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National news briefs — compiled March 21

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HONOLULU

Sex provision sought

Honolulu police have urged lawmakers to preserve an exemption in Hawaii law that lets undercover officers have sex with prostitutes during investigations. But they won’t say how often — or even if — they use the provision. The notion has shocked advocates and law enforcement experts on the sex trade. This year, state legislators moved to revamp Hawaii’s decades-old law against prostitution. They toughened penalties against pimps and those who use prostitutes. They also proposed scrapping the sex exemption for officers on duty. But Honolulu police said they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act. Otherwise, they argued, prostitutes would insist on sex to identify undercover officers.

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

FBI, police raid house

Law enforcement officials raided the office and home of House Speaker Gordon Fox on Friday as part of a criminal investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police. Officials would not say who or what was being investigated, but authorities worked for hours inside the Democratic House speaker’s Statehouse office while state police troopers stood outside. Authorities entered the office carrying an evidence bag and empty cardboard boxes Friday morning.

WASHINGTON

Agent cleared

A Florida prosecutor has cleared an FBI agent of any criminal wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Chechen man as he was being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect, two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation said Friday. The officials said State Attorney Jeff Ashton won’t bring charges against the agent. Both officials spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the case. Ashton’s report will be released Tuesday.

Compiled from wire reports.


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