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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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The case of convicted church shooter Dylann Storm Roof is the kind that essentially requires the death penalty, say advocates of increasing the practice. (Associated Press)

Death penalty falls to new low as voters seek resurgence

Use of the death penalty in the United States fell to a historic low in 2016, even as voters in three states passed ballot initiatives in support of capital punishment, according to a year-end report from the Death Penalty Information Center. Published December 21, 2016

A Harris Corporation Stingray device, shown in a trademark application, via Wikimedia Commons. A Dec. 19 House Committee on Government Oversight revealed that federal agencies own 400 such cell-site simulators, used in criminal investigations to zero in on the location of cell phones owned by suspects under investigation.

Federal agencies can spy on phones with 400 cell-site simulators

The Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department have spent collectively more than $95 million on secret cellphone tracking technology and own more than 400 cell-site simulators that can be used to zero in covertly on the locations of cellphones, according to a congressional report. Published December 19, 2016

This file photo taken April 8, 2016 and provided by Russian Defense Ministry press service, shows the ancient ruins in Palmyra, Syria. Palmyra, the archaeological gem that Islamic State fighters retook Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, from Syrian troops is a desert oasis surrounded by palm trees, and a UNESCO world heritage site, that boasts 2,000-year-old towering Roman-era colonnades and priceless artifacts. It is also a strategic crossroads linking the Syrian capital, Damascus, with the country's east and neighboring Iraq. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP, File)

Justice Department targets Islamic State antiquities trade

The Justice Department on Thursday filed legal action in an effort to recover looted Syrian artifacts believed to have been trafficked by the Islamic State — marking the first time the U.S. has gone to court to obtain antiquities once held by the terrorist group. Published December 15, 2016

FILE - 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. Prosecutors who wanted to show that Roof was a cruel, angry racist simply used his own words at his death penalty trial on charges he killed nine black people in June 2015 at a Charleston church. Roof's two-hour videotaped confession less than a day after the shooting and a handwritten journal found in his car when he was arrested were introduced into evidence Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Dylann Roof guilty in South Carolina church massacre

A South Carolina jury on Thursday convicted Dylann Roof of federal hate crimes and other charges stemming from a racially motivated mass shooting that killed nine black churchgoers. Published December 15, 2016

This August 2016 file photo provided by shows Abdul Razak Ali Artan in Columbus, Ohio. Authorities identified Artan as the Somali-born Ohio State University student who plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus and then got out and began stabbing people with a knife Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, before he was shot to death by an officer. (Kevin Stankiewicz/ via AP, File)

Chuck Grassley questions Obama's asylum vetting of Ohio State attacker

The mother of a Somali refugee, who last month injured 11 people in an attack at Ohio State University, told immigration officials her children were at risk of being kidnapped or recruited by a terrorist group when she sought asylum for her family, according to a senator questioning the Obama administration's vetting of the man. Published December 15, 2016

Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department watchdog who chairs the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, said a good nominee should not be a partisan choice. (Associated Press/File)

Congress moves to strengthen authority of inspectors general

Congress has taken notable steps to strengthen the authority of inspectors general this month by confirming nominees to two long-vacant watchdog posts and passing legislation to protect investigators' access to documents sought as part of federal probes. Published December 13, 2016

President Barack Obama arrives at Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington, NH, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) ** FILE **

Obama to preserve but not yet declassify Senate torture report

The 6,700-page Senate report on the "enhanced interrogation techniques" the CIA used on terrorism suspects held after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will not be released to the public before President Obama leaves office next month, according to the top White House lawyer. Published December 12, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally, in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Trump team dismisses Russian hacking reports, bashes CIA assessment

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team questioned the veracity of assessments by U.S. intelligence officials that Russia-backed hackers interfered in this year's elections, challenging assertions that the CIA determined Russia sought to help the Republican nominee win the presidency. Published December 10, 2016

Obama orders review of Russian election hacking

Before President Obama leaves office next month, U.S. intelligence agencies have been tasked with completing a full review of all cyberattacks that have targeted the American presidential election process since 2008. Published December 9, 2016

Mallory Whitt works at her desk at the offices of the Wikipedia Foundation in San Francisco on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Wikipedia's NSA lawsuit heads to federal appeals court

The publishers of Wikipedia and several civil rights groups will head to a federal appeals court Thursday to challenge a National Security Agency surveillance program that mines Americans' internet communications. Published December 7, 2016