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FBI joins investigation into murder of University of Idaho students — with multiple suspects still possible

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MOSCOW, Idaho — The FBI has joined the investigation into the gruesome stabbing murders of four University of Idaho students — as prosecutors warn that the killer, or killers, are still at large.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said the FBI has joined the Latah County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho State Police to investigate the bloody murders, which happened at the students’ off-campus home.

“Currently, we have 25-plus investigators working this case,” Fry said. 

The murderer is “still out here,” Fry added, noting that “investigators are continuing to collect evidence at the scene.”

Meanwhile, Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson said, “It certainly is possible” there is more than one suspect on the “Today” show Thursday.

Final photo of the victims, pictured just hours before their untimely deaths.The four victims just hours before their deaths.kayleegoncalves/Instagram

The murders of Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, on Sunday rocked the school community, with police describing the crime scene as the “worst they’ve ever seen.”

All four of the victims are said to have been stabbed to death in the early hours of the morning while their two roommates were upstairs.

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Blood oozes out of the side of the off-campus home.
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Officers investigate the deaths of the Idaho students.
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Authorities revealed Wednesday a 911 call wasn’t made until hours later, saying they could not give a reason why, and would not reveal who made it, citing the open investigation. 

A police officer stands by a memorial in front of an off-campus home where four University of Idaho students.A police officer stands by a memorial in front of the off-campus home where the four University of Idaho students lived.James Keivom for NY Post

Initially the local police said they believed the attack was “targeted” and there was no immediate threat to the local community — but now appear to have backtracked.

Media members gather as Chief James Fry speaks during a press conference about a quadruple homicideChief James Fry speaks during a press conference about the deaths. AP

Although the FBI is best known for investigating interstate and federal crimes, it is often brought in to assist smaller police forces when a crime of magnitude happens, as it has access to resources and technology a local force may not.

Latah said Thursday that “investigators do not know who that person is,” referring to the murderer.

Here’s the latest coverage on the brutal killings of four college friends:

Police are also in search of a murder weapon, and believe it might be a “Rambo”-style knife, a local store owner said.

Moscow Building Supply general manager Scott Jutte told the Idaho Statesman that a police officer came into his store to inquire about the sale of a KA-BAR brand combat blade.

Investigators gather evidence at an off-campus home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death on Thursday, November 17, 2022 in Moscow, Idaho
Investigators gather evidence at an off-campus home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death on Thursday, November 17, 2022 in Moscow, Idaho.
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Investigators gather evidence at an off-campus home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death on Thursday, November 17, 2022 in Moscow, Idaho James Keivom for NY Post

Investigators gather evidence at an off-campus home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death on Thursday, November 17, 2022 in Moscow, Idaho James Keivom for NY Post

Investigators gather evidence at an off-campus home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death on Thursday, November 17, 2022 in Moscow, Idaho James Keivom for NY Post

Jutte said the knife in question was used by US Marines in the 1940s and is “similar to the knife Rambo has.”

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Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Bill Wins Senate Passage

(WASHINGTON) — The Senate passed bipartisan legislation Tuesday to protect same-sex marriages, an extraordinary sign of shifting national politics on the issue and a measure of relief for the hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples who have married since the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide. The bill, which would ensure that […]

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US Kills Ayman Al-Zawahiri in Drone Strike: What We Know About Mission to Take Out Al-Qaida Leader – Inside Edition

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US Kills Ayman Al-Zawahiri in Drone Strike: What We Know About Mission to Take Out Al-Qaida Leader  Inside Edition

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FBI agents say Director Christopher Wray ‘has got to go,’ lost control of agency

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FBI Director Christopher Wray has lost the confidence of rank-and-file FBI agents after a senior bureau official left under a cloud of accusations that he shielded Hunter Biden’s laptop from a criminal probe — and some believe the top G-man should step down, a new report says.

“I’m hearing from [FBI personnel] that they feel like the director has lost control of the bureau,” Kurt Siuzdak, a lawyer representing FBI whistleblowers, told the Washington Times in a report published Tuesday. “They’re saying, ‘How does this guy survive? He’s leaving. He’s got to leave.’

“[The FBI agents] are telling me they have lost confidence in Wray. All Wray does is go in and say ‘We need more training and we’re doing stuff about it,’ or ‘We will not tolerate it,’” Siuzdak said.

His comments come in the wake of Timothy Thibault, the top agent in charge of the FBI field office in Washington, resigning amid claims he blocked investigations into the first son’s laptop. Thibault’s lawyer said his resignation was unrelated to these claims and that he did not seek to close the laptop investigation.

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A senior bureau official accused FBI Director Christopher Wray of shielding Hunter Biden’s laptop from a criminal probe.
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FBI Director Christopher Wray called allegations that Thibault blocked an investigation into Hunter Biden’s laptop “deeply disturbing.”
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Thibault was escorted out of the field office last Friday by “headquarters-looking types,” the Washington Times reported, while U.S. officials said this is common practice for anyone who retires.

Siuzdak told The Post that he left the bureau in March after a 25-year career, because management failed to hold bosses accountable, a problem that stems from politicization at the highest levels of the agency. 

He told the Times that the whistleblowers have alleged that Wray, who was appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017, did not take action when confronted with issues inside the bureau that ranged from agents being forced to sign false affidavits to sexual harassment claims. 

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The FBI, which has been taking heat for the Aug. 8 raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in search of classified documents, emphasized the integrity of its agents in a statement to the Times. 

“The men and women of the FBI work hard every day to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution. All employees are held to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct, and we expect them to focus on process, rigor, and objectivity in performance of their duties,” the statement said.

“Allegations of misconduct are taken seriously and referred to the Inspection Division or appropriate investigative body,” it said.

Wray, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this month, called allegations that Thibault blocked an investigation into Hunter Biden’s laptop “deeply disturbing.”

A photo of FBI Director Christopher Wray.FBI Director Christopher Wray testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this moth. AP

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking Republican on the panel, wrote to Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland in July to raise accusations from whistleblowers that the agency is burying “verified and verifiable” information about President Biden’s son by incorrectly labeling it as “misinformation.”

The Iowa senator said in his missive that if the accusations are true, the FBI and the Justice Department are “institutionally corrupted to their very core.”

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Opinion | The U.S. World Cup Win Offers a New Chapter in a Growing North American Soccer Story – The New York Times

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Sajid Javid’s Perfect Two-Word Takedown Of Nigel Farage’s Rant About UK Ethnicity – HuffPost UK

Sajid Javid’s Perfect Two-Word Takedown Of Nigel Farage’s Rant About UK Ethnicity  HuffPost UK
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Hakeem Jeffries in pole position as House Democrats pick successor to Pelosi – live

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Democrats hope to use time in minority to unite against Republicans; Congress scrambles to pass government funding bill

Good morning, and welcome to the politics live blog.

House Democrats today will formally elect new leadership. After nearly two decades at the helm, speaker Nancy Pelosi and majority whip Steny Hoyer are stepping down to make way for a younger, more diverse roster of party leaders.

Rail unions are decrying Joe Biden’s call to Congress to impose a contract on rail workers after months of labor negotiations. House Democrats indicated a vote on an agreement will take place as early as today.

Congress is also scrambling to pass a government funding bill by December 16. Democrats are considering how much they can do before they lose their majority in January.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting is set to take place at 5:30 pm ET.

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The full list of local HSBC branches to close next year

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HSBC is to shut a further 114 branches – more than a quarter of its network. Here is the list of sites to close

Scores of communities across the UK will be losing their local HSBC branch from April next year after the banking group announced a fresh wave of closures, which come on top of the 69 outlets it axed this year.

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Putin’s Ukraine War Is Entering a Terrifying New Phase – Bloomberg

Putin’s Ukraine War Is Entering a Terrifying New Phase  Bloomberg
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Russian soldiers’ wives encourage them to rape women: Ukraine’s First Lady – India Today

Russian soldiers’ wives encourage them to rape women: Ukraine’s First Lady  India Today