Crime

US plans to allow spy agencies to monitor every citizen’s finances – report

US plans to allow spy agencies to monitor every citizen’s finances – report

Washington is reportedly considering opening all US financial records to national intelligence agencies in order to prevent future crimes. Only the FBI has had unlimited access to such databases; other agencies had to file case-by-case requests. The Obama administration is preparing legislation to enable the country’s numerous security and intelligence agencies to spy on the […]

DEA chiefs urge Obama to nullify Washington and Colorado pot laws

DEA chiefs urge Obama to nullify Washington and Colorado pot laws

Former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs are urging the Obama administration to nullify marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington, which recently legalized the recreational use of pot. The eight former DEA heads fear that the states’ marijuana laws will instigate a “domino effect”, causing other states to pass their own laws legalizing the recreational use of […]

UN demands prosecution of Busha-era CIA crimes

UN demands prosecution of Busha-era CIA crimes

A United Nations investigator has demanded that the US publish classified documents regarding the CIA’s human rights violations under former President George W. Bush, with hopes that the documents will lead to the prosecution of public officials. Documents about the CIA’s program of rendition and secret detention of suspected terrorists have remained classified, even though […]

FBI believe Ohio neo-Nazi planned to murder Jews and blacks with arsenal of weapons

FBI believe Ohio neo-Nazi planned to murder Jews and blacks with arsenal of weapons

The FBI says that an Ohio man indicted last month for illegally possessing an arsenal of firearms also planned to murder Jewish and black community leaders in Detroit, Michigan. Federal investigators discovered 18 weapons inside the home of 47-year-old Richard Schmidt back in December, and in January unsealed an indictment that said owning that arsenal […]

Incarceration rate for African-Americans now six times the national average

Incarceration rate for African-Americans now six times the national average

The incarceration rate for American-Americans is so high that young black men without a high school diploma are more likely to go to jail than to find a job, thereby causing the breakup of families and instilling further poverty upon them. “Prison has become the new poverty trap,” Bruce Western, a Harvard sociologist, told the New […]

Gambling addiction cost San Diego mayor $1 billion

Gambling addiction cost San Diego mayor $1 billion

$1 billion in wins at a casino may sound like a jackpot – but not if the losses total $1.13 billion. Former San Diego mayor Maureen O’Connor became so addicted to gambling that she stole $2.1 million from her late husband’s charity to feed her habit. Now, the former mayor and council member is living […]

Double trouble: French rape case impeded by twins’ identical DNA

Double trouble: French rape case impeded by twins’ identical DNA

Police in Marseille have arrested identical twin brothers for a string of sexual assaults. Officers believe one, if not both men are to blame, but cannot be sure as the pair’s DNA is nearly indistinguishable. Police have charged both men, identified as 24-year old unemployed delivery drivers Elwin and Yohan, over the rapes. Both are […]

LAPD shoot two innocent people in hunt for killer ex-cop

LAPD shoot two innocent people in hunt for killer ex-cop

California police have launched a manhunt for a former LAPD officer who is suspected of having gunned down five people, three of which were killed. Los Angeles Police already shot two innocent people while trying to detain the suspect. Fear has struck the Los Angeles Police Department as authorities frantically search for the man who […]

Aiming high: California trumps New York with toughest gun law

Aiming high: California trumps New York with toughest gun law

California announced it will pioneer the US’ harshest gun control laws a week after New York claimed the accolade. The legislation comes after a wave of fatal shootings and has been criticized by opposition as a game of ‘one-upmanship’ with New York. The new legislation, consisting of 10 different proposals, will dramatically crack down on […]

Los Angeles cardinal stripped of duties over sex abuse accusations

Los Angeles cardinal stripped of duties over sex abuse accusations

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez has relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, from any and all public duties as a result of his mishandling of the decades-long clergy sex abuse that victimized 10,000 children since the early 1950s. Mahony served as the LA Archbishop from 1985-2011, after which he reached the mandatory retirement age […]