Crime & Justice

Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought'

About 58 percent of California is currently in the worst of the four drought levels used by experts, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.

Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says

The truce is set to begin at 8 a.m. local time Friday. Envoys will also travel to Cairo to negotiate a possible longer peace deal.

When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that's not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.

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On Either Side Of Gaza, Leaders' Gain Support — But Blame Game Awaits

Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.

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Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.

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CIA Director Apologizes For Meddling In Senate Computers

Months after denying that the CIA could have been snooping on Senate staff, agency director John Brennan has apologized to Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss.

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Facing Conservative Opposition, House Republicans Nix Border Bill Vote

House GOP leaders have abruptly canceled a vote on their own bill meant to address the surge of unaccompanied minors at the Mexican border. An effort to pass a pared down version of President Obama's request was blocked by a group of Tea Party conservatives. NPR's Senior Correspondent Ron Elving discusses the state of play.

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To Understand Putin's Policy, Dissect The Kremlin's Inner Circles

Some foreign policy analysts say that factions in Moscow are competing to influence Russian President Vladimir Putin as he decides policy on Ukraine. Others say that Putin is pursuing his own line.

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Star Witness Steps Up To The Stand In McDonnell's Corruption Trial

The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to unfold, as the prosecution's feature witness, Star Scientific's Jonnie Williams, testified against McDonnell and his wife.

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Sierra Leone Declares Quarantine, As Ebola Outbreak Worsens

A surge of new cases in West Africa's Ebola virus outbreak has health officials worried that the epidemic is getting worse. Sierra Leone, for one, has declared a state of emergency, sending in troops to quarantine some of the hardest hit communities.

New Novel Tells The Story Of The First Mass School Shooting

July 31, 2014
One of the victims of Charles Joseph Whitman, the sniper who gunned down victims from a perch in the University of Texas tower, is carried across the campus to a waiting ambulance, Aug. 1, 1966 in Austin. The unidentified victim was gunned down inside the tower, according to police on the scene. (AP)

On August 1, 1966, a young man started shooting from the clock tower on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

Mass. Gun Bill Praised From Both Sides

July 31, 2014

Activist groups that over the years have regularly clashed over state gun law policies are united in singing the praises of legislation unveiled overnight and due up for votes in both branches on Thursday.

Police Investigate Quincy Church Vandalism

July 31, 2014

In Quincy, the Community United Methodist Church was vandalized, with damage done to two stained-glass windows and the church’s gym and youth center.

Hines Sworn In As First Black Woman On State’s Highest Court

July 31, 2014

Geraldine Hines is the first black woman to serve on the seven-member Supreme Judicial Court.

Taking The Temperature Of The US-Russia Face Off

July 31, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  (AP)

The US and Europe face off against Russia. Are we looking at Cold War II? Something hotter?

MBTA Reports Overall Drop In Crime, Rise In Aggravated Assaults

July 31, 2014

According to crime statistics released by transit police, 384 serious crimes were committed between Jan. 1 and June 30, compared to 395 over the first six months of 2013.

Mass. Lawmakers Compromise To Strengthen Domestic Violence Laws

July 31, 2014
Jared Remy pleads guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder and other charges for stabbing his girlfriend Jennifer Martel to death. (Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe/AP/Pool)

The legislation creates a first offense domestic violence assault and battery charge, among other provisions.

With Firearms ID Deal Reached, Bill Aims To Toughen Mass. Gun Laws

July 31, 2014
Rep. George Peterson, R-Grafton, holds up a firearms identification card application while testifying during a State House hearing on gun laws on June 3. A compromise gun bill was reached Wednesday night. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Massachusetts police chiefs would have the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to individuals they feel are unsuitable under a compromise bill released by lawmakers.

New Temporary Buffer Zone Law Already Garnering Support And Criticism

July 30, 2014
The 35-foot buffer zone line painted around a Planned Parenthood clinic on Commonwealth Avenue in Brookline, MA. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

The new law allows police to create a temporary 25-foot buffer zone for up to eight hours around abortion clinics if they determine people are blocking or impeding patient access.

Teen Charged As Adult In Teacher Killing Challenges Law

July 30, 2014

In a motion filed Monday, Philip Chism’s lawyer argues that the state’s “youthful offender” law is unconstitutional.

As War And Conflicts Proliferate, Children Become Unwary Victims And Targets

July 30, 2014
The latest video released by Boko Haram of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls shows the girls dressed in full hijab and chanting passages from the Koran. (Screenshot)

Kids have always suffered during war and crisis, but there’s a sense the burden of instability is being increasingly borne by children.

Firefighters Knock Down 6-Alarm Blaze In East Boston

July 30, 2014
The front of 309 Sumner Street in East Boston, where firefighters believe the fire began before spreading. (Boston Fire Department)

A six-alarm fire raged through two wooden buildings in East Boston Wednesday morning while damaging a third, displacing at least 20 people and causing an estimated $1.2 million in damage.

Man Pleads Guilty In Child Porn Case

July 30, 2014

A Pittsfield man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. Prosecutors said the man produced videos and other files showing sexually explicit conduct with girls between the approximate ages of two and 13-years-old.

Boston Mayor Defends Convicted Ex-Probation Boss

July 30, 2014

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said the former state probation commissioner John O’Brien, who was convicted on charges he rigged the department’s hiring process to favor politically-connected applicants, should not have been found guilty.

What’s Behind Boston’s Low Homicide Clearance Rate

July 29, 2014
Thousands marched down Dorchester Avenue on May 12 in the annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, many of them families remembering loved ones murdered in Boston and calling for an end to gun violence in the city. (WBUR/Greg Cook)

We dive into the numbers: what they mean and what can be done to solve more homicides in Boston.

Bail For Suspect In Abigail Hernandez Kidnapping Set At $1M

July 29, 2014
Nathaniel Kibby stands during his arraignment Tuesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

A New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a teenage girl nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday.

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