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San Diego County Deputy Sheriff Ben Chassen looks at a monitor as his vehicle reads the license plates of cars in a parking lot Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif. A San Diego man is suing the San Diego Association of Governments for records collected on his vehicle by a plate-reader network that runs on information supplied by the San Diego Police Department, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and eight other police departments. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

License plate scanner networks know your moves

Friday, September 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement. The license plate scanning systems have multiplied across the U.S. over the last decade, funded largely by Homeland Security grants, and … 0

After vote to stay, Scots must heal divide

Friday, September 19, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence. Now, the task was to heal the divide — and use the energy the referendum unleashed to hold London politicians to promises of … 0

Biden: Young men need to stand against violence

Friday, September 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden said Friday the nation needs to bring young men into the struggle against domestic violence by encouraging them to stand against the crime on college campuses. Biden, speaking at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee’s women’s leadership forum, said the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against … 0

Mind the (generation) gap

Monday, September 15, 2014

GLASGOW, Scotland — Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland’s independence referendum. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their … 0

‘Everything ... is destroyed’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on Monday that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores, leaving entire neighborhoods as disaster zones. … 0

Vietnam soldiers receive Medal of Honor

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm’s way to … 0

Obama opens campaign against campus sexual assault

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign from the White House Friday, with a special focus on engaging men in the fight against a largely hidden problem. White House officials say the campaign, called “It’s On … 0

White House backs use of body cameras by police

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The White House says requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution to the mistrust between police and their communities that fueled unrest last month in Ferguson, Missouri. More than 150,000 people signed an online White House petition urging President Barack Obama to … 0

How to fight Islamic State?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PARIS — Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group — minus two of … 0

4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is … 0

Public housing safety policy can hit whole family

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she’s lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door. Any day now, she … 0

Calif. city uses parking meters to raise change for homeless

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PASADENA, Calif. — The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change. The Los Angeles suburb is turning 14 parking meters into repositories for donations made to nonprofits that serve the homeless, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Pasadena’s housing director, Bill Huang, says the hope … 0

Achieving diversity in police ranks

Sunday, September 14, 2014

When he took over as police chief last year in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, it didn’t take Bill Carson long to see he had a serious diversity problem. Of the department’s 79 sworn officers, just … 0