If lawmakers have their way, police in one US state could soon be using drones as lethal weapons against the citizens they’re supposed to protect. On Thursday, Connecticut’s judiciary committee approved a new drone regulation bill that, if passed, would make it the first state in the union to let cops use deadly…
The Trump inauguration is mostly remembered for the White House’s hilarious attempt to lie about attendance numbers and a dumb nazi getting his dome rocked. But there was also that situation where hundreds of people were arrested and slapped with rioting charges. Now, prosecutors want to go through over 100 locked…
During a lab test at Northumbria University last March, sports science students were supposed to receive around 300 milligrams of caffeine. Due to a misplaced decimal point, prosecutors say two of them were given 30,000 milligrams—equal to 300 cups of coffee or almost twice the generally recognized lethal…
According to a lawsuit by the online American College of Education (ACE), a former employee effectively held the company’s email system hostage after he was fired last spring, locking the for-profit college out and asking for $200,000 before he would help it get back in.
A large-scale analysis of body-camera usage among police officers in the US and the UK has produced some rather unexpected and counter-intuitive results, showing that body-worn cameras have a tendency to increase assaults on police. At the same time, discretionary use of cameras increases an officer’s tendency to use…
Apple just took its next swipe in the fight over unlocking a terrorist’s iPhone: a court order to vacate. The company is invoking the First and Fifth Amendments to argue that the court order it received to create a back door for the device is unconstitutional. The motion is embedded below.
In an investigation published today, Science reveals that a Caltech professor received a one-year suspension for sexually harassing his students. A physics professor was academically punished by his institution to protect students?! That’s not how this usually works at all! Thank you, Caltech.
Remember that scene in Traffic where they mold cocaine into dolls? This kind of trickery happens in real life, too. A band of international smugglers recently got caught with over $370 million worth of cocaine disguised as 40 shipping pallets. No, the pallets weren’t filled with cocaine. The pallets were cocaine.
The world wilted a little bit after learning that price-gouging pharmaceutical executive and human cesspool Martin Shkreli bought an impossibly rare Wu-Tang album for $2 million. But guess what. Wu-Tang reportedly wrote a brilliant clause into the sales contract that would enable them to get it back.
Former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges is going to prison for 71 months, or nearly six years, for stealing over $800,000 in Bitcoin from drug dealers while investigating the Silk Road.
People join LinkedIn to help advance their careers (or at least feel like they’re trying). People do not join LinkedIn to receive an endless torrent of emails with this infamous line: “Hi, I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” A judge agrees, and now LinkedIn must pay.
What if “life in prison” could mean 100 or 200 or 400 years? Does that change the way that sentences are doled out? What happens when a person gets out of prison?
Walk pretty much anywhere in San Francisco’s SoMa, Haight or Mission neighborhoods, and you’ll see one of Eclair Bandersnatch’s glittery stencils, often featuring “Saint Snowden” or Chelsea Manning. We talked to Bandersnatch about bringing art, tech and politics together on the streets.
Oskar Groening, a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard, admitted to feeling “moral guilt” for serving as an SS sergeant at the infamous Nazi death camp. The landmark ruling shows that courts are willing to prosecute those involved in the Holocaust irrespective of their “minor” roles or advanced age.
Imagine enduring 25 years of being told that when you were two, you caused the death of your four-month-old brother. Conversely, imagine being the sort of person low enough to frame a toddler for murder. In 1971, a tragedy and its prolonged aftermath would go on to shape more than one life.
American cities resemble war zones during times of protest. Now, Washington’s going to try to fix this problem by rolling back a 25-year-old program that supplied local police forces with free surplus military gear. It’s about damn time—but unfortunately, it’s not going to solve America’s police problems.
This might come as a shock: The FBI has a secret air force of sorts that’s recently been buzzing over Baltimore. Or maybe it’s not a shock at all. The FBI’s been using aircraft for decades. These new planes, however, use surveillance equipment designed for warfare and capable of tracking innocent citizens. That’s bad.
In the wake of protests over police violence against black men, many civil rights activists are calling for a high-tech solution: strapping wearable body cameras to cops. The idea is to hold police accountable for unnecessary violence. But the history of police body cams reveals that the devices have often had the…