Chris Francescani

Chris Francescani

Journalist, New York City

NBC News Investigations unit reporter, and occasionally writing about music. @CDFrancescani

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Loose Cigarette Arrests in NYC Drop in Year After Eric Garner’s Death - The Wall Street Journal

A 2015 National Research Council study concluded that it's more lucrative from many states to smuggle untaxed cigarettes than uncut cocaine into New York.

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The Drive to Spy | Medium

There are thousands of cameras following you, anyone can watch, and it’s all legal.

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Film festival showcases the soaring power of drone cinematography | The Washington Post

The dawn of drone cinema is upon us. And the view will blow your mind.

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Benghazi Staffer Has No Federal Whistleblower Law Protection - NBC News

The Benghazi Committee staffer who says he was fired for resisting participation in what he called a politically motivated probe of Hillary Clinton is not protected under federal whistleblower laws - an exemption that one labor lawyer called "inexcusable."

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Reuters Insight: Under Siege - Stop and Frisk Polarizes New York

The NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy has drawn New York City into an emotional debate about race, policing and Fourth Amendment rights. A Reuters analysis of more than three million stops from 2006 through 2011 determined where the densest concentrations of stops occurred.

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Reuters Insight: Can Occupy Wall Street survive?

"Most of the social scientists who are at all like me - unsentimental leftists...think this movement is over." / OWS: America in a political "coma".

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Bob Dylan’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ Revealed | Daily Beast

Researchers say they’ve uncovered more than 1,000 items lifted from other authors in Dylan’s ‘Chronicles.’ And that’s just the beginning.

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U.S. Officials: Foreign Fighters Pouring Into Syria Faster Than Ever | NBC News

Unprecedented stream of fighters worries counter terror officials.

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Why It's So Hard To Stem the Spike in K2 Overdoses in NYC - The Wall Street Journal

Cheap, powerful and wildly unpredictable in quality, K2 poses a different set of challenges from trying to get older drugs off the streets of New York City, according to local, state and federal officials.

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NYPD expands surveillance net to fight crime as well as terrorism | Reuters

Having developed one of the most sophisticated surveillance networks in the United States, the New York Police Department is now expanding its use, giving local precinct commanders new powers to to fight street crime with high-tech tools previously reserved for counterterrorism operations.

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Feds Use Facial Recognition to Target Vegas Clichés | Al Jazeera America

With FBI biometric database, what happens in Vegas doesn't stay there anymore.

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Conn. Investigators Moving Forward in Bizarre Bomb Plot, Bank Heist Probe | ABC News

Law enforcement authorities probing the baffling case of a foiled kidnapping and robbery plot involving a Connecticut bank executive who showed up for work on a Monday morning in February with a bomb strapped to his chest gave the first public indication of progress in the vexing case over the weekend.

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Murderer Details Crime to ABC News

In brutally specific detail, his pale hands trembling, a Georgia inmate admitted Monday for the first time that he kidnapped and raped a 19-year-old college student in 1994, then strangled her with a necktie as she lay handcuffed to a bedpost and burned her body in a bonfire in his backyard.

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Reuters Investigates - George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

During the time Zimmerman was in hiding, his detractors defined him as a vigilante who had decided Martin was suspicious merely because he was black. After Zimmerman was finally arrested on a charge of second-degree murder more than six weeks after the shooting, prosecutors portrayed him as a violent and angry man who disregarded authority by pursuing the 17-year-old. But a more nuanced portrait of Zimmerman has emerged from a Reuters investigation into Zimmerman's past and a series of incidents in the community in the months preceding the Martin shooting.

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With Less Fanfare, NYPD Launches It's Own Massive Manhunt for Escaped Prisoner | The Wall Street Journal

As the search for two escaped inmates in upstate New York rivets the nation, another intense manhunt for a prisoner has been unfolding about six hours south in New York City, with far less fanfare.