Crime & Justice

Tropical Storm Erika Heads For Hispaniola, With Florida Still In Its Sight

Erika unleashed heavy rains in Dominica, leaving at least four people dead. The National Hurricane Center forecasts that Erika could threaten South Florida by Monday morning.

How Schools Are Handling An 'Overparenting' Crisis

Two new books, The Gift of Failure and How To Raise An Adult, argue that too many children are being given too much.

How Brewers Are Churning Out Tangy Sours Without The Hefty Price Tag

Sour beers are made by deliberately adding microbes to create complex brews with a crisp, acidic taste. But that process takes lots of time and money, resulting in a pricey final product. Until now.

Department Of Justice Sued For Fake News Story

The Associated Press has filed a lawsuit against the DOJ for a government sting operation in 2007 in which the FBI created a fake news story and impersonated a journalist.

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White House Explores Regulatory Ways To Create Opportunities In Cuba

It will take an act of Congress to lift the trade embargo against Cuba. President Obama, however, does have ways to make it easier for Americans to go to Havana or to sell goods there.

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The Survivors' Street: 10 Years Of Life After Katrina

NPR first visited Schnell Drive in St. Bernard Parish 10 years ago to speak with the Bordelon family as they rebuilt their home after Katrina's destruction. Unlike many, they're still there today.

New Tesla Breaks Consumer Reports' Ratings Scale, Bolsters Company's Stock

"It kind of broke the system," says Jake Fisher, director of the magazine's auto test division. Tesla's stock rose 8 percent Thursday.

North Dakota Legalizes Armed Police Drones

Law enforcement agencies in North Dakota are now allowed to operate drones armed with "less than lethal" weapons.

Democratic Group Fires A Warning Shot With Immigration Attack Ad

SuperPAC Priorities USA Action released a digital ad blasting Republican candidates for their heated rhetoric on immigration. It's a small campaign for now, but it sends a clear message.

Obama: Katrina A 'Man-Made' Disaster Caused By Government Failure

The president said that what started out as a natural disaster became something much worse when government didn't "look out for its own citizens."

New Hampshire Rape Trial Exposes Alleged ‘Hook-Up’ Tradition

August 27, 2015
Owen Labrie looks around the courtroom during his trial, in Merrimack County Superior Court, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Concord, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

A former student at an elite prep school is on trial for allegedly raping a freshman girl two days before graduation in 2014.

Investigation: Companies Prey On Victims Of Lead Poisoning

August 27, 2015

Washington Post reporter Terrence McCoy found that many victims sold their settlements, sometimes for pennies on the dollar.

After Ex-Employee Kills 2, How Common Is Workplace Violence?

August 27, 2015
WDBJ TV weatherman Leo Hirshbrunner views the makeshift memorial with members of the crew at the gate of WDBJ's television studios August 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia. The former television reporter who shot dead two journalists during a live broadcast before killing himself warned he had been a 'human powder keg... just waiting to go BOOM.' The gunman -- Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, also known as Bryce Williams --posted chilling footage of Wednesday's shocking double murder online. Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed at close range while conducting an on-air interview for WDBJ, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, about 240 miles southwest of Washington. Friends, family and the community at large mourned the tragedy, which renewed calls for tougher gun laws in the United States. Flanagan was said to have bought his gun legally. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Psychiatrist Joel Dvoskin discusses how common these acts of violence are and how best to prevent them from happening.

Jurors Begin Deliberations In N.H. Prep School Rape Trial

August 27, 2015
Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie testifies in his rape trial at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, N.H., on Wednesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Jurors began deliberations Thursday afternoon after hearing closing arguments and instructions from the judge.

McKeon Takes Oath As New Leader Of State Police

August 27, 2015

Richard McKeon, a 33-year veteran of the force, was sworn in Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker as colonel and superintendent of the state police.

Think Boston’s Sex Industry Disappeared With The Combat Zone? Think Again.

August 26, 2015
Audrey Morrissey is the associate director at My Life My Choice. She spent 13 years in the sex trade before becoming a mentor to at-risk girls in Greater Boston. (Courtesy of My Life My Choice)

Audrey Morrissey is associate director for the group My Life My Choice, where she mentors at-risk youth now. But she was just 16 years old when she began working as a prostitute in what was then called the “Combat Zone.”

Sheriff: Virginia Suspect Dead From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

August 26, 2015
Authorities say Vester Lee Flanagan, who also used the name Bryce Williams, shot his former colleagues during a live broadcast. (Facebook)

Authorities say Vester Lee Flanagan II of Roanoke fatally shot two of his former colleagues during a live broadcast.

An Argument That The U.S. Immigration System Is Not Broken

August 26, 2015
Martha Moran, with her 6-year-old son listen during a viewing party for President Barack Obama's speech on executive action immigration policy reform on November 20, 2014 in New York City. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Law professor Jan Ting says immigration reform is not needed, rather the U.S. needs to more strictly enforce existing laws.

Lowell Police Considering Body Camera Pilot Program

August 26, 2015
In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, a Minnesota police officer wears a body camera. Police in Lowell are considering a 30-day pilot of the technology. (Jim Mone/AP/File)

Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor says he supports a 30-day test run of the technology and that the city is currently negotiating with the local patrolman’s union on the terms of the pilot.

Virginia TV Reporter, Cameraman Killed On Air

August 26, 2015
Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were killed by a gunman Wednesday morning while broadcasting live in Moneta, Virginia. WDBJ7 paid tribute to the two journalists by sharing this image on Twitter. (WDBJ7 via Twitter)

Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says the suspect in the shooting has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Defendant In N.H. Prep School Rape Trial Wrote He ‘Used Every Trick’ To Have Sex With Girl

August 26, 2015
Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie testifies in his rape trial at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, N.H., on Wednesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Owen Labrie, who is accused of raping a freshman girl two days before he graduated, took the stand as the first and only witness to testify for the defense.

Lawyers For Teen Charged With Killing Danvers Teacher To Appeal Ruling On Psych Test Data

August 26, 2015

A lawyer for a Massachusetts teen charged with killing his high school math teacher is refusing to comply with a judge’s order to turn over raw data of psychological testing performed on the suspect, Philip Chism, to the prosecution.

Boston Mayor Defends Officer’s Actions As Police Investigate Arrest Video

August 25, 2015

An officer places his hands on a handcuffed suspect’s neck during an arrest.

4 Ways To Talk To Teens About The New Hampshire Prep School Rape Trial

August 25, 2015
Owen Labrie listens to testimony in Merrimack County Superior Court Tuesday. He is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of the "Senior Salute" at the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. (Jim Cole/AP)

The case brings up so many complicated issues, from what constitutes consent, to bigger questions about teens and their attitudes and expectations about sex.

Tsarnaev Juror Kevan Fagan Speaks On Trial, Decision

August 25, 2015
Kevan Fagan, 23, speaks about his experience serving on the jury in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

23-year-old Kevan Fagan is the first juror in the death penalty case of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to agree to be named publicly and to talk about the trial from a juror’s perspective.

Living In America Without The Proper Papers

August 25, 2015
Immigrants prepare to become U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Liberty State Park on September 19, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Forty immigrants from 18 different countries became American citizens at the event, held by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), on Constitution and Citizenship Day. This week USCIS will have naturalized more than 27,000 new citizens at 160 ceremonies nationwide. (John Moore/Getty Images)

As part of our series this week on immigration, we talk with two women who are currently living in the U.S. illegally.

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