Crime & Law Enforcement

Report: House of Representatives Likely to Pass Senate Version of Violence Against Women Act

February 26, 2013

“With insufficient support for the GOP bill, the vote on the Senate bill appeared almost certain to pass with bipartisan support.”

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Police Searching for Gunman on Coastal Carolina University’s Campus Following On-Campus Shooting

February 26, 2013

“”The shooting is not ongoing,” the dean of students’ Twitter page said. “Police continue to search for one suspect. Stay indoors.”"

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Prison Guards Foil Dramatic Helicopter Prison Escape Attempt in Greece

February 25, 2013

“But the plot was foiled after the prisoner was shot and the chopper forced to land in the prison’s parking lot. The dramatic escape attempt was one of a handful involving helicopters in Greece, and the first time such plans have failed.”

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Report: Some FBI Employees Engage in Inappropriate Behavior, Including Sexting and Criminal Activity

February 24, 2013

“While the vast majority of the FBI’s 36,000 employees act professionally, the disciplinary reports issued by the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility show serious misconduct has continued for years.”

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Report: Government Officials Stonewalling FBI Investigation Into Transfer of Classified Weapons Technology to China From NASA’s Ames Research Center

February 24, 2013

“The claims originate with several past and current NASA employees concerned with the systemic leak of highly sensitive information relating to missile defense systems, as well as what they call a troubled investigation into the leak.”

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Major Banks Facilitating Rip-Off (and Sometimes Illegal) Internet-Based “Payday” Lenders

February 24, 2013

“While the banks, which include giants like JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, do not make the loans, they are a critical link for the lenders, enabling the lenders to withdraw payments automatically from borrowers’ bank accounts, even in states where the loans are banned entirely.”

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Las Vegas Hotel Altercation Sparks Deadly Car-to-Car Shooting

February 21, 2013

“Authorities say at least one person in the Range Rover shot at a Maserati that then ran a red light and crashed into a taxi. The taxi burst into flames, and the driver and passenger died. The driver of the Maserati also died, and his passenger was shot.”

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Former Police Officer Drew Peterson Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison for Murdering his Wife

February 21, 2013

“Peterson had faced as much as 60 years, but Judge Edward Burmila said he gave Peterson some consideration for his years as a police officer and his service in the military. Peterson is 59.”

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WCBS-TV Local New York Television Anchor Rob Morrison Resigns After Choking Wife

February 21, 2013

“Rob Morrison, an anchor for CBS News’ local affiliate in New York, has resigned from his job following allegations that he choked his wife and told police that he would kill her.”

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Report: Department of Homeland Security Violating Fourth Amendment Rights of Two-Thirds of Americans

February 20, 2013

“Those numbers come from the ACLU’s estimates of how many people live within 100 miles of the United States border, since Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CLCR) concluded that border searches of electronic devices do not violate the Fourth Amendment.”

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Body of Canadian Woman Discovered in Water Tank of Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles

February 20, 2013

“The body of a Canadian woman had been discovered at the bottom of one of four cisterns on the roof of the historic hotel near Skid Row. The tanks provide water for hotel taps and would have been used by guests.”

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First Victim of Orange County Shooting Rampage Identified as 20-Year Old Courtney Aoki

February 20, 2013

“The victim, without ID at the scene, has now been identified as Courtney Aoki. The connection between Syed and the woman has not been defined.”

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Human Rights Watch Report: 249 Disappearances in Mexico Constitute a Major Crisis

February 20, 2013

“A Human Rights Watch report released Wednesday calls Mexico’s anti-drug offensive “disastrous” and cites 249 cases of disappearances, most of which show evidence of having been carried out by the military or law enforcement.”

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Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) Pleads Guilty to Misusing Campaign Funds

February 20, 2013

“Jackson’s wife, Sandi, a former Chicago alderman facing a separate felony charge for filing false tax returns over six years, will appear in court in Washington later Wednesday and is also expected to enter a guilty plea.”

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Colorado Task Force Approves Marijuana Tourism By Declining to Limit Legalization to Colorado Residents

February 20, 2013

“If lawmakers agree with the recommendation, tourists would be free to buy and smoke marijuana.”

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