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3 from Pakistan arrested in NYC plot
(CNN) – Three people from Pakistan were taken into custody Thursday in raids in the Northeast by federal agents in connection with the failed Times Square car bombing, sources close to the investigation said.
Two individuals were taken into custody in Massachusetts, with a third arrested in Maine.
One focus of the probe, according to a source close to the investigation, is a system of "cash couriers" who bring money into the United States from overseas, a method thought to help finance operations like the attempted Times Square attack.
A statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that three people were taken into custody on alleged immigration violations, but provided no further details. Read more
How bad is Gulf spill? Inquiry is launched to find out
A U.S. congressman said he will launch a formal inquiry Friday into how much oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico after learning of independent estimates that are significantly higher than the amount BP officials have provided.
Rep. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said he will send a letter to BP and ask for more details from federal agencies about the methods they are using to analyze the oil leak. Markey, who chairs a congressional subcommittee on energy and the environment, said miscalculating the spill's volume may be hampering efforts to stop it. Read more
Gut Check: Is the NRA bulletproof?
The National Rifle association is living large these days. Armed with key political victories, the group's annual meeting this weekend is more like a celebration, leading some to ask – is the NRA bulletproof? Our Carol Costello has a "Gut Check" for you this morning.
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