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ATF filled secret bank account with millions from shadowy cigarette sales, records show

The operation, not authorized under Justice Department rules, gave agents an off-the-books way to finance undercover investigations and pay informants without the usual cumbersome paperwork and close oversight, according to court records and people close to the operation. The secret account is at the heart of a federal racketeering lawsuit brought by a collective of tobacco farmers who say they were swindled out of $24 million.

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Dramatic video shows D.C. police rescuing man from burning car

Video footage from a D.C. police officer's body camera records the rescue of a man from a burning car Monday night. Officers worked as a team and entered the smoke-filled car to pull the injured driver to safety. Credit: DC Metro Police
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Dramatic video shows D.C. police rescuing man from burning car

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Man opens fire at DC pizzeria over fake news story

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