News Bonanno crime family leader Vincent Asaro is escorted by FBI agents; the Bonanno crime family committed acts of extortion and arson, including the airport heist, a brazen crime made famous by the 1990 film 'Goodfellas'

For more than 35 years the mobsters behind one of the largest cash thefts in US history – a heist so brazen it was used as one of the central themes of the film Goodfellas — seemed to have got clean away.

Edward Snowden claims he will face torture or the death penalty should he return to the US

US tells Russia: 'We won't torture Edward Snowden if he is extradited home'

Attorney General Eric Holder says the NSA whistleblower's claims of what he would face should he return to America are 'entirely without merit'

Farina will probably be best known as Detective Joe Fontana in 'Law & Order'

Dennis Farina: Actor whose years as a Chicago cop gave his work the pungency of real life

Dennis Farina was a Chicago policeman who moonlighted as an actor for the comparatively easy money but quickly became an acclaimed staple of crime dramas and comedies, playing characters on both sides of the law. With his silver hair, craggy face, well-tended moustache and flattened Chicago vowels, Farina, who has died of a blood clot on a lung, became one of the most readily identified supporting performers of the past 30 years. He appeared in dozens of films, from big-budget productions to independents.

Leonard Garment: Lawyer who forged an unlikely friendship with President Richard Nixon

Few of Richard Nixon’s senior aides emerged from the Watergate debacle with their reputations intact, but Leonard Garment was one – even though he had served as the president’s top lawyer for 12 months at the very height of the scandal. A greater mystery, at first glance at least, was how he arrived in the White House in the first place.

Microsoft: warned by European Union regulators to modify how it presents Internet Explorer in Windows 8

Edward Snowden claims Microsoft collaborated with NSA and FBI to allow access to user data

New allegations from the NSA whistleblower suggest a degree of collusion between US intelligence agencies and Microsoft that had been previously denied

Cyber-criminals exploit national tragedies to spread malware

Hackers send out emails with misleading titles in order to direct computer users to their sites

The fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden alleged yesterday that the National Security Agency was 'in bed together' with German intelligence

Edward Snowden saga: US and China clash over handling of NSA whistleblower after Microsoft accused of handing over users' data to intelligence services

Fugitive appeals for the help of human rights groups in Russia, as his latest revelations suggest Microsoft lets US government access its customers' data

Character art for GTA V's three main protagonists

GTA 5: First gameplay trailer released by Rockstar, release date of September 17

Latest title in the Grand Theft Auto franchise set to be released for Xbox 360 and PS3 September 17

Alex Salmond and Donald Trump

Donald Trump walks out over questions about his mafia connections during BBC Panorama interview

First Minister Alex Salmond is left in the rough over 'Great Dunes of Scotland' investment

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Name firms accused of hacking within 14 days, MPs tell police

Soca must name companies that used corrupt private investigators to break the law

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden is a gift to Russia

Edward Snowden presents Moscow with an intriguing dilemma. On the one hand, his subversion of surveillance techniques and his role as a whistleblower go against everything that Russian President Vladimir Putin and the clique of former KGB officers around him stand for. On the other hand, of course, his leaks are aimed against the US, and thus a chorus of Russian officials who would find a Russian whistleblower doing the same thing repulsive has been lining up to praise Mr Snowden.

Eric J Feight leaves the federal courthouse after his arraignment on Wednesday

FBI arrests two men accused of plotting to kill Barack Obama 'with home-made X-ray weapon'

Two men from upstate New York have been accused of hatching a bizarre plot to kill President Barack Obama and others they saw as “enemies of Israel” using a home-made X-ray weapon.

Men could face 15 years in prison for designing portable X-ray weapon 'to target President Obama and enemies of Israel' after Ku Klux Klan member tips off FBI

Glendon Scott Crawford and Eric J Feight charged with conspiracy to provide support to terrorists with the weapon

James Burke was also known as Jimmy the Gent, for his habit of tipping generously

FBI finds possible human remains at former home of late gangster James Burke - the man who inspired Goodfellas

Investigators send material for analysis at house that was once occupied by the infamous mobster who inspired Robert De Niro’s character in the 1990 movie

NSA claims secret surveillance programs have foiled at least 50 terror plots since the September 11 attacks

Head of NSA defends monitoring as legal, closely supervised and crucial to defending Americans, adding it was not “some rogue operation”

John Martorano: The hitman served 12 years in jail after confessing to 20 murders

Whitey Bulger 'broke my heart', former hitman tells Boston court

John Martorano turns on legendary Boston mobster for turning informant for the FBI

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