Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE After a flurry of criticism from government watchdogs, and questions from Capitol Hill, the Interior Department on Thursday walked back reports that a Trump political appointee working in the Department of Housing and Urban Development was set to take over as the head inspector general. The episode started last Friday when HUD Secretary Ben Carson sent an email to his agency bidding a “fond farewell” to Assistant Secretary Suzanne Israel Tufts who he said would be the new "acting Inspector General" at the Interior Department. The email was quickly leaked and raised alarm bells among those who view inspectors general as impartial, non-political investigators of government waste, fraud and abuse. Carson's announcement came amid at least two inspector general investigations into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Tufts is an attorney from … [Read more...] about Amid confusion, Interior Department says HUD official is not taking over as agency watchdog
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Bridesburg residents are finding KKK recruitment literature left around their neighborhood. Emily Capra, a teacher in Philadelphia, said when she got to work Friday morning and went to get something from her trunk she found a Ku Klux Klan recruitment sticker had been stuck to the vehicle's rear windshield. The sticker reads: "The KKK Wants You! American Freedom Knights." It includes a phone number with a Michigan area code, which PhillyVoice has blurred out in the above image, which was provided by Capra. "It's despicable that people are going around in these neighborhoods posting things like this on windshields and houses. How dare you," Capra said during an interview Friday.Neighbors have seen similar recruitment materials seemingly left by the white supremacist group, Capra said, and some have even encountered the individuals distributing the KKK literature. According to another Bridesburg resident, this has been happening for months. That woman, who asked to remain … [Read more...] about Bridesburg residents finding KKK recruitment materials distributed in their neighborhood
Produced by Jonathan Leach and Paul LaRosa On June 10, 2008, Army nurse Holley James Wimunc did not show up for work at the maternity ward she worked in at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Friends rushed to her apartment where they found the remnants of a fire, but no sign of Holley. The crime scene was ominous: knives were missing from the kitchen and a section of carpet in her bedroom had been cut out and removed. Complete coverage: "48 Hours: NCIS" The investigation by NCIS would uncover a maze of evidence that included a jealous ex-girlfriend who had resurfaced; a lying but loyal Marine willing to help a wartime buddy; and a husband with a history of domestic violence. But why would any of them want a beloved nurse dead? Special Agent J.C. Hawks: My name is J.C. Hawks. I'm a retired Marine gunnery sergeant and a former Marine special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Special Agent J.C. Hawks: I was assigned to a missing person investigation to locate … [Read more...] about Did a missing Army nurse fall prey to a serial killer targeting military women?
Nine sports media things worth noting from ESPN’s “baseball in groin” obsession to Shaquille O’Neal’s latest endorsement deal:1. Friendly tip to ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and others: It’s fine to tell viewers how disturbing and frightening it is to see a replay of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina getting struck in the groin by a foul tip Saturday against the Cubs.But that message comes off as more a tout than a warning accompanied by repeated replays of the Cubs’ Kris Bryant fouling off Jordan Hicks’ 102-mph fastball, leaving Molina in agony.What does a viewer get from the fourth showing of the incident that wasn’t readily apparent the first time except a heightened awareness of how unnecessary it is to repeat?2. A lot of Cubs fans fell asleep to so-called “Sunday Night Baseball” in St. Louis probably woke up Monday to Greenberg and company’s “Get Up,” finding a program still in search of its footing, … [Read more...] about ESPN’s Mike Greenberg calls Yadier Molina video scary … while showing it repeatedly
Produced by Josh Yager and Tom Seligson When Marsha Brantley, 50, of Cleveland, Tenn., suddenly vanished in 2009, her husband Donnie eventually became a suspect in her murder. But was Marsha even dead? The case was unusual from the start because for months after Marsha disappeared, nobody reported her missing – not her friends, her family or even her husband. No one took much notice until her hairdresser, Kelly DeLude, worried about a missed appointment and started asking questions. "I felt compelled to find out what happened to her," DeLude tells "48 Hours correspondent Peter Van Sant. "I wasn't trying to be a detective. I was trying to be a concerned friend." DeLude eventually called police, and investigators later picked up the case. The investigation was full of seeming contradictions from the start. Donnie Brantley claimed he hadn't reported Marsha missing because she had left him. Then, police say he lied repeatedly about where she had gone and what she'd … [Read more...] about Was a missing Tennessee woman murdered or did she willingly disappear?