Jan 20, 2015

'YouTube shoplifter' planned to elude cops until March

A teenager in police custody over the posting of online videos showing him tampering with food on store shelves apparently had plans to remain on the loose until March, investigative sources said. The 19-year-old boy from Mitaka, western Tokyo, had a memo showing the ...

Jan 20, 2015

Osaka man held for injuring bicyclist by stringing wire across path

A man has been arrested for allegedly stretching a steel wire across a promenade in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, last week and injuring a bicyclist, police said. Toshikazu Tachibana, 69, an employee at an “okonomiyaki” (Japanese-style pancake) restaurant in Higashiosaka, is suspected of attempted murder ...

Dec 29, 2014

NYC police boss says less rhetoric, more dialogue needed

A day after the funeral of one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car, New York City’s police commissioner called for a “lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue” to defuse the tension between police officers and the minority communities ...

Cold War fugitives spawn Cuba-U.S. tensions

Dec 24, 2014

Cold War fugitives spawn Cuba-U.S. tensions

For decades some of the most-wanted U.S. fugitives made new lives for themselves in Cuba, marrying, having children and becoming fixtures of their modest Havana neighborhoods as their cases went mostly forgotten at home. Granted political asylum by former President Fidel Castro, they became ...

Dec 21, 2014

Crime in New York drops

Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: Low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. The numbers could be seen as ...

Dec 21, 2014

Chicago mayor's son mugged

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 17-year-old son has been mugged near the family’s home. Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Saturday that the mayor’s son, Zach, had “injuries that required medical treatment but was able to join the family for a long planned trip.” Chicago Police spokesman ...

Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

Dec 19, 2014

Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said ...

Dec 19, 2014

Executions in U.S. dip to 20-year low

Executions in the United States this year fell to their lowest point in two decades, the Death Penalty Information Center said Thursday. Looking back on 2014, the watchdog group reported 35 executions in seven states, “the fewest number put to death since 1994.” The ...

Dec 18, 2014

Scientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived

Scientists say the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land. Using software to study currents the night of the 1962 escape, three Dutch scientists ...