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Officer Dennis Vafier of the Alexandria Police Dept., uses a laptop in his squad car to scan vehicle license plates during his patrols, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Driving somewhere? There’s a gov’t record of that

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong. […]

07/17/2013

Tentative settlement on Ohio Jesus portrait suit

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — A tentative settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit challenging the display of a portrait of Jesus that had been in a southern Ohio school for decades. The Columbus Dispatch […]

07/12/2013

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The price of surveillance: Gov’t pays to snoop

WASHINGTON (AP) — How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, […]

07/10/2013

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Immigrant advocates sue gov’t over detainers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates have filed a lawsuit alleging that immigration agents are filing paperwork to keep arrestees in custody longer without investigating whether they’re in the country illegally. The American Civil Liberties […]

06/19/2013

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ACLU study: Pot arrests more likely for blacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black people are arrested for possessing marijuana at a higher rate than white people, even though marijuana use by both races is about the same, the American Civil Liberties Union reports in […]

06/04/2013

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Groups want details on license plate readers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two privacy rights groups have filed a legal action against the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department asking a judge to order them to provide more […]

05/06/2013

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Police, politicians push surveillance post-Boston

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and politicians across the U.S. are pointing to the example of surveillance video that was used to help identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as a reason to get more […]

05/02/2013

The FBI identified Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev as suspect number 2 in 2013 Boston Marathon bombings (AP photo).

Officials: Suspect described plot before Miranda

BOSTON (AP) — The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings acknowledged to the FBI his role in the attacks but did so before he was advised of his constitutional rights to keep quiet and seek a lawyer, officials said Wednesday.

04/24/2013

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Calif. educators sued over English instruction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About 20,000 students in California who need to learn English aren’t getting adequate language instruction, according to a lawsuit against the state and education workers filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

04/24/2013

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Patenting genes: Justices tackle big health issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed worried Monday about the idea of companies patenting human genes in a case that could profoundly reshape the multibillion-dollar biomedical industry and U.S. research in the fight against diseases.

04/15/2013

Ohio school says Jesus portrait down

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Jesus portrait that has hung in a southern Ohio school district since 1947 was taken down Wednesday, because of concerns about the potential costs of a federal lawsuit against its display.

04/03/2013

Man accused of using fake penis for drug test

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of using a prosthetic penis to try to pass a drug test has been arrested in eastern Missouri.

03/28/2013

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