Crime & Justice

Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.

Clinton Foundation Funding Woes Touch Hillary, Too

With Clinton potentially prepping for a presidential run, her role in the Clinton Foundation raises questions about big contributions from foreign governments, corporations and individuals.

Round 2: Health Care Law Faces The Supreme Court Again

In King v. Burwell, Obamacare's opponents are challenging the ACA again, this time contending that a section of the law doesn't authorize subsidies to make mandated insurance affordable in 34 states.

4 Reasons Both Parties Should Be Sweating Bullets Over King V. Burwell

The biggest political threat of the latest challenge to Obamacare is to the president, but Republicans wouldn't be winners either.

FDA Mandates Tougher Warnings On Testosterone

The agency says the labels for testosterone drugs must state they aren't approved to fight aging and may increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

FAA Is Trying To Keep Hackers Out Of Air Traffic Control, Official Says

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta tells a House panel that some vulnerabilities reported in a congressional study have been fixed, and the agency is working on others.

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In France, Young Muslims Often Straddle Two Worlds

An estimated 40 percent of France's 7 million Muslims live in and around Paris, many of them in the poor suburbs. It's hard to escape the banlieues, even for those who work or attend school elsewhere.

Tea Tuesdays: Kenyan Farmers See Green In The Color Purple

Kenya has spent 25 years developing a purple "supertea" with high levels of antioxidants. The hope is that the tea will appeal to health-minded consumers and revive the country's struggling industry.

Internet Memes And 'The Right To Be Forgotten'

Becoming Internet-famous is a gold mine for some, a nightmare for others. The world of memes can pit free speech against the desire for privacy. And laws generally aren't keeping up, an expert says.

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Not Clearing The Snow Off Your Car Before Driving Could Cost You

A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to fine people who don't clean snow off their cars before getting on the road. Other states have similar laws. But for trucks, clearing the snow poses its own hazard.

Jury Seated In Tsarnaev Trial

March 3, 2015

After two months of questioning, a jury has been chosen for the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Ten women and eight men, all white, were selected from the initial pool of more than 1,300 prospective jurors. They will be seated when opening statements begin Wednesday, and they’re expected to serve through June. […]

Phillip Chism’s Confession Can’t Be Used In Murder Trial, Judge Rules

March 3, 2015

Chism’s lawyers had said police coerced the statement from the former Danvers High School student after he invoked his right to remain silent. He has pleaded not guilty to killing and raping his 24-year-old math teacher Colleen Ritzer.

Hernandez Messed With Security Camera After Killing, Maid Testifies

March 3, 2015
Glaucia Santos testifies Tuesday during the murder trial of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez. (Dominick Reuter/AP)

Glaucia Santos said Tuesday that she was cleaning a bathroom when she heard Hernandez enter. She says she saw him touching the camera, which is located on the basement’s family room ceiling.

Marathon Bombing Trial Nears Opening Statements

March 3, 2015
Law enforcement officials stand guard outside the Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse on January 4, 2015 in Boston. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the federal death penalty for the 2013 bombings. Opening arguments are expected tomorrow.

Jury Seated In Trial Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

March 3, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from right, is depicted with his lawyers, left, beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addressed a pool of potential jurors in early January. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

After nearly two months, a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates was chosen Tuesday. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday.

Convicted And Unemployed: How Local Action Is Changing Criminal Job Access

March 3, 2015
A group of community activists in San Francisco, CA celebrate that city's February 2014 embrace of the Fair Chance Campaign's efforts to alter background checks on employment and housing for convicted criminals. (Courtesy All of Us Or None)

Is it time to stop asking job applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime? We’ll look at employment and unemployment after prison.

Judge’s Quest To Find A ‘Fair And Impartial’ Tsarnaev Jury In Boston Finally Comes To A Close

March 3, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from right, is depicted with his lawyers, left, beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addressed a pool of potential jurors in early January. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

For Judge O’Toole, seating the Tsarnaev jury will be an achievement, 18 “fair and impartial” jurors he was determined to find and who proved far more elusive than he first supposed.

The Week Ahead In The Tsarnaev Trial

March 2, 2015
In this Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. (AP/Jane Flavell Collins, File)

We talk to WBUR’s David Boeri about the week ahead in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Mass. High Court Upholds State Ban On Stun Guns

March 2, 2015

The state’s highest court has ruled that Massachusetts’ ban on the possession of stun guns does not violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Feds Want Boat Panels Brought To Court To Show Tsarnaev Note

March 2, 2015
Investigators work near the location in Watertown where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured, April 20, 2013. (Katie Zezima/AP)

But Tsarnaev’s attorneys object to the plan and want the jury instead to go see the boat intact.

Cellphone Video Captures LA Police Shooting

March 2, 2015
A cellphone video captured the deadly struggle between Los Angeles police officers and a man on a city sidewalk. (Screenshot from eyewitness Anthony Blackburn's Facebook page via NPR)

The footage provides a disturbing view of a weekend police shooting of a homeless man in LA’s notorious Skid Row.

Russian Opposition MP Reacts To Nemtsov Killing

March 2, 2015
Ilya Ponomarev, a lawmaker of the Just Russia Party, speaks at a press conference in Moscow, on October 23, 2012. (Andrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty Images)

The sole member of the Russian parliament to vote against the annexation of Crimea discusses the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Civil Rights Group To Sue FBI For $30M Over Chechen Man’s Death

March 2, 2015
Abdul-Baki Todashev holds a photo he claims is of his dead son, Ibragim, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, on May 30, 2013. The father, who says agents killed his son “execution style,” showed journalists 16 photographs of Ibragim in the morgue with what he said were six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of the head. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

The Council of American-Islamic Relations Florida on Monday filed a notice of claim stating its intention to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the death of Ibragim Todashev.

Would Tsarnaev Enter A Guilty Plea?

March 2, 2015

Now that a federal appeals court has ruled again that the trial cannot be moved out of Boston, there is some speculation that perhaps the Boston bombing suspect will plead guilty — and avoid a trial.

Worcester Police Seek Suspect In Weekend Double Shooting

March 2, 2015

Worcester police are still looking for the person responsible for a weekend shooting that sent two victims to the hospital.

Hernandez Prosecutors Want Jury Told About Florida Shooting

March 2, 2015

Prosecutors in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez asked the judge Monday to let them tell jurors about his involvement in a friend’s shooting in Florida, saying it directly contradicts the argument his defense team has presented: He would not shoot a friend.

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