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KC fights violent crime with carrot-stick program

Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:35:05 +0000

Despite decades of initiatives to stem violent crime, Kansas City residents continue killing each other at a rate five times higher than the national average, prompting officials in this Midwest city best known for barbecue and jazz to turn to an alternat

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2013 photo, Capt. Joe McHale, left, and University of Missouri-Kansas City professor Andrew Fox look through charts in the Jackson County Prosecutors office in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City leaders think a new law enforcement approach that offers incentives for convicted and would-be criminals to change their ways can help lower a local murder rate five times higher than the national average. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2013 photo, Capt. Joe McHale, left, and University of Missouri-Kansas City professor Andrew Fox look through charts in the Jackson County Prosecutors office in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City leaders think a new law enforcement approach that offers incentives for convicted and would-be criminals to change their ways can help lower a local murder rate five times higher than the national average. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)


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Surviving a surge in street violence in Venezuela

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:16:39 +0000

On their daily cable car rides to and from home in Venezuela's capital, Maria Gonzalez and Jose Rafael Suarez soar in a bubble of safety far above the deadly, trash-strewn streets below.

In this March 14, 2013 photo, Marisol Lezaman, left, Teresa Montilla, center, and Yetcimar Rosales, right, commute in a cable car that moves above homes in Caracas, Venezuela. On their daily cable car rides to and from home in Venezuela’s capital, commuters soar in a bubble of safety far above the deadly, trash-strewn streets below. Amid a list of woes, including double-digit inflation and crumbling infrastructure, rampant crime is seen by many as the main failing of the late President Hugo Chavez’s government, and one that a whole swath of this shell-shocked country has lost hope of correcting. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

In this March 14, 2013 photo taken through a cable car window, a woman holds on to the railing inside a cable car as she commutes home to a shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. The extreme politicization of the Hugo Chavez years has made it impossible for federal, state and municipal officials to work together on basic strategies such as neighborhood watches or cross-jurisdiction police patrols. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

In this March 14, 2013 photo, a man sits on the railing of a walkway in a shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2011, the city suffered a homicide rate of an astounding 99 killed out of every 100,000 people, making it the sixth deadliest city in the world, according to the Mexican public safety group Security, Justice and Peace. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2010 file photo, a street is deserted at night in the Petare slum of Caracas, Venezuela. Whole neighborhoods that used to buzz with street life are abandoned at night, while foreign diplomats and working-class Venezuelans alike fall prey to so-called express kidnappings that whisk victims away to the nearest cash machines. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2010 file photo, the body of a young man lies covered by a cloth in a street in the Petare slum of Caracas, Venezuela. The Venezuelan government stopped releasing official crime statistics in 2005, leaving it to nonprofit groups to sort through the casualties. Small-time gangs and criminals commit most of Venezuela’s violence, as opposed to the well-financed drug cartels that have terrorized Mexico and Central America as they fight over lucrative trafficking routes. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

FILE - In this June 20, 2009 file photo, women dressed in black carry a sign that reads in Spanish "No more death, yes to life" as they protest violent crime in Caracas, Venezuela. Amid a list of woes, including double-digit inflation and crumbling infrastructure, rampant crime is seen by many as the main failing of the late President Hugo Chavez’s government, and one that a whole swath of this shell-shocked country has lost hope of correcting. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)


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Police agency: 3,600 crime gangs active in EU

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:07:29 +0000

While the European Union's citizens are struggling to cope with the economic crisis, the continent's criminals are cashing in.



Bosnian woman helped make rape a war crime

Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:34:52 +0000

There were days when she prayed for a bullet to end her suffering. When she thought she was dying of a heart attack, she whispered "Thank you God."Muslim Bosniak woman Nusreta Sivac is seen during the interview with The Associated Press in Sanski Most, 260 kms west of Sarajevo on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Sivac, a former judge, was one of thousands of women who were raped during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, as part of a systematic Bosnian Serb rape campaign. After the war, Sivac begun collecting testimonies of other rape victims with a view to making a UN war crimes court in The Hague recognize it as a war crime. Today, largely because of Sivac, people are regularly prosecuted for wartime sexual violence. According to the UN, between 20,000 to 50,000 Bosnian women were raped , many in special rape camps , during the war that was fought between the new country's Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)Muslim Bosniak woman Nusreta Sivac arrives for work at a Pension Fund in Sanski Most, 260 kms west of Sarajevo on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Sivac, a former judge, was one of thousands of women who had been raped during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, as part of a systematic Bosnian Serb rape campaign. Sivac was held and molested at the notorious Serb-run camp Omarska in her native city of Prijedor. After the war, Sivac begun collecting testimonies of other rape victims with a view to making a UN war crimes court in The Hague recognize it as a war crime. Today, largely because of Sivac, people are regularly prosecuted for wartime sexual violence. She returned to Prijedor but could not find work in the now Serb-dominated city where crimes against non-Serbs are still largely denied despite overwhelming evidence collected and made public after the war. According to the UN, between 20,000 to 50,000 Bosnian women were raped, many in special rape camps , during the war that was fought between the new country's Serbs, CMuslim Bosniak woman Nusreta Sivac stands at the gate of Omarska, an iron ore mine outside her native town of Prijedor, 250 kms west of Sarajevo on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. During Bosnia’s 1992-95 war the mine was used by Bosnian Serbs to detain and torture thousands of Muslim Bosniaks, including Sivac. Sivac was held there and systematically raped for over two months. After the war, Sivac begun collecting testimonies of other rape victims with a view to making a UN war crimes court in The Hague recognize it as a war crime. Today, largely because of Sivac, people are regularly prosecuted for wartime sexual violence. Omarska mine is today owned by the world’s largest steel company Acellor Mittal and survivors of the war time atrocities there are not allowed access to the site. According to the UN, between 20,000 to 50,000 Bosnian women were raped , many in special rape camps , during the war that was fought between the new country's Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)Muslim Bosniak woman Nusreta Sivac stands at the gate of Omarska, an iron ore mine outside her native town of Prijedor, 250 kms west of Sarajevo on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. During Bosnia’s 1992-95 war the mine was used by Bosnian Serbs to detain and torture thousands of Muslim Bosniaks, including Sivac. Sivac was held there and systematically raped for over two months. After the war, Sivac begun collecting testimonies of other rape victims with a view to making a UN war crimes court in The Hague recognize it as a war crime. Today, largely because of Sivac, people are regularly prosecuted for wartime sexual violence. Omarska mine is today owned by the world’s largest steel company Acellor Mittal and survivors of the war time atrocities there are not allowed access to the site. According to the UN, between 20,000 to 50,000 Bosnian women were raped , many in special rape camps , during the war that was fought between the new country's Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)Muslim Bosniak woman Nusreta Sivac poses for photo in a war-destroyed house in Sanski Most,[...]


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In info age, Belgian diamond heist is a throwback

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:52:17 +0000

At a time when many robberies take place at the click of a mouse, a group of jewel thieves has shown there's still a potential payoff for old-fashioned criminals willing to use disguises, planning and pluck to nab their loot.

Baggage carts make their way past a Helvetic Airways aircraft from which about $50 million worth of diamonds were stolen on the tarmac of Brussels international airport Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Eight armed and masked men made a hole in a security fence at the airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched the diamonds from the hold of the Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)


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Crime reported to law enforcement rises

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:33:27 +0000

The number of violent crimes and property crimes reported to police rose in the first half of last year compared with the same period in 2011, with violent crime rising 1.9 percent and property crime up 1.5 percent.



NYC expects 2012 to have fewest murders on record

Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:15:51 +0000

The number of murders in New York City is expected to hit a record low this year, and shootings are at their lowest point in at least 18 years, officials said Friday.



Nebraska woman found guilty of faking hate crime

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 00:28:46 +0000

A Nebraska woman who claimed she was attacked by three men who carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and stomach was found guilty Monday of making a false report.



Nebraska woman found guilty of faking hate crime

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 23:14:59 +0000

A Nebraska woman who claimed she was attacked by men who carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and stomach has pleaded no contest to making a false report.



Dutch gov't: suspects must decrypt computers

Wed, 28 Nov 2012 08:16:43 +0000

The Dutch government says it is planning to make it a crime for a suspect in a child sex abuse or terrorism case to refuse to help decrypt a computer when ordered to do so by prosecutors.



Study: ADHD medicines help curb criminal behavior

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:01:42 +0000

Older teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are much less likely to commit a crime while on ADHD medication, a provocative study from Sweden found.



Neb. woman maintains anti-gay attack happened

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:27:37 +0000

A former University of Nebraska women's basketball star accused of faking a hate-crime attack against her is standing by her story in emails to news organizations and in an online video.



FBI: Crime reported to police fell last year

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:47:10 +0000

The number of violent crimes reported to police decreased 3.8 percent last year to 1.2 million, the fifth straight year of declines, the FBI announced Monday.



2 Kentucky men acquitted of hate-crimes charges

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 02:49:46 +0000

Two Kentucky men have been acquitted of hate-crimes charges in a trial involving an attack on a gay man.



Amid drug war, Mexico fights wave of common crime

Sat, 20 Oct 2012 14:35:18 +0000

On a cool September evening, about a half hour after the sun set on the rose-colored Baroque cathedral of this colonial city in western Mexico, three men burst into a Coca-Cola distribution center on the edge of town.

In this Sept. 18, 2012 photo, people watch firefighters put out a smoldering car allegedly used in a robbery at a Coca-Cola distribution center in Morelia, Mexico. The robbers pistol-whipped three security guards, grabbed thousands of pesos in cash and fled. In cities and towns across Mexico, a nearly six-year offensive against drug cartels has been accompanied by a surge in common crime: assaults and robberies that grab no headlines but make life miserable for ordinary citizens. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

In this Sept. 18, 2012 photo, a firefighter puts out a smoldering car allegedly used in a robbery at a Coca-Cola distribution center in Morelia, Mexico. The robbers pistol-whipped three security guards, grabbed thousands of pesos in cash and fled. In cities and towns across Mexico, a nearly six-year offensive against drug cartels has been accompanied by a surge in common crime: assaults and robberies that grab no headlines but make life miserable for ordinary citizens. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

In this Sept. 18, 2012 photo, men stand with their hands on the wall after state police stopped to search them during a routine patrol in Morelia, Mexico. In cities and towns across Mexico, a nearly six-year offensive against drug cartels has been accompanied by a surge in common crime: assaults and robberies that grab no headlines but make life miserable for ordinary citizens. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

In this Sept. 18, 2012 photo, a state police officer shows a bottle containing a solvent commonly inhaled by addicts, known locally as "mona," that was taken from a person during a routine police patrol in Morelia, Mexico. In cities and towns across Mexico, a nearly six-year offensive against drug cartels has been accompanied by a surge in common crime: assaults and robberies that grab no headlines but make life miserable for ordinary citizens. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

In this Sept. 18, 2012 photo, a firefighter puts out a smoldering car allegedly used in a robbery at a Coca-Cola distribution center in Morelia, Mexico. The robbers pistol-whipped three security guards, grabbed thousands of pesos in cash and fled. n cities and towns across Mexico, a nearly six-year offensive against drug cartels has been accompanied by a surge in common crime: assaults and robberies that grab no headlines but make life miserable for ordinary citizens. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)


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Jack Warner bans release of Trinidad crime reports

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:11:32 +0000

Former world soccer vice president Jack Warner wants to stop the release of crime reports and statistics in his capacity as Trinidad's national security minister, saying that publicizing such information encourages people to commit more crime.

FILE - In this June 2, 2011 file photo, Jack Warner gestures during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in Trinidad and Tobago. Warner, currently the National Security Minister, has forbidden police to release crime reports and statistics, saying that such information encourages people to commit more crime. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File)


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Mo. abuse case poses question of consent vs. crime

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:08:25 +0000

Advocates for people who engage in rough but consensual sex say they fear an abuse case unfolding in Missouri ultimately could criminalize their lifestyle.



Bosnian police crackdown on organized crime

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:58:58 +0000

Authorities in Bosnia launched what they called a major operation on Wednesday against several organized crime groups suspected of involvement in at least six murders, several major robberies, illegal money transfers and drug trafficking.



Ariz. tribe boosts jail time for reservation crime

Wed, 5 Sep 2012 19:32:10 +0000

The Hopi will be one of the earliest tribes to increase criminal sentences under a landmark federal law meant to improve public safety on American Indian reservations — where a historic gap in the U.S. justice system has left tribes with little authority



Angola extradites suspected Chinese gangsters

Sat, 25 Aug 2012 07:16:37 +0000

Chinese police on Saturday brought back 37 suspected Chinese gangsters from Angola, where they were arrested for alleged crimes against other Chinese such as kidnapping, armed robbery, extortion, human trafficking and forced prostitution.

In tghis photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a hooded and hand-cuffed suspect is escorted to get off a plane after arriving in Beijing Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. Chinese authorities said 37 Chinese nationals were extradited from the southwestern African country Angola, where they are accused of crimes against fellow Chinese citizens such as kidnapping, robberies, extortions and forcing them into prostitution. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Qi Heng) NO SALES

In tghis photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, hooded and hand-cuffed suspects are escorted to get off a plane after arriving in Beijing Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. Chinese authorities said 37 Chinese nationals were extradited from the southwestern African country Angola, where they are accused of crimes against fellow Chinese citizens such as kidnapping, robberies, extortions and forcing them into prostitution. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Qi Heng) NO SALES

In tghis photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a hooded and hand-cuffed suspect is escorted to get off a plane after arriving in Beijing Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. Chinese authorities said 37 Chinese nationals were extradited from the southwestern African country Angola, where they are accused of crimes against fellow Chinese citizens such as kidnapping, robberies, extortions and forcing them into prostitution. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Qi Heng) NO SALES


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Police: Ex-Neb. hoops star faked anti-gay attack

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 19:01:55 +0000

A former University of Nebraska women's basketball star faked an attack in which she allegedly carved anti-gay slurs into her skin because she felt it would spark change, police said Tuesday.

CORRECTS TO BASKETBALL, NOT VOLLEYBALL - In a Dec. 12, 1999 photo, Nebraska's Charlie Rogers (33), guards Creighton's Corey Sweeney (22) during a women's basketball match in Lincoln, Neb. Rogers, who told police she was the victim of a vicious hate crime in July, 2012, was charged with making a false report Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Rogers Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Lincoln Journal Star, William Lauer)


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Woman enters plea to NW crime spree charges

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:50:23 +0000

A 25-year-old Portland woman has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in a Northwest crime spree that claimed four lives.

FILE - These booking file photos provided by the Oregon State Police, on Oct. 6, 2011, show Holly Grigsby, left, and David Joseph Pedersen. Grigsby and Pedersen, accused of killing four people in a multistate crime spree last fall, have been indicted of federal racketeering charges alleging the rampage was part of a campaign to "purify" and "preserve" the white race, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, said Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Oregon State Police, File)


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Nose for crime: $1.2M in French perfume nabbed

Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:24:10 +0000

French police say 1 million euro ($1.2 million) worth of Givenchy perfume has been recovered after it was stolen by masked thieves from a warehouse in the middle of the night.



Puerto Rico seeks US help to fight crime, drugs

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:42:05 +0000

Puerto Rico's governor is meeting with U.S. officials including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to discuss ways to better fight crime and drug trafficking across the Caribbean island.



As homicides spike, Chicago mayor defends tactics

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:41:43 +0000

Chicago's mayor and police superintendent publicly defended their new gang-fighting strategy Monday amid growing criticism that the changes are failing and a big reason why the city's homicide rate has soared this year.