Courts & Crime

Time has run out for Camp Lejeune water lawsuits, appeals court rules

Marines and their family members who were poisoned by toxic water at Camp Lejeune apparently lost their chance to sue the government when a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a North Carolina statute doesn’t give them the time they needed to make their cases. | 10/14/14 20:50:50 By - By Renee Schoof

Nursing home abuse claims lead to $38 million settlement with feds

One of the nation’s largest nursing home chains has agreed to pay $38 million to settle allegations that it improperly billed federal health programs for the poor and aging and provided unnecessary care, as well as “disturbing” substandard care. | 10/10/14 16:29:53 By - By Daniel Salazar

Marriott dinged $600,000 for blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots

Marriott International Inc. must pay a $600,000 fine for using technology to block visitors at a Nashville hotel from using their personal hotspot devices, the Federal Communications Commission announced Friday. | 10/04/14 08:09:06 By - By PARESH DAVE

S.C. National Guard official charged with bribery

An active-duty South Carolina Army National Guard official has been charged with soliciting and accepting bribes in exchange for steering millions of dollars worth of contracts in the National Guard’s recruitment and marketing efforts. | 10/02/14 17:55:26 By - By Ali Watkins

Federal drug informant scores victory over DEA

A fabled Florida drug informant once known as “the Princess” has now crowned her career with a bittersweet legal victory | 09/29/14 16:33:46 By - By Michael Doyle

Multiple-victim shootings have reached ‘an alarming rate,’ FBI says

Active-shooter incidents, in which gunmen try to kill people in a populated area, are becoming more common and more deadly, according to a first-of-its-kind FBI study released Wednesday. | 09/24/14 18:27:13 By - By Michael Doyle

Wikileaks convict sues Pentagon over gender change treatments

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, known as Bradley Manning when she was convicted last year for releasing classified documents, sued Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday for failing to provide medical treatment for her gender disorder. | 09/23/14 19:32:25 By - By James Rosen

Convicted killer of Chandra Levy pursues new trial

Nearly four years since a jury convicted Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandique of killing former intern Chandra Levy, the stage is set for a potential reprise. | 09/23/14 16:56:13 By - By Michael Doyle

Florida court shuts down diploma mill business at request of federal regulators

A U.S. District Court in Florida on Friday shut down a diploma mill business that federal regulators say earned more than $11 million selling fake high school diplomas online. | 09/19/14 16:33:55 By - By Lindsay Wise

Blocked Obama nominee for Justice’s Civil Rights Division withdraws

Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, withdrew his name from consideration Monday, unable to overcome a bipartisan Senate filibuster. | 09/16/14 06:28:28 By - By William Douglas

Border probe finds most agent abuse allegations need no more review

A study of more than 800 allegations against the federal Customs and Border Protection agency for excessive force and other alleged abuses has found less than a quarter of them may warrant further review. | 09/15/14 06:04:04 By - By Samantha Ehlinger

Misconduct at Justice Department isn’t always prosecuted

Dozens of Justice Department officials, ranging from FBI special agents and prison wardens to high-level federal prosecutors, have escaped prosecution or firing in recent years despite findings of misconduct by the department’s own internal watchdog. | 09/11/14 06:46:15 By - By Marisa Taylor and Michael Doyle

Holder pledges to ‘follow the facts’ in civil rights probe of Ferguson shooting

Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday formally opened a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, as well as a cooperative reform effort with the St. Louis County Police Department. | 09/04/14 17:58:32 By - By Michael Doyle

Judge overturns convictions of North Carolina men in child's 1983 rape, murder

Despite a judge’s order declaring them innocent and freeing them after almost 31 years, prison officials insisted that Henry McCollum and Leon Brown remain in their custody Tuesday for one final night behind bars. | 09/03/14 08:12:07 By - Joseph Neff

Talks underway to resolve 10-year-old California prison death

In life-or-death trials, as in real estate, a lot comes down to location, location, location. | 08/29/14 16:32:28 By - By Michael Doyle

Soldier’s sentence in drug-related death gets another look

A former Tacoma, Wash.-area soldier serving time for his role in the 2009 drug-related death of his 16-year-old girlfriend will get another chance at a lighter sentence. | 08/28/14 17:22:59 By - By Michael Doyle

New trial ordered for soldier who says anti-smoking drug drove him to kill

The nation’s highest military appeals court on Wednesday ordered a new trial for a soldier who killed a Fresno, Calif., native in a sudden rage allegedly induced by the anti-smoking drug Chantix. | 08/27/14 18:49:56 By - By Michael Doyle

Barricaded soldier shoots herself at Fort Lee

A distraught female soldier at the Fort Lee army garrison shot herself in the head Monday morning as negotiators tried to calm her at the base south of Richmond, Virginia. The incident triggered fears of another deadly base rampage. | 08/25/14 15:18:12 By - By Kevin G. Hall

In Ferguson, mixed reviews for Gov. Nixon, good for Sen. McCaskill

Think New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose competence in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy helped raise his profile outside his state. | 08/22/14 17:12:06 By - By Lindsay Wise and Dave Helling

Data on police shootings is hard to find

The shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., has exposed what the Justice Department doesn’t know about police use of force. | 08/20/14 17:16:09 By - By Michael Doyle

Holder heads to Ferguson with options for federal shooting probe

Several options await the Justice Department inquiry that Attorney General Eric Holder will see firsthand Wednesday in embattled Ferguson, Mo., where he will meet with law enforcement authorities investigating the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. | 08/19/14 18:29:16 By - By Michael Doyle

Violence in Ferguson didn’t have to happen

The Rev. Tommie Pierson was meeting in his church a week ago Saturday when, only blocks away, multiple bullets fired from a Ferguson police officer’s pistol pierced the body of Michael Brown, leaving the unarmed African-American teen dead on the street. | 08/17/14 08:03:18 By - Eric Adler and Jason Hancock

R.J. Reynolds suit challenges tribes over cigarette fees

The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is taking on tribal cigarette manufacturers, in a fight that’s already included covert investigations, aerial surveillance and confidential informants. | 08/15/14 18:29:05 By - By Michael Doyle

Tensions continue in Ferguson, Mo. over shooting

Police breaking a week-long silence and revealing the name of the officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager was supposed to be a step towards healing a fracture community. | 08/15/14 15:36:05 By - Jason Hancock

Obama vows ‘justice will be done’ in Ferguson, Mo.

Justice Department officials on Thursday stepped up their investigation into the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., while Missouri Highway Patrol officers took over security in the town that’s been roiled by demonstrations. | 08/14/14 22:35:14 By - By Michael Doyle, Anita Kumar and Lindsay Wise

Group: Inquiry ordered into lost IRS emails

The group suing the Internal Revenue Service in federal court to obtain the emails of former division head Lois Lerner celebrated Thursday a judge’s decision to open an inquiry into the matter. | 08/14/14 18:32:35 By - By Kevin G. Hall

NCAA says athletic departments must not interfere in sexual assault cases

After a Senate survey found 22 percent of colleges give their athletics departments oversight over sexual assault allegations against athletes, the NCAA Executive Committee has issued a resolution saying it expects that practice to stop. | 08/14/14 12:02:56 By - By Renee Schoof

Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, urges calm after Ferguson shooting

Tracy Martin knows the pain a Ferguson, Mo., family and their community are feeling over the fatal shooting over the weekend of an 18-year-old unarmed black man. Martin's son, Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch security guard, George Zimmerman, on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla., a suburb of Orlando. The shooting sparked a national debate, and the case is strangely similar to the shooting of Michael Brown. | 08/12/14 11:42:38 By - Carolyn P. Smith

California water agency wins damage suit against feds

A federal appeals court has delivered a big victory to a small water district in California’s parched San Joaquin Valley. | 08/04/14 14:04:39 By - By Michael Doyle

Bipartisan bill would tighten rules on campus sexual assault

A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday introduced legislation to streamline how colleges handle cases of sexual assault. | 07/31/14 07:42:17 By - By Stephanie Haven

Families of fallen firefighters denied federal benefits

Mark Ransdell and seven fellow firefighters died without federal benefits 11 years ago on their way home from battling an Idaho blaze. | 07/29/14 17:13:21 By - By Michael Doyle

Conservative federal appeals court strikes down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban

Appellate judges on Monday struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, further teeing up the marriage equality question for final resolution by the Supreme Court. | 07/28/14 19:19:01 By - By Michael Doyle

Smoke-filled room? Legal marijuana debated at National Press Club

For Bill Piper, there’s no doubt that the nation’s war on drugs has failed, with 666,000 Americans arrested on marijuana charges last year alone. | 07/24/14 17:47:06 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Undercover GAO investigators secure health care tax credits using fake information

- Government undercover investigators using fake identities were able to get premium tax credits to help pay for health coverage in 11 of 12 attempts after applying online and by phone through the federal health insurance marketplace. | 07/23/14 16:04:49 By - By Tony Pugh

Rand Paul wants to let ex-cons vote, reduce drug offenses

Calling the criminal justice system “the largest impediment to both voting and employment in our country,” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul wants to restore voting rights to nonviolent felons and reduce many drug crimes down to misdemeanors. | 07/23/14 06:33:24 By - By Sean Cockerham

Courts issue conflicting rulings on health care tax subsidies

Two appeals courts on Tuesday reached radically different conclusions about whether millions of consumers in 36 states can use tax credits to help buy health coverage on the federal health insurance marketplace. | 07/23/14 06:32:25 By - By Michael Doyle and Tony Pugh

Missing and exploited children’s advocates press for more help

Rep. Todd Rokita’s voice quavered as he closed a congressional hearing this week on the abduction and sex trafficking of children. | 07/16/14 18:51:57 By - By Caroline Cataldo

Will campus sexual-assault probes affect enrollment?

Sixty-seven U.S. colleges are under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases. And prospective students have started to take notice. | 07/16/14 18:27:50 By - By Stephanie Haven

Holder says the push for civil rights must continue

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on Congress Tuesday to update housing and lending laws, and to take steps to end discrimination against women and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community during Howard University’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. | 07/16/14 07:09:59 By - By Alejandro Davila Fragoso

Mongols biker club, accused of criminality, tries to shield its trademark

Federal prosecutors are revving up efforts to seize the Mongols Nation Motorcycle Club trademark, taking with it associated patches and logos. | 07/11/14 15:59:11 By - By Michael Doyle

Judge won’t dismiss Atwater inmate’s murder case

A federal inmate accused of murdering Correctional Officer Jose Rivera at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater has failed in his efforts to dismiss the indictment or exclude the death penalty. | 07/11/14 14:14:06 By - By Michael Doyle

Colleges lax over campus sexual assault cases, senator finds

An in-depth survey of American colleges and universities on sexual violence on campus found that many schools fall short in how they investigate and resolve such claims, Sen. Claire McCaskill, who commissioned the survey, said Wednesday. | 07/09/14 15:31:59 By - By Renee Schoof

Documents show soldiers called Robert Bales 'paranoid' well before Afghanistan killings

Months before he committed an inexplicable massacre, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales showed a split personality to his fellow soldiers at a small outpost in Southern Afghanistan. | 07/07/14 12:34:12 By - Adam Ashton

Justice Department releases controversial memo on legality of drone strike on American

An American leader of al Qaida based overseas could be killed without violating international or U.S. law because he was a senior member of a terrorist group who posed a continuous threat to the United States and whose capture wasn’t feasible, according to a Justice Department memorandum that was declassified Monday. | 06/23/14 19:02:45 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

FBI sting recovers missing children, nabs pimps

The FBI recovered 168 children and arrested 281 people on pimping charges during a nationwide sting coordinated through federal, state and local law enforcement agencies last week, the bureau announced Monday, part of a decade-long effort to combat child sex trafficking. | 06/23/14 18:25:49 By - By John Moritz

50 years on, race relations in Mississippi take a far different tone

Emily Dannenberg stepped off an air-conditioned tour bus into oppressive Mississippi heat. The white Columbia University graduate student had come to this steamy rural town on Monday with a mission: to mentor both black and white teenagers and help them make sense of their state’s violent and racist past. | 06/20/14 15:00:26 By - By Liz Willen

Judge in Guantanamo force-feeding case wants more evidence

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the government to turn over more videotapes showing the forceful removal of a hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay detainee from his cell. | 06/18/14 18:27:14 By - By Michael Doyle

Border protection commissioner fires internal affairs chief amid allegations of abuse

U.S. Customs and Border Protection removed its head of internal affairs on Monday and called for a review of procedures involving the use of force following a wave of shooting deaths of unarmed civilians and hundreds of complaints of abuse by armed agents. | 06/09/14 21:28:26 By - By Franco Ordoñez

FBI, social workers unite to attack sexual trafficking of children

By just saying hello, a human trafficker can know whether or not a young boy or girl is worth pursuing as a victim, an FBI analyst explained at a recent training session with 20 local health and social services employees. | 06/03/14 13:20:53 By - By Elissa Nadworny

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon tells judge he’s guilty on corruption charge

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a federal public corruption charge, capping a four-year investigation in which he took bribes in exchange for the promise of helping developers. | 06/03/14 12:09:52 By - Ely Portillo, Elizabeth Leland and Mike Gordon

Head of U.S. border agencies, seeking ‘better public trust,’ revises lethal force policy

The federal agency in charge of U.S. border security on Friday issued a revised handbook on when its agents may use lethal force, adopting changes aimed at reducing dozens of killings that have generated a handful of lawsuits and cast agents as quick to pull their triggers. | 05/30/14 19:34:00 By - By Tim Johnson

Supermax confinement could send killer over the edge, lawyers say

A revealing new fight has erupted over the future of the inmate who admitted helping to kill a correctional officer at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater in California’s San Joaquin Valley. | 05/28/14 14:35:30 By - By Michael Doyle

Rep. Schiff wants tougher gun laws in wake of UCSB rampage

As the House of Representatives prepares to return from its Memorial Day recess, calls for tougher gun laws in the wake of the weekend’s University of California-Santa Barbara rampage that left three people dead by gunfire and three others stabbed to death are starting to trickle in. | 05/27/14 10:54:45 By - By William Douglas

Feds accuse Hattiesburg firm of breaking disabilities law

The U.S. Justice Department sued Hattiesburg, Miss.-based Dawn Properties Inc. on Friday, charging that the firm and its affiliates violated federal civil rights laws by designing and building at least five residential properties whose barriers make them inaccessible to disabled people. | 05/25/14 05:54:03 By - By Greg Gordon

Angry judge lifts ban on force-feeding of Guantanamo detainee, blasts Pentagon

An unhappy federal judge has blasted the Defense Department for its “intransigence” but said she had no choice but to lift a ban on the forced feeding of a hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay detainee. | 05/23/14 14:57:59 By - By Michael Doyle

Marine’s sexual assault conviction overturned because of commandant’s tough talk

The Marine Corps commandant’s uncompromising talk against sexual assault looked like unlawful command influence, a military appeals court said Thursday, as it overturned a Parris Island enlisted man’s conviction on sexual assault charges. | 05/22/14 18:37:01 By - By Michael Doyle

BP wants Supreme Court to throw out Deepwater Horizon settlement

BP is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its challenge of the settlement agreement that’s forcing the oil company to reimburse businesses deemed hurt by the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico . | 05/21/14 14:28:54 By - By Sean Cockerham

Lawmakers want to prevent campus assaults

College officials often aren’t clear about how they must report cases of campus rape and sexual violence, and victims often feel they don’t have the support they need to hold assailants accountable, Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday following a Capitol Hill roundtable. | 05/21/14 06:29:54 By - By Renee Schoof

Private pilots say border agents go too far

The young pilot from Miami was trying to impress a woman with a lunch trip to Key West. | 05/20/14 06:02:22 By - By Franco Ordonez

Mississippi man who sent ricin to Obama and others gets 25 years in prison

A former north Mississippi martial arts instructor was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for mailing letters laced with deadly ricin last year to President Barack Obama, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi state court judge. | 05/19/14 19:28:26 By - By Greg Gordon

Marines make provocative choice for key defense counsel post

A Marine Corps officer whose bellicose prosecutorial rhetoric prompted defense complaints will now oversee defense attorneys, potentially including some who blew the whistle on him. | 05/19/14 17:04:30 By - By Michael Doyle

Cyber-spying charges against Chinese reveal shadow trade war

The indictment of alleged Chinese military hackers announced Monday illuminates the shadowy world of cyber-theft, while exacerbating the already tense relations between China and the United States. | 05/19/14 17:47:31 By - By Michael Doyle and Stuart Leavenworth

Fatally Flawed: Faulty medical examinations in N.C. devastate families

Across North Carolina, medical examiners fail to follow crucial investigative steps, raising questions about the accuracy of thousands of death rulings. The living face the consequences. | 05/18/14 08:10:17 By -

Meat labeling vs. free speech: A fine meal for judges

Twelve judges will consider claims that country-of-origin label requirements violate U.S. meat producers’ First Amendment rights. It’s a case with global implications. | 05/16/14 16:49:46 By - By Michael Doyle

Court rules against Calif. raisin farmer’s complaint with USDA

A dissident Fresno-area raisin farmer who took his complaints all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court has lost his challenge to a crucial part of the system that governs his industry. | 05/16/14 07:11:23 By - By Michael Doyle

Funding for police bulletproof vest program in question

A program that has supplied more than 1 million bulletproof vests to police departments in Texas and around the country is facing a holdup on Capitol Hill. | 05/14/14 18:24:17 By - By Laurel White

Military court hears convicted killer’s anti-smoking drug defense

The 2008 homicide of Fresno, Calif., native Rick Bulmer riveted the nation’s top military appeals court Tuesday, as judges weighed the killer’s claims that he’d snapped under the influence of a potent anti-smoking drug called Chantix. | 05/13/14 17:12:48 By - By Michael Doyle

Another 90 Arrests As Strike Force’s Medicare Fraud Tally Hits $6 Billion

In the seventh “takedown” since the government formed a Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 2007, federal agents arrested 90 people on May 13th, including 50 in Miami, on charges they schemed to falsely bill taxpayers $260 million. | 05/13/14 15:39:11 By - By Greg Gordon

Did Marine prosecutor’s search ask for an inch and take a mile?

An unusual government search of Marine Corps defense attorneys’ offices at California’s Camp Pendleton could cast a cloud over dozens of criminal cases. | 05/09/14 18:02:52 By - By Michael Doyle

Judges seem skeptical over latest challenge to health care law

The seemingly endless legal war over health care found an esoteric new front Thursday, as appellate judges considered where certain bills should originate. | 05/09/14 06:57:07 By - By Michael Doyle

DEA settles suit alleging government lie-detector abuses

The Drug Enforcement Administration has agreed to pay 14 contractors $500,000 to settle a lawsuit that accuses the agency of illegally requiring them to undergo highly intrusive lie detector tests to keep their jobs as translators. | 05/08/14 05:29:32 By - By Marisa Taylor

Border Patrol rarely punishes agents accused of abuse, study shows

The report by the American Immigration Council found that 97 percent of abuse complaints lodged against Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers resulted in no disciplinary action once an investigation had been completed. Those included a complaint from a pregnant woman in El Paso, Texas, that she had miscarried after a Border Patrol agent kicked her in the stomach, and several complaints from women that they had been forced to bare their breasts while in custody. | 05/06/14 20:06:17 By - By Franco Ordonez

Convicted killer in Chandra Levy case questions snitch’s credibility

Attorneys for the man convicted of killing former intern Chandra Levy formally made their case for a new trial Tuesday, citing serious problems with the prosecution’s key witness. | 05/06/14 17:51:15 By - By Michael Doyle

How high is too high to drive? States find no easy answers

Josephine Drum says her daughter was “cheated out of life” when she was killed while driving to work in downtown Seattle in 2012, hit by a man in a Jeep whose blood tested positive for marijuana. | 05/06/14 14:30:23 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Convicted of murder, soldier blames anti-smoking drug

While his homicidal claim is rare _ he may be the first, and so far only, murder defendant to go all the way to trial with a Chantix defense _ questions about the drug’s safety are not. | 05/04/14 00:00:00 By - By Michael Doyle

An appeals victory might open new inquiries into anti-smoking drug

Before Pfizer paid at least $299 million to settle claims that its anti-smoking drug Chantix caused harm, the pharmaceutical giant played hardball with Army Pfc. George D.B. MacDonald. | 05/04/14 00:00:00 By - By Michael Doyle

Judges display healthy skepticism of juice maker’s health claims

Appellate judges Friday taste-tested a pomegranate juice maker’s health claims. | 05/02/14 17:05:54 By - By Michael Doyle

Penn State listed among universities under investigation for possible Title IX violations

Penn State is among 55 universities and colleges being investigated for possible violations of federal laws over its handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints, according to a list released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education in what it called a move for transparency. | 05/01/14 18:22:06 By - Matt Carroll

FBI chief mourns loss of life to ‘madman with warped view’

Mourning three recent killings outside Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City, Mo., by “a madman with a warped view of what America should look like,” FBI Director James Comey called Monday for stronger reporting of hate crimes and increased education to help prevent them. | 04/28/14 17:44:11 By - By Greg Gordon

IG: Feds didn’t pass polygraph evidence of child abuse to investigators

The nation’s spy satellite agency failed to notify authorities when some employees and contractors confessed during lie detector tests to crimes such as child molestation, an intelligence inspector general has concluded. | 04/22/14 11:28:00 By - By Marisa Taylor

Supreme Court weighs truth in labeling in fruit juice case

Dual marketing disputes have ripened for the California-based makers of Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice, with Supreme Court justices sounding sympathetic Monday to some company claims. | 04/22/14 07:55:09 By - By Michael Doyle

Debate over Armenian museum will continue at appellate hearing

The legal fight over a proposed Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial has lasted nearly as long as the horrors the project is supposed to commemorate. | 04/21/14 07:54:14 By - By Michael Doyle

Feds quietly toughen standards for immigrant asylum seekers

Federal officials have quietly introduced new guidelines that make it tougher for asylum seekers to get their cases heard before judges. | 04/18/14 15:51:41 By - By Franco Ordonez

New trial to begin in Baltimore in killing of North Carolina teen

The family of slain North Carolina teenager Phylicia Barnes is bracing themselves for a second grueling trial more than a year after a Baltimore judge tossed out a murder conviction of the man known to have last seen her. | 04/16/14 15:27:17 By - By Franco Ordonez

New group aims to curb gun violence

Backed with millions of dollars and potentially millions of supporters, a new group aiming to curb gun violence will launch Wednesday. | 04/16/14 08:20:18 By - David Lightman

Lawmakers seek prosecution of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner

A congressional committee asked the Department of Justice on Wednesday to prosecute a top tax official who’s alleged to have improperly targeted conservative political organizations. | 04/10/14 05:52:19 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Senate’s findings on CIA interrogations likely to become roadmap for litigation

A scathing and still-secret Senate report on harsh CIA interrogations and detentions threatens to drag President Barack Obama into a legal thicket he’d rather avoid. | 04/07/14 04:54:12 By - By Michael Doyle and Marisa Taylor

Fort Hood shooting provokes debate over ban on guns on bases

The haunting scene of another mass shooting at Fort Hood is igniting a debate among lawmakers, especially from Texas, about the Pentagon’s rules against personnel carrying guns on military bases. | 04/04/14 06:33:32 By - By Maria Recio

Will campaign-spending decision energize or squelch voters?

Thanks to Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning laws on certain donor restrictions, legions of American voters, already angry at a distant, dysfunctional political system, might feel even further alienated from the process. Or they’ll have new opportunities to make it better. | 04/03/14 06:06:35 By - By David Lightman

Prison snitch key to retrial for Chandra Levy killer

Significant mystery still surrounds the former Fresno gang leader whose compelling testimony helped secure the conviction of the man accused of killing Chandra Levy. | 03/28/14 15:59:01 By - By Michael Doyle

In CSI: Fort Worth style, special lawmen track rustlers

Like a beat cop working the streets, Wayne Goodman is marking his turf and showing his badge as dozens of stock trailers unload hundreds of cattle at the Dublin Livestock Auction. Goodman’s one of just 30 of a unique brand of public/private “cow cops” who investigate agricultural crimes across Texas and Oklahoma. | 03/28/14 13:20:34 By - Steve Campbell

Secret Service agents in South Florida for Obama visit had traffic accident

A burgeoning new scandal over drunkenness or tawdry behavior among Secret Service officers traveling with President Barack Obama prompted intense scrutiny of a traffic accident in the Florida Keys earlier this month involving two of the agency’s men. | 03/27/14 19:02:34 By - By Charles Rabin, Greg Gordon and Glenn Garvin

Feds investigate rapes in Alaska National Guard

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has called in a federal investigation of sexual assault and fraud in the Alaska National Guard, including an inquiry into how the guard’s commanders handled reports of rape and other offenses. | 03/26/14 20:20:39 By - By Sean Cockerham

Questions still unanswered about U.S. Border Patrol’s killing of 16-year-old

Sixteen-year-old Jose Antonio Elena got the kind of punishment that those who toss rocks at Border Patrol agents receive with startling frequency: He was shot with a .40-caliber round from an agent’s service weapon. | 03/21/14 15:20:43 By - By Tim Johnson

Inmate in California prison murder to get life

One of two inmates who killed a federal correctional officer at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater will spend the rest of his life in prison in exchange for a guilty plea, under a plea bargain reportedly approved by Attorney General Eric Holder. | 03/07/14 18:23:34 By - By Michael Doyle

Senators block bill to remove sex assault cases from military chain of command

The Senate on Thursday rejected legislation that would have stripped military commanders of the power to prosecute sexual assaults and other major crimes. | 03/07/14 07:04:37 By - By Lindsay Wise

D.C. Council OKs dropping fine for pot possession to $25

Which offense is likely to carry a bigger fine soon in Washington, D.C.? a) Parking near a fire hydrant. b) Possessing pot. If you answered “a,” you are correct. | 03/05/14 06:47:33 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Mike McQueary was sexually abused, according to ESPN report

Mike McQueary told Penn State players in November 2011 that he was sexually abused when he was a child, ESPN The Magazine reported Tuesday. | 03/04/14 14:12:35 By - Mike Dawson

Will Mexican cartels go the way of Colombia’s crime syndicates?

As jockeying intensified over who’ll replace Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman as head of the Sinaloa Cartel, experts predicted that the arrest of the legendary crime boss would usher in the breakup of Mexico’s huge crime syndicates. | 02/24/14 17:30:05 By - By Tim Johnson

Alaska National Guard members face accusations of sexual misconduct

Five were members of the guard's recruiting unit and are alleged to have committed the offenses against potential recruits, new recruits, subordinates and others. | 02/24/14 08:12:50 By - By Sean Cockerham

After 13-year hunt, Mexico arrests ‘Chapo’ Guzman, reputedly world’s No. 1 crime lord

Authorities on Saturday captured Mexico’s most wanted accused drug lord, Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, in a stunning development likely to deal a fateful blow to a drug syndicate with vast tentacles around the globe. | 02/22/14 16:40:35 By - By Tim Johnson

Inmate accused of killing prison guard seeks deal

One of two inmates accused of killing a federal correctional officer at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater in California’s San Joaquin Valley has offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, new court records show. | 02/21/14 13:05:01 By - By Michael Doyle

Ex-Marine’s suit over sexual assault case faces uphill battle

A former Dallas-area resident who played soccer at the U.S. Naval Academy, Ariana Klay is now a front-and-center civilian in the debate over handling sexual assault in the military | 02/18/14 17:43:38 By - By Michael Doyle

Fightin’ over moonshine recipe is classic Carolina tale

It had the makings of a storybook Carolina partnership. In 2010, a distillery co-owned by NASCAR legend Junior Johnson teamed up with one of North Carolina’s most famous moonshine families. Before long, business was booming. | 02/18/14 11:35:25 By - Ames Alexander

Feds won’t enforce money-laundering laws against banks doing business with pot stores

Marking another milestone for the legal marijuana industry, the Obama administration on Friday said it has advised U.S. attorneys in states where the sale of marijuana is legal not to prosecute banks that allow pot stores to open accounts and accept credit-card payments. | 02/14/14 17:52:14 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Justice Department includes same-sex couples in host of legal protections

Same-sex married couples nationwide now will receive many more of the same legal protections and benefits enjoyed by other couples, under new Justice Department policies formally unveiled Monday. | 02/10/14 17:19:41 By - By Michael Doyle

Lawsuit challenges Eric Holder action on Wall Street

A public advocacy group filed a legal challenge Monday to block implementation of a record $13 billion civil settlement between Attorney General Eric Holder and Wall Street powerhouse JP Morgan Chase. | 02/10/14 16:29:17 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Seattle judge will join super-secret spy court

A Washington state-based federal appellate judge who once represented the Seattle Mariners baseball team has now joined the roster of one of the nation’s most unique and secretive courts. | 02/07/14 17:33:58 By - By Michael Doyle

Advocates on each side of pot debate pressure Obama to take stand

With more than half of all federal prisoners serving time on drug charges, the Obama administration says it’s time to free more low-level drug offenders. | 02/06/14 15:38:39 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Paterno family attorneys name Penn State a ‘nominal defendant’ in amended complaint against NCAA

The lawyers for the family of the late Joe Paterno have filed an amended complaint in their case against the NCAA. The complaint outlines claims that the NCAA sanctions hurt job prospects for two former coaches, and it adds Penn State as a nominal defendant in the breach of contract claim. | 02/05/14 15:36:19 By - Mike Dawson

Obama administration won't divulge cost of Guantanamo camp, asks court to dismiss FOIA lawsuit

The Obama administration is refusing to divulge how much it spent to build the secret prison facility at Guantanamo where the accused 9/11 co-conspirators are held and has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by a Miami Herald reporter demanding documents that would reveal the number. | 02/01/14 19:36:31 By - By Mark Seibel

Feds seize fake Seahawks, Broncos gear

Federal officials announced Thursday that they’d seized more than $21.6 million in counterfeit NFL and other sports merchandise during a special operation leading up to this Sunday’s Super Bowl. | 01/30/14 14:16:55 By - By Franco Ordonez

Lawmakers worry about sex trafficking at Super Bowl

In a chamber at standing-room-only capacity, with photographs of young victims flashing from TV screens aligning the committee walls, a House of Representatives panel held a hearing Monday to raise awareness about human trafficking. Of immediate concern among the legislators is this Sunday’s Super Bowl, an event that is thought to heighten the demand for forced prostitution. | 01/27/14 18:56:31 By - By Sam Sturgis

Good Samaritan paralyzed in Myrtle Beach purse snatching settles with Kmart, looks ahead

For Brenda Williams, the last four years and nearly three months have been a triumph of faith and forgiveness over self pity and hatred. Williams, now 54, was paralyzed from the waist down on the morning of Nov. 9, 2009, while trying to help an elderly woman whose purse had been snatched while she was shopping inside the Kmart store in Myrtle Beach, SC | 01/25/14 07:48:28 By - David Wren

Battle set in Congress after privacy board says NSA program is illegal

A government oversight board’s finding that the National Security Agency’s massive collection of cellphone data is illegal and should never have been approved by the federal court created to deal with sensitive intelligence issues set off a furor in Washington on Thursday that presages the bitter battle likely to come in Congress over how to change the country’s intelligence operations. | 01/23/14 20:14:57 By - By Ali Watkins

Fresno mayor talks to colleagues about combating gang violence

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin on Wednesday shared her city’s hard-won knowledge about street gangs with an attentive national audience. | 01/22/14 18:12:32 By - By Michael Doyle

No one is sure how public advocate at spy court would work

Serious questions shadow President Barack Obama’s proposal to add a public advocate to the secret court that oversees surveillance programs. The public advocate, Obama says, would provide an “independent voice in significant cases” before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The details, though, remain sketchy even as some of the administration’s own lawyers wonder about the wisdom of it all. | 01/21/14 04:34:37 By - By Michael Doyle and Anita Kumar

Fans say Snowden is vindicated, deserves amnesty for leaks

Supporters of Edward Snowden complained of a glaring omission in the White House’s pledge Friday to rein in government surveillance activities: amnesty for the fugitive leaker who’s now holed up in Russia after revealing the secrets that led to this shakeup. | 01/17/14 19:00:17 By - By Hannah Allam

Air Force criminal cases could be grounded

The questionable appointment of a civilian judge to a struggling military appeals court has already cast into doubt dozens of Air Force criminal cases. Now, it’s embarrassed the government attorneys who are trying to defend the appointment. | 01/17/14 17:09:59 By - By Michael Doyle

U.N. panel uses treaty on children's rights to grill Vatican on sex abuse

Senior Vatican officials came under a barrage of critical questions by an independent United Nations panel Thursday over the Roman Catholic Church's response to allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy in many countries. | 01/16/14 19:07:41 By - By John Zarocostas

As trial in 2005 Hariri assassination opens, Lebanese have more current worries

After nine years of investigation costing tens of millions of dollars, international prosecutors in The Hague on Thursday began to lay out their case against four Hezbollah members accused in the 2005 car bombing that killed a former prime minister and 21 others in downtown Beirut. | 01/16/14 17:41:26 By - By Mitchell Prothero

Supreme Court looks at a president’s power to appoint

Many federal decisions hung in the balance Monday as Supreme Court justices wrestled with a case that involved the appointments made by presidents during a congressional recess. | 01/13/14 16:07:17 By - By Michael Doyle

Picture this: Judge orders ‘flea market’ Renoir returned to museum

A little-known, even insignificant, Renoir painting now has a whole lot more cachet after a mysterious series of events – including its long-ago disappearance from the Baltimore Museum of Art, the story of its recent discovery at a flea market, and its seizure by the FBI – culminated Friday in a federal judge’s decision to return it to the museum. | 01/10/14 18:09:22 By - By Maria Recio

Supreme Court will hear dispute over presidential appointments

A routine labor dispute at a soft drink bottling company in Yakima, Wash., has now bubbled up to the Supreme Court, posing a serious challenge to presidential powers. | 01/09/14 16:19:02 By - By Michael Doyle

BP, claiming fraud, wants to stop oil-spill payments

The Deepwater Horizon settlement agreement is in turmoil, with BP attempting to stop the payments and saying money shouldn’t have gone to an adult escort service, a global nuclear consultant and others that haven’t proved the monster 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them business. | 01/07/14 13:11:28 By - By Sean Cockerham

Jerry Sandusky fights for pension from jail

Jerry Sandusky didn’t take the stand at his own trial, but the former Penn State coach testified during a hearing that started Tuesday over whether he can win back his state pension that was taken away when he was convicted. | 01/07/14 12:30:08 By - Mike Dawson

Changes on the way in how military handles sexual assault

Get ready for some unforeseen consequences as Congress changes how the military handles sexual assault. | 12/20/13 17:46:40 By - By Michael Doyle

BP engineer convicted in 2010 Deepwater Horizon federal case

A former BP engineer was convicted today of deleting text messages considered evidence in the federal investigation of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. | 12/18/13 17:17:45 By - Sean Cockerham

Navy investigator pleads guilty in bribery case

A senior Navy criminal investigator pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy and accepting bribes for leaking sensitive information that allegedly enabled the central figure in a massive corruption investigation to evade detection for nearly two years. | 12/17/13 20:27:39 By - By Greg Gordon

Wichita man arrested, planned suicide bombing at Mid-Continent Airport

A Wichita man has been charged in federal court with attempting to explode a car bomb at Wichita MC Airport, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. | 12/13/13 17:03:21 By - Tim Potter and Bill Wilson

NBC News: Man arrested planned suicide bombing at Wichita airport

Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says a 1 p.m. news conference Friday will address “a major situation for our city that was averted” through a collaborative investigation. | 12/13/13 14:11:01 By - Tim Potter

Lawsuit seeks to unlock CIA’s secret history of Bay of Pigs invasion

The Obama administration on Thursday fought to keep secret a CIA account of the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle. | 12/12/13 16:34:31 By - By Michael Doyle

Court weighs whether Guantanamo detainee searches are too aggressive

The key appellate court that’s incited a Senate-confirmation clash confronted on Monday touchy questions about searches of detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. | 12/09/13 16:35:08 By - By Michael Doyle

Prison guard murder defendant intellectually disabled, defense experts say

Respect means everything to one of the men accused of helping kill a federal correctional officer at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. | 12/06/13 16:43:23 By - By Michael Doyle

Supreme Court tackles Kentucky false advertising case

Fanciful questions about chocolate sauce confronted a Lexington, Ky., attorney representing a hometown firm Tuesday as the Supreme Court weighed when companies can file false advertising lawsuits. | 12/03/13 16:48:13 By - By Michael Doyle

Should government release its secret study on CIA interrogation?

More activists are suing to obtain a massive, secret study of CIA interrogation practices in a fight that could last longer than the study itself. | 11/27/13 15:30:59 By - By Michael Doyle

South Florida ex-FBI agent seized in Iran becomes longest-held U.S. hostage

The Obama administration renewed calls for Iran to free retired FBI agent Robert “Bob” Levinson, who on Tuesday reached the grim milestone of becoming the longest-held hostage in U.S. history. | 11/26/13 19:30:49 By - By Hannah Allam

’Tis the season to be wary – of scam artists

The holiday season: Time with the family, large amounts of food, gifts galore – and scams. | 11/26/13 16:31:34 By - By Mary Faddoul

Military court questions Marine chief’s tough talk on sexual assault

Military judges on Tuesday worried about when a commander’s tough talk against sexual assault could tilt the scales of justice. | 11/26/13 16:06:03 By - By Michael Doyle

Internet posts provide incriminating look at lives of Mexico’s narco families

The sons and daughters of Mexico’s most renowned outlaws just can’t refrain from posting photos of their lavish lifestyles online: Fat bundles of cash. Gold-plated assault rifles. Pet lions and tigers. Tricked-out dune buggies. | 11/25/13 15:43:42 By - By Tim Johnson

Florida House colleagues will pick up slack while Radel undergoes drug treatment

Seven hundred and twenty two thousand residents of southwest Florida will be voiceless in the House of Representatives while Rep. Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty to cocaine charges Wednesday, takes leave to deal with his acknowledged addiction. | 11/22/13 06:43:26 By - By Michael Doyle

Sen. Murkowski decries sexual misconduct in Alaska National Guard

Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday cited sexual misconduct problems in the Alaska National Guard for her support of a proposal to take decisions on prosecuting sex crimes away from military commanders. | 11/20/13 18:55:10 By - By Sean Cockerham

U.S. Rep. Radel takes leave, gets probation after pleading guilty to cocaine charge

Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel, R-Fla., pleaded guilty in a soft voice Wednesday to one count of cocaine possession and was placed on one year of supervised probation. | 11/20/13 18:10:59 By - By Michael Doyle

Third time not the charm: Senate GOP rejects another Obama judicial nominee

Senate Republicans on Monday stymied President Barack Obama’s latest judicial nominee, leaving one of the nation’s top appellate courts shorthanded and escalating the endless confirmation war. | 11/18/13 19:22:22 By - By Michael Doyle and William Douglas

Senators find momentum shifting in revising military sexual-assault law

Timing can be everything in politics, as a congressional showdown over military sexual assault might soon demonstrate. | 11/18/13 04:29:08 By - By Michael Doyle

FBI has investigated DesignLine over used parts, attorney says

The FBI has investigated Charlotte-based bus maker DesignLine in the past year over allegations related to used parts on new buses, an attorney representing creditors of the bankrupt company told the Observer on Friday. | 11/16/13 16:22:27 By - Rick Rothacker

SeaWorld death by killer whale could result in more federal oversight

The case of the killer whale that dragged a SeaWorld trainer to her death seemed to divide a top appeals court Tuesday. | 11/12/13 16:04:01 By - By Michael Doyle

SeaWorld appeals penalty, restrictions imposed after trainer’s death

Represented by a high-powered attorney with a famous pedigree, SeaWorld is challenging a federal penalty imposed following the February 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau. More than a monetary fine is on the line. The veteran trainer died after being dragged underwater by a bull orca based at SeaWorld’s Orlando, Fla., facility. | 11/08/13 18:34:02 By - By Michael Doyle

Impatient Congress presses ahead on military sexual-assault law

In what seems like a case of ready-fire-aim, Congress is rewriting military sexual-assault laws and policies without waiting for the recommendations of an expert panel that lawmakers themselves once deemed necessary. | 11/07/13 21:54:00 By - By Michael Doyle

Foreign Service officer pleads guilty in visa fraud-bribery scandal

A Foreign Service official accused of selling hundreds of visas to residents of Vietnam pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of conspiracy, bribery and money laundering. | 11/06/13 17:07:16 By - By Vera Bergengruen

Does Supreme Court case have a prayer? Stay tuned

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida wants the Senate to keep praying before lawmakers get down to business. Texas legislators, too, want their daily prayers. And in an unexpected pew-sharing, the Obama administration has joined conservative state and federal lawmakers in urging the Supreme Court to tolerate prayers during government meetings. | 11/03/13 07:03:15 By - By Michael Doyle

Senators probe oversights in background checks tied to Washington Navy Yard shooting

Members of a Senate committee investigating the Washington Navy Yard mass shooting found numerous problems in the process of granting government clearances, including the one received by gunman Aaron Alexis. | 10/31/13 17:51:22 By - By Kendall Helblig

Kidnappings soar in Mexico, with police often among the perpetrators

Even amid an unprecedented rash of kidnappings in Mexico, the snatching of John Jairo Guzman stood out. | 10/31/13 14:57:16 By - By Tim Johnson

NCAA argues against Paterno family claims; no ruling yet in sanctions case

The 7-year-old son of a former Nittany Lion made a startling discovery about his dad’s playing days at Penn State two weekends ago. The boy accompanied his dad to Penn State’s game against Michigan, and at Beaver Stadium, he paged through the program to find when his dad played under coach Joe Paterno. As the boy was dismayed to find, there were a bunch of zeroes in the win column, as the victories were wiped out as part of the NCAA’s sanctions against the university. | 10/29/13 16:40:24 By - Mike Dawson

Alaska National Guard unit being investigated for allegations of sexual misconduct

Current and former members of the Alaska National Guard say there’s serious sexual misconduct within the ranks and an investigation of recruiters accused of rape is now underway. | 10/27/13 06:36:19 By - By Sean Cockerham

U.S. use of extradition to nab Russian suspects draws Moscow’s anger

A little known extradition case in Costa Rica is shedding light on Russia’s practice of vigorously defending its citizens arrested overseas and threatened with extradition to the United States on organized crime charges. | 10/25/13 17:38:41 By - By Tim Johnson

‘Toxic tush’ illegal butt doctor in Miami pleads guilty, will serve 1 year in prison

A Miami Gardens transgender woman who drew national headlines for reportedly injecting Fix-a-Flat, Super Glue and mineral oil into the rear ends of women during illegal cosmetic surgeries will serve one year in prison. | 10/24/13 15:23:12 By - David Ovalle

Can Guantanamo detainees challenge confinement conditions?

Federal judges are trying to determine whether they can hear legal actions filed by Guantanamo detainees over conditions of confinement, including force-feeding. | 10/18/13 17:22:21 By - By Michael Doyle

Sandusky fallout costs Penn State more than $50 million

The money Penn State has spent in legal and consulting fees for the Jerry Sandusky scandal has topped $50 million. | 10/15/13 13:32:23 By - Matt Carroll

Facebook slaying autopsy reveals defensive wounds, point-blank gunshots

Newly released medical evidence suggests that the South Miami woman killed by her husband — who then posted a photo of her corpse on Facebook — may have been on her knees trying to shield her face as he repeatedly shot her at point-blank range. | 10/11/13 12:35:03 By - David Ovalle

Cloud over Chandra Levy murder witness raises doubts

The Chandra Levy murder mystery now revolves around a Fresno, Calif.-based federal prosecutor and a former gang member he once put away. | 10/09/13 18:31:37 By - By Michael Doyle

Eastern Kentucky lawyer earned millions in fees through disability 'scheme,' investigators say

An Eastern Kentucky lawyer has earned $22.7 million in attorney's fees from the Social Security Administration since 2001, in part through a lucrative "scheme" to defraud the agency's disability benefits programs, a U.S. Senate committee said in a report released Monday. | 10/07/13 19:47:56 By - John Cheves

Six Flags denies liability in fatal roller coaster accident

Six Flags Over Texas denied liability in the July accident of a Dallas woman who fell to her death from the Texas Giant roller coaster, saying in a court filing that it complied with inspections and maintenance procedures recommended by the German company that designed and built the ride. | 10/07/13 19:26:08 By - Sandra Baker

Driver in car chase near Capitol dead after shooting

A woman was killed and two federal law enforcement officers were injured Thursday after a wild car chase through the streets of downtown Washington left lawmakers, tourists and congressional staff briefly trapped inside a tense, locked-down Capitol. | 10/03/13 20:36:40 By - By David Lightman and William Douglas

Families urge stronger restrictions on painkillers

Steve Rummler was a financial planner and musician who was about to marry his high school sweetheart when his addiction to pain medication prescribed for a back injury led him to a fatal overdose. | 10/01/13 20:10:29 By - By Sarah Sexton

Mother of slain California prison guard says jails need help

Prison inmates killed Terry Rivera’s son, a correctional officer at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater. | 10/01/13 15:11:08 By - By Michael Doyle

N.C. voter law intentionally discriminates, Holder says

The U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s controversial voter ID law is the Obama administration’s latest forceful response to a Supreme Court decision that critics say gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act. | 10/01/13 03:30:37 By - By Franco Ordonez

‘A lot of red flags’ in background of alleged Navy Yard shooter, Hagel says

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged Wednesday that there were “a lot of red flags” in the past of alleged Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, and he ordered top-to-bottom reviews of background checks for security clearances and procedures for gaining access to U.S. military facilities worldwide. | 09/18/13 19:38:12 By - By James Rosen and Lindsay Wise

Alleged Navy Yard shooter fell through porous security check system

Gaps in how the military conducts background checks enabled the shooter in Monday’s deadly Washington Navy Yard rampage to obtain a high-level security clearance and gain access to protected installations, despite a history of disciplinary problems in the Navy and run-ins with police. | 09/17/13 21:55:43 By - By James Rosen, Greg Gordon and Lindsay Wise

Aaron Alexis’ characteristics mirrored those of mass shooters

What are the factors that motivate a mass shooter? Washington Navy Yard shooting suspect Aaron Alexis had several characteristics common among mass killers, experts say: aggression, difficulties on the job, paranoia and anger problems. Alexis reportedly went on a rampage Monday, killing 12 people in a commando-style attack at the Navy Yard, where he was beginning work as a civilian contractor. | 09/17/13 19:38:12 By - By Maria Recio

Alleged D.C. gunman reportedly heard voices, had checkered past

A day after a bloody rampage at the Washington Navy Yard left 13 dead in the nation’s capital, troubling new details emerged Tuesday about the psychological state of alleged gunman Aaron Alexis and why his life appeared to have suddenly unraveled. | 09/17/13 19:38:12 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Navy Yard alleged gunman purchased shotgun legally in Virginia

A day after a shooting rampage that left 13 dead in the nation’s capital, the FBI said Tuesday afternoon that alleged gunman Aaron Alexis was armed only with a shotgun purchased legally in Virginia when he entered the Navy Yard’s Building 197 and began firing. | 09/17/13 14:46:38 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Security at Navy Yard weak, surveillance expert says

The Washington Navy Yard, a former shipyard where Monday’s fatal shootings occurred, has a history of weak security with past reports citing poor entrance controls, video dead spots, inadequate lighting, malfunctioning alarms and other problems. | 09/16/13 19:38:12 By -

13 dead in D.C. Navy Yard shooting rampage; suspected gunman a contractor

A mass shooting Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard left at least 13 people dead, including a suspected gunman, who police said was a contractor with valid military identification who apparently drove onto the base. | 09/16/13 19:38:12 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Marisa Taylor

Suit filed against Six Flags in Texas Giant death

The family of a Dallas woman killed in July after being thrown off the Texas Giant ride has filed suit against Six Flags, alleging the amusement park was negligent in not having an adequate restraint system in place despite past fatalities at other parks. | 09/10/13 19:05:40 By - Deanna Boyd

'Shake-and-bake' meth making has a dangerous side

It is called “shake and bake,” a mobile method for making methamphetamine that is sweeping across the South and Midwest. A more appropriate name might be “ticking time bomb” because of its explosive nature. | 09/09/13 13:16:03 By - Domingo Ramirez Jr

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Robert Bales sentenced to life without parole in slaying of Afghans

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales received a life sentence without the possibility parole on Friday for his single-handed massacre of 16 Afghan civilians in March 2012. | 08/23/13 14:42:42 By - Adam Ashton

Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case

An Army judge on Wednesday sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in a military prison for orchestrating the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history. | 08/21/13 15:07:21 By - by Michael Doyle

FBI agent reaffirms claims of job discrimination

The top FBI agent in Washington state says job discrimination against her has continued in the nearly two years since she first sued the bureau. | 08/21/13 05:48:59 By - By Michael Doyle

Fort Worth police add tiny cameras to officers’ gear

Police hope a small piece of high-tech equipment will deliver big results as it records officers’ interactions with the public. | 08/15/13 11:50:40 By - Bill Miller

N.C. agrees to $12 million settlement for two wrongly imprisoned men

North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation and its insurers have agreed to pay $12.475 million to two innocent men who spent a total of 31 years behind bars. | 08/13/13 12:44:40 By - Joseph Neff and Mandy Locke

Mike McQueary testifies Paterno told him Penn State botched handling of Sandusky sex abuse

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno said Old Main “screwed it up” in handling child sexual abuse allegations in 2001 against his long-time assistant Jerry Sandusky, according to testimony Monday from Mike McQueary in Harrisburg. | 07/29/13 15:46:44 By - Matt Carroll

Juror: Trayvon played 'huge role' in own death

Martin “played a huge role in his death,” one of the six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of the Miami Gardens teen said in an interview that aired Tuesday night. | 07/17/13 13:41:38 By - Kathleen McGrory

KC police avert ‘suicide by cop’ by using bean bags

The man wearing green camouflage had a knife and wanted police to shoot him dead. Instead, Kansas City officers shot him with bean bags and shocked him with a stun gun late Monday before taking him down with their hands. | 07/17/13 12:51:31 By - Christine Vendel

Former Penn State administrators to have day in court July 29

Nine months after being indicted, three former Penn State administrators charged with obstruction of justice and perjury in the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case finally have a court date for a preliminary hearing. | 07/09/13 18:08:03 By - Mike Dawson

Former Penn State President Spanier wants ‘unconstitutional’ travel restrictions lifted

The bail conditions holding back Graham Spanier from traveling abroad are “unconstitutional,” a lawyer for the former Penn State president said in a court motion asking a judge to lift the restrictions. | 07/01/13 19:08:13 By - Mike Dawson

Hells Angels president cries as he pleads for mercy in federal court

At first, the Hells Angels biker appeared defiant as he was led into a courtroom at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse in Columbia. Within 30 minutes, however, 50-year-old Mark 'Lightning' Baker was crying as he begged U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie to have mercy on him. | 06/20/13 13:18:37 By - Noelle Phillips

Socialite claims she was attacked by 10 prostitutes at Miami hotel

Times must be tough for Miami's South Beach hookers. So tough, apparently, that they’ve now allegedly taken to beating down their competition — or at least that’s what a South Jersey woman claims in a civil lawsuit filed against the W Hotel. | 06/03/13 14:57:37 By - Juile K. Brown

Manning court martial trial starts Monday

Amid secrecy and spectacle, the long-awaited court-martial trial of WikiLeaks linchpin Bradley E. Manning starts Monday. | 06/02/13 08:47:35 By - By Michael Doyle

Women workers at Florida prison win class-action status in sexual harassment case

Dozens of female staffers say they regularly confront groping, rape threats, public masturbation and other serious sexual harassment while overseeing inmates at the large federal prison complex in Coleman, Fla. | 05/30/13 06:13:33 By - By Michael Doyle

Witness in Chandra Levy murder case was government informer

The key witness in the trial of the man convicted of killing former intern Chandra Levy had a previously undisclosed history as a government snitch, a court hearing revealed Tuesday. | 05/22/13 06:43:16 By - By Michael Doyle

State police: 'Too early to know' about charges in death of 2-year-old who was shot by brother, 5

Kentucky State Police said Wednesday it is too early to say whether charges will be filed in the case of a 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister. | 05/01/13 18:24:11 By - Greg Kocher

Sheriff says intruder intended to attack California girl

Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz vowed Monday evening that he and his officers will hunt down and capture the man suspected of killing 8-year-old Leila Fowler in her home over the weekend. | 04/30/13 14:06:12 By - Kevin Valine

Zombie game at Kentucky's Transylvania University leads to possible gang threat

A Transylvania University student wearing a red bandanna thought it was a joke when three men told him he was in the wrong territory and threatened to shoot him Sunday night, police said. | 04/30/13 11:48:07 By - Josh Kegley

Police dogs a big help in small towns

A decade ago, police dogs were seen as four-legged indulgences that took too big a bite out of the budget for most small-town departments to consider. | 04/29/13 13:09:09 By - Matha Quillin

‘Queen-pin’ pleads guilty in Miami drug-trafficking case tied to Mexico, Colombia

Sandra Avila Beltran, the dark-haired Mexican beauty dubbed the “Queen of the Pacific,” has pleaded guilty to a drug-trafficking charge in Miami, closing the curtain on the once celebrity-like role of the reputed cocaine smuggler. | 04/24/13 12:44:16 By - Jay Weaver

Prosecutors drop charges against ricin suspect; agents search another home

Federal prosecutors abruptly dropped charges Tuesday against a Mississippi man accused last week of sending letters laced with poisonous ricin to President Barack Obama and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, even as authorities promptly searched the home of another apparent suspect. | 04/23/13 23:53:43 By - By Greg Gordon

California sheriff: 'Fusion parties' becoming deadly trend

Huge underground parties that draw teenagers and young adults are turning increasingly dangerous and deadly, with two people killed and three others wounded in shootings in the last month, Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said Monday. | 04/23/13 12:51:12 By - Pablo Lopez

Bombing manhunt ends, suspect in custody, as Boston breathes sigh of relief

The search for the Boston Marathon bombers ended Friday night to the sound of flash-bang grenades and neighborhood cheers as the second of two Chechen brothers was cornered, captured and taken away in an ambulance. | 04/19/13 19:44:09 By - By Michael Doyle, Lesley Clark, James Rosen and Erika Bolstad

Senate moves closer to compromise on gun background checks

Nearly four months after the shooting deaths of 20 schoolchildren and six others in Connecticut, the Senate moved closer Wednesday to a vote on a package of gun-related legislation, in a turnaround for supporters of new gun restrictions whose efforts have faltered in recent weeks. | 04/11/13 07:06:57 By - By Curtis Tate

Official: Aryan Brotherhood plays substantial role in Texas' Tarrant County crime

FORT WORTH -- A Texas prison gang known for extreme violence and illegal drug dealings has deep roots in Tarrant County, a local drug official said Tuesday. Investigators have explored possible connections between the group and the killing of prosecutors in Kaufman County, according to news reports. But they aren't talking about it, and regardless of whether there's any link, the Texas criminal justice system will be dealing with the Aryan group for quite a while to come. | 04/03/13 13:18:18 By - Domingo Ramirez Jr.

Search warrant: Texas DA, wife shot multiple times

KAUFMAN -- Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife both were shot multiple times inside their home near Forney, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by the Texas Rangers and released Monday.

The McLellands were killed two months after Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, 57, was gunned down while walking to work at the county courthouse. Investigators have declined to link the two shootings, although County Judge Bruce Wood said Monday that he believes they are related. | 04/02/13 08:11:08 By - By Bill Hanna

‘Today’ show interview: Jerry Sandusky maintains innocence

In jailhouse interviews broadcast Monday, convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky laughed off the notion he was sexually abusing a young boy in a Penn State locker room in 2001, saying sex is “the last thing” he would think of about the incident that led to the firing of longtime coach Joe Paterno | 03/25/13 12:50:24 By - Mike Dawson

Fresno's car thieves passing skills to next generation

Fresno police are reporting a disturbing trend in the city's long-running war against car thieves: Imprisoned criminals are getting out quickly and teaching their skills to younger gang members. | 03/22/13 13:16:00 By - Jim Guy

Penn State releases confidential copy of Freeh contract; cost for investigation $8 million

Penn State on Monday released the confidential paperwork authorizing Louis Freeh’s law firm to undertake the investigation that ended up accusing former leaders of concealing abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky. | 03/12/13 13:01:52 By - Mike Dawson

Jerry Sandusky's lawyers outline appeal plans

Attorneys for Jerry Sandusky outlined plans for future appeals of his child sex abuse conviction in a court document filed Monday. | 03/12/13 07:23:16 By - Matt Carroll

Sandusky attorneys outline plans for appeal

Attorneys for Jerry Sandusky outlined plans for future appeals of his child sex abuse conviction in a court document filed Monday. | 03/11/13 16:33:46 By - Matt Carroll

Former UNC football player Austin says he got $2,000 from Georgia agent

Marvin Austin, the former UNC football player whose tweets launched an NCAA probe that resulted in sanctions, told special agents that he received several thousand dollars in cash from an agent while he was a student, according to warrants unsealed in Wake County Superior Court on Monday. | 03/11/13 10:57:22 By - Anne Blythe

Penn State sues insurance company, says it failed to cover Sandusky victims’ claims

Penn State is suing one of its insurance providers, claiming the company failed to cover the university against claims by 30 men who have come forward saying Jerry Sandusky abused them. | 03/05/13 19:15:27 By - Matt Carroll

Alleged prostitute recants story about sex with Sen. Menendez

A woman who allegedly appeared in a video in which she claimed to have been paid for sex with Sen. Bob Menendez is now saying the video was a setup. | 03/04/13 22:12:43 By - EZRA FIESER

Miami imam convicted of Taliban-related terror charges

A Miami imam was found guilty Monday on four terror-related charges. For two months, federal prosecutors portrayed Miami imam Hafiz Khan in the worst possible light: terrorist sympathizer, Taliban supporter and pathological liar. | 03/04/13 12:56:36 By - Jay Weaver

Kansas City Star special: Sins of the Father

This 12-gauge Remington Wingmaster was one elusive weapon. It disappeared from the police property room, took a side trip to a local gun shop, then somehow landed right back in police hands. They just didn’t know it. This remains an odd and troubling provenance for the weapon used in Kansas City’s most enduring murder mystery, the July 15, 1970, killing of Leon Jordan. He was one of the most dynamic and complex politicians the city ever produced. | 03/04/13 12:42:40 By - Mike McGraw

Handguns, not assault weapons, are responsible for most N.C. gun deaths

In the wake of gun massacres in Colorado and Connecticut, President Barack Obama has urged Congress to pass a series of gun control laws that include background checks for all gun sales and a ban on the assault-style weapons used in the shootings. | 03/04/13 07:19:11 By - Thomasi McDonald

Pastors across Florida county unite to fight black-on-black crime

Before families in Miami’s black communities bury loved ones killed by violent shootings, they call a pastor. The pastors console grief-stricken mothers and fathers. And on the day of the funeral, usually a Saturday, they look into the tear-streaked faces of mourners and deliver a eulogy that touches on the value of life. | 03/01/13 14:04:50 By - Nadege Green

UNC student who spoke out on rape is accused of intimidation

Weeks after filing a federal complaint against UNC-Chapel Hill for its handling of sexual assault cases, a student faces an honor court trial herself, accused of “intimidating behavior” against a fellow student she says raped her. | 02/27/13 12:55:44 By - Jane Stancill

One dead in shooting near Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina

Officials at Coastal Carolina University confirmed early Wednesday that one student was killed in a shooting near the campus Tuesday evening. | 02/27/13 12:10:23 By - Brad Dickerson

Who should pay to defend Larry Craig’s bathroom antics?

A federal judge this week will confront the surprisingly important fallout from former Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig’s 2007 bathroom arrest. | 02/26/13 06:39:19 By - By Michael Doyle

Levy prosecutors sat on key information, defense claims

The case against the man convicted of killing former intern Chandra Levy is “drastically undercut” by information that prosecutors kept to themselves “for the better part of a year,” according to defense attorneys, who now say they will seek a new trial. | 02/20/13 06:26:05 By - By Michael Doyle

Confessed serial killer Israel Keyes had razor in cell despite extra restrictions

Alaska Department of Corrections staff mistakenly gave a razor to Israel Keyes, a self-confessed serial killer who used the blade to commit suicide last year in an Anchorage jail cell, the department said Wednesday. | 02/14/13 07:00:25 By - Casey Grove and Lisa Demer

Geralyn Graham gets 55 years in Florida's Rilya Wilson foster child abuse case

Even as she was about to face justice for kidnapping and child abuse, Geralyn Graham insisted she never harmed foster child Rilya Wilson. | 02/12/13 13:11:42 By - David Ovalle

Miami U.S. attorney issues warning and crackdown on ID theft, tax-refund fraud

Guard your identity with your life, warns South Florida’s top law enforcement official. U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer says the double whammy of ID theft and tax-refund scams are the “new Medicare fraud,” picking the pockets of hard-working people and the federal government every year for billions of dollars. | 02/06/13 14:48:24 By - Jay Weaver

Baltimore man found guilty in Phylicia Barnes murder trial

A jury has found a Baltimore man guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of Phylicia Barnes, the Monroe teenager whose disappearance and subsequent missing persons case sparked national headlines. | 02/06/13 13:08:56 By - Franco Ordoñez

Ex-aide to Sen. Bob Menendez could benefit from contract tied to donor under FBI scrutiny

A former aide to Sen. Bob Menendez might benefit from a major overseas port deal that’s supported by the powerful Democrat and is tied to a South Florida donor whose offices were raided last week by the FBI. | 02/06/13 07:06:59 By - Marc Caputo

Miami Gardens fights ‘no snitching’ code after string of murders

The Sunday school teachers at New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Gardens are well-versed in Biblical tales such as the Good Samaritan or Noah’s Ark. But this year, a police officer will preach to the youngest members of the flock, telling them about a contemporary version of the Golden Rule: to respect their neighbors and their neighborhood, and to report wrongdoing rather than uphold the informal no-snitching code. | 02/05/13 13:37:24 By - Nadege Green and Janey Tate

Alleged killer of retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle had been in mental hospital

A Lancaster man accused of fatally shooting retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend at a gun range Saturday had previously threatened to kill himself and others and had twice been taken to a psychiatric hospital for mental health evaluations, according to documents obtained Monday by the Star-Telegram. | 02/05/13 07:35:23 By - Domingo Ramirez Jr.

Jury begins weighing Phylicia Barnes murder case

In closing arguments Monday, defense attorneys criticized the prosecution’s case against Michael Johnson, arguing that it had presented no physical evidence to prove he killed Monroe teenager Phylicia Barnes. | 02/05/13 07:19:51 By - Franco Ordoñez

Trail of Sen. Bob Menendez investigation leads to dead end in Dominican Republic

The shadowy tipster who made explosive allegations involving U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic named names. He gave descriptions of the women, and in some cases, phone numbers and addresses. | 02/04/13 07:06:13 By - Kathleen McGrory and Melissa Sanchez

Statistics sometimes lost in emotional debate over gun control

Despite the rhetoric from both sides over the need for stricter gun control regulations – and the fear instilled by a rash of random shootings in public places nationwide – statistics show relatively few people will fall victim to violent, firearm-related crimes committed by strangers, according to a new study by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. | 02/04/13 03:00:00 By - David Wren

Father of Phylicia Barnes endures accused killer's trial

The father of slain Monroe teenager Phylicia Barnes says sitting through the salacious trial of the man accused of murdering her has been challenging. | 02/01/13 13:08:22 By - Franco Ordoñez

Judge: No new trial for Jerry Sandusky

The judge in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case has denied the convicted pedophile’s request for a new trial. | 01/31/13 07:26:35 By - Matt Carroll

Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing accused of operating 'massive pyramid scheme'

Lexington-based Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing has operated a "massive pyramid scheme" involving more than 100,000 people, Kentucky and federal officials allege in a lawsuit against the company. | 01/28/13 14:12:47 By - Linda B. Blackford

FBI looking into sale of lot in Mississippi

The FBI appears to be looking into a land transaction in the Gulf Hills subdivision of west Jackson County in Biloxi involving Bill Walker, the former head of the Department of Marine Resources; his son, Scott Walker; and the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain. | 01/20/13 08:43:00 By - Karen Nelson

Trayvon Martin's mother on 'Stand Your Ground': 'We need to get rid of the law'

Flanked by lawmakers, the mother of Trayvon Martin fought back tears Tuesday as she called for the repeal of the Stand Your Ground law, which she believes has been used as a shield by the man who shot her son. | 01/17/13 07:13:22 By - Toluse Olorunnipa

Trayvon Martin's mother calls for end to 'Stand Your Ground' law in Florida

The mother of Trayon Martin, along with state lawmakers, plan to hold a news conference on Wednesday morning to decry the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law and demand that the Florida Legislature repeal it. | 01/16/13 07:01:26 By -

At least 2 killed, 1 injured in shooting at Kentucky community college

Two people were killed and one teen was critically injured in a parking lot shooting at Hazard (Kentucky) Community and Technical College just before 6 p.m. Tuesday. | 01/15/13 19:26:39 By - Karla Ward

Baltimore gun violence summit concludes with recommendations

The Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. concluded Tuesday with a series of wide-ranging, research-based recommendations to curb gun violence that will go to members of Congress and the Obama administration for consideration. | 01/15/13 18:25:02 By - Tony Pugh

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales due in court Thursday for arraignment

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for an arraignment on charges that he murdered 16 Afghan civilians and wounded six more in March. | 01/15/13 14:00:18 By - Adam Ashton

Penn State challenging McQueary whistleblower suit

Penn State is challenging former assistant coach Mike McQueary’s whistleblower lawsuit, and the university filed court papers Tuesday asking the judge to dismiss it with prejudice. | 01/15/13 13:01:05 By - Mike Dawson

Questions still haunt the Chandra Levy murder case

A new layer of secrecy enveloped the Chandra Levy murder mystery Monday, underscoring the crucial questions now confronting the court: | 01/14/13 20:54:15 By - By Michael Doyle

At Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources, little support evident from foundation

Bill Walker's private foundation claims to support the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, but records the Sun Herald examined show public money flows from DMR to the foundation. | 01/14/13 07:19:18 By - Anita Lee and Karen Nelson

Kentucky sheriff says he won't enforce new gun laws he considers unconstitutional

An Eastern Kentucky sheriff said Saturday that he will not enforce any new gun control laws that he considers unconstitutional. | 01/14/13 07:10:30 By - Jack Brammer

Sen. Rand Paul's son charged with assaulting flight attendant

The grandson of former presidential candidate Ron Paul and son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is charged with assaulting a flight attendant during a U.S. Airways flight from Lexington, Ky., to Charlotte last weekend. | 01/14/13 07:06:40 By - Cameron Steele

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer says more time would not have changed strategy

Joe Amendola, the lawyer representing Jerry Sandusky, had a mission in the months leading up to the trial — get the prosecutors in the case to turn over as much information in their case as possible in the hope of raising doubt about the victims' accusations. | 01/11/13 07:20:16 By - Mike Dawson

Jerry Sandusky's lawyers to seek new trial

Jerry Sandusky will head back to the Centre County courtroom where he was convicted of molesting young boys as his attorneys take their first set of appeals to the judge who oversaw the trial. | 01/10/13 07:14:15 By - Mike Dawson

Legal bills, PR for Jerry Sandusky scandal cost Penn State $26 million

The cost for Penn State’s response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal fallout is now nearly $26 million, according to figures the university updated this week. | 01/08/13 12:12:28 By - Mike Dawson

New twist in Chandra Levy murder case

Another kink and some new secrets have entered the Chandra Levy murder mystery more than 11 years after the former Modesto, Calif. resident disappeared. | 01/04/13 19:40:00 By - Michael Doyle

Heroin deaths creep up in Florida as other opiates become too expensive

Following a Florida statewide war against prescription drug abuse, there are early signs of growing heroin use as an alternative to opiate pills, which are becoming harder and more expensive to get. | 01/03/13 16:05:53 By - Meredith Rutland

Idaho man, Overstreet, loses resort in Mexico after IRS sting

The beachfront property on the Baja California peninsula was remote and undeveloped when Thomas Dale Overstreet bought it for $25,000 in 1995. Over the next 15 years, the small-town Idaho bar owner pumped money into a resort project and kept it in the name of his 20-year-old son, a Mexican citizen. Overstreet was ready to sell his Fruitland bar in 2011 and retire to his personal paradise, but an undercover IRS investigation brought criminal charges that ended with his sentencing last month in a Boise federal courtroom. | 01/03/13 15:31:48 By - MEGHANN M. CUNIFF

Idaho inmates: The beer made us do it

Keith Allen Brown shot a man to death in Priest Lake five years ago, leading to a 15-year prison sentence. But the 52-year-old says his problems started long before that, when he was just a boy and tasted alcohol for the first time. | 01/02/13 13:15:10 By - Meghann M. Cuniff

Pa. Gov. Corbett to file lawsuit against NCAA over Penn State sanctions

The commonwealth will sue the NCAA over the sanctions imposed on Penn State resulting from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. | 01/02/13 07:29:27 By - Jessica Vanderkolk

Disbarred Miami lawyer charged with trying to sell Saddam Hussein family's guns

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey have charged a disbarred Miami-area lawyer and three other people with hatching a scheme to sell a cache of stolen guns that once belonged to the family of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. | 01/02/13 07:03:09 By - Scott Hiaasen

Gun activists say they'll push to arm Arlington, Texas, teachers

In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, two gun-rights activists are preparing to return to the Arlington school board early next year hoping to persuade the district to allow teachers and administrators to carry concealed handguns on campus. | 12/27/12 16:35:07 By - Max Baker

Discrimination case by former Kansas City police recruit draws national attention

A sex discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed by a former Kansas City police recruit has drawn the concern of law enforcement officials in more than a dozen states. | 12/27/12 07:02:41 By - Judy L. Thomas

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