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The Latest: ACLU blasts Portland police handling of protest

Aug. 5, 2018 11:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Portland, Oregon (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The head of the Oregon branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has criticized the way the Portland Police Bureau handled Saturday's demonstrations. "The Portland Police Bureau's response to protest is...

Police: Machete-wielding man subdued after standoff at home

Jul. 19, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man who kept police at bay for more than two hours at a Pennsylvania home threw down incendiary devices that ignited a nearby store and scorched a police patrol car. Easton police say 32-year-old Jeffrey Folkner was captured after he left the home around 1:30 a.m....

Should police use computers to predict crimes and criminals?

Jul. 5, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Years of secrecy by America's police departments about their use of computer programs predicting where crimes will occur, and who will commit them, are under fire in legal cases nationwide. The largest departments — New York, Chicago and Los Angeles — are all being sued...

How much all-seeing AI surveillance is too much?

Jul. 3, 2018 12:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When a CIA-backed venture capital fund took an interest in Rana el Kaliouby's face-scanning technology for detecting emotions, the computer scientist and her colleagues did some soul-searching — and then turned down the money. "We're not interested in applications where you're spying...

Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

Jun. 23, 2018 2:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have been, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a big victory for privacy interests in the digital age. The justices' 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain information that phone companies...