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Aug 25, 2014

Five arrested in Macau over unofficial democracy poll

Police in Macau detained five people involved in staging an unofficial referendum on democracy in the southern Chinese territory, organizers said, nearly two months after activists angered Beijing by conducting a similar poll in Hong Kong. The informal referendum among Macau’s 600,000 residents coincides ...

Fallout from Ferguson shooting spurs police interest in wearable cameras

Aug 25, 2014

Fallout from Ferguson shooting spurs police interest in wearable cameras

The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting calls for more officers to wear so-called body cameras, simple, lapel-mounted gadgets that capture video footage of law enforcement’s interactions with the public. Proponents say the devices add a new ...

Protesters, police march side by side in Ferguson

Aug 24, 2014

Protesters, police march side by side in Ferguson

A diverse group of protesters, many of them children, marched peacefully Saturday as calm prevailed for a fourth straight day in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot by a white police officer, setting off more than a week of ...

Aug 24, 2014

U.K. police interview Cliff Richard over sex crime allegation

British police interviewed veteran singer Cliff Richard, one of the country’s most successful entertainers, on Saturday in connection with an alleged historic sex crime, his spokesman said. Richard, a household name in Britain since the 1950s through hits such as “Living Doll” and “Devil ...

Aug 24, 2014

Niger minister arrested in 'baby-trafficking' investigation

Niger’s agriculture minister has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a baby-trafficking network, a spokesman for his political party and legal sources said on Saturday. The arrest of Abdou Labo, a senior figure in President Mahamadou Issoufou’s ruling coalition, comes after 17 people, ...

Britain plans new laws to tackle home-grown jihadists

Aug 24, 2014

Britain plans new laws to tackle home-grown jihadists

Britain said on Saturday it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video showing a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley. British Muslims and politicians have expressed horror at the ...

White House reviewing military-police equipment program: officials

Aug 24, 2014

White House reviewing military-police equipment program: officials

The White House is conducting a review of programs that have equipped local police departments with military gear from the Pentagon, urged by President Barack Obama’s call for more separation between the nation’s armed forces and civilian law enforcement. The examination comes in the ...

Aug 22, 2014

California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty

California’s attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state’s death penalty unconstitutional. The announcement by Attorney General Kamala Harris came after U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney ruled last month that the state’s death penalty takes too long ...

Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75

Aug 22, 2014

Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75

Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who abducted women and hunted them down in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s, died Thursday. He was 75. Hansen died at Alaska Regional Hospital after being in declining health for the past year, Alaska Department of Corrections ...

Aug 22, 2014

JPMorgan customers targeted in email phishing campaign

Fraudsters are targeting JPMorgan Chase & Co customers in an email phishing campaign that is unusual because it attempts to collect credentials for that bank and also infect PCs with a virus for stealing passwords from other institutions. The campaign, dubbed “Smash and Grab,” ...