More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system - 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.
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While black leaders relentlessly questioned the fairness of the Ferguson grand jury proceedings, President Obama on Tuesday demanded the prosecution of the violent looters who trashed the city and set the stage for a national debate on criminal justice reform and even possible race-based hiring changes at police departments. Published November 25, 2014
U.S. authorities say there's no specific "chatter" indicating an imminent terrorist plot targeting the American homeland, but intelligence and law enforcement officials are staying vigilant around Thanksgiving — which arrives just weeks after the Department of Homeland Security cited an enhanced threat of "lone" wolf attacks in the United States.
The Islamic State has raked in as much as $45 million in ransom payments over the past year, a U.N. counterterrorism official says,
The Justice Department's civil rights investigation in Ferguson will be "thorough," Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, adding that law enforcement must work to "restore trust" and "foster understanding."
Police across the U.S. prepared for another day of demonstrations Tuesday after thousands of people in cities from Los Angeles and New York passionately protested a grand jury's decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, officer who killed a black 18-year-old.
Legal experts across the country agree that while the process that led to a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was unusual, it was not unfair. Rather if it was anything unusual, it was in its fairness and openness.
A grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, announced this week, could spark renewed interest in a case in Utah involving a young, unarmed man killed by a police officer outside a 7-Eleven.
A Missouri grand jury that heard testimony from about 60 witnesses over 70 hours declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown, sparking riots in Ferguson Monday night and protests nationwide.
A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
A U.S. judge sentenced a reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to 22 years in prison Monday for his role in a $1 billion trafficking conspiracy, saying the stiff sentence should send a message to traffickers everywhere.
Business owners have largely locked up shop, while area police have erected concrete barriers around the government buildings, all in anticipation of violence that could come from the grand jury decision in the Aug. 9 slaying of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.
New York City's Rudy Giuliani and MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson traded hot barbs during a televised interview about the roots of crime in black communities, with the former mayor ultimately blasting that if blacks didn't commit so many crimes, the police presence in their communities wouldn't be so heavy.
The lockdown at Fort Sam Houston has been lifted and one man arrested, after authorities said he drove through the entrance gate without stopping — sending bomb teams into alert mode.
Former Texas congressman and presidential contender Ron Paul is hailing last week's defeat of a Senate bill that would have halted the NSA's phone-snooping program as a "victory for freedom."
Saying there are still "far too many questions" unanswered, House Speaker John A. Boehner reappointed Rep. Trey Gowdy Monday to lead his chamber's inquiry into the Benghazi terrorist attack just a few days after a House committee cleared the CIA of most wrongdoing, in a move that signaled the GOP is not satisfied with those conclusions.
The CIA's main reason for setting up shop in Benghazi was to uncover the plans of al Qaeda-linked extremists, yet its officers there detected no sign that terrorists were set to launch the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and the agency's own compound, a new House Intelligence Committee report shows.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that a report on the Benghazi attack released late last week is "full of crap."
The lead attorney for Michael Brown's family said Sunday that having a grand jury decide whether or not to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot Mr. Brown earlier this year is unfair.
The Ferguson, Mo., grand jury considering the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, who killed teenager Michael Brown during an altercation in August, left the justice center in St. Louis on Friday without reaching a decision.
Two men arrested Friday on gun charges are suspected of trying to acquire pipe bombs to use during protests in Ferguson, Mo., according to federal law enforcement officials.
Recent Opinion Columns
President Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder Jr. as attorney general is an opportunity to refurbish the tarnished image of both the Senate and the Department of Justice.
David Grosso, a freshman at-large council member, wants members of the Metropolitan Police Department to serve but not protect. He wants to take their guns away, and he wants us to participate in a love-in of the '60s and '70s variety. Mr. Grosso must be having flashbacks from innocently being in the vicinity of second-hand reefer smoke.
While the political commentators in the nation's capital are wrapped up in the debate over what to do about the Islamic State … the president's spies continue to capture massive amounts of personal information about hundreds of millions of us and lie about it.
From The Vault
A Florida District Court of Appeals judge ruled recently that red-light camera companies can't issue tickets, a decision that slaps back the right of private firms to mail fines to motorists.