Patrick CunninghamA senior official with the U.S. Department of Justice involved in the growing “Fast and Furious” federal gun-trafficking scandal told Congress that he would be invoking his right — protected by the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — not to testify because it might incriminate him.

Steal $40,000 from a bank, and you’ll spend a decade or two in prison. Steal $40,000 from an airplane passenger’s luggage and you’ll get six months — if you’re a Transportation Security Administration employee, that is.

The Obama administration’s Justice Department has announced that it is expanding what it said is an outdated definition of rape found in the Uniform Crime Report, adding men as victims and stipulating that victims need not have physically resisted their attackers.

Is the latest decapitated body found in the Arizona desert near Tucson another example of Mexico’s drug war violence spreading across the border? The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the headless body of an unidentified man discovered on January 6 and hasn’t issued any statement concerning the identity of the victim or the possibility of a connection to the ongoing war among Mexican drug cartels.

As hundreds of family members, friends, and fellow students attended a wake for the Brownsville, Texas, teen shot down by police January 4 in an armed standoff at the boy’s school, many were wondering if overreaction by the police led to the boy’s death.