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Modern policing: Algorithm helps NYPD spot crime patterns

Modern policing: Algorithm helps NYPD spot crime patternsNEW YORK (AP) — When a syringe-wielding drill thief tried sticking up a Home Depot near Yankee Stadium, police figured out quickly that it wasn't a one-off. A man had also used a syringe a few weeks earlier while stealing a drill at another Home Depot 7 miles (11 kilometers) south in Manhattan.



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Trump administration demands Maduro return US reporter detained in Venezuela: ‘Being a journalist is not a crime’

Trump administration demands Maduro return US reporter detained in Venezuela: ‘Being a journalist is not a crime’The US State Department has demanded the immediate release of an American journalist detained in Venezuela after it was reported on Wednesday the country’s counter-intelligence agency arrested the freelance reporter. Cody Weddle was reportedly obtained by Venezuela authorities during a raid at his home in Caracas this week. The journalist, who produced freelance coverage on the political crisis under Nicolas Maduro for publications like the Daily Telegraph, Miami Herald and ABC News, had not been reached since 8am on Wednesday morning, according to a Venezuela press workers’ union.



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Explainer: In Trump-Russia probe, when does collusion become a crime?

Explainer: In Trump-Russia probe, when does collusion become a crime?U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia used a scheme of hacking and propaganda to cause discord in the United States and harm Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Mueller’s probe, with several Trump campaign figures already pleading guilty or being convicted, has documented numerous contacts between Russians and people close to the president. Mueller, who has sought to determine whether Trump’s campaign coordinated with Moscow, is preparing to submit a report on his investigation to U.S. Attorney General William Barr.



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Jussie Smollett deserves punishment for hate crime hoax, but he also deserves compassion

Jussie Smollett deserves punishment for hate crime hoax, but he also deserves compassionJussie Smollett is not Lex Luthor; he’s more like an inept shoplifter caught trying to steal a canned ham. We should consider feeling sorry for him.



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Gay rights activist set fire to his own home in fake hate crime, Michigan police say

Gay rights activist set fire to his own home in fake hate crime, Michigan police sayThe Michigan case of Nikki Joly and his burned home is gaining national attention alongside the Jussie Smollett case, which has taken a similar twist.



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Hate crime hoaxes, like Jussie Smollett's alleged attack, are more common than you think

Hate crime hoaxes, like Jussie Smollett's alleged attack, are more common than you thinkIn writing a book about hate crime hoaxes, I found more than 400. Such frauds damage good race relations.



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Chicago Police Chief: Smollett Staged Hate Crime because He Was ‘Dissatisfied with His Salary’

Chicago Police Chief: Smollett Staged Hate Crime because He Was ‘Dissatisfied with His Salary’Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson announced during a Thursday press conference that Empire actor Jussie Smollett hired two men to stage a racially motivated attack on him in order to advance his career and increase his earnings.Upon taking the stage, Johnson immediately expressed regret that Chicago's victims of gun violence do not receive the same media attention that was afforded to Smollett's story. He then condemned the actor's willingness to cynically use the history of racism in America to advance his career.“Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson said. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve.”Johnson went on to explain that the two Nigerian brothers hired by Smollett to carry out the hoax told police he hoped the staged attack would be financially beneficial.“The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary,” Johnson said.Smollett turned himself in early Thursday morning after being charged with disorderly conduct, a class-four felony that typically results in a sentence of anywhere between probation and three years in prison.Johnson also confirmed reports that Smollett first attempted to claim victimhood status by sending himself a threatening letter that included racist, homophobic, and politically charged language. When the letter, which was accompanied by white powder, failed to elicit the reaction Smollett hoped for, he paid the brothers, one of whom worked on Empire, $ 3,500 to stage an attack on him early on the morning of January 29.



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Chicago Police Chief: Smollett Staged Hate Crime because He Was ‘Dissatisfied with His Salary’

Chicago Police Chief: Smollett Staged Hate Crime because He Was ‘Dissatisfied with His Salary’Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson announced during a Thursday press conference that Empire actor Jussie Smollett hired two men to stage a racially motivated attack on him in order to advance his career and increase his earnings.Upon taking the stage, Johnson immediately expressed regret that Chicago's victims of gun violence do not receive the same media attention that was afforded to Smollett's story. He then condemned the actor's willingness to cynically use the history of racism in America to advance his career.“Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson said. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve.”Johnson went on to explain that the two Nigerian brothers hired by Smollett to carry out the hoax told police he hoped the staged attack would be financially beneficial.“The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary,” Johnson said.Smollett turned himself in early Thursday morning after being charged with disorderly conduct, a class-four felony that typically results in a sentence of anywhere between probation and three years in prison.Johnson also confirmed reports that Smollett first attempted to claim victimhood status by sending himself a threatening letter that included racist, homophobic, and politically charged language. When the letter, which was accompanied by white powder, failed to elicit the reaction Smollett hoped for, he paid the brothers, one of whom worked on Empire, $ 3,500 to stage an attack on him early on the morning of January 29.



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Jussie Smollett's alleged plan to manufacture outrage diminishes impact of real hate crime

Jussie Smollett's alleged plan to manufacture outrage diminishes impact of real hate crimeWhy did Smollett believe that his alleged plan would succeed? Because it was designed to fit a specific, well-established victimhood narrative.



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'Build a wall and crime will fall,' says Trump. But it's been falling anyway.

'Build a wall and crime will fall,' says Trump. But it's been falling anyway.As the partial shutdown of the federal government drags on into its 33rd day over Donald Trump's demand that Congress allocate $ 5.7 billion for a barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico, the president unveiled a new rhyming slogan Wednesday to try to convince more Americans of the logic of his proposal.



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