Martin Kaste appears in the following:
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Activists against the death penalty are seizing on a botched execution in Arizona Wednesday. Witnesses say that death row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped for air, taking nearly two hours to die by lethal injection.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Last week, a man died after a police takedown that appeared to involve a prohibited chokehold. But police trainers say such restraints, when properly administered, are safer than many alternatives.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Several red states, including Louisiana, have been diverting some offenders away from prison and into drug treatment and other incarceration alternatives. But not everyone is embracing the effort.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Prison populations are falling in most of the U.S., as politicians in both parties agree too many people are being locked up. But there are pockets of resistance to reform, including one in Louisiana.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Civil libertarians hailed the ruling, while police bemoaned the extra bureaucracy. We examine what kind of practical effect this ruling will have on how law enforcement handles suspects' phones.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
At a gala party on Wednesday, Amazon launched its first smartphone. It is distinguished from other phones by the ease with which you can use it to buy things from Amazon.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
At an unveiling in Seattle, online retail giant Amazon announced its entry into the smartphone market with a new device called "Fire."
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Two years ago, the Missoula county attorney defied the DOJ's efforts to force his office to change the way it handles sexual assault cases. Today, the county won a partial victory.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
The city council has approved a measure raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The wage will be phased in over a number of years. The measure takes effect on April 1, 2015.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Devices that scan your brain and read your emotions are no longer sci-fi. Researchers say the technology could threaten privacy by revealing things like your sexual orientation or political leanings.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Officers are wearing video cameras to record interactions with the public. The city's troubled police department is trying to prove a commitment to transparency, as it tries to end federal monitoring.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
A Montana man says he was justified in shooting a prowler, a German exchange student, in his garage. The case has revived the debate over how far Americans should be able to go to defend their homes.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Seattle politicians are likely to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour this year — the highest big-city wage in the nation. But some of the city's business owners are leery of the $15 mark.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's execution was botched on Tuesday, when a relatively new combination of drugs failed to work as expected.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Washington has become the first state to have its "No Child Left Behind" waiver revoked by the federal government, meaning the state will have less flexibility in spending federal education funds.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The news marks an important flare-up in a long-running war between teachers unions and the federal government over standardized testing. Washington has become the first state to lose its waiver.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Tuesday marks one month since a hillside gave way and wiped out a rural neighborhood. Crews have been looking for victims' remains ever since. On Monday, the official death toll increased by 2 to 41.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Apple's Bluetooth-based customer tracking system, iBeacon, just got better, if you ask marketers. But privacy researchers aren't so sure.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Adam Lioz, of the public policy organization Demos, says that Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling will further empower a small, elite group of political donors. He offers a critical perspective on the ruling.