Illinois becomes the 11th U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. The bill, signed into law by Governor of Illinois J. B. Pritzker, will also remove criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams or less of cannabis.
In the United States, Suffolk County police ask the FBI for more help in their investigation of a possible serial killer who preyed on prostitutes and left their bodies strewn along a Long Island beach in New York. Ten bodies were found along an isolated stretch of the South Shore's Gilgo Beach between December 2010 and April 2011.
The United States FBI foils an alleged plot by white supremacists in Virginia who were planning a reign of terror — shooting or bombing religious institutions, robbing jewelers and armored cars, purchasing land, stockpiling weapons, and training for the "coming race war."
The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) posts a letter to the offices of online encyclopedia project Wikipedia, threatening fines and imprisonments over what it claims is the "particularly problematic" use of the agency's seal. [https:--www.bbc.co.uk-news-technology-10851394 (BBC)] [http:--edition.cnn.com-2010-TECH-web-08-03-fbi.seal.wikipedia-index.html?eref=rss_topstories (CNN)] [http:--www.vanityfair.com-online-daily-2010-08-today-in-intelligence-the-fbi-picks-a-fight-with-wikipedia.html ("Vanity Fair")] (Wikipedia entry)