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John Sopko says taking on the Mafia in Ohio as a young federal prosecutor was less daunting than his current job rooting out waste and corruption in the U.S.- financed attempt to rebuild Afghanistan.

“The Mafia had a real code of conduct — they never bothered federal prosecutors,” said Sopko, 62, who’s made waves from Washington to Kabul as the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

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Italian police  on Wednesday captured a Camorra fugitive north of Naples, wanted for a gangland murder and drug trafficking

Roberto Rosica, 21, a  reputed  gangland  gunman  in the Camorra clan Amato-Pagano, was  tracked down and  captured  in an apartment in the company of his family. He was wanted for the murder of mob rival Fortunato Scognamiglio in 2012

Rosica had escaped arrest in a police raid in June,aimed at 13  members of  the Amato-Pagano mob , accused of multiple  mafia connected crimes, including  murder, drug trafficking and Mafia association

The raid was part of a probe focusing  on a feud  for control over drug turf  between clan  Amato-Pagano aka ”Scissionisti” ” and clan Di Lauro, that resulted in the deaths of about 70 people

Rosica’s capture  follows  the capture of  fellow fugitive  and mob mate , Michele Caiazza

Erin Sharoni and Hank Goldberg take a look at some of the key games on Sunday in Week 8.

TMZ Hollywood Sports ==There would be no Lionel Messi … without Lionel Richie … and the singer tells TMZ Sports he was “quite honored” when he learned the soccer star was named in his honor.

The Gambler International Red Band Teaser (2015) starring Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, John Goodman and directed by Rupert Wyatt.

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Insidious: Chapter 3 opens in theaters on May 29th, 2015.

The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity

A video posted on YouTube shows dozens of stunt-riding motorcyclists popping wheelies at high-speeds on a Bay Area freeway and shrugging off attempts by a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer to pull them over. Joe Vazquez reports.

For Week 8, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is a must-start against the Redskins. Receiver Doug Baldwin and running backs Ben Tate and Darren McFadden also have favorable matchups.

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TMZ Hollywood= Naturally she picked the one linked to a helicopter full of cocaine. Makes sense.

In a shooting that inflamed global anger over the Iraq War, more than 30 unarmed Iraqis were shot by Blackwater security guards in Baghdad in 2007. Seventeen of them died. A federal jury convicted four former guards in the killings on Wednesday. Clarissa Ward reports.

Renee Zellweger responds to widespread comments on her ‘different’ look; Jazz star Kenny G denies trying to defy the Chinese government after a visit to Hong Kong; ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Teresa Giudice denied halfway house. (Oct. 23)

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The award-winning pop superstar provides exclusive access to The Demi World Tour.

It is jazz time in Baku. The capital of Azerbaijan will host jazz musicians from all four corners of the planet, among them American pianist Craig Taborn


A Ukrainian girl narrowly escaped death as a huge piece of glass façade broke off Shakhtar Donetsk’s Donbass Arena and crashed right in front of her. The incredible moment was caught on CCTV.



The Tokyo International Film Festival opened on Thursday with cult superhero “Ultraman” swooshing down the red carpet.

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin discusses Christian Bale’s role as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the coming biopic. Sorkin talks to Bloomberg’s Emily Chang for an installment of “Studio 1.0.”

Meet Four-Time Mr. Olympia Champion Phil Heath

(Bloomberg) — Phil Heath, four-time “Mr. Olympia” champion, discusses building a business off of diet, fitness and nutrition. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Trish Regan on “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)

A man climbed over the White House’s north fence Wednesday evening and was quickly apprehended by Secret Service officers with the aid of dogs, a Secret Service spokesman said. Photo: AP

A suddenly expanded recall of air bags is turning into a new safety crisis for the auto industry. WSJ’s Jeff Bennett and Simon Constable discuss on the News Hub. Photo: iStock

WSJ Video NFL Draft Insider joins Erin Sharoni to talk about the impact of the Percy Harvin trade on the 2015 Draft.


Actors dressed as superhero characters got into a fight by the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday. Good thing “Chewbacca” and bystanders where there to break it up.


Remember when Sting got everybody talking about his alleged marathon sex sessions? Well, even if you don’t, the man himself is here to give the details on what he thinks of “tantric sex.”

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Mexican authorities are under pressure as they struggle to find 43 students abducted in September. Rafael Romo reports.


You haven’t seen Lisa R. in ages and you couldn’t care less about any of her boring updates. Luckily, The Commander has some solid advice for deleting friends from social media without hurting their feelings.



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There’s a new demand for action in the lurid sex assault case involving prominent civil rights attorney Sanford Rubenstein.

The attorney for the victim has cited graphic details of the incident in a call for his arrest. CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports.

During dawn  on Wednesday, police from Foggia  arrested  14  alleged members  of a mafia driven drug  gang, charged with a cluster of crimes, including  conspiracy to traffic drugs, extortion,  theft, usury,and illegal  possession of weapons, reports  crime blog Italy

Police arrested  suspects in  Stornara and Cerignola   and  seized assets  worth over two million euros,including a villa, two apartment  buildings  and a fleet of vehicles

An ongoing investigation beginning in 2012 uncovered a mafia driven drug organization trafficking in cocaine, marijuana and hashish, whose members also ran an extortion racket ,shaking down caterers and contractors in the construction sector

Prosecutors credit witnesses, wiretaps, phone records and  stalking surveillance , during the ongoing investigation,  for today’s  arrests

Ten of those  arrested  have ended up in prison, four were  placed under house arrest

TMZ Hollywood Sports == NBA Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond has a very clear message for Michael Sam — don’t give up — telling TMZ Sports that he hopes Sam does everything he can to keep his NFL dream alive


Reputed mob rat’s  conviction reversed

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A prolific mob informant — who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking part in an arson with gangsters he informed on — has had his conviction tossed out on appeal, federal court records show

Volkan “The Turk” Mergen had been praised by prosecutors for helping sink a slew of Bonanno and Gambino hoods by making more than 275 secret recordings between 2001 and 2006, court documents say.

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Mobster  Merlino   headed  to hearing in  Federal Court

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It looks like an encore is planned for U.S. District Court in the ongoing Skinny Joey Merlino saga.

U.S. District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick issued a one-page ruling this morning denying a motion by Merlino’s lawyer seeking to have his probation violation voided. Instead, Surrick set a hearing on the issues for Friday at 10 a.m.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 TV Spot – Choice (2014) starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and directed by Francis Lawrence FilmisNow Website

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Ever since Marty McFly rode a hoverboard in 1989’s “Back to The Future II,” people have been dreaming of making the floating device a reality. Now, a California start-up says it has it figured out.

Bill O’Reilly joins Boomer and Carton to discuss why he believes sports are important, which broadcasters influenced him, and much more.

Holly Williams and her team got an inside look at a Kurdish prison in Syria where forces are holding alleged ISIS terrorists. One 15-year-old boy said that when ISIS captured his village, he was forced to fight or be executed. Williams reports from London.

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The actress’s passionate speech at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event has people talking.

Neil Diamond is in love again, and his new studio album (his first in six years), ‘Melody Road’, reflects that. The 73-year-old musician, who married for the third time in 2012, has sold more than 125 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.


Islamic State has published a new video in which a jihadist shows off brand-new American hardware, which was purportedly intended for the Kurds they are fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Vine star Zack King reveals his video magic tricks in this week’s Digits. Also, learn about Tecla Shield which reconnects the injured to mobile devices and Altergaze, the 3-D virtual reality viewer.

What Is Half Elon Musk, Half Evel Knievel?

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) — Chip Yates, a SoCal-based inventor, has created both the world’s fastest electric motorcycle and the world’s fastest electric airplane.

He’s soon ready to turn years of self-funded R&D into a business, but not before realizing his ultimate aspiration: crossing the Atlantic in an electric plane for the first time ever, with the help of drones that will recharge his plane in mid-air. Video by: Alan Jeffries (Source: Bloomberg)

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Stephen Colbert went on a mock tirade on his show, saying he was horrified that Google listed him as 5-foot-10 (he says he’s 5-foot-11)

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Poppy Harlow describes the scene in an Indiana courtroom where suspected serial killer Darren Vann appeared before a judge.


In what might be the wildest lawsuit of the year, actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over one of the “wise guy” characters on The Simpsons.

Sivero is notable for playing mobster roles in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, and has lived up to his onscreen persona in various ways, such as reportedly being arrested for gun possession earlier this year. He’s also very protective of his rights, suing a restaurant a few months ago over a sandwich named after his Goodfellas character.

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Kolkata's gold panners reap rewards at India festival time

Ahead of the festive Diwali season, it’s the peak time of year for Kolkata’s gold scavengers, who for centuries have sifted through dirt and sewers for precious yellow scraps they can turn to profit.

Last week, on The Howard Stern Show, Bill Murray got uncharacteristically serious about his perpetually single status. Among other things, the actor said:

What stops [any of] us is we’re kinda really ugly if we look really hard. We’re not who we think we are. We’re not as wonderful as we think we are. It’s a little bit of a shock . . . it’s hard.

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Oct. 22, 2014 – 4:14 – Kiss lead singer on releasing your inner ‘rock god




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A strict moral code, archaic initiation ceremonies and… Uxbridge? When a Mafia criminal known as “The Professor” was discovered living in a West London suburb, his humdrum semi-detached house seemed an odd fit for a notorious Cosa Nostra boss

Domenico Rancadore, who was a member of the Sicilian Mafia Cosa Nostra from 1987 to 1995, has been convicted of Mafia association and extortion. Though he fought his first extradition attempt on human rights grounds, the former fugitive is now waiting to hear whether he’ll be sent to Italy for a seven-year sentence.

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Parents of two Myanmar workers, accused of killing British tourists, arrive in Bangkok

(Reuters) – Two Myanmar men accused of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have retracted their confessions, their lawyers said on Wednesday, adding further confusion to an investigation that has attracted widespread criticism.

The retractions also come amid growing diplomatic concern that the two accused may have been abused during interrogation. Thailand’s human rights commission said it would launch an inquiry into allegations of police torture.

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