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DA: Officers justified in killing Wisconsin workplace gunman

Jan. 7, 2019 6:46 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man who wounded four co-workers when he opened fire at a software company last year said in a note that he wanted "to right a grave wrong," according to documents released Monday. The revelation was among the trove of documents investigators released after prosecutors announced...

Police investigate device with lens found in locker room

Jan. 1, 2019 2:40 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police in a Maine city are investigating after a device with an attached camera lens was found in a women's locker room at a college. Lewiston police won't say where in the Bates College locker room the device, which was discovered on Friday, was found. WGME-TV reports the device was...

DA to say if police cleared for killing workplace shooter

Dec. 31, 2018 6:25 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prosecutor will announce whether any police officers will be charged for fatally shooting a software worker who opened fire on his fellow employees in September. Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke says Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne will release his findings...

Aurora police test tool that shoots rope to restrain people

Dec. 18, 2018 9:38 PM EST

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police department is testing a new device that restrains suspects by shooting a Kevlar rope that wraps tightly around the person's body. The Beacon-News reports officers from the Aurora police department are trying out the hand-held device, which is considered an...

Customs officers searching more travelers' devices

Dec. 10, 2018 3:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers more often, and did not always follow proper protocol, a new watchdog report has found. The report made public Monday found there were 29,000 devices searched at a port of entry out of 397 million...

Australia anti-encryption law rushed to passage

Dec. 7, 2018 4:14 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A newly enacted law rushed through Australia's parliament will compel technology companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google to disable encryption protections so police can better pursue terrorists and other criminals. Cybersecurity experts say the law, the first of its kind...

Police department using seized assets to upgrade software

Dec. 6, 2018 4:52 AM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police department is using funds from seized assets to update record keeping and data access. Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston tells The Dominion Post that officers aren't able to see driver's license and registration information when in the field and are "working...

Digital forensic lab to open at Eastern Kentucky University

Nov. 29, 2018 4:41 AM EST

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police and Eastern Kentucky University plan to announce the opening of a new digital forensics lab. A joint statement says police and the school have partnered to open the new lab in Richmond at EKU's Memorial Science Building. It says it's meant to supplement the...

New 911 system helps police departments respond quicker

Nov. 26, 2018 4:04 PM EST

UXBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Uxbridge police knew they needed a faster way to respond to emergency calls. A little more than a year ago, a couple called 911 from their landline when their infant was choking. The department's dispatcher got the address of the caller, but the family didn't wait for help to arrive...

State police host cybersecurity training sessions

Nov. 23, 2018 12:52 PM EST

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police are hosting a cybersecurity training session for local police information technology professionals and other critical infrastructure IT professionals. Capt. John Alfred, who leads the department's Joint Cyber Task Force and Fusion Center, said the class that...