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NYPD Still Using Typewriters

July 17, 2009
NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne confirmed the department's continued, if limited, use of the 20th-century writing devices, explaining that they're mainly used for filling out property vouchers -- forms that officers must file when they seize items during case investigations. The typewriters also are retained in case a technological meltdown disables the NYPD's computers, he said.
Tags: NYPD

Court Records Detail Minnesota Somalis' Path to Terrorism

July 17, 2009
First-ever details of Minnesota men training with terrorists in Somalia -- learning to fire weapons, building training camps -- came to light in court documents released Tuesday. One of the two Somali men indicted for providing support to those terrorists pleaded guilty months ago and has been cooperating with the FBI, according to those same documents.

Border Agents Reporting Record Drug Seizures

July 17, 2009
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reporting record drug seizures for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2009, which ended June 30. The agency seized 3.3 million pounds of drugs.

California Releasing Parole Violators Early

July 17, 2009
California prison officials, facing severe overcrowding and a financial crisis, have been releasing inmates who were serving time for parole violations before they finished their scheduled terms.

Manhattan Teenager Obsessed with 'Fight Club' Arrested in Memorial Day Starbucks Bombing

July 16, 2009
A New York teen obsessed with the ultraviolent movie "Fight Club" was busted for bombing an upper East Side Starbucks in a bizarre homage to the Brad Pitt cult classic.
Tags: NYPD, Bombing

Oakland Police Shoot, Kill Gunman in Street Battle

July 16, 2009
The incident began when the two officers tried to detain the man for an unspecified reason on the 1400 block of 16th Avenue, said Officer Jeff Thomason, department spokesman.

St. Louis Police Chief Transfers Three Instructors Out of Police Academy

July 16, 2009
St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom said Wednesday that he had transferred three of the Police Academy's leaders for meting out what he considered to be uneven discipline to cadets.

Charlotte Federal Anti-Gang Office Established

July 16, 2009
A permanent federal anti-gang office will open in Charlotte by the end of the summer, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick announced Wednesday.

L.A. to Sever Ties with Prominent Gang-Intervention Agency

July 16, 2009
Los Angeles City Hall officials are preparing to sever ties with one of the more high-profile gang intervention organizations in South L.A., a decision the agency head decried as "an injustice" -- even dangerous because of the agency's success in reducing violence between rival gangs. The city's Gang Reduction & Youth Development office plans to end its contract with Unity T.W.O. Inc. at the end of the month.

Fugitive Mexican Politician is Tied to Gang Targeting Police

July 16, 2009
Last week, Julio Cesar Godoy was a congressman-elect. This week, he is a fugitive.
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