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George Zimmerman Sues NBC, Says He's A Victim Of 'Yellow Journalism'

Friday, December 07, 2012

Zimmerman's lawsuit alleges NBC deliberately altered 911 calls he placed to a dispatcher; by rearranging the conversation, he claims the network wrongly smeared him as a racist.

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In Harm's Way: Remembering the Life of Jorge Rosario

Friday, December 07, 2012

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Maria Castro, 39, who nicknamed her son Jay Jay, lovingly remembered that — without fail — he would lose a sock a night. It’s why, she said, she buried her first born in a special denim outfit — and one sock.

WNYC is profiling the life of every child in the city killed by gunfire in our series In Harm’s Way.

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WNYC News

Han Family Speaks Out As Police Make Arrest in Fatal Subway Push

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The daughter of the Queens man who was shoved onto the subway tracks said her father was "always there for her." New York City police have arrested a man in the death of Ki-Suck Han.

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WNYC News

NYPD Talking to Person of Interest in Deadly Subway Push

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Police say they have a person of interest in custody in the death of a man who was pushed onto the subway tracks at 49th Street in Manhattan Monday.

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The Takeaway

Crime Lab Chemist Allegedly Tampered with Evidence for Years

Monday, December 03, 2012

The fallout continues in Massachusetts where a former crime lab chemist allegedly tampered with evidence from drug tests for years. Authorities say Annie Dookhan may have tampered with evidence in up to 40,000 cases. Sarah Birnbaum, state house reporter for WGBH Radio in Boston, has been covering the Annie Dookhan drug lab scandal.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | December 3, 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012

Latin America's New Middle Class | Ira Glass on the Visible and the Invisible | Complications at a Massachusetts Crime Lab | 'Eve of Destruction': How 1965 Transformed American History | Is the American Dream Still Alive?

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White Collar Criminals

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Susan Will, assistant professor of sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a co-editor of the new book How They Got Away With It: White Collar Criminals and the Financial Meltdown, and Saskia Sassen, sociology professor at Columbia University and contributor to the book, discuss what brought about the economic crisis of 2008.

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WNYC News

UWS Nanny Pleads Not Guilty in Child Deaths

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A nanny accused in the stabbing deaths of two children at their upscale Manhattan home pleaded not guilty Wednesday at a hospital where she's been treated for self-inflicted stab wounds.

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Child Shooting Victim, Teen Suspect Separated by a Block in the Bronx

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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A five-year-old Bronx girl was shot in the stomach by a bullet police say was fired by her 18-year-old neighbor – a teen who lives around the corner in the Tremont section of the borough.

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Dramatic Drop in the Number of Summonses, Tickets After Sandy

Monday, November 19, 2012

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In the aftermath of the storm, thousands of police officers were assigned to extended tours of duty in parts of the city without power or to help keep order at the gas pumps. The NYPD said crime dipped in the days since Sandy, and according to the Office of Court Administration, so did the number of summonses.

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The Takeaway

BP Fined $4.5 Billion Over 2010 Spill, the Largest Settlement in U.S. History

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Oil giant British Petroleum has agreed to pay a record fine of $4.5 billion to settle criminal charges related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. It's the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history. Bloomberg News reporter Brian Swint is following the story in London.

"This should cover criminal charges against ...

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Studio 360

Rotterdam Art Heist Likely an Inside Job

Friday, October 26, 2012

Breaking into an art museum with works worth tens of millions of dollars should be harder than stealing from a Walmart, right? Perhaps not. Last week, thieves stole an estimated $130 million of art from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Museum in just under 90 seconds. Under the ...

Video: Security footage from the Kunsthal Museum art heist

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WNYC News

NY Sets New Domestic Violence Charges, Penalties

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New York has established a new felony for repeat low-level domestic violence offenses.

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WNYC News

Ex-Con Charged With Murder in Long Island Officer's Killing

Thursday, October 25, 2012

An ex-convict suspected of gunning down a New York police officer and then fatally shooting a carjacking victim is charged with first-degree murder.

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Transportation Nation

Smart Phone Thefts on the Rise on Mass Transit

Monday, October 22, 2012

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(Washington, D.C. -- WAMU) When you sit on the bus or stand on a train platform nonchalantly holding your smart phone inches from your eyes, you are an easy target. Thefts of mobile devices are soaring in major cities across the country with many of the robberies occurring in mass transit systems.

In the District of Columbia, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier estimates 60-70 percent of robberies are cell phone related. Thieves often leave the victims’ wallet or other valuables while demanding – or snatching – a smart phone, said Lanier in an interview with WAMU. Exact robbery statistics are not available but Lanier said they are in the process of being compiled.

In the Metro system, roughly half of robberies involve high-end mobile devices including smart phones and tablets, said WMATA Deputy Chief Ronald Pavlik.

“We’re reminding our customers to be aware of their surroundings,” Pavlik said. “Try not to use it in plain view. Don’t sit near the train doors. A lot of the robberies occur near the train doors. The thief times it perfectly as the doors are opening and closing.”

Anyone who owns a smartphone understands why they are targeted by thieves. Stolen devices can be resold for hundreds of dollars and they store loads of personal information ripe for identity crimes.

“It’s my lifeline, all my numbers, everything,” said Andrea Caulfield as she rode a Green line train Monday afternoon. “I do have it passcode protected. When I take it out I just take it for granted that it’s still going to be there when I put it away.”

In the first nine months of 2012 Metro police reported 314 thefts of mobile devices, a slight increase from the same period last year. Fifty-five additional “thefts” resulted in arrests as a result of WMATA’s “crime suppression teams” that consist of undercover officers holding smartphones acting as decoys in troublesome areas.

More promising is an FCC initiative that takes effect October 31. Smartphone owners will be able to register their devices in a database that police will use to identify and disable it if it’s stolen, rendering it useless for resale on the black market. Both the MPD and WMATA police are partners in the FCC initiative.

Owners will need basic information about their phones to register, according to Deputy Chief Pavlik. “They’ll have to know their own phone number, the serial number, date of purchase, things of that nature,” he said. The database, compiled by wireless carriers, is supported by the wireless advocacy group CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association), based in Washington, D.C.

CTIA vice president Christopher Guttman-McCabe calls the database a “key component” of an effort to dry up the black market for stolen phones. He said police chiefs, carriers, and the FCC approached his organization seeking a solution to the rise in cell phone-related robberies.

“The goal is to find a way to take a device and make it valueless after it’s lost or stolen,” he said. “We are also starting a concerted effort to try to get consumers to use PINs or passwords to lock the phone if it gets lost or stolen.”

The Associated Press reported the problem is growing in other major cities, too. In San Francisco nearly half of all robberies involve cell phones. In New York City the figure is forty percent.

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WNYC News

Hundreds of Thousands of Youth in Metro Area Adrift: Report

Monday, October 22, 2012

There are approximately 350,000 young people in the New York metro area not in school or working, according to a report by Measure of America, a project by the Brooklyn-based Social Science Research Council.

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The Takeaway

Bangladeshi Man Accused of Plotting to Blow Up New York's Federal Reserve Bank

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Bangladeshi man was accused yesterday of attempting to blow up New York's Federal Reserve Bank. Twenty-one-year-old Quazi Mohammad Ahsan Nafis has appeared in court and been charged with trying to detonate what he thought was a van full of explosives. Bob Hennelly, a contributing editor at WNYC, explains.

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Some Good Legal News For Former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

French prosecutors dropped a gang rape charge against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn because the woman says she consented to sex. He is still under investigation for involvement in a prostitution ring.

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WNYC News

'It's Insane. It's Crazy:' Gunman Kills Four, Then Himself, In Minneapolis

Friday, September 28, 2012

Four other people were wounded. Early reports indicate the gunman was a former employee. People who live near the business are in shock.

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Features

Psst! Wanna Buy Some Mozzarella? U.S. Cheese Being Smuggled Into Canada

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Criminals and cops looking to grab a slice of some tasty action are smuggling American cheese into Canada, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. The American cheese costs far less than its Canadian competitors.

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