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Baltimore mayor replaces police commissioner, says change needed to curb city crime, violence

By Associated Press

Baltimore's mayor announced Friday she has replaced the city's police commissioner, saying a change in leadership was needed to reduce crime and violence more quickly. Published January 19, 2018

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Louise Anna Turpin, left, appears in court with her attorney Jeff Moore in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Prosecutors filed 12 counts of torture, seven counts of dependent adult abuse, six counts of child abuse and 12 counts of false imprisonment against Turpin and his wife, Louise Anna Turpin. Authorities say the abuse left the children malnourished, undersized and with cognitive impairments.    (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

David and Louise Turpin case: California DA says couple's abuse of 12 kids became torture

- Associated Press

They were starved and shackled to their beds, sometimes for months. They were beaten and choked. They were given scant medical care, often denied use of a toilet and allowed to shower but once a year. They lived mostly at night, out of sight of neighbors, and knew virtually nothing of the outside world.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting where he was interviewed behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Steve Bannon to be interviewed by Robert Mueller

- The Washington Times

President Trump's ex-chief strategist Steve Bannon struck a deal Wednesday to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, avoiding the need to appear before a grand jury, according to multiple sources.

In this Oct, 28, 2014, file photo, flowers surround a photo of slain Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Daniel Oliver at the Sacramento County Sheriff's office in Sacramento, Calif. Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes, the suspect being tried in the slayings of  Oliver and Scott Brown, called Brown a "coward" as his murder trial began on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Illegal charged with cop-killing: 'Wish I had killed more'

- The Washington Times

An illegal immigrant facing murder charges for the killing of two law enforcement officers in Northern California went off the rails during his court hearing and said, with a grin on his face, "I wish I had killed more," Fox News reported. This is what the sanctuary-loving left wants to shelter from the deportation storm?

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaves federal court in Alexandria, Va., in this Jan. 26, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)

CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling released from prison

- The Washington Times

Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA employee convicted of leaking classified information about Iran's nuclear program to a New York Times reporter, has been released after serving most of a 3.5-year prison sentence.

In this April 9, 2017, file photo, then-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon steps off Air Force One as he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Breitbart News Network announced Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, that the former White House chief strategist is stepping down as chairman of the conservative news site. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Steve Bannon, Corey Lewandowski to face Hill panel on Russia

- The Washington Times

The House Intelligence Committee this week will explore one of the Russian election meddling saga's most burning questions when it interviews former Trump strategists Steve Bannon and Corey Lewandowski about whether onetime campaign aide George Papadopoulos was wearing a recording device after secretly agreeing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Illustration on the penumbra of Constitutional interpretation and abortion by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The deceitful road to abortion

After Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey became a Christian and revealed that she had not been gang raped as her legal team had claimed, many Americans came to understand that this landmark ruling that legalized abortion was based on a lie.

Illustration on bulletproof windshield for Philadelphia police cruisers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Protecting 'blue lives'

The good news is that Philadelphia police officers will soon be patrolling the city's mean streets in 150 new patrol cars that have been equipped with bulletproof windows.

Glenn R. Simpson, co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, arrives for a scheduled appearance before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Fusion GPS demands judge in libel suit recuse himself

- The Washington Times

The research firm behind the controversial Trump dossier demanded Monday that a federal judge appointed by President Trump recuse himself from presiding over a libel case involving BuzzFeed's publishing of the dossier last year.

Illustration on opioid addiction by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The opioid crisis

Over 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 -- 21 percent more than 2015. The toll in 2017 is unknown, but is estimated to be higher still.

In this Jan. 1, 2018, photo, marijuana plants are for sale at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish without federal intervention across the country. That's according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision.  (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

U.S. to end policy that let legal marijuana flourish

- Associated Press

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the people said.

Illustration on troubling developments at the FBI by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Not my father's FBI

My father joined the FBI and, after a few years, was posted overseas. He then transferred to the CIA at its founding in 1947, where he spent the rest of his career.

Crime in New York Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Safety and New York City

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics," Mark Twain reportedly said.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch in the Rose Garden of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, April 10, 2017, following a public swearing-in ceremony.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Trump record on judges: Much to be proud of, but much more to do

The president is off to a solid start. While the crowning achievement of the year was clearly the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, the Senate also confirmed 12 Circuit Court judges this year -- the largest number of appellate judges confirmed during the first year of any president in history.

Book jacket: :Robicheaux," by James Lee Burke

The Cajun sheriff's detective returns

Dave Robicheaux, James Lee Burke's troubled, flawed and heroic character, first appeared in the 1987 crime novel "Neon Rain."

From The Vault

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to law enforcement officials about transnational organized crime and gang violence at the Federal Courthouse Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Boston. Sessions has called crime groups, like MS-13, "one of the gravest threats to American safety." (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Violent crime, homicides in U.S. on rise: FBI

- The Washington Times

Violent crime rose by 4 percent and homicides by 8 percent in the United States in 2016, marking the second consecutive year of increases those categories, according to FBI crime data released Monday.

Christopher Steele called his dossier "a life-changing experience" for anyone who reads it. (Associated Press/File)

FBI relies on discredited dossier in Russia investigation

- The Washington Times

The FBI is routinely asking witnesses in its Russia investigation about the accusations in a dossier against Donald Trump, further expanding the reach of a discredited opposition research paper sourced from the Kremlin and financed and distributed by Democrats.

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, FBI Director James Comey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

How 'showboater' Comey screwed up

What gets James Comey in trouble is that he leaked official memos that were most probably classified. He should have turned them over to the FBI or somewhere else in the Justice Department and then simply kept his mouth shut. And if he didn't trust anybody at the department, he should have sent the memos on to the congressional intelligence committees (and thereby been protected as a whistleblower).