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Russian tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

Aug 26, 2014

Russian tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun in the landmark’s second security breach in a month, authorities said Monday. Yaroslav Kolchin was charged with reckless endangerment, trespassing and disorderly conduct. Police said they spotted the ...

FBI investigates American backers of Islamic State

Aug 25, 2014

FBI investigates American backers of Islamic State

Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: ...

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 ...