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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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The Stingray, manufactured by Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Florida, is a cellular site simulator used for surveillance. (Associated Press/File)

D.C. appeals court weighs legality of police's secret cellphone tracking technology

A panel of judges from the D.C. Court of Appeals grappled Tuesday with the boundaries of privacy expectations in a case in which D.C. police tracked the location of robbery and sexual assault suspect using warrantless cellphone surveillance -- questioning whether the fact the man was carrying stolen cellphones or found on a public street diminished his privacy rights. Published April 18, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions leaves a news conference after touring the U.S.-Mexico border with border officials, Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Nogales, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Sessions urged to purge Obama staff from Civil Rights Division

Conservative scholars have urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to purge "ideological rot" that's festered in the department's Civil Rights Division under the Obama administration through internal reforms meant to reverse partisanship in the agency. Published April 12, 2017

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 4, 2017 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, left, speaks alongside Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis at a news conference at City Hall in Baltimore, in response to the Department of Justice's request for a 90-day delay of a hearing on its proposed overhaul of the Baltimore Police Department. An agreement negotiated under the Obama administration to overhaul the troubled Baltimore Police Department will go ahead despite objections from the Trump administration. Pugh disputed the notion the decree will hurt the fight against crime. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Consent decree to reform Baltimore Police Department approved

A federal judge on Friday approved a proposed consent decree to reform the Baltimore Police Department — sidelining the Trump Justice Department, which had sought to delay court approval of an agreement brokered by the Obama administration. Published April 9, 2017

Police officers guard a subway entrance in Grand Central Terminal, Friday, April 7, 2017 in New York. The city police are on alert following the United States' missile strike early Friday against a Syrian airfield. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Democrats push to link Syria strike, refugee ban

Democrats are attempting to use President Trump's decision to retaliate against the Syrian government's gas attack on its own people to rally political opposition against his executive order temporarily barring refugees from the United States. Published April 7, 2017

FILE - In this April 22, 2015 file photo, a member of the Baltimore Police Department stands guard outside of the department's Western District police station as men hold their hands up in protest during a march for Freddie Gray in Baltimore. In a city that became emblematic of police abuse, excessive force and callous treatment of young black men, Baltimore's mayor and commissioner say they are eager and ready to change not only the culture of law enforcement, but the practice. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Judge approves Baltimore consent decree outlining police reform

A federal judge on Friday approved a proposed consent decree to reform the Baltimore Police Department, sidelining the Trump administration's Justice Department, which had sought to delay court approval of an agreement brokered by a prior administration. Published April 7, 2017

President Donald Trump points to a reporter as he arrives to meet with reporters on Air Force One while in flight from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to Palm Beach International Airport, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Twitter sues feds to protect ID of user behind anti-Trump account

The Department of Homeland Security sought to compel Twitter to reveal the identity of the person behind an account that was among the dozens of so-called "rogue" handles created to criticize the Trump administration, the social media company alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday. Published April 6, 2017

A soldier enters a bullet-riddled home, tagged with the initials CDG for the Gulf Cartel, and Z for Zetas, in Ciudad Victoria, in Mexico's state of Tamaulipas on Sept. 6, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

High-ranking Mexican cop warned drug cartel of surveillance, feds say

A former high-ranking commander in the Mexican Federal Police, who served as the agency's point of contact with American law enforcement, stands accused of leaking details about DEA investigations to drug cartel members who were under surveillance, according to U.S. federal authorities. Published April 5, 2017

In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, Sgt. Chris Wicklund of the Burnsville, Minn., Police Department wears a body camera beneath his microphone. Cleveland's move to buy 1,500 police body cameras and data storage could cost up to $3.3 million over five years, a higher price tag than previously known and an illustration of the long-term costs of such programs with Taser International. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Taser International to give police free body-worn cameras

Taser International, the company best known for making electroshock weapons used by law enforcement, announced a new program to distribute free body-worn cameras to police officers across the country. Published April 5, 2017