Crime & Justice

Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels

The 329,000 applications filed last week for unemployment insurance were more than economists expected. One theory: Easter's relatively late date may have skewed the numbers.

Stowaway Teen's Father Was Shocked To Hear Son Was In Hawaii

The boy hid in the wheel well of a jet that flew Sunday from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. Though temperatures plunged and oxygen was scant, he survived. The father says Allah "saved him."

No Breakthrough: 'Object Of Interest' Isn't From Missing Jet

A large piece of metal was found this week along the coast of western Australia. But authorities are convinced it is not debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8.

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Bob Dole Returns To Kansas For Gratitude Tour

The 90-year-old former GOP senator says it's an opportunity to meet with friends and thank voters who supported him during his decades-long career in state and national politics.

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Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home

The Microsoft founder and philanthropist talks with NPR's David Greene about why he's spent billions on health efforts in developing countries and about the prospect of beating polio and malaria.

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When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions

Some of the factors keeping low-income students from getting into college aren't always obvious to the public, higher education insiders tell Morning Edition's David Greene.

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After Bangladesh Factory Disaster, Efforts Show Mixed Progress

One year ago, a factory building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers. Top retailers have begun inspecting factories more aggressively, but other steps have fallen short.

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FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes

If the agency has its way, it will ban sales to minors and keep e-cigarettes out of vending machines. People also would be warned that the nicotine vapor the devices emit is addictive.

WATCH: Young Baseball Fan Learns About The Pain Of Defeat

The Cubs blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks, teaching a boy a hard lesson on losing.

Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy

According to reports, the FCC is set to approve a system in which Internet service providers offer a faster pipe to American homes to content companies willing to pay for it.

UMass Boston Student Charged In 2 Bomb Threats

April 24, 2014

BOSTON — A 29-year-old Somerville man has pleaded not guilty to making two recent bomb threats to the UMass Boston campus in Dorchester.

Are The Mentally Ill Treated As Criminals In Massachusetts?

April 23, 2014
Inside Bridgewater State Hospital (Jason Baker/Flickr)

Despite lawsuits, years of complaints, and a recent patient death that was ruled a homicide, advocates for the mentally ill say too often Massachusetts treats those suffering from mental illness as criminals.

Supreme Court Takes Middle Ground On Restitution For Victims Of Child Porn

April 23, 2014
People wait in line to enter the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments April 22, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The court says a federal law limits how much money child pornography victims can recover from people who viewed their images online.

2 College Football Players Charged With Beating Homeless Man

April 23, 2014

BOSTON — Prosecutors say the attack only stopped after a passerby shielded the man with her body.

Authorities: Drug Ring Targeted Top Schools

April 23, 2014

Residents of wealthy Philadelphia suburbs were stunned this week by the arrest of prep school grads who allegedly sought a drug monopoly.

Former Judge Says Mass. Domestic Violence Law Could Backfire

April 22, 2014
A new United States District Courtroom is shown at the new United States Federal Courthouse Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP)

There’s a famous legal adage that goes like this: hard cases make bad law. The case of Jennifer Martel and her accused killer Jared Remy is a hard case indeed, and it’s received so much attention that it has spurred lawmakers on Beacon Hill to action, as House Speaker Robert DeLeo said earlier this month.

Lawsuit Filed In Deadly Back Bay Fire

April 22, 2014

BOSTON — The owner of the building gutted by the nine-alarm blaze alleges that welding work being done at a neighboring building, which officials say caused the fire, was done without a permit.

In Western Mass., Doula For Incarcerated Women Pushes Anti-Shackling Law

April 22, 2014
The Correctional Association of New York's Women in Prison Project, New York Civil Liberties Union, and Women on the Rise Telling Her Story (WORTH), hold a protest in front of Gov. David Paterson's office in New York, to call on the governor to sign the Anti-Shackling Bill. (Yanina Manolova/AP)

Massachusetts is on the verge of outlawing a practice that many call barbaric. At issue is the routine shackling of pregnant prisoners to hospital beds during childbirth. 18 states ban the practice. Here in Massachusetts, advocates have been pushing for a similar ban for the past 12 years.

Aereo Supreme Court Case Will Shape Future Of TV

April 22, 2014
Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company's technology, Dec. 20, 2012, in New York. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

Major networks want Aereo to pay them for rebroadcasting their shows. Aereo says it has the right to take freely from public airwaves.

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban

April 22, 2014

The justices ruled 6-2 that Michigan voters had the right to prohibit public colleges from taking account of race.

Report: O’Brien Lawyers Want Some Words Barred

April 22, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers for former state Probation Commissioner John O’Brien want the federal judge presiding over his trial to bar witnesses from using the words “rigged” or “sham.”

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