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Ransomware Hackers Blackmail U.S. Police Departments - NBC News

Cybercriminals who have forced U.S. hospitals, schools and even small cities to pay hundreds of millions in blackmail or see their files destroyed are now targeting the most unlikely group of victims: U.S. police departments. And the attacks are putting federal law enforcement officials in a nearly impossible position.

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Why The Feds Are So Alarmed About the New York Dam Hack - NBC News

In recent years, independent "white-hat" security researchers have shown they can access cities' traffic control systems and license plate reader networks, sports stadiums, car washes, a hockey rink in Denmark, a Texas water plant, the particle-accelerating cyclotron at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, even an Olympic arena.

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NYC Drone Film Festival Aims to Win Over Skeptical Public - NBC News

For most Americans, hobby drones are about as welcome in their neighborhoods as car alarms. The New York City Drone Film Festival is aiming to change that.

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The Wall Street Journal

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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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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The Daily Beast

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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The Drive to Spy | Medium

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

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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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The Wall Street Journal

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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'Our Son Hired Hit Men to Kill Us' - ABC News

Robyn and Richard Parnell learned this week that their 18-year-old son Jacob Jett allegedly confessed to hiring hit men to kill them. But in an interview with ABC News, all they could talk about was how much they love their boy.

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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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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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Al Jazeera

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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The Wall Street Journal

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.

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Bob Dylan Sings Obama's Praises

Bob Dylan, the maverick architect of American protest music, appears to have endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Or did he?