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Andrea Noble

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

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New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton (left) speaks during a news conference in New York's City Hall on Jan. 12, 2016, as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio listens. (Associated Press) **FILE**

NYPD Commissioner Bratton announces resignation

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton announced Tuesday that he will step down from the nation's largest municipal police department in September to take a private sector job -- ending a 45-year career in public service in which he also led police departments in Los Angeles and Boston. Published August 2, 2016

The majority of the 129 officers gunned down were fatally shot by suspects with handguns as they responded to a call or self-deployed, but 27 officers were killed by a rifle, according to a study conducted by the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. (Associated Press)

Police shootings drive hunt for better armor

About 21 percent of the U.S. law enforcement officers fatally shot in the line of duty were killed with high-powered rifles, according to a recent study of officer deaths over a five-year period, bolstering police officials' arguments that officers should be outfitted with equipment like heavy-grade body armor, ballistic shields and helmets that can withstand rifle fire. Published August 1, 2016

Ingmar Guandique, who is accused of killing Chandra Levy, is seen being taken by police from the Violent Crimes Unit in D.C. on April 22, 2009. (Associated Press) **FILE**

ICE still plans to deport illegal immigrant cleared of Chandra Levy murder

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they fully intend to take custody of the man previously convicted of Chandra Levy's murder for deportation proceedings, despite policies on the books in Washington, D.C., that limit the city jail's cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Published July 29, 2016

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2003 file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. A judge says Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full-time in Virginia.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Judge orders Hinckley's release

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered that John Hinckley Jr. is no longer a danger 35 years after he tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, and can be granted full-time release from the Southeast Washington psychiatric hospital where he has been treated for the last three decades. Published July 27, 2016

Gunfire erupted Monday at Club Blu in Fort Myers, Florida, killing two and wounding 20 others a month after a gun massacre in Orlando. (Associated Press photographs)

Terror ruled out in club shootings

Adolescents as young as 12 had gathered at a Fort Myers, Florida, nightclub for a swimsuit-themed party Sunday night at what was billed as a safe event for teens with plenty of security. Published July 25, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Justice Department headquarters in Washington on  July 8, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Justice Department sues Pennsylvania town for rejecting mosque

The Justice Department is taking a Pennsylvania town to court over a municipal board's denial of a zoning application for a mosque, accusing officials of discriminating against a local Muslim organization on the basis of religion. Published July 21, 2016

Guantanamo detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire, inside Camp 4 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, in this May 14, 2009, photo reviewed by the U.S. military. (Associated Press) **FILE**

'Guantanamo Diary' author to be released after 14 years

The Guantanamo Bay detainee who authored a best-selling book about his experiences at the U.S. detention center in Cuba has been approved for release after being held in custody there for 14 years without criminal charges. Published July 20, 2016

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, left, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, listen during a news conference, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Justice Department in Washington, announcing that the U.S. government is seeking the forfeiture of more than $1 billion in assets that federal officials say were misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. The Justice Department says the funds that were laundered into the U.S. were used for various assets, including real estate and hotel properties, a jet aircraft, fancy artwork and the production of the Oscar-nominated movie, The Wolf of Wall Street. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

DOJ targets $1B in assets linked to Malaysian fund, including 'Wolf of Wall Street' proceeds

The Justice Department moved Wednesday to seize $1 billion in assets that officials say were stolen from an investment fund founded by the Malaysian government and instead used to pay for production of the 2013 movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" and purchase luxury items such as artwork by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, a $35 million jet, and high-end real estate. Published July 20, 2016

Detroit Police Chief James Craig (center) greets Dallas police officers after the funeral for one of the city's five officers slain this month by a gunman. Police officers across the country are facing even more threats. (Associated Press)

Threats against police: Crime or free speech?

Days after five Dallas officers were gunned down by a man out to target police, Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced that his department had arrested four people who posted messages on social media that included threats against officers. But more than a week after the arrests, prosecutors are debating whether to bring criminal charges against individuals who posted messages including "Kill all white cops." Published July 19, 2016