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Police departments use tech to identify problem cops

Police departments use tech to identify problem cops

Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit — from citizens or the federal government. While such “early warning systems” are often treated as a cure-all, experts say, little research exists on their effectiveness or […]

Not much ‘coalition’ left in Afghanistan

Not much ‘coalition’ left in Afghanistan

Alongside the exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition. The coalition has been fighting the war for more than a decade, but that combat mission ends in 17 weeks. On the agenda at […]

Lawsuits seek Michael Brown’s juvenile records

Lawsuits seek Michael Brown’s juvenile records

Lingering questions about Michael Brown could be answered Wednesday when a judge considers two media requests to release any possible juvenile records of the unarmed 18-year-old who was killed by a Missouri police officer last month. Juvenile records are confidential in Missouri, so it’s not definitively known if Brown was arrested before he legally became […]

Blackwater’s tattered legacy

Blackwater’s tattered legacy

  The summer-long trial of four Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis has been a grim retelling of lives snuffed out and the daily life-and-death decisions amid the chaos of war. Wrapping up almost 6,200 miles from Baghdad, the trial is the best hope the survivors and the families of […]

Another casino shutdown in Atlantic City

Another casino shutdown in Atlantic City

The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel. Its casino will close early Tuesday morning. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City’s struggling […]

Judge blocks Louisiana abortion law…for now

Judge blocks Louisiana abortion law…for now

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge’s order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles wrote that authorities […]

Is Ferguson on a comeback trail?

Is Ferguson on a comeback trail?

The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they’ve got a long way to go. Some merchants say business hasn’t come close to recovering from the aftermath of the […]