John Shiffman

U.S. judge sets plea change for Algerian who recruited 'Jihad Jane'

20 Jul 2018

WASHINGTON An Algerian man accused of recruiting an American woman known as "Jihad Jane" in 2009 and who originally pleaded not guilty to a U.S. charge of supporting terrorism, is expected to change his plea to guilty, a court filing showed on Thursday.

Colorado creates body donation law following Reuters report

02 Jun 2018

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Colorado has adopted a law to regulate companies that solicit bodies donated to science and sell the parts to medical educators, the governor's office announced this week.

Businessman who sold diseased human body parts gets nine years in prison

23 May 2018

DETROIT A Detroit businessman who sold and leased human body parts was sentenced to nine years in prison Tuesday for selling diseased remains to medical educators.

U.S. budget deal grants $1.5 billion for drug-affected babies, families

23 Feb 2018

(This version of the Feb 9 story corrects in 10th paragraph to 'prevention' from 'intervention')

U.S. budget deals grants $1.5 bln for opioid-addicted babies, families

09 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON, Feb 9 A U.S. budget deal adopted by Congress on Friday includes what advocates call a landmark compromise to provide an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependent on opioids.

Special Report - U.S. body brokers supply world with torsos, limbs and heads

09 Feb 2018

PORTLAND, Oregon On July 20, a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship departed Charleston, South Carolina carrying thousands of containers. One of them held a lucrative commodity: body parts from dozens of dead Americans.

FBI raids Colorado body broker following Reuters report

07 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday searched the offices of a Colorado businesswoman who operates a funeral home and a body donation company from the same building.

Body broker who sold diseased remains is convicted of fraud

23 Jan 2018

WASHINGTON A Detroit businessman who sold and leased donated body parts for two decades was convicted Monday of defrauding medical customers by selling them diseased human remains.

FBI agent describes grisly warehouse in start of body broker's trial

06 Jan 2018

DETROIT The warehouse of a Michigan man who sold donated body parts to researchers was littered with dead flies, dog bowls and human remains “frozen together in flesh-on-flesh chunks,” a federal agent testified Friday.

Special Report - A business where human bodies were butchered, packaged and sold

27 Dec 2017

PHOENIX Sam Kazemi stood over the old man’s corpse. Nearby lay pliers, a scalpel and a motorized saw designed to cut drywall and pipe.

World News

Gunmen kill 12 Revolutionary Guards in attack on Iran military parade: ISNA

Gunmen fired on a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, killing 12 members of the Revolutionary Guards, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, in one of the worst attacks ever on the elite force.State television said the assault, which wounded more than 60 people, targeted a stand where Iranian officials had gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of the Islamic Republic's 1980-88 war with Iraq.