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Justices: Traffic stop cannot be extended to bring in K-9

Supreme Court said police may not extend a traffic stop to seek evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted initial stop - Full Story

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St. Louis board votes to create civilian police oversight panel

Seven-person St. Louis Civilian Oversight Board, which will make recommendations but cannot discipline officers - Full Story

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Police History: How Trooper Charlie Hanger caught the Oklahoma City bomber

Police History: How Trooper Charlie Hanger caught the Oklahoma City bomber

Thousands who have been left behind with gaping holes in their hearts from the events of April 19, 1995 may take some consolation in knowing that one cop made and incredible impact with one traffic stop. - Full Story

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Denver police issue dozens of citations at pot events

"We'd prefer not to be buzzkills this 4/20 weekend. Consume responsibly, and designate a sober driver now" - Full Story

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Colo. law enforcement switches message to safe pot use

The revised campaign starts this weekend, when tens of thousands are expected at public rallies and concerts in observation of 4/20 - Full Story

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Mo. police combine cameras, other tech in new crime-fighting effort

When a 911 call comes in, St. Louis police now may be able to see the scene before responding officers have time to arrive.

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Mo. police combine cameras, other tech in new crime-fighting effort

When a 911 call comes in, St. Louis police now may be able to see the scene before responding officers have time to arrive - Full Story

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Drug strategy agency mixing health, safety proposed in NYC

An advisory council would include police, health officials, social services providers and former drug users - Full Story

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NYC making tickets for low-level crimes harder to ignore

NYC making tickets for low-level crimes harder to ignore

Borrowing techniques from the advertising world, city officials consulted with behavioral economists who redesigned the tickets - Full Story

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Enhanced security to remain in place for Boston Marathon

The race will occur one day before the sentencing phase of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev begins - Full Story



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