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New Mich. law allows drivers to show insurance on phone

Lawmakers predicted insurance fraud will drop because it is harder to falsify insurance papers electronically - Full Story


Lawmakers voice support for Texas chief's 'In God We Trust' decals

The department put decals on their patrol vehicles and sparked complaints from the Freedom From Religion Foundation - Full Story


Chief's retirement highlights issues with Ill. pension legislation

Retiring and accepting a pension from while taking another public sector job is legal, but costs the taxpayers - Full Story


Colo. cop didn't have time to check bodycam before shooting

Safety wouldn't allow the officer to double-check his body camera was on and recording when the shooting occurred - Full Story


Report finds NY Police Department never defined 'excessive force'

The department will not start to document every physical encounter officers have with the public - Full Story


9 unidentified DNA samples found where Ill. officer was slain

Nine unidentified DNA samples were found at the scene where a suburban Chicago police officer was found shot to death last month and the killing is still being investigated as a homicide, a police commander said.


Pa. man shot twice in head keeps driving

The officers found the driver had been shot in the right forehead and right cheek - Full Story


Police chief: LA looks 'too much like Dodge City'

Gang crime is up more than 15 percent this year compared with 2014 - Full Story


Calif. authorities families of missing persons for DNA

Investigators rely on DNA technology to make connections between those reported missing and unidentified remains - Full Story


Lawyer: Okla. sheriff to resign in wake of indictment by grand jury

The grand jury was seated to investigate after volunteer deputy Robert Bates fatally shot an unarmed man in April - Full Story

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