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Is there a criminal case in Amtrak crash? (Opinion)

More than a week later, and it's still unclear what led to Amtrak train 188 derailing in Philadelphia, leaving eight passengers dead, and some 200 injured.

To be sure, the National Transportation Safety Board is working feverishly to establish how this happened, and the findings will no doubt be …


What's behind Jay Z and Beyonce's charity?

Music's first family, Mr. and Mrs. Shawn "Jay Z" Carter — that is Jay Z and Beyonce -- have been on quite the philanthropic streak, blurring the distinction between entertainer and saint.

Recent reports -- based on tweets from author, filmmaker and protest organizer Dream Hampton -- suggest the …


Secrets of the bin Laden treasure-trove

In his final years hiding in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was a man who at once showed great love and interest in his own family while he coldly drew up quixotic plans for mass casualty attacks on Americans, according to documents seized by Navy SEALs the night he was killed.

On Wednesday …

Osama Bin Laden

Opinion: What really motivates biker gangs

Even after spending five years as a private government informant infiltrating three of America's deadliest biker gangs -- the Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws -- I remained perplexed by members' single-minded motivation for warring with rival gangs to acquire turf. What was it that made them want to …


Opinion: The madness of writing for Letterman

For the first 13 of his 33 years on the late-night airwaves (does anyone still say "airwaves"?), I was a writer for Dave Letterman. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. The best because working with Dave was endlessly entertaining. He was and is the smartest, funniest, quickest and …

David Letterman

Senators weigh use of police body cameras

As calls grow for body cameras to be implemented in police departments around the country as a way to increase transparency and deal with police brutality, lawmakers in Washington examined the complexities of the technology at a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.

South Carolina Republican Sen. …


Obama to restrict grenade launchers for cops

The Obama administration on Monday moved to prohibit federal agencies from providing local cops with certain kinds of military equipment such as grenade launchers, high-caliber weapons and bayonets, in the wake of controversy over a "militarized" police response to unrest last summer in Ferguson, …


Opinion: Women on Capitol Hill face bias?

As the media likes to point out on a regular basis, it's hard enough being a woman in certain male-dominated industries — tech, banking, politics among them — despite the considerable strides made toward gender equality. And a recent study revealed that things are perhaps about to get much worse.

In …


Boston survivor: Our 25 months

My phone buzzed. My friend texted and said, "It's coming." We made a deal -- if one of us heard first we'd tell the other. I was at home. Alone.

The verdict was in. Twenty-five months to the day, almost to the exact minute, since Boylston Street changed forever. Innocent lives were taken. No matter …


Opinion: In Waco carnage, message to America

Even while the horrific details from the fatal gang battle in Waco, Texas, filter in, it's not too soon to ask: Is this who and what we have become as a nation? A place where a shootout between five heavily armed criminal gangs can unfold at a restaurant, in full view of law enforcement, leaving …


Opinion: Sentence has us in cycle of violence

As a Christian, I can't but feel horrified at the news that a federal jury has imposed the death penalty on Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the young man who (with his brother) was responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

This punishment only continues the cycle of violence, and it will not bring peace. …

Gore Vidal

House doctor helps Baltimore recover

Dr. Jeffrey Katz is always in a hurry, darting from patient to patient in a part of Baltimore where a mixture of poverty, crumbling buildings and crime give the feel that it's a forgotten part of the city.

Rows of beautiful, old homes are vacant -- some boarded up and others sealed with …


The dangerous militarization of our police (Opinion)

As Philadelphia comes to terms with the train derailment that has left six people dead and some 200 injured, it's also worth remembering another tragic event that took place in the city exactly 30 years ago. It was an incident that claimed the lives of almost a dozen people, including five …


Sheriff says Tamir Rice probe almost done

About a week after Tamir Rice's mother and her legal team publicly asked how long it would take to finish the investigation into her son's death, the Cuyahoga County sheriff said Tuesday -- 171 days after the 12-year-old was shot -- that his department is almost there.Sheriff Clifford Pinkney …


Police deaths increase amid high tensions

Two officers slain during a traffic stop in Mississippi over the weekend add to a grim tally.

In shootings thousands of miles apart, under different circumstances, at least 10 law enforcement officers have been killed so far this year nationwide.

Thousands more face the same dangers and unknowns.

Last …


No charges for officer in Tony Robinson case

The Wisconsin police officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old unarmed biracial man won't face criminal charges in the case.

"I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of a lawful use of deadly police force and that no charges should be brought against Officer Kenny in the …

Tony Robinson

Kohn: Prince gave Baltimore a soundtrack

We don't have any official royalty in the United States. But we do have Prince. And so it was altogether appropriate and potent for the pop star to use his megaphone and spotlight to support the protests against police violence in Baltimore.

"The system is broken," Prince shouted to an audience of …


National Police Week 2015 -

National Police Week 2015 9 photos

Honor guard members from the U.S. Capitol Police salute during the Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service, which was held outside of D.C. Police headquarters on Monday, May 11. The event honored deceased local law enforcement officers. National Police …


Marilyn Mosby under fire after Prince show

The applause she received for charging the six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray seemed short-lived. Since then, Marilyn Mosby has been a lightning rod.The latest wave of criticism comes after the state's attorney for Baltimore took the stage Sunday with Prince during …


Inside the mind of a black Baltimore cop

He stepped onto the streets this week in his blue Baltimore police uniform and noticed something was different.

African-American pedestrians shook their heads at him and frowned. Drivers slowed their cars when they spotted him and scowled. And when he joined a phalanx of white officers assembled for …


Sources: Police, Mosby have different findings

The Baltimore police investigation into the death of Freddie Gray doesn't support some of the charges, including the most serious, filed by the Baltimore City State's Attorney, potentially allowing lawyers representing the police officers the opportunity to undercut the prosecution, according to …


Prince and politics in Baltimore concert

Pop star Prince made room for another color next to his signature purple in his Baltimore "Rally4Peace" concert Sunday -- and next to his music for dash of political gestures.

"Wear something gray," his promotional materials asked of patrons -- in remembrance of Freddie Gray, who died from severe …


North Korea returns to an old strategy -

Story highlights

North Korean media announced Kim Jong Un had overseen a ballistic missile test on Saturday
• He had originally planned to be in Moscow for Victory Day celebrations, but pulled out
• North Korea has shown it's adept at manipulating international attention, writes Rodger Baker

Rodger Baker …


Sexton: Are you surprised by Deflategate?

So Ted Wells' report is out, and now there is a renewed media frenzy surrounding the New England Patriots, Tom Brady and "Deflategate."Among the findings of this extensive, gravely serious investigation into the air pressure inside the oblong leather pouch we call a football is that Tom Brady, New …

Tom Brady

Stanley: Cameron's victory a sign for U.S.?

A group of Republicans visited the UK during its recent election campaign to work for the Conservative Party. What lessons, I wonder, will they take back home with them? Perhaps that there is a growing anti-big government mood across the world, and that a laser-like focus on economics can help the …

Scottish National Party

Yang: Is Joss Whedon a feminist?

It's almost cliché to call Joss Whedon a polarizing figure, because you don't get to be an auteur of billion-dollar blockbuster epics without breaking eggs, and occasionally hearts.

He's one of those rare creators with a fan base so cultishly devoted that they'll follow him from platform to platform …

Joss Whedon

Zelizer: For GOP, too much of a good thing?

The Republicans are going to have another free-for-all primary season on their hands. Their contest for the presidential nomination is attracting a huge crowd. For a political party that once insisted on order and hierarchy, always making clear who the next deserving nominee was going to be, today …


Moore: We Texans are brave enough to resist Pentagon

Dear America,

I write to you from behind the lines in the last free state of Texas as we prepare to resist the invasion of Jade Helm 15.

While Gen. Travis laid in a supply of extra "beeves" in advance of the Mexican assault from Gen. Santa Anna at the Alamo, we are fearful of running low on Slim Jims …

George W. Bush

Source: Justice Department to investigate Baltimore police

The Justice Department plans to launch a pattern or practice investigation into the methods of the Baltimore Police Department, a law enforcement source said Thursday.

The investigation was requested by the city's mayor, and is expected to be announced officially on Friday, the source said.

The …


What we learned about policing America

In the past week, America has seen how good police work has saved lives by the use of deadly force in Garland, Texas, and how allegedly criminal misconduct landed six Baltimore police officers in jail after the death of Freddie Gray. We've been reminded of the ugly truth that police do risk their …