Law & Order
What do criminal justice risk assessments actually assess?  PHYS.ORG · 29 minutes
Exposure to the criminal justice system increases some of the risk factors used to predict recidivism and re-arrest, according to new research out of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. For... more
US environmental groups sue over wildlife protection rollbacks  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
US environmental groups have sued the administration of President Donald Trump over rollbacks that weaken the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with saving iconic species from the bald eagle to the... more
Mexican marijuana traffickers are poisoning California forests with a banned pesticide, officials say  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
California law enforcement has learned that Mexican drug traffickers are using a dangerous pesticide banned in the United States to grow marijuana... more
A law just for Trump's presidency? California measure aims to protect state's environment  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
California is considering a far-reaching law that would lock current environmental protections into place and would only be in effect until the... more
Victim-survivors of rape don't feel justice has been met, even if the accused goes to prison  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
The Scottish criminal justice process leaves those who have reported a rape or serious sexual assault... more
First of its kind mapping model tracks how hate spreads and adapts online  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Online hate thrives globally through self-organized, scalable clusters that interconnect to form resilient networks spread across multiple social media platforms, countries and... more
Music charts are increasingly short-lived  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Cultural processes are increasingly short-lived, showing in addition a growing tendency toward self-organization. As a result, success is now governed by a universal law. This was discovered by the physicists after studying 50 years of music charts. more
Music charts are increasingly short-lived  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Cultural processes are increasingly short-lived, showing in addition a growing tendency toward self-organization. As a result, success is now governed by a universal law. This was discovered by the physicists Professor Claudius Gros and Lukas Schneider from Goethe... more
Transgender hate crimes are on the rise in Canada  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Canada has a good reputation for LGBTQ rights. Federal political leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, attend pride parades across the country. But a... more
2 drug companies settle with counties in opioid-crisis suit  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Two drugmakers have reached settlements on claims filed by the first two Ohio counties set to go to trial in the national opioid lawsuit. more
Former VA pathologist charged in deaths of 3 patients  ABC NEWS · 2 days
A pathologist fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital after officials said he was impaired on duty has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three patients more
Pharmaceutical company settles with counties in opioid suit  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Endo Pharmaceuticals says it has reached a settlement in its claims with the first two Ohio counties set to go to trial in the national opioid lawsuit. more
Indigenous scholars confront the power, limitations of genomics  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
They traveled to central Illinois from Manitoba, Mexico City, Nova Scotia and 18 U.S. states, bringing expertise in a variety of fields, including anthropology, biomedical engineering, ethics, health and environmental policy, law,... more
Dog down: Effort helps emergency medical staff treat law enforcement K-9s  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Law enforcement K-9s face the same dangers their human handlers confront. Recognizing a gap in care for law enforcement K-9s injured on the job, a team... more
California clamps down on amateur use of gene-editing technologies  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
California state officials have passed the first law to prohibit genetic biohacking in an effort to regulate at-home gene editing. more
Georgia asks judge not to block restrictive abortion law  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Georgia is asking a federal judge not to block the state's restrictive abortion law from taking effect and to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of the measure more
Cigarettes Can't Be Advertised On TV. Should Juul Ads Be Permitted?  NPR · 2 days
Though tobacco ads have been banned from TV for about 50 years, the marketing of electronic cigarettes isn't constrained by the law. Public health advocates consider... more
Police less proactive after negative public scrutiny, study says  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Public safety officers know that their profession could draw them into the line of fire at any moment, as it did recently for six officers wounded in a shooting standoff... more
New lawsuit seeks protection zone for Northwest orcas  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A new U.S. lawsuit filed Monday seeks to establish a whale protection zone for endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest. more
Dog down: Effort helps emergency medical staff treat law enforcement K-9s  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Recognizing a gap in care for law enforcement K-9s injured on the job, a team of veterinarians, emergency medical services experts and canine handlers has developed... more
Getting shot by police is a leading cause of death for black men in America  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
About 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of... more
French police suicide rate climbs, French govt is flummoxed  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Three riot police officers, a police commander, a police academy teacher _ all are among eight French police officers who have killed themselves recently, raising the number to 64 so... more
Improving mental health for older victims of crime  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Psychiatric researchers at UCL are working with the Metropolitan Police and local branches of mental health charity Mind, to trial a new intervention aimed at reducing the distressing psychological outcomes, known to... more
How weapons fuel America's mass shootings  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Mental illness. Video games. The Internet. These are excuses offered by the U.S. President and his supporters for a scourge of mass killings. But five decades of empirical research by preeminent criminal law expert Professor Franklin... more
Critics: Oregon courts disaster with new tsunami-zone law  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. more
Hidden in plain sight: California illegal pot market booming  ABC NEWS · 7 days
California's struggling legal cannabis industry is expected to grow next year to $3.1 billion, but it remains far outmatched by the state's thriving illegal market more
Police departments confront 'epidemic' in officer suicides  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The New York Police Department is grappling with a spike in officer suicides that has drawn national attention to the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder among law enforcement more
New Jersey's medically assisted suicide law put on hold  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A New Jersey judge has put a temporary hold on a new law allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs more
Mexico high court to Health officials: Regulate medical pot  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Mexico's Supreme Court has ordered the country's Health Department to set regulations complying with a law allowing medical use of marijuana and derivatives more
App allows inspectors to find gas pump skimmers faster  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Computer scientists have developed an app that allows state and federal inspectors to detect devices that steal consumer credit and debit card data at gas pumps. The devices, known as... more
Trump administration hits brakes on law to curb unneeded Medicare CT scans, MRIs  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Five years after Congress passed a law to reduce unnecessary MRIs, CT scans and other expensive diagnostic imaging tests that could harm... more
Coca and conflict: The factors fuelling Colombian deforestation  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Deforestation in Colombia has been linked to armed conflict and forests' proximity to coca crops, the plant from which cocaine is derived. A new study found that conflict between illegal groups and... more
Analysis shows large decline in criminal sentencing race gap  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Racial and ethnic gaps in criminal sentences have declined, in some cases significantly, since the mid-1990s, a new analysis of state, county and federal data suggests. more
Wildlife trafficking and more hinder nations' sustainable development  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Transnational environmental crime—wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, dumping hazardous waste and more—takes an estimated $91 to $259 billion bite out of the global economy and has strong ties to organized crime finance, says... more
Singapore to ban sale of elephant ivory from 2021  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Singapore said Monday it will impose a blanket ban on the domestic sale of elephant ivory and products from 2021 as the government tightens its campaign against illegal wildlife trade. more
Lawsuit: Negligence caused Legionnaires' outbreak at hotel  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A lawsuit alleges "negligence in the operation and maintenance of the water systems" caused a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a downtown Atlanta hotel more
Evidence reveals risk assessment algorithms show bias against Hispanic population  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Automated risk assessment has become increasingly popular in the criminal justice system, but a new study published in the American Criminal Law Review assessed the accuracy, validity and... more
How #MeToo is changing sex ed policies — even in red states  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
In Colorado, a law passed this spring requires any sex education taught in the state’s public schools to be medically accurate and, in an... more
Class-action lawsuit seeks to let Medicare patients appeal gap in nursing home coverage  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Medicare paid for Betty Gordon’s knee replacement surgery in March, but the 72-year-old former high school teacher needed a nursing home stay... more
Police probe cause of sore eyes, vomiting on England coast  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Part of a British seaside town was cordoned off for several hours in what police called a "hazardous material incident" after people reported experiencing vomiting and sore eyes more
UK police probe cause of sore eyes, vomiting in seaside town  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Police in England say they are responding to a "hazardous material incident" after people in a seaside town reported vomiting and sore eyes more
Oregon paid leave law 1st in US to fully cover lowest wages  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Oregon has approved what advocates are calling the nation's most progressive paid family and medical leave law in the nation more
OneWeb disputes Virgin Orbit lawsuit, says LauncherOne is too expensive  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Megaconstellation startup OneWeb asked a court to dismiss a June lawsuit by Virgin Orbit, claiming that... more
Police: Woman says she lied in video about spreading HIV  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Georgia woman tells police she lied about being HIV-positive in a viral Facebook rant in which she claimed to have intentionally infected others more
Cell cycle progression in confining microenvironments is regulated by a growth-responsive TRPV4-PI3K/Akt-p27Kip1 signaling axis  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
In tissues, cells reside in confining microenvironments, which may mechanically restrict the ability of a cell to double in size... more
Mom, man face murder charge after girl, 13, left in hot car  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Authorities say the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a man living with her are charged with murder after intentionally leaving the child inside... more
New test to snare those lying about a person's identity  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new test could help police to determine when criminals or witnesses are lying about their knowledge of a person's identity. more
Staring at seagulls could save your chips  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Staring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal your food, new research shows. more
Georgia woman's viral rant says she's infecting men with HIV  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A Georgia woman who went on a viral Facebook Live rant claiming she was HIV-positive and intentionally infecting others is now being investigated by police more
Staring at seagulls could save your chips  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Staring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal your food, new research shows. more
Bullet shape, velocity determine blood spatter patterns  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Blood spatters are hydrodynamic signatures of violent crimes, often revealing when an event occurred and where the perpetrator and victim were located, and researchers have worked toward better understanding the fluid dynamics at play... more
Bullet shape, velocity determine blood spatter patterns  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Blood spatters are hydrodynamic signatures of violent crimes, often revealing when an event occurred and where the perpetrator and victim were located at the time of the crime. more
Sex worker rights: Hysteria, surveillance and threats to fundamental freedoms  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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Study shows link between mental, physical health and recidivism, reincarceration  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Poor physical or mental health increases the chance that formerly incarcerated individuals will commit more crimes and return to prison, according to a groundbreaking new Rutgers University-Camden study. more
Class action lawsuit filed against UCLA gynecologist  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Two women say in a federal class action lawsuit they were sexually assaulted by a former gynecologist who worked for the University of California, Los Angeles more
Police use of fatal force is identified as a leading cause of death in young men  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Police violence is a leading cause of death of young men in the United States with... more
Poor health increases chance of recidivism and reincarceration  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Poor physical or mental health increases the chance that formerly incarcerated individuals will commit more crimes and return to prison, according to a groundbreaking new Rutgers University-Camden study. more
New Zealand government plans to ease abortion restrictions  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
New Zealand's government plans changes to the country's abortion laws by treating the procedure as a health issue rather than a crime more
France drafts law to extend IVF to lesbians, single women  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Single women and lesbians in France no longer would have to go abroad to get pregnant with a doctor's help under a proposed law that would give them... more
Families say Purdue Pharma must be 'held accountable'  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Parents who lost children to fatal overdoses rallied outside a Boston courthouse as a judge heard arguments in Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over the national drug epidemic. more
Protesters rally outside court during Purdue Pharma hearing  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Protesters are rallying outside a Boston courthouse as a judge hears arguments in Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over the national drug epidemic. more
Peacekeeping missions can actually increase criminal violence, research finds  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The presence of UN peacekeeping missions can inadvertently make criminal violence worse by providing the security necessary for organised crime to flourish, and creating a 'peacekeeping economy' which criminals can... more
Lifelong anonymity orders: do they still work in the social media age?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Lifelong anonymity orders for adults who were convicted of crimes as children are rarely granted. In theory, these orders legally prevent a person ever... more
Protest planned outside court during Purdue Pharma hearing  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Activists are rallying outside a Boston courthouse as a judge hears arguments in Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over the national drug epidemic. more
Op-ed | Why Congress must enact commercial remote sensing reforms  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
Remote sensing is incredibly valuable for environmental, national security and commercial purposes. Unfortunately, it’s governed by... more
Police officers' exposure to peers accused of misconduct shapes their subsequent behavior  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A new Northwestern University study investigated how Chicago police officers' exposure to peers who had been accused of misconduct shaped their involvement in subsequent... more
New Jersey's medically assisted suicide law takes effect  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
New Jersey's law permitting terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs has taken effect more
How not to police financial services. Balanced scorecards don't work for bankers  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Casual observers of the financial services royal commission might be forgiven for thinking the days of sales-based commissions being paid to bank and insurance... more
Why intercountry adoption needs a rethink  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Associate Professor Sonja Van Wichelen, sociologist and leader of the Biohumanity FutureFix research project in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences made the call in a paper published in the latest issue of Law and... more
Sustained police effort explains higher arrests for gun murders  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The primary reason gun fatalities result in arrests more frequently than nonfatal shootings is police devote more time and resources to the fatal cases, a new study by scholars at... more
Human trafficking victims' unlikeliness to report crimes tied to police officers' bias  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Police are increasingly called on to combat crimes related to sex and labor trafficking. A new study sought to determine how the victims of... more
Dozens of live pangolins found hidden on bus in Vietnam  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Dozens of live pangolins smuggled from Laos were discovered "dehydrated and weak" on a bus in central Vietnam, police and conservationists said Tuesday, in a country where the... more
Women's prisons: Why they do more harm than good  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Sending women to prison, and removing them from their children and families, has long been seen as a contentious issue. Particularly given that women are predominately nonviolent offenders and tend... more
Capital One target of massive data breach  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A hacker gained access to personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications, the bank said Monday as federal authorities arrested a suspect in the case . more
US rejection disappoints states eyeing Utah Medicaid plan  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The Trump administration's rejection of Utah's plan to partially expand Medicaid could forestall a middle path for other states wrestling with coverage of more low-income people under President Barack Obama's signature health-care... more
Iraq displays stolen artifacts recovered from UK, Sweden  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Iraqi officials are displaying stolen artifacts from the country's rich cultural heritage that were recently recovered from Britain and Sweden. more
Young crime is often a phase, and locking kids up is counterproductive  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Last week, violent riots erupted in the NSW Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre. Several inmates allegedly attacked known sex offenders, and a held a... more
Biden's full embrace of Obama health law has political risks  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is placing a big bet on expanding the Affordable Care Act, but the approach leaves him subject to attacks from the left, right... more
UChicago awarded $17 million grant to tackle opioid addiction in criminal justice settings  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
It's estimated that more than 130 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. Particularly at risk are people transitioning through the... more
Eye surgery law sparks unusually public dispute in Arkansas  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Arkansas optometrists who say they have to refer patients sometimes as far as an hour away successfully urged the Legislature this year to expand what procedures they can perform more
Governors weigh health care plans as they await court ruling  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
As they gather at a conference in Utah, governors from around the country are starting to think about what they would do if an appeals court upholds a... more
Marijuana dispensary owner arrested for meth sales  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in eastern Oklahoma is accused of selling methamphetamine from his business more
Oklahoma marijuana dispensary owner arrested for meth sales  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in eastern Oklahoma is accused of selling methamphetamine from his business more
Fake news war divides, confuses in Hong Kong  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Chinese tanks at the border? False. Photo of a protester biting off a policeman's finger? Misleading. In polarised Hong Kong, a fake news fight for public opinion has become as crucial a... more
Researchers receive $10 million grant to examine opioid addiction treatment for jail detainees  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Massachusetts Medical School are among the scientists at a dozen institutions... more
Oregon removes assisted suicide wait for certain patients  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A change to state law will allow certain terminally ill patients in Oregon more direct access to life-ending medications under the state's assisted suicide law more
Barr warns time's running out for companies to open encryption  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Attorney General William Barr issued a sharp warning that time may be running out for Facebook Inc. and other technology companies to come to a voluntary agreement providing... more
Ultrathin transistors for faster computer chips  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
For decades, the transistors on our microchips have become smaller, faster and cheaper. Approximately every two years the number of transistors on commercial chips has doubled—this phenomenon became known as "Moore's Law." But for several years... more
French parliament adopts copyright reform after EU law  PHYS.ORG · 1 month
The French parliament on Tuesday adopted a copyright reform to protect media against the use of their news by tech giants, the first national legislature to agree the new EU law. more
Georgia abortion law foes seek to keep it from taking effect  ABC NEWS · 1 month
Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions are asking a judge to keep it from taking effect while a legal challenge plays out more
Researchers unveil first of four reports on racial disparities in prosecutor behavior  PHYS.ORG · 1 month
To promote fairness and transparency in the criminal justice system, researchers at FIU and Loyola University Chicago have partnered with prosecutors in Tampa, Chicago,... more
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