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Andrea Noble was a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times.

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Baltimore Police Capt. Jarron Jackson wears a black mourning band across his badge before Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter's funeral at Mount Pleasant Church in Baltimore, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Suiter died a day after being shot while investigating a homicide case in a particularly troubled area of west Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

Law enforcement deaths drop for first time in 3 years

U.S. law enforcement fatalities fell by 10 percent in 2017, marking the first decrease in line-of-duty deaths in three years, according to a report issued Thursday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Published December 28, 2017

Law enforcement officials across the nation are encouraged by early signs under the Trump administration, including declines in line-of-duty deaths and less use of consent decrees. (Associated Press/File)

Law enforcement leaders say Trump's strong support for police saves lives

Top law enforcement leaders say they have had no bigger advocate this year than President Trump, and they are hopeful he has set the stage for fewer dangerous confrontations between officers and the public, better-equipped departments and, ultimately, reductions in crime. Published December 26, 2017

Despite the fanfare over the extradition of Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to face criminal charges in the U.S., violence has surged in Mexico. (Associated Press/File)

Violence worsens in Mexico after removal of drug cartel leaders

Efforts to crack down on cartel-related violence in Mexico started off with a bang this year, with Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges. But despite the fanfare over the extradition, violence has surged in Mexico and this year is shaping up to be the country's deadliest yet. Published December 25, 2017

This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York.  (AP Photo/Patrick Sison) **FILE**

Drug-overdose deaths reached 63,000 in 2016

Drug overdoses continued to soar in 2016, claiming more than 63,000 lives as deaths tied to fentanyl skyrocketed, making it the deadliest opioid for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Published December 21, 2017

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat, listens during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 13, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Top Intel Dem warns against 'reckless' talk of Mueller firing

A Senate Democrat leading one of the congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election took to the Senate floor Wednesday to push back against "the growing chorus of irresponsible and reckless voices" calling for the dismissal of special counsel Robert Mueller. Published December 20, 2017

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., right, and committee member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, talk as FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during a House Judiciary hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

House Republicans seek interviews with top FBI officials

Two House Republican committee chairman are asking the Justice Department to make senior FBI officials available for interviews as early as this week to discuss the bureau's handling of investigations into Hillary Clinton's email server and members of Donald Trump's campaign. Published December 20, 2017

Law enforcement officers work outside the home of Nicholas Young on Aug. 3, 2016, in Fairfax, Virginia. Young, who worked as a Metro police officer, has been charged with helping the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

Former Metro police officer convicted of attempt to aid ISIS

A former Metro Transit Police officer was convicted Monday of attempting to provide support to the Islamic State, marking the first time a U.S. law enforcement officer has been found guilty of aiding the terrorist organization. Published December 18, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, about efforts to reduce violent crime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

AG Sessions: Political bias within FBI a serious matter

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department is taking concerns about political bias within the FBI seriously and that he generally believes the bureau "is doing a great job around the country." Published December 15, 2017

In this Dec. 12, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks before signing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. An FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Muellers investigative team over politically charged text messages at one point referred to Trump, then the Republican presidential candidate, as an idiot. The Associated Press reviewed dozens of text messages between Peter Strzok, an FBI counterintelligence agent, and Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who was detailed to Muellers team earlier this year. The Justice Department turned the messages over to Congress on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Grassley presses DOJ for info on FBI official's anti-Trump texts

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman is asking the Justice Department to provide information that could clarify a senior FBI official's cryptic text messages, which have raised concerns that bias against President Trump seeped into recent investigations. Published December 14, 2017