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Israel: Social media monitoring nabs would-be attackers

Jun. 12, 2018 7:42 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities have foiled over 200 Palestinian attacks by monitoring social media and sifting through vast amounts of data to identify prospective assailants ahead of time, according to Israel's public security minister. These pre-emptive actions put Israel at the forefront of an...

Family of woman killed by suburban Chicago officer sues

Jun. 6, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The family of a 34-year-old woman fatally shot by a suburban Chicago police officer is suing, saying non-lethal devices were available to subdue her. DeCynthia Clements was killed in March after a police chase and hourlong standoff. Officers say Clements set her car on fire and emerged with...

Fire crew's drone brings flotation device to man in lake

May. 31, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man who fled Indianapolis police by diving into a pond got a helping hand when a drone lowered him a flotation device as he struggled to stay above water. Police spokesman Sgt. Shane Foley tells The Indianapolis Star the 41-year-old man was being pursued Thursday as a suspect in a...

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

May. 22, 2018 11:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon's decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant's reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they're involved in crimes or...

Man arrested in 1987 killing of couple in Washington state

May. 18, 2018 7:58 PM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — New DNA technology has led to the arrest of a 55-year-old man in the killing of a young Canadian couple in Washington state more than three decades ago, police said. William Earl Talbott II of SeaTac, Washington, was arrested Thursday for investigation of first-degree murder as he...

State police search home of ex-mayor in Pennsylvania borough

May. 18, 2018 12:41 PM EDT

WYOMING, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police are searching the home of a borough's former mayor. Authorities were at the home of Bob Boyer on Friday morning, the former mayor of Wyoming, just outside Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree). WNEP-TV reports agents removed a hard drive and a laptop from the home....

Emergency 911 technology struggles to keep up with the times

May. 16, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — High school students hiding from the gunman in Parkland, Florida, were forced to whisper in calls to 911 for fear of tipping off their location. Others texted friends and family who then relayed information to emergency dispatchers over the phone. A few months later, a woman in Michigan...

Contempt sought for official in school shooting brother case

May. 15, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The attorney for the brother of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz says a sheriff's official should be held in contempt of court for an issue involving an electronic monitoring device. Attorney Mark Lowry says in a motion filed Monday that Broward Sheriff's Office...

Police use app to help rescue 14 ducklings on Mother's Day

May. 14, 2018 10:23 AM EDT

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — Police used technology to help save 14 ducklings from a storm drain on Mother's Day. Officers with the Suffolk Police Department on Long Island on Sunday responded to a 911 call that several ducklings had fallen into a storm drain, with their mother waiting nearby. Four of the...

NYPD tests new tool that detects credit card skimmers

May. 9, 2018 3:15 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Traynor, a cybersecurity expert, was in New York in February working with police to help identify a way to detect credit card skimmers on ATMs when he got a financial fraud alert: his own information had been stolen while he was in town. It wasn't the first time. In five...