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Gang Suspected a Danger to National Security

December 9, 2004
Mara Salvatrucha, a widespread mostly Salvadoran gang seen by some as a rival in violence to the Mexican Mafia, is now believed to have ties to al-Qaeda.

Man Wants to Change Law For Interrogating Children

November 18, 2004
A father whose 13-year-old son was charged with sexual assault after a more than two-hour interrogation says the law is wrong to allow police officers to do so without first calling a child’s parents.

Bill Gives Cops More DNA Database Access

November 4, 2004
President Bush has signed into law a bill to give local police across the country increased access to federal DNA databases. The law epands the national DNA database by allowing states to add samples to it as well as compare their samples with the national database.

Montana Approves Medical Marijuana Law

November 4, 2004
With Tuesday’s election, Montana became one of the many Western states to approve a medical marijuana initiative, while other parts of the country haven’t even put the issue on the ballot.

Calif. Three-Strikes Law Could Undergo Makeover

October 14, 2004
A Nov. 2 ballot measure that amends the California three-strikes law could set free many offenders jailed under the law’s original guidelines.

Texas Officer Burned on Domestic Disturbance Call

October 7, 2004
A police officer in Harlingen, Texas, is hospitalized in critical condition after being doused with gasoline and catching on fire, say police.

New Guide Details Digital Evidence Handling

September 9, 2004
A new publication details for investigators how to locate and extract digital data for evidence without accidentally altering the files.

Unions Protest New Overtime Rules

August 26, 2004
Hundreds of workers rallied on the steps of the Labor Department in Washington this week to protest new rules that redefine what type of worker qualifies to receive overtime pay. The changes went into effect Monday.

Fear of Campus Violence Keeping Kids From School

July 29, 2004
The number of high school students staying home for fear of violence at school has increased in the last 10 years, although a government study reports that violence at schools has actually declined in the same period of time.

“Concealed Carry for Cops” Signed Into Law

July 22, 2004
President George W. Bush has signed bill H.R. 218, the “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act,” which will allow qualified current and retired police officers to legally carry a concealed weapon in any of the 50 states while on or off duty.
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