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Thousands of people were too injured to enter Baltimore jails

Thousands of people were taken to the Baltimore city jail in recent years with injuries too severe for them to be admitted, newly released records show. The records, obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Maryland …

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Why the grisly murder of Patrice Leary stood out in 1970 New York City when crime was king

Patrice Leary arrived wide-eyed and ambitious in New York in the summer of 1970, a 22-year-old Iowa girl by way of Smith College. Like so many newcomers here, Leary carried big dreams. She grew up in Des Moines, where …

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Man arrested for DUI several times has now killed entire family

A suspected drunk driver who had at least eight prior DUI arrests was involved in a Weld County crash that killed a family and himself. The two-vehicle crash claimed four lives, including two children, and sent a fifth …

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Lawsuit Alleges Officers In Birmingham Schools Sprayed Hundreds Of Students With Chemicals

Every day in Birmingham, Alabama, students run the risk of being sprayed with a dangerous chemical weapon just by attending school, according to attorneys in a federal trial that began this week. The trial that started …

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Woman who campaigned to change Indiana’s ban on Sunday alcohol sales gets charged with drunken driving

Megan Robertson, the Republican political operative who was hired to run the campaign to legalize Sunday carryout alcohol sales, is facing drunken driving charges after police say her vehicle crashed into a Near …

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Florida boy Kaleb Ahles, 2, finds daddy’s loaded gun, shoots himself to death

A 2-year-old boy is dead after investigators say he got hold of a gun and shot himself in the chest. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Kaleb Ahles was in his parents’ car, which had a gun in …

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Woman pleads guilty in exorcism murders of 2 kids

A Montgomery County woman has been found guilty, but not criminally responsible, for her role in the gruesome murders of two toddlers in January 2014 in what she believed was an exorcism. Two other children were choked …

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Andrew Brannan Executed For Killing Of Sheriff’s Deputy In Georgia

A man who fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy who stopped him for speeding on a Georgia interstate was put to death Tuesday for the 1998 killing, which was captured on the patrol car’s video camera. Andrew …

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Roommate, 18, bludgeons Queens lawyer, 29, to death with hammer in Astoria apartment

The 18-year-old protégé of a Queens attorney was charged Tuesday with bludgeoning the lawyer to death with a hammer. Jesse Smith, 29, was beaten to death Monday during a fight over money with Quentin Copobianco at the …

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Florida fugitive caught in Mexico after 37 years

It began nearly four decades ago when a British-flagged yacht fled police during a night chase at sea. At the helm: A man hinted to be a federal drug informant. It ended last month in Mexico, where the fleeing skipper …

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