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Is that gadget internet-connected?

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When we think of being connected to the internet, mobile phones, tablets and computers pop to mind. But lots of things are connected these days. Refrigerators, fitness wrist bands, smoke detectors and even light bulbs could have digital sensors that transmit information about you to other objects, databases or people over the internet.

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Third Member of International Computer Hacking Ring Pleads Guilty

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A third member of an international computer hacking ring has pleaded guilty to conspiring to break into computer networks of prominent technology companies to steal more than $100 million in intellectual property and other proprietary data. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III of the District of Delaware and Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office made the announcement.
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Justice Department and the City of Albuquerque Jointly Select Independent Monitor to Oversee Police Reforms

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The Justice Department announced today that, jointly with the city of Albuquerque, it is notifying the District Court of the selection of Dr. James R. Ginger—a nationally recognized expert on police reform and organizational change—as the independent monitor of the settlement agreement entered into by the department and the city of Albuquerque to reform the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).  Ginger and his team will be responsible for independently assessing the full implementation of the settlement agreement; reporting on the status of compliance to the court, the parties and the community; assisting the parties in resolving compliance challenges that may emerge; and providing technical guidance as needed to the APD.

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Prison for Violating U.S. Sanctions Against Zimbabwe President Mugabe and Others

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Chicago Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Violating U.S. Sanctions Against Zimbabwe President Mugabe and Others

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon for the Northern District of Illinois, Special Agent-in-Charge Robert J. Holley of the FBI’s Chicago Office and Special Agent-in-Charge James C. Lee of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago announced today that a Chicago man was sentenced today to 15 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions by agreeing to assist Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and others in an effort to lift economic sanctions against Zimbabwe.  Between late 2008 and early 2010, C. Gregory Turner, met multiple times in Africa with Zimbabwean government officials, including President Mugabe and Gideon Gono, governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, who were individually subject to U.S. sanctions.

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Attorney General Holder Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

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Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear four cases on same-sex marriage equality: “After the Justice Department's decision not to defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court sent a powerful message that Americans in same-sex marriages are entitled to equal protection and equal treatment under the law.  This landmark decision marked a historic step toward equality for all American families.

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Adoption Agency Pleads Guilty to Submitting False Information to Accreditation Agency

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Mary Mooney, 57, Former Executive Director of Adoption Agency Pleads Guilty to Submitting False Information to Accreditation Agency

The former Executive Director of International Adoption Guides Inc. (IAG), an adoption agency, pleaded guilty yesterday to making false and fraudulent statements to the Council on Accreditation with respect to IAG’s accreditation.  Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles of the District of South Carolina made the announcement.

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Detroit Gang Leader Sentenced to 346 Months in Prison for Planning Armed Robbery

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A leader of a street gang that operated on the east side of Detroit was sentenced to 346 months in prison today for aiding and abetting an armed robbery of a Little Caesars pizza restaurant, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan and Special Agent in Charge Steven Bogdalek of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Detroit.

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Settlement with National Museum of Crime and Punishment to Improve Access for People with Disabilities

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The Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a settlement with the National Museum of Crime and Punishment (Crime Museum) to address alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The settlement agreement resolves allegations that some of the Crime Museum’s programs, exhibits and facilities were not accessible to people with disabilities.  As a place of public accommodation under Title III of the ADA, the Crime Museum is required to be accessible to people with disabilities and provide full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services and facilities.

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Counterfeit DVD Movie Supplier Sentenced to Federal Prison

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A Brooklyn man was sentenced yesterday in Honolulu for his involvement in a counterfeit DVD movie ring, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni of the District of Hawaii.

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Officer Sentenced for Obstructing Civil Rights Investigation

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Former Puerto Rico Police Officer Sentenced for Obstructing Civil Rights Investigation

Former Police of Puerto Rico Officer Angel Torres Quinones was sentenced today to serve 46 months in prison for obstructing the civil rights investigation into the fatal beating of Jose Luis Irizarry Perez, 19, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez for the District of Puerto Rico and Special Agent in Charge Carlos Cases of the FBI San Juan Field Office. 

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