Crime & Justice

Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.

ACLU, U.S. Settle Lawsuit On Deportation Of Immigrants

Under the deal, immigrants who are in the country illegally must be informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The ACLU was representing nine Mexicans and three organizations.

Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'

Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply "culturally acceptable food." Now they're trying to define what that is.

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Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only

The Freemasons are arguably one of the world's most famous men's organizations. Membership has been falling in the U.S. since the 1960s, but millennials are now showing an interest in the fraternity.

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Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?

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Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter

American troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by year's end. So the military is sifting through 13 years of accumulated stuff to see what will be scrapped, given away or sent home.

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As BK Takes Tim Hortons, Canadians Stay Loyal To Their National Icon

The takeover of Canada's Tim Hortons by Burger King is causing quite the stir in the great white north. Melissa Block talks with Ian Hardy, editor-in-chief of Inside Timmies, a fan site devoted to Tim Hortons, about the Canadian existential crisis over one of the country's cultural icons being taken over by an American corporation.

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Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign

The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape.

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When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That

The U.S. government has a detailed and technical system for determining a famine. But conditions in South Sudan make it extremely difficult to assess just how dire the situation is.

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Chicago Greets Little League National Champs As Returning Heroes

Chicago has gathered for a parade to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, which won the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series.

Tsarnaev Sister Charged In N.Y. Bomb Threat

August 27, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.

Hearing On New Trial For Man Convicted In Notorious Cop Slaying Delayed

August 27, 2014

The judge decided to delay the hearing on the conviction of Sean Ellis to give his attorney time to examine police internal affairs documents handed over to her on Tuesday.

Why Does Boston Have So Many Bad Drivers?

August 27, 2014
A 1934 car accident. (Courtesy Boston Public Library)

Boston has some of the worst drivers in the country. That’s not just the stereotype, that’s the conclusion of a survey by Allstate Insurance Company, which released a list of the best and worst drivers in the country Tuesday.

Should We Decriminalize Heroin? Former Detective Lieutenant Says ‘Yes’

August 27, 2014
A Cleveland police officer looks over bags of heroin at a news conference in Cleveland. (Amy Sancetta/AP)

A former police officer says our prohibition of heroin and the greater “War on Drugs” isn’t working.

Mass. Political Roundup: Sparks Fly In Attorney General Race; Tierney Looks Past Primary

August 27, 2014

Bay state political pundits have been complaining about the relatively sleepy nature of the Massachusetts gubernatorial race. But, there is a contest to get the blood going: the primary battle for attorney general.

Male Guards Can’t Record Searches Of Female Inmates, Judge Rules

August 27, 2014

A federal judge said allowing men to videotape nude female inmates at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center is “antithetical to human dignity” and “deeply humiliating.”

Former Vatican Ambassador Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse

August 27, 2014
The Vatican's envoy to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, is pictured on August 12, 2011, in Santo Domingo. (Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images)

Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, could face criminal charges outside the Holy See.

What We Know About The Americans Fighting In Syria

August 27, 2014
This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. (Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office via AP)

Douglas McAuthur McCain, who was killed over the weekend, was believed to be fighting alongside Islamic State militants.

Reporters Say Questions About Police Corruption Led Them Back To The Newsroom

August 27, 2014

The Philadelphia Inquirer says it dug up damaging evidence against reporters at its sister newspaper the Daily News.

Day 3: Man Charged With Notorious Cop Slaying Seeks New Trial

August 27, 2014

Sean Ellis allegedly shot Det. John Mulligan outside a Walgreens store in Roslindale in 1993.

Special Prosecutor Picked To Investigate 2009 Death At Bridgewater State Hospital

August 27, 2014

Martin Murphy will conduct an independent investigation to resolve “lingering questions” about the events surrounding the death of Joshua Messier.

State Sued Over Medical Marijuana Permitting

August 26, 2014

A company that lost its bid to open a medical marijuana dispensary wants a judge to overturn the state’s decision.

Judge Grants Hernandez Bid To Suppress Evidence

August 26, 2014

A judge has granted a request by former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to suppress evidence from two cellphones and three iPads taken from his home in a search during a 2013 murder investigation.

It’s Not Business As Usual In Ferguson, Missouri

August 26, 2014
Ferguson police are visiting businesses in an effort to communicate more. (Deborah Becker)

From barber shops to bike shops, WBUR’s Deborah Becker looks at what the protests have meant for businesses.

Edward Snowden Speaks Out

August 26, 2014
James Bamford's feature story appears in the September issue of Wired, out on newsstands Aug. 26, 2014. (Platon / Wired)

Journalist James Bamford traveled to Russia to interview the man who leaked hundreds of thousands of NSA documents.

Should The Wealthy Worry About Inequality?

August 26, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, right, speaks with Ady Barkan of the Center for Popular Democracy as she arrives for a dinner during the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyo. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  (AP)

Multi-millionaire Nick Hanauer says he and his fellow super-rich are killing the goose–the American middle class — that lays the golden eggs.

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