Crime & Justice

America's Black Friday Craziness Has Crossed The Pond

The wild discount shopping that once was only a U.S. phenomenon has caught on in the U.K. and elsewhere, thanks largely to online retail giant Amazon.

Video Of Woman Dancing On Tehran's Subway Goes Viral

The video was posted to a Facebook page called My Stealthy Freedom showing Iranian women defying the country's strict laws on female dress.

Experts Predict Low Oil Prices Through Next Year

Following a decision by OPEC ministers not to cut production, crude prices had fallen to a four-year low before rebounding slightly.

Test Your Medical Smarts: Does This Patient Have Ebola?

Patient X arrives. She ran a fever. Now it's gone. But she has diarrhea. Should you test for the virus or not? That's the kind of case history presented to health workers heading to West Africa.

Talking (Very Frankly) About Sex On Campus

Sex Week events are designed to foster an open, healthy discussion about sex.

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Viral Videos Show Kenyan Women Assaulted For Wearing Miniskirts

A woman in Kenya has been publicly stripped and molested nearly every day for two weeks for so-called "indecent dress." Cellphone video of the assaults have ignited condemnation, and copycat attacks.

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How Dogs Understand What We Say

Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.

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Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo

Since the midterm elections, there has been a new batch of transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty Guantanamo.

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Gold-Plated Gowns And 8-inch Pumps: The Stuff That Made Starlets Shimmer

Actress Mae West was petite, but on screen — thanks to a pair of platform shoes — she looked larger than life. A show in Boston examines the fashion and jewelry of Hollywood's golden age.

AFL-CIO Supports Black Friday Strikes Against Walmart

Since 2012, Our Walmart, an employee labor group, has been staging strikes on the day after Thanksgiving. The group wants workers to get more full-time jobs and make a living wage of $15 an hour.

NPR Investigation: Debtors Prisons Can Still Be Found (Part 2)

November 28, 2014
Kyle Dewitt was sentenced to three days in jail after he was unable to pay fees associated with catching a fish out of season. (Joseph Shapiro/NPR)

We return to a story we began yesterday about what some are calling “modern day debtors prisons.”

Chinese Dissidents Executed For Their Organs

November 28, 2014
Members of the spiritual movement Falun Gong act out a scene of stealing human organs to sell during a demonstration in Taipei on July 20, 2014 against China's persecution of the group. China outlawed Falun Gong as an 'evil cult' in 1999 and has since detained tens of thousands of members. (Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

An investigative journalist alleges that Chinese dissidents are routinely rounded up and executed so doctors can harvest their organs.

Boston-Based Legal Sea Foods Sued By Workers Over Tips

November 28, 2014

The lawsuits allege the restaurant forced servers and bartenders to share tips with workers who rolled silverware in napkins.

NPR Investigation: Debtors Prisons Can Still Be Found

November 27, 2014
Tom Barrett returned to the convenience store where he stole a can of beer. He spent time in jail, not for the crime, but because he couldn't afford the fines and fees that went along with wearing an electronic monitoring device.(Joseph Shapiro/NPR)

Joseph Shapiro’s investigation found that poor people are still being sent to jail for unpaid fines and fees.

Police Return To Hernandez Home Seeking Sneakers

November 27, 2014

Authorities have returned to the home of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez seeking sneakers they believe were worn on the night of a 2013 killing with which he’s been charged.

University of Massachusetts Cuts Ties To Cosby

November 27, 2014
Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, in Melbourne, Fla. in November. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)

University spokesman Edward Blaguszewski told the Boston Globe on Wednesday that school officials had asked Cosby to step down as an honorary co-chairman of the university’s $300 million fundraising campaign, and Cosby agreed.

Most Boston Protesters See Charges Dismissed

November 26, 2014
In Boston, hundreds of protesters marched through the city streets in solidarity with demonstrators in Ferguson in the aftermath of a grand jury's decision to not indict a white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

About 40 people were arrested Tuesday night in Boston during protests over the Ferguson grand jury decision.

From Ferguson To Boston: Hundreds Take To The Streets

November 26, 2014
Protesters gathered outside the South Bay Corrections facility, with inmates looking out of barred windows. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

Anger over a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, spills over into Boston, as hundreds take to the streets.

Cleveland Releases Video Of Boy Shot By Officer

November 26, 2014

The city police department has also released the names of the two officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Texas Sheriff Expects Fewer Deportations

November 26, 2014
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, pictured here at a news conference on Jan. 25, 2013, says he expects fewer deportations — and thinks that's a good thing. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Sheriff Adrian Garcia says fewer deportations, as a result of the president’s executive actions, are a good thing.

National Bar Association Critical Of Ferguson Grand Jury Process

November 26, 2014
Pamela Meanes is an attorney in St. Louis and president of the National Bar Association. (

St. Louis attorney Pamela Meanes, who is president of the association, explains her concerns with how the D.A. handled the process.

Cleveland Residents Confront Officials About Shooting

November 26, 2014
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and law enforcement officials spent nearly four hours answering questions and listening to angry speeches by citizens at the Cudell Recreation Center. (ideastream)

Hundreds gathered in a community center to ask officials why a 12-year-old African-American boy with a BB gun was shot by a police officer.

7 Reported Hurt In Minor Crash Between Boston Trolleys

November 26, 2014

An MBTA spokesman says seven people complained of back discomfort after two trolleys were involved in a minor crash in Boston.

Arrest Made In 2010 Brockton Slaying

November 26, 2014

Authorities have made an arrest in the slaying four years ago of a Brockton man who was gunned down in the driveway of his mother’s home.

Berklee College Of Music Removes Bill Cosby’s Name From Scholarship

November 26, 2014
Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, in Melbourne, Fla. in November. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)

Berkelee College of Music is distancing itself from comedian Bill Cosby, who has come under sharp scrutiny in recent weeks over multiple accusations of sex assault.

Hundreds Protest Ferguson Decision In March Through Boston Streets

November 26, 2014
An estimated crowd of 1,400 protesters walked to the South Bay Corrections facility during their march in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

In Boston, protesters marched through the streets in some of Boston’s more highly trafficked areas in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson. A Boston police department spokesman said Wednesday that 45 people were arrested. State Police reported 51 arrests.

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