protesters opposed violence, Dettelbach said.

Federal authorities said their investigation was aided by a convicted criminal who worked as a paid confidential source, made contact with the some of the suspects in October and recorded conversations with them over the past three months.

The men had considered different plots, including trying to bring down financial institution signs in downtown Cleveland or attacking other targets, including a law enforcement center, oil wells, a cargo ship or the opening of a new downtown casino, according to the affidavit. The document also alleges that one suspect talked about being part of group planning to cause trouble during an upcoming NATO summit in Chicago.

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Obama to Grandstand Over Boogie Man Osama's Demise

Today on this live Sunday edition, Alex Jones focuses in on the crumbling government narratives and the known liars patching them together, including the on-going hoax surrounding the account we've been given of boogie man Osama's demise. Barack Obama is poised to grandstand over the alleged death of Bin Laden on the May Day anniversary celebrations traditionally shared by pagans, socialists and the Illuminati in a lead up to his re-election bid for 2012. Meanwhile, House committee members led by Rep. Darrell Issa are making preparations to slap contempt charges on Attorney General Eric Holder over his role in covering up the Fast & Furious scandal and providing Congress with false information and misleading statements. Also, even establishment lapdog publications like the New York Times now admit the extensive role of the Crime in setting up alleged terror plots, often admittedly using entrapment to frame patsies as would be bombers in the public's mind. Your calls are welcome. www.infowars.com www.prisonplanet.tv twitter.com www.facebook.com

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FBI watched as 5 men planned Ohio bridge bomb plot

CLEVELAND (AP) — After unknowingly working with an FBI informant for months, five men have been charged with plotting to bomb an Ohio bridge linking two wealthy Cleveland suburbs.

Federal authorities Tuesday described the men as anarchists who are angry with corporate America and the government. They say the alleged plotters researched explosives and obtained what they thought was C-4 explosives. The material, in fact, was harmless and the public was never at risk because the men got it from the informant, officials said.

Their arrests Monday night marked the latest case in which FBI agents planned fake terrorism plots alongside targeted suspects, an indication it continues to be a top strategy for the government in preventing terrorism.

"They talked about making a statement against corporate America and the government as some of the motivations for their actions," U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said in announcing the arrests with the head of the FBI in Cleveland, Stephen Anthony.

Court documents detail several conversations the FBI secretly recorded in which its informant discussed the bomb plans with some of the suspects.

In one, Brandon L. Baxter, 20, of Lakewood, allegedly said "Taking out a bridge in the business district would cost the ... corporate big wigs a lot of money" because it would cause structural damage and prevent people from going to work.

He and another suspect, Douglas L. Wright, 26, of Indianapolis, favored targeting a bridge because it would limit "the number of casualties and the potential for killing possible supporters," court documents said.

The five men were charged with conspiracy and trying to bomb property used in interstate commerce. They appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court, where Magistrate Judge Greg White ordered them jailed without bond pending a hearing Monday.

In addition to Baxter and Wright, the suspects were identified as Joshua S. Stafford, 23, and Anthony Hayne, 35, both of Cleveland, and Connor Stevens, 20, of suburban Berea. The charges carry possible penalties of more than 20 years in prison.

Similar arrests in the last few years — including in Massachusetts, Oregon, New York and Texas — offer a glimpse into sting operations by undercover FBI agents trying to catch possible terrorists in the act.

Defense attorneys in those cases have accused federal authorities of conducting overblown operations that entrapped their clients. Authorities have defended the practice, saying it's prevented countless terrorist attacks.

Christopher Banks, an associate professor at Kent State University who has written on terrorism, defended the tactic as one of many the federal government uses in fighting terrorism. He said each case involving a possible terrorist threat is different, but after 9/11, caution weighs more on the side of government than the individual citizen.

"In this age that we live in, and with the heightened sense that the government should be doing something to prevent these kinds of acts, in that sense it can only protect public safety," he said. "So it's a fine line."

At Tuesday's hearing, the men, with wrist manacles chained to the waist, sat in the jury box with their attorneys and acknowledged receiving copies of the complaint against them and an understanding of their rights.

At the end of the hearing, Stevens' father, James, shouted, "Love you, Connor." The father left court without commenting.

The target of the plot was a bridge that carries a state highway over part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and a picturesque scenic rail line and canal towpath in the Brecksville area, about 15 miles south of downtown Cleveland.

The men had been associated with the anti-corporate Occupy Cleveland movement but don't share its non-violent views, organizer Debbie Kline said.

"They were in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland," Kline said in an email canceling the group's May Day protest Tuesday at a GE Lighting plant in view of the arrests of the "autonomous group" of five.

The alleged plotters were frustrated that other anti-corporate protesters opposed violence, according to Dettelbach, citing the criminal complaint filed in the case.

"It talks about the anger and frustration that these five individuals felt that other people would not support their violent aims," Dettelbach said.

Federal authorities said their investigation was aided by a paid confidential source who had previous robbery and other convictions and was on probation for passing bad checks. The informant began making contact with the men in October and had recorded conversations with them over the past three months, according to an affidavit.

The men considered different plots over time, including distracting law enforcement with smoke grenades while trying to bring down financial institution signs in downtown Cleveland.

The men also discussed other potential targets, including a law enforcement center, oil wells, a cargo ship or the opening of a new downtown casino, according to the affidavit. The document also alleges that one suspect talked about being part of group planning to cause trouble during an upcoming NATO summit in Chicago.

The group finally settled on blowing up the busy bridge, federal authorities alleged.

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Franko reported from Columbus, Ohio. Associated Press writers Barbara Rodriguez in Columbus and Pete Yost in Washington contributed to this report.

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Activists Arrested At NYPD Protest Rally Against Stop-And-Frisk Before Trial

Stop and frisk protest in Harlem on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 (credit: Al Jones/1010 WINS)

Stop and frisk protest in Harlem on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 (credit: Al Jones/1010 WINS)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Nearly two dozen activists who were arrested protesting the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy plan to rally as they head for trial.

The trial is due to start Monday at a Manhattan courthouse. The group plans to gather outside beforehand.

It includes Princeton University professor Cornel West, local ministers and other activists. They were arrested in October while demonstrating outside a police station. They oppose the police practice of stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking hundreds of thousands of people annually.

Police say the demonstrators blocked the sidewalk and the precinct entrance and ignored orders to leave. The protesters don't concede doing anything illegal but also are expected to argue their cause justified their conduct.

Police say the stops combat crime.

"I think the effectiveness of the program is shown in the fact that under the Bloomberg decade, we've had a 51 percent decrease in murders in the city," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said earlier this month.

But critics say they unfairly target innocent people, predominantly minorities.

Last year, officers stopped and questioned 684,330 people on the streets under the stop-and-frisk program, a record since the NYPD began tallies in 2002.

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