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New York, NY – 2% Increase In Robberies, But Overall Crime Down Amid Major Police Policy Chan

January 4, 2016 at 11:55 PM
New York - New York City's police commissioner says crime statistics released Monday prove it is possible to usher in a less aggressive style of policing and lower crime at the same time. New York police say they made 54,000 fewer arrests last year than they did in 2013. That was partly due to officers exercising more discretion in enforcement as part of an effort to restore battered...

Stockholm – Investigators Probe Tesla Car Fire In Norway

January 4, 2016 at 11:23 PM
Stockholm - Norwegian authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that gutted an electric Tesla car at a charging station. Norwegian broadcaster NRK says the Tesla Model S was being charged Friday in the town of Gjerstad in southern Norway when it went up in flames. Police spokesman Jon Kvitne told news agency NTB that investigators would analyze both the charred wreck and the...

Chicago – City Top Lawyer Accused Of Hiding Shooting Evidence Resigns

January 4, 2016 at 11:04 PM
Chicago - A top city of Chicago lawyer stepped down Monday after a federal judge accused him of hiding evidence in a fatal police shooting, the latest allegation of wrongdoing amid ongoing scrutiny of how the city deals with such cases. Separately, the city agency that investigates police shootings vowed greater transparency, saying Monday that it would start divulging some details of active...

Brooklyn, NY – Attorney General’s Stepdaughter Held Over Disputed Taxi Fare

January 4, 2016 at 10:38 PM
Brooklyn, NY - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch's stepdaughter was briefly detained at a police station after an argument with an Uber taxi driver over an unpaid fare, police said Monday. Kia Absalom, 21, was riding in the car on Dec. 28. She believed her fare was automatically paid through the Uber ride-hailing app, as is the practice with most of the cars available on Uber, police...

New York – 30th Arrest: Transit Impostor Says He Needs Help Not Prison

January 4, 2016 at 10:32 PM
New York - Darius McCollum's addiction isn't for booze and pills — it's for buses and trains. The New York transit impostor who first commandeered a train at age 15 has been arrested 30 times over the years for transit-related crimes. Most recently, he was nabbed in November behind the wheel of a Greyhound bus that officials say he had stolen from a depot in New Jersey. Now McCollum, who...

Las Vegas, NV – The Smart-tech Future Beckons To Us From The CES Gadget Show

January 4, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Las Vegas, NV - Look around. How many computing devices do you see? Your phone, probably; maybe a tablet or a laptop. Your car, the TV set, the microwave, bedside alarm clock, possibly the thermostat, and others you've never noticed. Much of that computing isn't doing much while segregated into individual devices. But many of these gadgets have the potential to get smarter by connecting to...

New York – NY Governor’s Order On Homeless Deepens Chill With City Mayor

January 4, 2016 at 09:35 PM
New York - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday called an order by Governor Andrew Cuomo to force homeless people indoors when temperatures drop below freezing a redundant mandate that the city already meets, the latest salvo in a feud between the two Democrats. New York City's growing homeless population is the newest focus of the spat between Cuomo and de Blasio, who has publicly accused...

Tel Aviv, Israel – Unusual Shooting Attack Sets Off Panic In Israeli Heartland

January 4, 2016 at 09:05 PM
Tel Aviv, Israel - For all its years of strife, Israel has rarely seen anything quite like this: an armed, wanted Arab killer on the loose, spreading fear across the land. Even the most stoic are keeping their children home from school following the deadly daytime shooting at a popular bar on a busy Tel Aviv street that has become among the most unsettling attacks in a three-month wave of...

Neot Huvava, Israel – PHOTOS: Swoop, Pivot And Soar: Starlings Embrace The Southern Israel Sky

January 4, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Neot Huvava, Israel - Breathtaking "murmurations" - dark, shifting shapes that look like vast dancing clouds - fill the skies of southern Israel and surrounding areas in winter. Starlings from Russia and east Europe winter in the Holy Land, swooping, pivoting and soaring, putting on a display to shame any aerobatics team anywhere. A Reuters photo montage shows a remarkable display of...

Toronto – Canada Investigates Why 6-year-old Is Listed As Travel Risk

January 4, 2016 at 08:01 PM
Toronto - Canada's public safety minister has promised to investigate the case of a six-year-old boy whose name appears to be on a travel security risk list. The Ontario boy's father tweeted a photo from Toronto's Pearson International Airport last week that appears to show his son's name, Syed Adam Ahmed, with a "DHP" or "deemed high profile" label and instructions on how to proceed before...

Brooklyn, NY – Hasidic House In Bed-Stuy, Repeated Target Of Harassment, Vandalized By Anti-Semitic Graffiti

January 4, 2016 at 07:24 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Chasidic residents who say they have been subjected to repeated harassment since moving into a newly renovated three family home near Williamsburg woke up Saturday morning to find anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on their front door. The incidents have been taking place at 59 Vernon Avenue, located on the Bedford-Stuyvestant side of the Marcy Avenue housing projects. Yehuda...

Washington – President Obama Will Bypass Congress To Expand Firearms Background Checks

January 4, 2016 at 07:04 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama moved Monday to require all gun sellers to register as dealers — even those who sell at gun shows and online — and to run background checks on all prospective purchasers, aiming to curb a scourge of gun violence despite unyielding opposition to new gun laws in Congress. In a bid to narrow the so-called gun show loophole, the Justice Department's Bureau...

Washington – Officials: U.S. Takes 121 Illegal Immigrants Into Custody For Deportation

January 4, 2016 at 06:03 PM
Washington - U.S. authorities took 121 people into custody over the weekend, primarily in Texas, Georgia and North Carolina, as immigration authorities moved to deport families who entered the United States illegally after May 2014, officials said on Monday. The so-called removals of adults and their children followed an increased rate of deportation of single adults to Central America since...

Brussels – Not Dead, But Free Travel In Europe In Doubt Amid ID Checks

January 4, 2016 at 05:33 PM
Brussels - Six countries in Europe's document-free travel area now have wide-ranging border checks in place following Denmark's decision on Monday to tighten controls on its southern border with Germany. Denmark made the move after Sweden imposed ID checks for rail passengers traveling between the two. Others to reintroduce checks to cope with mass flows of migrants are Austria, Germany and...

Washington – Trump Campaign Concedes Morocco Footage In Ad

January 4, 2016 at 04:58 PM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign says they intentionally used footage of Morocco in a television ad that touches on U.S. border security. The campaign said in a statement the images were "selected to demonstrate the severe impact of an open border and the very real threat Americans face if we do not immediately build a wall and stop illegal...

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