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Slaying Puts Focus on Ride-Hailing Safety, Fake Drivers

CHICAGO — Whenever Rachel Orden calls for an Uber, the 20-year-old Michigan State University sophomore immediately walks to the back of the vehicle to check the license plate number, then opens the door and waits for the driver to say her name before getting i...
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Cash From NY, Feds Tests 100K Rape Kits, Leads to 1K Arrests

NEW YORK — Languishing evidence in over 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country has been sent for DNA testing with money from a New York prosecutor and federal authorities, spurring over 1,000 arrests and hundreds of convictions in three years, officia...
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Gov. Brown Eases Crime Penalties, Boosts Scrutiny of Police

SACRAMENTO — California is continuing a years-long easing of criminal penalties even as it increases public scrutiny of law enforcement. "California's murder statute irrationally treated people who did not commit murder the same as those who did." — Democra...