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Attorney General Eric Holder resigns

On Thursday, September 25, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he will be resigning from his position after six years with the Obama administration. Fox News reported that Holder had been talking with the President about this for several months and solidified the decision Labor Day weekend. He has agreed to stay in his position until his replacement has been announced. A Justice official reported that Holder “has no immediate plans” after leaving his post.

“I will leave the Department of Justice, but … I will never leave the work,” Holder said during the official press conference. For the full story, see here.


Suspect in UVA student disappearance caught and arrested

On September 23, the man suspected in the case of the disappearance of University of Virginia second year student, Hannah Graham, was found and arrested in Texas, nearly 1,200 miles from where Graham was last seen. The police announced that they had probable cause and issued an arrest warrant for Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. with the charges of abduction and attempt to defile Graham, who disappeared on September 13. Matthew was found on a beach in Galveston County in Texas and was extradited to Virginia. During questioning, Matthew claimed that he had no idea where Graham was. Read the full story, here.


Oklahoma man who beheaded coworker and stabbed another sparks domestic terrorism questions

After being fired from Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma on September 26, Alton Nolen decapitated one of his previous coworkers and stabbed another before being shot by Mark Vaughan, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s reserve deputy and a top executive at Vaughan Foods

“This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it,” said Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

Nolen has since been hospitalized and the police are waiting for him to wake up to issue his arrest. According to authorities, Nolen had been trying to convert his coworkers to Islam. Due to this information and the manner of the attacks, FBI assistance was requested in conducting a background check. The Washington Post reported that he was a recent convert and his Facebook page was “provocative” because it included a picture of Osama Bin Laden. Officials have not yet found any official links to terrorism.

Read the full story, here.