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Pandemic Changed the Way Cocaine Moves Around World

Production is at a record high, and smugglers are using parcel services more

(Newser) - In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, production of cocaine has skyrocketed and new distribution hubs have emerged in Africa, reports the BBC . Cocaine production rose by 35% between 2020 and 2021, marking the biggest increase in seven years, per CBS News , which also cites a new report from the...

Biden Says He'd Sign Measure Overriding Changes in DC Laws

House Republicans argue council's overhaul would increase crime

(Newser) - President Biden said Thursday he would sign a Republican-sponsored resolution blocking new District of Columbia laws that overhaul how the nation's capital prosecutes and punishes crime. City officials have spent nearly two decades trying to redo Washington's criminal laws, including redefining crimes, changing criminal justice policies, and reworking...

Lightfoot's Loss Illustrates a Problem for Democrats
In Lori Lightfoot's Loss,
a Larger National Debate
the rundown

In Lori Lightfoot's Loss, a Larger National Debate

Voters, as in Chicago, appear to be rebelling against progressive policies on crime

(Newser) - Lori Lightfoot lost her reelection bid in Chicago's mayoral race, and her defeat is seen an example of a larger issue playing out nationwide: Progressive Democrats are losing because they're viewed as too soft on crime. Coverage:
  • The runoff: The two Chicago candidates who advanced to the April

Cops Say Renowned Music Teacher Was a Serial Rapist

Elliott Higgins, late founder of New Mexico music camp, called 'master manipulator and liar'

(Newser) - Elliott Higgins was 73 when he died in 2014. At the time he was a respected French horn teacher who had run a music camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and even conducted the Albuquerque Philharmonic. But in October 2022, DNA and genetic genealogy linked Higgins—who had never been a...

Her Mom Gave Her Up for Adoption, Helped Find Her Killer
Man Sentenced in 1989
Killing of His Teen Daughter

Man Sentenced in 1989 Killing of His Teen Daughter

Dennis Bowman gets up to 50 years in the death of Aundria Bowman

(Newser) - Update: A man who pleaded no contest last year in the killing of his 14-year-old daughter in 1989 was sentenced to 35 to 50 years in prison for the crime, reports the AP . Dennis Bowman, who was already serving two life sentences for the rape and murder of another woman...

Home Depot Worker Accused of 4-Year 'Funny Money' Scheme

Officials say Ariz. man replaced nearly $400K in real currency with fake cash

(Newser) - Times are tough, but law enforcement officials say one Home Depot employee went too far and allegedly used his job to steal almost $400,000 over a four-year period, per the New York Daily News . Adrian Jean Pineda of Tempe, Ariz., was arrested Jan. 31 for allegedly replacing genuine currency...

2008 'Lane Bryant' Murders Receive New Interest

2 new detectives have been put on the case

(Newser) - A mass murder that took place at a Chicago-area Lane Bryant 14 years ago remains unsolved, but authorities hope a new pair of detectives will change that, FOX 32 reports. Four customers and two employees—all women—were shot at close range during what was likely an attempted robbery at...

Kansas Man Charged With Threats Against Biden

Accused was 'coming for' president, authorities say

(Newser) - A Kansas man has been accused of threatening to visit the White House to kill President Biden, reports the Daily Beast . Scott Ryan Merryman is charged with interstate communication containing a threat to harm and threats against the president of the United States, according to a criminal complaint filed by...

Another Smash and Grab Theft Nets Stash of Tools

LA police are on tactical alert

(Newser) - A group of people went into a Home Depot in California and came out with a pile of tools—without paying. The group, up to 10 people all apparently young adults or teens, grabbed hammers and crowbars, then ran out into at least one waiting car in Lakewood, a city...

'Vigilante' App Raises Eyebrows in NYC, LA

Controversial neighborhood-watch app pays users to livestream crime scenes, other emergencies

(Newser) - There's a new twist to local journalism in New York City and Los Angeles, and it's raising eyebrows. Citizen, which already has upward of 7 million users in dozens of US cities, promises safety alerts in real time, but recent job listings seen by the New York Post...

It's a 'Criminal Takedown Like We Have Never Seen'

More than 800 arrested around the world, thanks to FBI's encrypted messaging app

(Newser) - The app was lauded by criminals around the world, who promoted it "for its absolute reliability," says Jannine van den Berg, chief constable of the Central Unit of the Dutch police, per the Washington Post . "But nothing was further from the truth." The encrypted messaging app,...

Random Stabbing Adds to NYC Subway's Woes
Subway Hero Stops 
Latest Random Attack

Subway Hero Stops Latest Random Attack

Sean Conaboy pulls assailant with knife off woman in New York City

(Newser) - Without warning, a man with a knife stabbed a stranger standing on a Manhattan subway platform on Wednesday. Reports suggest the victim could've easily died—if not for the heroic actions of a bystander, who immediately sprinted into action. More:
  • Surveillance video from 14th Street-Union Square station shows a

Kristin Smart Case Cracked Thanks to Shy Podcaster

Chris Lambert spoke to overlooked witnesses on 'Your Own Backyard'

(Newser) - Chris Lambert would like to get back to making music but he can't seem to stop chasing a ghost that has haunted him for nearly 25 years. A billboard on the side of the road on California's Central Coast led him on a detour three years ago from...

He Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement
He Survived
18 Years in 

He Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement

Ian Manuel pleads for end to juvenile solitary confinement

(Newser) - Ian Manuel had just finished seventh grade when he shot a woman in the face during a robbery. It was "the act of a 13-year-old in crisis," Manuel writes in a New York Times op-ed, adding that the "cruel and unusual punishment" that followed did not fit...

US Men Charged in Italian Officer's Death Face Life

The California men say they were acting in self-defense

(Newser) - An Italian prosecutor wants two Americans charged in the killing of a police officer in central Rome to get life in prison—Italy’s maximum sentence, the AP reports. Prosecutor Maria Sabina Calabretta on Saturday asked the court to find Finnegan Lee Elder, 21, and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 20, guilty in...

Welfare Check Turns Up Woman's Body, Puppy Mill

Oklahoma woman faces murder charges

(Newser) - An Oklahoma woman was charged Monday with second-degree murder and more than 100 counts of animal cruelty after investigators performing a welfare check at her property this month discovered a human body and a suspected puppy mill, KFOR reports. Karen Jean Pritchard, 49, was arrested Feb. 13 after authorities received...

Suspected 'Subway Slasher' Arrested in New York City

One outlet reports that the man has confessed

(Newser) - A suspect has been arrested in connection to a spate of subway stabbings in New York City over the weekend that left two people dead, CNN reports. Rigoberto Lopez, a 21-year-old Brooklyn man, was taken into custody on Saturday night and charged Sunday with murder and attempted murder related to...

Teen Gets 45 Years for Killing His Mother

He strangled her to death after an argument about his grades

(Newser) - A Florida teen who killed his mother after an argument about his grades has been sentenced to 45 years in prison, News4Jax reports. Gregory Ramos of Volusia County was 15 when he strangled his mother, Gail Cleavenger, to death in November 2018. Ramos, now 17, pleaded guilty last month to...

2nd Suspect Arrested in Shooting of ICU Nurse

James Edward Cowan faces a criminal homicide charge

(Newser) - A second man has been arrested in connection to the December death of a Tennessee nurse found fatally shot in her car along Nashville’s I-440. A team of local, state, and federal authorities took 28-year-old James Edward Cowan into custody Tuesday night, the Tennessean reports. His girlfriend, Dimensha Carter,...

Lectern Guy, QAnon Shaman Among Arrests

They face charges in connection to Wednesday's Capitol violence

(Newser) - You’ve seen the photograph: A guy wearing a Trump beanie smiles and waves in the US Capitol while holding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern. That man, identified as 36-year-old Adam Johnson of Parrish, Fla., was arrested Friday night and is being held on a federal warrant, NBC News...

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