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  • Luigi Manocchio, reputed leader of New England's Patriarca crime family, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as federal agents rounded up more than 100 suspected mobsters in several states. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

    Five New England mobsters agree to plead guilty in racketeering case

    Five men identified as leaders or associates of the New England organized crime family have agreed to plead guilty to racketeering-related charges, according to documents filed Thursday in federal court in Providence, R.I.

  • **FILE** Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican (Associated Press)

    Issa wants key 'Fast and Furious' figure to testify

    The chairman of a House committee investigating the failed "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation demanded Thursday that the Justice Department make a second key federal prosecutor in Arizona available for questioning about "his role in and knowledge of" the controversial probe.

  • "The assertion of the Fifth Amendment by a senior Justice official is a significant indictment of the department's integrity," Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, says. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Ariz. prosecutor asserts Fifth Amendment rights

    The chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona cited his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in refusing Friday to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in its ongoing investigation into the failed "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation.

  • **FILE** Police set up checkpoints in July in the Northeast D.C. neighborhood of Trinidad, where the presence of West Coast gangs has been found.

    Justice's anti-gang units not meshing

    With a rising tide of gang violence nationwide, the Justice Department set up two special units in the same building and charged them with helping coordinate investigations into some of the country's deadliest street-crime syndicates.

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