Violent crime

New York City Police Dept. Chief Robert Lukach, background center, and Capt. Ronald Zedalis, left, negotiate with Sgt. Kenneth O'Brien portraying a barricaded person during a tactical demonstration at New York City Emergency Service Unit headquarters at Floyd Bennett Field in New York, on Thursday, March 28, 2019. In 2019, the department started training all 35,000 officers in a technique of using a length of rope to secure the door of a home where a distressed person is threatening harm, temporarily trapping them until backup arrives. The rope makes it virtually impossible for the person inside to burst through the door and cause harm. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
April 04, 2019 - 10:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has all the latest crime-fighting tools: body cameras, algorithms, even drones. But it is now widely deploying a far simpler technology, a 5½-foot (1½-meter) piece of rope, to help officers deal with one of the diciest kinds of calls. The department...
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Archbishop designated by Pope Francis to the Archdiocese of Washington, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, speaks during a news conference at Washington Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Hyattsville, Md., Thursday, April 4, 2019. Archbishop-designate Gregory will succeed Cardinal Donald Wuerl. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
April 04, 2019 - 10:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Archbishop Wilton Gregory promised Catholics he would "rebuild your trust" after Pope Francis on Thursday named him the new archbishop of Washington, D.C., the archdiocese that has become the epicenter of the clergy sex abuse crisis in the U.S. Gregory, 71, the archbishop of...
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April 04, 2019 - 7:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leaving the job at month's end. An agency spokeswoman says Thomas Brandon will retire on April 30. He's the ATF's deputy director but has been leading the bureau since 2015. Under Brandon's leadership,...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2019, file photo, a police officer stands guard in front of the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The man authorities believe carried out the Christchurch mosque attacks is due to make his second court appearance via video link on Friday, April 4, 2019, although media photographs won’t be allowed and reporting on the proceedings will be limited by New Zealand law. Fifty people died in the March 15 attacks on two mosques (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
April 04, 2019 - 5:05 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the man charged in the New Zealand mosque attacks (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Police say the man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges at his court appearance on Friday. Australian Brenton...
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Australia's Attorney-General Christian Porter, left, and Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield hold a press conference at Parliament House, in Canberra, Wednesday, April 4, 2019. Australia's Parliament passed legislation that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream violent images such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 12:24 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream real violence such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. Critics warn that some of the most restrictive laws about online communication in the...
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April 03, 2019 - 11:58 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia hopes its new laws that threaten prison and major fines for social media executives who fail to quickly remove violent livestreaming from their platforms will become a model for other countries. The government has described its response to the March 15 gun...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand. The man authorities believe carried out the Christchurch mosque attacks is due to make his second court appearance via video link on Friday, April 4, 2019, although media photographs won’t be allowed and reporting on the proceedings will be limited by New Zealand law. Fifty people died in the March 15 attacks on two mosques. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
April 03, 2019 - 9:13 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he makes his second court appearance, New Zealand police said Thursday. Police had earlier filed a single, representative murder charge...
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FILE- In this June 18, 2015 file photo, prisoners stand in a crowded lunch line during a prison tour at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala. he Justice Department has determined that Alabama's prisons are violating the Constitution by failing to protect inmates from violence and sexual abuse and by housing them in unsafe and overcrowded facilities, according to a scathing report Wednesda, April 3, 2019, that described the problems as "severe" and "systemic.". (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
April 03, 2019 - 6:53 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has the nation's deadliest prisons, where violence is "too common, cruel, of an unusual nature, and pervasive" the Department of Justice found Wednesday in a scathing report that said male inmates are housed in unconstitutional conditions. During a single week in...
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Two men console each other before funeral services for Samantha Josephson at Congregation Beth Chaim in West Windsor, N.J., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Authorities say Josephson, a college student, ordered an Uber ride early Friday but mistakenly got into a similar car, was kidnapped and killed in South Carolina. (Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP)
April 03, 2019 - 6:21 pm
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — The cousin of a college student who authorities say mistakenly got into the wrong car and was kidnapped and killed in South Carolina said the sadness the family is suffering "will never end." Hundreds of mourners packed Congregation Beth Chaim on Wednesday in West Windsor...
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax addresses the media during a news conference in his office at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Fairfax addressed sexual misconduct allegations made by two women against him and presented the results of a polygraph test. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
April 03, 2019 - 4:26 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said Wednesday he's asked prosecutors in Boston and North Carolina to investigate sexual assault allegations two women have made against him. Speaking at a news conference, Fairfax again said the allegations are untrue and the sexual encounters...
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