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.

A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, confirms he will stay in Hong Kong and resist US extradition attempts

Rumours had suggested he would head to a range of destinations from Russia to Iceland

Adolf Hitler (right) with Alfred Rosenberg, pages of whose long-lost diary have surfaced this week

History of Nazi Germany to be revised as diaries of Hitler confidante Alfred Rosenberg are tracked down in US

Rosenberg, who played a key role in the Holocaust, was hanged for crimes against humanity in 1946

Barack Obama with head of US intelligence James Clapper

The one million people working in US security

Out of America: The horrors of 9/11 and fear of a reprise have led to the 'mining' of phone records and emails

Authorities search a residence in New Boston, Texas in connection with a federal investigation surrounding ricin-laced letters mailed to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Pregnant Texas actress charged over Obama ricin letter threat

Shannon Guess Richardson could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

Microsoft teams up with FBI to crack $500m crime ring

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in the US, with the help of Microsoft and authorities spread across numerous countries, has cracked down on vast crime ring that used an array of malicious computer networks to commit more than half a billion dollars worth of bank fraud.

White House defends massive NSA collection of Verizon customers' phone records as key anti-terror tool

Court order says network must hand over electronic data on 'ongoing, daily basis'

The real James 'Whitey' Bulger is about to appear in court to answer for his alleged crimes

Ruthless killer or Robin Hood? Mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger to stand trial

The case of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger will bring Boston gangland into the courtroom, reports Rupert Cornwell

DVD & Blu-ray review: Finding Nemo 3D (U)

Andrew Stanton, Lee Unrich DVD/Blu-ray (101mins)

Television choices: Suburban spy drama snoops on Soviet sleepers in DC

TV pick of the week: The Americans

Megaupoad founder Kim Dotcom

Megaupload court victory: New Zealand High Court orders police to return digital materials to Kim Dotcom - at their own cost

Entrepreneur is attempting to fight extradition to the United States on charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering

The News Matrix: Friday 31 May 2013

Record admissions for alcohol problems

The father of Ibragim Todashev, who was shot by the FBI during questioning over his possible involvement with the Boston bombings, has accused the US of executing his son.

Father of man shot by FBI in connection with Boston bombing claims his son was 'executed'

The father of a Chechen man who was shot dead during an FBI interview over his possible involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings has accused US authorities of “executing” his son.

President Obama is expected to nominate James Comey as the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Blast from the George W Bush past: Obama to name James Comey as next FBI director

President Obama is expected to nominate James Comey, a widely respected former federal prosecutor and deputy Attorney General during the George W Bush administration, as the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the country’s most important law enforcement agency.

Nebraska-based agents ran the website, described as being bulletin board-type, for two months back in November.

FBI ran child porn site for two weeks in bid to identify 5,000 sex offenders

Over the course of the two weeks the agency attempted to identify 5,600 users who were responsible for sharing photographs of children being abused

Partner at KPMG faces 20 years for insider deals

The FBI investigated Shaw's links to London and bugged telephones
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