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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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Marc LaQuon Payne was jailed without bond after authorities said he drove a car into two police officers outside a Phoenix gas station on Tuesday. He then scuffled with a third officer who got away. (Maricopa County Sheriff via Associated Press)

Man who rammed cops with car possibly drunk

Court documents indicate the Phoenix man accused of intentionally ramming three police officers with his vehicle was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but authorities are still digging into the man's background to determine a motive in the attack. Published September 14, 2016

Dinah PoKempner, general council for Human Rights Watch, listens Wednesday in New York as Edward Snowden speaks on a television screen via video link from Moscow during a news conference to call upon President Obama to pardon Snowden before he leaves office. (Associated Press)

Edward Snowden supporters push for presidential pardon

Lawyers and activists supportive of Edward Snowden launched a campaign Wednesday to urge President Obama to pardon the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a massive cache of government secrets to media organizations. Published September 14, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks to the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists at their convention in Washington on Aug. 4, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

AG Lynch: No word from Clinton camp about job security

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she has not had discussions with Hillary Clinton's transition team about staying on to lead the Department of Justice if the Democratic presidential candidate is elected. Published September 13, 2016

In this May 16, 2014, file photo, a voter casts her ballot at a polling site during early voting for Georgia's upcoming May 20 primary election in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

Delayed ruling on voters' proof of citizenship puts 3 states in election limbo

Three states that have enacted proof of citizenship requirements for voter registration may have to wait until after the presidential election to find out whether the rules will be upheld in court, as a federal judge on Monday delayed a definitive ruling in a legal challenge. Published September 12, 2016

As the early morning sun begins to break above the trees, firefighter Alwyn Chandler, with the Fort Gordon Fire Department, stands beneath the flag following a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fort Gordon, Ga., Friday,  Sept. 9, 2016.   (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

U.S. authorities on high alert for terror attacks as Sept. 11 nears

With events commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks underway Friday and numerous national sporting events scheduled Sunday, terrorism experts say law enforcement authorities will be on heightened security alert this weekend for threats to soft targets across the country. Published September 9, 2016

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division sift through ashes and charred debris inside the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, but authorities said arson is not the cause. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)

Inexperienced ATF agents set up fronts near youth facilities

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' undercover sting operations were poorly supervised and run by agents with little experience, resulting in problems including the setup of a fake storefront that attracted gun-touting felons near a youth facility and a failure to develop broader intelligence on a gun-trafficking group, according to a new Justice Department report. Published September 8, 2016

FBI Director James B. Comey. (Associated Press)

Comey: Clinton documents released Friday because that's when they were ready

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday defended the decision to release documents related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation just hours before the start of the long Labor Day weekend, saying in a memo to staff that the bureau had opted to be transparent not to play politics. Published September 7, 2016

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy (center) discussed community-police relations at the Bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group in Detroit. (Associated Press)

Detroit police stunned by decision not to prosecute posters of online threats

Law enforcement officials are aghast over a Detroit prosecutor's decision this week not to bring criminal charges against three men who posted messages threatening police on Facebook, and hope a new review by the Michigan Attorney General's Office will result in prosecution. Published September 1, 2016

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Federal gun-buying ban upheld for medical marijuana cardholders

A federal appeals court upheld the federal ban on the sale of guns through federally licensed firearms dealers to individuals who hold medical marijuana cards, agreeing that possession of a card gives a dealer "reasonable cause to believe" that a person is an unlawful drug user. Published August 31, 2016

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook said on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, it is now using a system that identifies phrases commonly used in "clickbait" headlines, taking another stab at ridding users' news feeds of the links and headlines that ask readers to "guess what happened next" but don't provide any useful information, tempting people to click if they want to find out. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Anti-police Facebook posts don't constitute terrorism threats, prosecutors say

Three Detroit men under investigation for allegedly posting threats against police on their Facebook pages will not face criminal charges, as prosecutors found their messages did not constitute true threats under terrorism statutes and that in two cases police fouled their investigations by failing to read the men their Miranda rights. Published August 30, 2016