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FBI investigating tip to Hoffa burial site

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FBI investigates Hoffa burial tip

Federal agents revived the hunt for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa on Monday, digging around in a suburban Detroit field where a reputed Mafia captain said the Teamsters boss’s body was buried.

Authorities used excavation equipment to root around in the Oakland Township property, about 25 miles north of Detroit. The FBI halted the search for the day at about 7 p.m., and planned to resume the effort Tuesday.

Robert Foley, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit division, made a few brief comments about the latest search for the union leader who went missing in 1975. He said the warrant to search the property was sealed.

Foley didn’t mention the name of Tony Zerilli, the reputed Mafia captain who told Detroit TV station WDIV in February that he knew where Hoffa was buried. Zerilli, who is promoting a book, “Hoffa Found,” said the FBI had enough information for a search warrant to dig at the site, and that he had answered every question from agents and prosecutors.

Hoffa, Teamsters president from 1957 to 1971, was an acquaintance of mobsters and an adversary of federal officials. On the day in 1975 when he disappeared from a Detroit area restaurant, he was supposed to be meeting with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a Detroit Mafia captain. Since then, multiple leads to his remains have turned out to be false.

— Associated Press

ILLINOIS
Chicago suffers deadly weekend

Chicago police are investigating several shootings after a violent weekend that left at least seven people dead and more than three dozen wounded.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that it was the city’s most violent weekend of the year.

The tally, which included at least 41 injuries, spanned Friday night through Sunday night.

Also, police said that an officer fatally shot a teenager Sunday night on the South Side after the teen pointed a gun at officers.

Police said that despite the spate of shootings over the weekend there have been fewer shootings and homicides this year compared to the same period last year.

— Associated Press

Train derails in N.Y. tunnel: A New York City-Long Island commuter train derailed Monday evening in a tunnel under the East River and all passengers were safely removed in two hours, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. No injuries were reported. It was unclear what caused the train to derail.

— Associated Press

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