Traffic citation fines have skyrocketed over the last decade, with some common infractions now costing close to $500. The growth is due to penalty assessments – fees that pay for projects ranging from court construction to DNA research for solving crimes.
Police Protective Fund raises millions of dollars each year in the name of fallen officers. Now, four men in charge of the charity’s telemarketing operations have been arrested on charges of hiring felons to raise that money.
The former McClellan Air Force Base has been closed for years, but the U.S. Air Force is building an arena-sized radioactive waste dump on the property that it wants to transfer to the city of Sacramento, Calif.
On its face, the case appears like any other federal drug sting. But with authorities highlighting its connections to Bay Area record label Thizz Entertainment, it has special significance for legions of aspiring rappers.
A new U.N. report has found that crimes against humanity are occurring in North Korea and calls for an international tribunal to investigate. Survivors describe what life is like in North Korea’s hidden prison camps. (via Human Rights Watch)