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

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A member of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk inside a prison built by Islamic State fighters at the stadium that was the site of IS fighters' last stand in the city of Raqqa, Syria, on Oct. 20, 2017. The SDF on Friday declared from the stadium during a ceremony the "total liberation" of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State for more than three years. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Judge to hear ACLU challenge over U.S. citizen held as enemy combatant

A federal judge will consider Thursday whether a civil rights group can intercede to offer legal services to a U.S. citizen who hasn't asked for its help but is being held in military custody as an enemy combatant since his capture in Syria in mid-September. Published November 29, 2017

A billboard advertising treatment for opioid addition stands in Dickson, Tenn., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. More than 2 million people in the U.S. are hooked on opioids. Overdoses from these drugs have killed more than 300,000 Americans since 2000, and they are killing an average of 120 people every day. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

DEA to establish new field division to fight opioid epidemic in Appalachia

The Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration will realign resources to get a better handle on the opioid epidemic -- establishing a new DEA field division that will oversee areas of the Appalachian region that have struggled with drug abuse issues in recent years. Published November 29, 2017

Prosectors contend Ahmed Abu Khattala (third from right) "wanted the U.S. out" of Libya when he masterminded the 2012 Benghazi attack. (Associated Press)

Benghazi suspect convicted on 4 of 18 criminal charges, acquitted of murder

A federal jury acquitted Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khattala of the most serious murder charges stemming from the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi but found him guilty Tuesday of other crimes, including providing material support to terrorists. Published November 28, 2017

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. A lawyer for former national security adviser Flynn has told President Donald Trump's legal team that they are no longer communicating with them about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference, according to a person familiar with the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Michael Flynn's attorney reportedly meets with special counsel team

An attorney for former national security adviser Michael Flynn reportedly met Monday with members of the special counsel team, a development that comes just days after the attorney cut off communications with the president's legal team. Published November 27, 2017

Guns are displayed for sale at the Ohio Supply & Tool in Wadsworth, Ohio, on Jan. 26, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

DOJ toughens gun background checks after Texas church massacre

The Justice Department has launched a review to identify gaps in the federal gun background check system following this month's Texas church massacre, which was carried out by a man whose military conviction was not properly reported. Published November 24, 2017

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, police arrest a man as people protest a not guilty verdict in the trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, in St. Louis. The FBI, Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis are launching an investigation of the way police in the St. Louis area have handled protests in the two months since a former police officer was acquitted in the death of a black suspect. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Trump-appointed U.S. attorney opens probe of St. Louis cops' role in protest melees

The Justice Department and the FBI have opened an investigation into "allegations of potential civil right violations by law enforcement officers" in St. Louis, Missouri, according to federal prosecutors, a development that follows outcry over the treatment and arrest of demonstrators protesting a police officer's acquittal of murder charges. Published November 20, 2017

In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, who were charged with violating federal money laundering, foreign lobbying and banking laws for behavior occurring as far back as 2012, have pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Judge mulls lift of Manafort house arrest for Thanksgiving

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his top deputy Richard Gates have tussled with prosecutors over strict home confinement conditions since their indictments last month, but a judge has indicated the pair could receive permission to leave their homes for Thanksgiving weekend events. Published November 20, 2017

Prosectors contend Ahmed Abu Khattala (third from right) "wanted the U.S. out" of Libya when he masterminded the 2012 Benghazi attack. (Associated Press)

Prosecutors urge conviction for Benghazi attack mastermind

Prosecutors urged jurors Thursday to convict the man accused of orchestrating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, saying he directed his "hit squad" to storm the compound because he hated that Americans were operating a spy facility in his country. Published November 16, 2017

Representatives of participating companies sign containers with uranium to be used as fuel for nuclear reactors, prior to loading them aboard Atlantic Navigator ship,  on a port in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. A 20-year program to convert highly enriched uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons into fuel for U.S. power plants has ended, with the final shipment loaded onto a vessel in St. Petersburg's port on Thursday. The U.S. Energy Department described the program, commonly known as Megatons to Megawatts, as one of the most successful nuclear nonproliferation partnerships ever undertaken. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Uranium One deal informant sued to recoup more than $700K lost in bribes

A FBI informant who gave the government information about a Russian bribery plot implicated in the sale of U.S. uranium rights tried unsuccessfully last year to recover upwards of $700,000 in bribes he said he was authorized to pay as part of the FBI investigation. Published November 16, 2017

In this Oct. 26, 2017, photo, Dulce Carvajal, 10, second from left, and her sister Daniela, 8, raise their hands during voice lessons at the Holyrood Episcopal Church in the Bronx borough of New York. Since August, the girls and their brother have been living inside the church with their mother, a Guatemalan immigrant living illegally in the United States. At least two dozen immigrants have sought sanctuary at U.S. churches since the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency stepped up arrests by 40 percent under President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

'Sanctuary' jurisdictions may have to repay federal funds: Justice Dept.

The Justice Department on Wednesday warned 29 jurisdictions, including three states, they might have to pay back millions of dollars in federal public safety grants received last year because their local policies are suspected of violating federal immigration law. Published November 15, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted Tuesday that he knew of Russian officials' attempts to reach out to the Trump campaign, but says that he did not in fact perjure himself despite earlier failing to disclose to Congress that he was aware of such efforts. (Associated Press)

Sessions admits knowing Russia was courting Trump during campaign

Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged Tuesday he was aware that Russian officials had tried to reach out to members of the Trump campaign but said he didn't lie or commit perjury by not disclosing those attempts in previous testimony to Congress. Published November 14, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gives his opening statement during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Sessions testifies: I forgot about Papadopoulos meeting, but now remember

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a House committee Tuesday that he had forgotten but now remembers attending a meeting at which Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos said he could help arrange a meeting between the campaign and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Published November 14, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to members of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, Nov. 6, 2017, in Indianapolis. The group is known for its campaigns to stem violence in crime-plagued neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) **FILE**

FBI data: Hate crimes overall climb 4.6 percent

The number of hate crimes reported to U.S. law enforcement in 2016 rose by 4.6 percent over the prior year, driven in part by upticks in race-motivated incidents against whites and Hispanics, and religion-motivated incidents targeting Muslims and Jews, according to FBI data released Monday. Published November 13, 2017