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Senate Confirms U.S. Attorneys in Calif. and Louisiana

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Stephanie Finley for the U.S. Attorney post for the Western District of Louisiana and Laura Duffy for the top federal prosecutor post in the Southern District of California.

Duffy had been recommended by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), the San Diego Union reported.  The website Main Justice, which closely tracks the U.S. Attorney appointments,  reported that the Senate has now confirmed 51 of President Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees.

Man Whose Wife Fatally Shot Pitts. FBI Agent Pleads Guilty

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Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert Korbe, the man whose wife shot Pittsburgh FBI agent Sam Hicks in 2008 while Hicks was serving an arrest warrant, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking charges, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry will sentence  Korbe in September, the paper reported.

Korbe’s wife Christina Korbe, faces homicide charges in the fatal shooting. She claimed she was acting in self defense and that Hicks was an intruder.

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President Obama Nominates U.S. Attys. for W. Va. and Wisconsin

wisconsin-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama continued to press forward Thursday in his effort to put his appointees in key jobs by nominating U.S. Attorneys for West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The President nominated William J. Ihlenfeld, II, for the U.S. Attorney post in the Northern District of West Virginia and John William Vaudreuil for the Western District of Wisconsin U.S. Attorney job, according to a White House press release.

Ihlenfeld, a private attorney, has served as Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Ohio County, W. Va., solicitor for the Village of Clearview, and as a Ohio County Juvenile Referee, according to the bio on his website.

Vaudreuil has been an assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 1980.

Dentistry Was Never So Exciting: FBI Turns to Dentists For Help Capturing Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger

FBI photos in ADA News online

FBI photos in ADA News online

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Suddenly dentistry —  a world of crowns and implants and root canals — has never been so exciting.

The FBI is asking the dental community across the country to help capture James “Whitey Bulger”, a violent Boston mobster, who ranks among the FBI’s Top 10 fugitive alongside notables like Osama bin Laden, according to the ADA (American Dental Association) News.

The trade publication wrote that Bulger’s girlfriend Catherine Greig, 59, who is believed to be on the run with Bulger, is a licensed hygientist, has several porcelain dental implants and, according to the FBI, is extremely vain and has her teeth cleaned every month.

The FBI has placed  information about Bulger and Greig and photos in the ADA News, hoping some dentist remembers her, the publication noted.

“We’re trying to reach as many dentists as possible throughout the nation,” Boston FBI agent Richard Teahan said, according to the publication. “This is a way for developing leads for us in locating both her and Bulger.”

The FBI continues to use creative ways to garner leads.

The agency recently placed a full-time ad in a plastic surgery trade publication with a photo of Greig. It notes that she has had a lot of plastic surgery, and asks if anyone remembers treating her.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI and LAPD Investigate Video Sent to Oprah Winfrey

logo_oprah_betaBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

“The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which has been soliciting videos in search of the next big star, got one that prompted the program’s security to contact the FBI, law enforcement sources said.

The video was of a man who had a Mac 10 machine gun in tow and was making what appeared to be threatening remarks, sources said.

The sources said the man urged Winfrey to put him on the show and said that if she didn’t, she would hear about him somewhere else.

Security for the show, which is taped in Chicago, contacted the local FBI office and the wheels started in motion. Because the man had sent the video from Los Angeles, the FBI and police in that city were notified, sources said.

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Late Sen. Helms Offered to Help FBI as TV Executive

Jesse Helms/govt photo

Jesse Helms/govt photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The late  Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina was a broadcast executive before becoming a senator and  “offered the facilities of his station to assist the FBI at any time,” according to a 1971 FBI memo, the Raleigh News Observer  reported.

“He is a great admirer of the Director [J. Edgar Hoover] and the FBI and for a long period of time has been a staunch defender of the Director and his policies,” the FBI memo said of Helms who died in 2008, the newspaper reported. The memo was part of newly released FBI files of the Helms, a conservative Republican,  who was elected to the Senate in 1972 and served five terms.

Before serving in the senate,  he was executive vice president and assistant CEO of the Capitol Broadcasting Company, which operates WRAL, the Raleigh, N.C.,  station he volunteered to give the FBI access to, according to the paper.

Steve Hammel, WRAL’s vice president and general manager, told the paper  he was not aware of the FBI ever using the station.

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NY Feds Charge Ken Starr With Fraud (No, Not That Ken Starr)

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Not This Kenneth Starr/baylor u photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

So what would ex-President Bill Clinton say if he heard that Kenneth Starr had just been busted for fraud by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in N.Y.?

Well, probably not much considering the Kenneth Starr  arrested Thursday morning is an investment counselor to the stars who is accused of swindling clients out of about $30 million — not the same Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor who investigated Bill Clinton and authored the famous “Starr Report” on the Monica Lewinksy caper.  The two Starrs are not aligned  — or related —  authorities said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said Thursday that suspected swindler Starr duped clients including an actress and a well-known philanthropist.  Names of the victims were not released. But the website Daily Beast is reporting that the actress was Uma Thurman.

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