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Man In A Kayak Helps Nab Suspected Christmas Mail Thief

AP | Steven Hoffer | December 25, 2014 | Weird News
A fast-paddling good Samaritan in a kayak helped sheriff's deputies in Washington state nab a suspected Christmas mail thief. Q13 reports ( ) deputies received multiple calls on Wednesday morning that a man and a woman were going through mailboxes around the town of Sammamish (suh-MAM'-ish). While deputies were...

Man Dies After Border Patrol Shoots Him With Stun Gun At San Ysidro

AP | Michael McLaughlin | December 25, 2014 | Crime
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police say a 40-year-old man died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing. Police said Thursday that the man jumped over a counter and attacked an inspector after being escorted to a separate area for questioning...

6 New Yorkers Now Arrested For Threatening Cops After Officers Killed

Reuters | Sebastian Murdock | December 25, 2014 | Crime
(Reuters) - Two more men have been arrested for threatening New York police, including one who called the precinct headquarters of two officers killed as they sat in their patrol car and asked to speak to one of them, a police spokesman said on Thursday. The arrests bring to six...

California Governor Jerry Brown Issues 105 Pardons

AP | Igor Bobic | December 25, 2014 | Politics
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Continuing a Christmas Eve tradition, Gov. Jerry Brown issued pardons to 105 people Wednesday, before retracting one to a man hours later after learning he had not disclosed recent discipline by financial regulators, a spokesman said. Brown retracted the pardon issued to Glen William Carnes, which...

2 Critically Wounded In Shooting At Chicago Train Station

AP | Michael McLaughlin | December 25, 2014 | Crime
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say three people have been wounded, two critically, in a shooting at a Chicago Transit Authority train stop. Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Amina Greer says the shooting occurred on the mezzanine level of a Red Line "El" station on the city's South Side.

Prosecutors: No Delayed Start In Marathon Trial

AP | Steven Hoffer | December 25, 2014 | Crime
BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are opposing a request by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to delay the start of his trial until September. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Jan. 5. Tsarnaev, 21, has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges and if convicted could face the...

A Glance At Key Police Shootings In The St. Louis Area

AP | Steven Hoffer | December 25, 2014 | Crime
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin marks the third fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in the St. Louis area since Michael Brown was killed in August. Here's a glance at the circumstances in each case:

Judge Denies Bail To Markus Kaarma, Man Convicted Of Killing Foreign Exchange Student

AP | Michael McLaughlin | December 25, 2014 | Crime
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana man convicted of killing a 17-year-old German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage will remain in jail until sentencing Feb. 12. District Judge Ed McLean on Wednesday denied bail for 30-year-old Markus Kaarma of Missoula.

Christmas Eve Shooting Kills 1 At Louisiana Mall

AP/HuffPost | Steven Hoffer | December 25, 2014 | Crime
Last-minute Christmas shopping turned to tragedy Wednesday evening when a man was shot and killed at a Louisiana mall. Authorities with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed the identity of the victim as 24-year-old James Vaughn, WWLTV reports. The alleged gunman, 25-year-old Gary M. François, is in custody....

Keanna Brown, Antonio Martin's Girlfriend, Grieves: 'He Didn't Deserve To Die'

Mariah Stewart | December 25, 2014 | Black Voices
BERKELEY, Mo. - The girlfriend of Antonio Martin says she hasn’t been able to sleep since a police officer fatally shot her boyfriend, a black male teenager, at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri, on Tuesday. Keanna Brown, 19, revisited the site of the killing on Wednesday, where...

Protesters Mourn Antonio Martin, Shut Down Missouri Highway On Christmas Eve

Mariah Stewart | December 25, 2014 | Black Voices
BERKELEY, Mo. -- Minutes before Christmas Day officially started, a few dozen activists stood outside the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, Missouri, with lit candles and posters in memory of Antonio Martin, a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer Tuesday night in the St. Louis suburb...

The NYC Police Union Has A Long History Of Bullying City Hall

Quartz | Kelly Chen | December 24, 2014 | Crime
Only hours after two New York City police officers were executed in their patrol car on Saturday, the president of the largest police union rushed to the microphones to blame the killings on Mayor Bill de Blasio and those who demonstrated against excessive force by the police. “There is blood...

Mexican Catholics Protest After Priest Is Reportedly Kidnapped From Seminary

AP | Carol Kuruvilla | December 24, 2014 | Religion
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dozens of Roman Catholic priests and hundreds of parishioners marched through the southern Mexico city of Ciudad Altamirano on Wednesday to demand the release of a kidnapped priest and protest a series of kidnappings, killings and robberies of priests. The marchers were led by Bishop Maximino...

Berkeley Mayor: Antonio Martin Is Not Michael Brown

Kelly Chen | December 24, 2014 | Crime
BERKELEY, Mo. -- Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins said during a Christmas Eve press conference that a police officer's killing of teenager Antonio Martin Tuesday night shouldn't be compared with police killings of Eric Garner or Michael Brown because Martin aimed a loaded gun at the officer. Martin, 18, was...

Devon Coley Charged After Allegedly Posting Threat Against NYPD

AP | Michael McLaughlin | December 24, 2014 | Crime
NEW YORK (AP) — Police have increased security at some stationhouses and made at least four arrests over threats made since the deadly shootings of two officers last weekend, and the mayor vowed Wednesday to protect officers. Emergency Services Unit officers were providing additional protection at two Brooklyn precincts, where...

Banning Homeless Camps Just Disperses The Issue, Won't Solve It: Experts

Eleanor Goldberg | December 24, 2014 | Impact
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Dec 23 (Reuters) - For Teresa Sigerson, a former waitress who has lived under a Chicago expressway bridge for three years, the camp she shares with eight others provides shelter, companionship and some measure of security. "There's safety in numbers," said Sigerson, 51, who begs during...

Obama To Speed Up Efforts To Close Guantanamo

Sam Levine | December 24, 2014 | Politics
The Obama administration is accelerating its efforts to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention center, preparing to move dozens of inmates out of the prison in coming months in a step forward for President Obama’s redoubled attempt to achieve a core national security objective before he leaves office. U.S. officials,...

Ohio Inmates Challenge Lethal Injection Drug Law

Shadee Ashtari | December 24, 2014 | Politics
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four death row inmates are suing Ohio officials over a new state law that shields the names of companies that provide lethal injection drugs. Attorneys for the inmates claim in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the law violates their free speech rights by concealing the identities...

Ohio Man Imprisoned For 2 Decades Is Acquitted

Steven Hoffer | December 24, 2014 | Crime
A man imprisoned for murder for nearly two decades was acquitted Tuesday as prosecutors in Cleveland dropped the charges against him but stopped short of conceding his innocence. Anthony Lemons, 40, had sought to clear his name and said a burden was lifted from him as a Cuyahoga County judge...

Firefighter Injured In Drive-By Shooting: Cops

Sebastian Murdock | December 24, 2014 | Crime
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Jacksonville firefighter was injured by gunfire in what the city's mayor called a "cowardly attack" on a group of firefighters as they put fuel in a fire truck behind their station, authorities said. The shooting happened at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday outside Fire Station 28, Jacksonville...
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