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Mob boss nabbed after 16 years on the run

BOSTON — Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was captured near Los Angeles after 16 years on the run that embarrassed the FBI and exposed the bureau’s corrupt relationship with its underworld informants.

After an international manhunt, the FBI finally caught Mr. Bulger, 81, on Wednesday at an apartment in Santa Monica, Calif., along with longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, just days after the government began circulating pictures of her on daytime TV in a new campaign to find the fugitive crime boss.

The arrest was based on a tip from the campaign, the FBI said without giving details.

FBI agents put the apartment under surveillance Wednesday afternoon and, employing a ruse officials would not explain, lured Mr. Bulger out and arrested him without incident, authorities said. The couple were using the aliases Charles and Carol Gasko.

Mr. Bulger had a $2 million reward on his head and rose to No. 1 on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list after Osama bin Laden was killed.

A variety of guns and a large amount of cash were found in the apartment, the FBI said. Federal investigators declined to say how Mr. Bulger got enough money to live on.


Ex-university president jailed in prostitution case

ALBUQUERQUE — Former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia was arrested and jailed Thursday in connection with a multistate, online prostitution ring that authorities say was run by a physics professor from New Jersey.

Mr. Garcia was booked on a $35,000 cash or surety bond for investigation of promoting prostitution, tampering with evidence and conspiracy, Metropolitan Detention Center records show.

Detectives served search warrants Thursday at Mr. Garcia’s home and at his university office. He is now a professor at the school.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Mr. Garcia’s detention was connected to the arrest earlier this week of David Flory, 68, a Fairleigh Dickinson University professor with homes in New York City and Santa Fe.

Also Thursday, police said they had arrested a 28-year-old woman on suspicion of threatening another woman who helped police investigate the case. Cara Garrett, 28, was booked for investigation of bribery and intimidation of a witness. Ms. Garrett is in custody in Roswell and will be extradited to Albuquerque, police said.


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