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Case closed: FBI says plane thief acted alone

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A video by John Waldron shows the stolen Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 turboprop plane passing overhead on Aug. 10. (John Waldron via KING5 / Twitter)

After a three-month investigation, the FBI has concluded that Horizon Air employee Richard Russell acted alone when he crept into a secure area of Sea-Tac International Airport, stole an airplane and took it on an joyride.

Investigators also said today that Russell crashed the empty Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 turboprop plane intentionally on remote Ketron Island, southwest of Seattle in Puget Sound. About six seconds before impact, Russell pushed the plane’s control column forward to hasten the end, the FBI said.

Cause of death was ruled as suicide.

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Can FBI check 650K emails? Snowden says yes

How hard is it to check hundreds of thousands of emails? Not that hard. (© Gajus via Fotolia)
How hard is it to check hundreds of thousands of emails? Not that hard. (© Gajus via Fotolia)

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters are questioning whether the FBI could have sifted through 650,000 emails quickly enough to clear his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, just nine days after they were discovered.

But the FBI and cybersecurity experts say it can be done with database scanning software – and one of those experts is none other than Edward Snowden, the fugitive whistleblower who’s hoping to get a presidential pardon.

The debate unfolded today in the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that a search through a laptop used by Clinton aide Huma Abedin turned up nothing to change “our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”

In other words, the FBI investigation into Clinton’s emails remains closed, with no charges sought.

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