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Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

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Federal court affirms limits on Inauguration Day protests

A federal appeals court on Tuesday shot down protesters' challenge of regulations that allow Donald Trump's Presidential Inauguration Committee first dibs on the location of bleachers along the Friday's inaugural parade route. Published January 17, 2017

In this Dec. 8, 2016, file photo, construction continues on the Inaugural platform in preparation for the inauguration and swearing-in ceremonies for President-elect Donald Trump, on the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Trump inauguration: Security to guard against disruptions; no 'credible' terror threat

Between 700,000 and 900,000 spectators are expected to attend this year's presidential inauguration to watch Donald Trump be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, an event expected to test security personnel and draw at least 63 different demonstration groups, according to federal law enforcement officials. Published January 13, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Justice Department's Inspector General Michael Horowitz says he will launch an investigation into the Justice Department and FBI's actions in the months leading up to the 2016 election, including whether department policies were followed by FBI Director James Comey.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

FBI, Justice Department to be investigated over handling of Clinton email case

The Justice Department inspector general will review the FBI's handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, including Director James B. Comey's decision to publicly release information about the resolution of the case in July and his correspondence with Congress about renewing the probe just ahead of the presidential election. Published January 12, 2017

Federal reform policy for Baltimore police discourages arrests for minor offenses

Department of Justice and Baltimore officials announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement on a consent decree that will reform the city's police department, in part by setting policy guidelines to prohibit unlawful stops and arrests and unnecessary use of force, and to ensure stops are constitutional and sexual assaults are properly investigated. Published January 12, 2017

Two-thirds of officers say protesters who fill American streets in the wake of police shootings are motivated by anti-police bias rather than a desire to hold officers accountable for their actions. (Associated Press)

Police are increasingly unwilling to conduct stops in wake of racial clashes

High-profile incidents of deadly use of force by police officers against black citizens in recent years have exacerbated tensions between police departments and communities of color and are contributing to an unwillingness by officers to conduct stops, according to research. Published January 11, 2017

The record of Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions is set to come under scrutiny Tuesday at the start of a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Associated Press)

Victims' rights advocates put full support behind Jeff Sessions for attorney general

Civil rights groups, marijuana legalization supporters, and advocates for separation of church and state have fired off blistering critiques of Sen. Jeff Sessions in hopes of derailing his nomination as attorney general. But among those steadfastly defending the Republican lawmaker are victims' advocates. Published January 9, 2017

A shooting victim arrives at Broward Health Trauma Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.   Authorities say a lone shooter opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, international airport Friday, killing "multiple" people before he was taken into custody. The airport suspended operations as law enforcement authorities rushed to the scene.  (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Esteban Santiago ID'd as gunman in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting: Report

Esteban Santiago and said the man was carrying a military ID card. The Florida Democrat said he received a briefing from Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger, who indicated authorities were fairly certain of the man's name but that they were not sure if the ID card he was carrying was authentic. The gunman was injured and is in custody, Mr. Nelson said. Published January 6, 2017

In this June 18, 2015, file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. The sentencing phase of Roof's federal trial begins Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Charleston. He could face the death penalty or life in prison. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Dylann Roof to jury: 'Nothing wrong with me psychologically'

The white supremacist convicted of gunning down nine members of a South Carolina church during Bible study told jurors considering whether he should be put to death that there is "nothing wrong with me psychologically," according to media reports. Published January 4, 2017

Dallas Police Chief David Brown leaves the Baylor University Medical Center after a visit, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Dallas. Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas on Thursday night, killing some of the officers. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Blue lives under fire: Deadly ambushes of police officers at two-decade high

The number of ambush-style killings of police officers in the U.S. reached a two-decade high this year, pushing law enforcement fatalities to their highest tally in five years, with 135 officers killed in the line of duty, according to a year-end report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Published December 29, 2016

Stun gun lawsuits claim bans violate constitutional right to bear arms

Five states and several cities outlaw possession of stun guns, even for self-defense. But such bans could fall by the wayside in the coming year as Second Amendment advocates ramp up court challenges against jurisdictions that deem the weapons illegal. Published December 28, 2016