May 18, 2013 |
Months after the FBI began probing allegations against Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), investigators are now looking at whether someone set out to smear him while he was running for reelection last year and then ascending to his new post as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to four people briefed on the inquiry. As part of a wider public-corruption investigation into the senator, the FBI has been examining whether Menendez patronized prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
May 14, 2013 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - After an office manager for New Jersey City University admitted embezzling $486,000 in student funds three years ago, the U.S. Department of Education began auditing the use of all federal money by the state college. It soon discovered that $608,766 in federally subsidized loans and grant money had been improperly awarded by the school - in some cases to students who flunked out or never showed up to class, making them ineligible for financial assistance. An examination of federal Department of Education records by The Star-Ledger of Newark shows that NJCU was not the only state college in New Jersey cited for giving too much money to students who were either ineligible for the aid or whose financial need was overestimated.
May 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers, who have spent months seeking to tie President Obama to last year's deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, are increasingly focusing their probe on a new target: former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The GOP-led investigation of the Sept. 11 assaults that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others now centers heavily on the State Department and whether officials there deliberately misled the public about the nature of the assault.
May 7, 2013 |
KANSAS ATHLETIC officials are reviewing allegations that the former AAU basketball coach of Ben McLemore received cash payments aimed at steering the star freshman to a sports agent. AAU coach Darius Cobb told USA Today he received $10,000 in two payments from Rodney Blackstock , the founder and CEO of Hooplife Academy in Greensboro, N.C. Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger issued a statement Saturday saying that the university had received an inquiry about the relationship between the McLemore family and Blackstock.
May 4, 2013 |
Lee Heist's phone won't stop ringing. Just about every five minutes, it chimes with calls, from New York, from Philadelphia, from Lancaster County. They're calling with questions about Brenda Heist - Heist's ex-wife, who disappeared from Lititz, Pa., without a trace 11 years ago. After years of futile investigation, Brenda Heist was declared dead in 2009. Lee Heist, who was once a prime suspect in her disappearance, began a new life: He remarried four years ago and lives in a modest ranch house in Norristown with his wife and dogs.
April 29, 2013 |
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has quietly assembled an elite team of veteran prosecutors to investigate public corruption. To staff the effort, Williams has hired prosecutors from the state Attorney General's Office who brought successful cases against senior political figures in both parties, including former House Speaker John M. Perzel. Earlier this month, Williams received court approval to create a new investigative grand jury, which allows prosecutors to subpoena documents and compel testimony.
April 28, 2013 |
Share values for Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc., the largest bank still based in Philadelphia, fell 5 percent to $9.46 Thursday after Beneficial told investors that the Justice Department had begun investigating it under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Fair Housing Act. Beneficial closed at $8.97 on Friday. The equal-credit law, according to the Federal Trade Commission, "prohibits credit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or because you get public assistance.
April 27, 2013 |
Police are seeking a Delaware County mother who has been missing since Friday. Melissa Rodriguez, 30, of Collingdale, had planned to travel to visit friends in Newark, N.J., for the weekend, police said, but never showed up. Her husband, Jose Luis Rodriguez, called police Tuesday after she did not return a text he had sent. On Monday she did not show up for a new job and failed to pick up their two girls, ages 7 and 11, from school. "It is an ongoing and active investigation to find her," said Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams.
April 26, 2013 |
OXFORD, Miss. - The investigation into poisoned letters mailed to President Obama and others has shifted from an Elvis impersonator to his longtime foe, and authorities must now figure out whether an online feud between them might have grown into something more sinister. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was released from a north Mississippi jail on Tuesday, and charges against him were dropped, nearly a week after authorities charged him with sending ricin-laced letters to the president, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and an 80-year-old Lee County, Miss., Justice Court judge, Sadie Holland.
April 25, 2013 |
The injured suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told interrogators that he and his brother were driven by hard-line Islamist views and anger over the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq but had no ties to foreign militant groups, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The statements made by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, from his hospital bed provide what authorities described as the clearest indication yet of the brothers' apparent motivation in carrying out an attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 on April 15. The information gleaned by a special team of FBI interrogators before charges were filed against Tsarnaev on Monday appears to be consistent with the direction of a broader investigation that has not uncovered any links to terrorist networks abroad, officials said.