CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 |
The federal judge who oversaw a dramatic, forced transformation of the Los Angeles Police Department has freed the department from the final vestiges of federal oversight. In a brief, three-line order Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Gary Feess formally lifted the binding agreement the U.S. Department of Justice imposed on the LAPD in 2001, which spelled out dozens of major reforms the police agency had to implement and frequent audits it was required to undergo by a monitor who reported to Feess.
March 21, 2013 |
REWARI, India -- India passed anti-rape legislation Thursday that included a controversial provision setting the age of sexual consent at 18. Reformers argued the law, which was passed in a hurried response to public anger over the fatal mid-December rape of a 23-year old physiotherapy student, should set the age at 16 to prevent wrongful arrests in a changing society. However, conservatives prevailed, fearful a lower age would encourage premarital sex and undermine Indian morality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2013 |
It would be easy to close the book and say justice has been served in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case. Two high school football stars were found guilty Sunday of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old at a party in a case that became a national scandal after videos and photos of the assault wound up on YouTube and Instagram. The text messages, pictures and jokey tweets that teenagers from the party shared online suggest a communal lack of conscience. That made it easy to blame locals so enamored of their football team that jocks thought they could get away with just about anything.
January 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused to lift a 30-year consent decree that bars the Republican National Committee from targeting racial and ethnic minorities in its efforts to end fraudulent voting. The justices without comment turned down an appeal from RNC lawyers who said the decree has become “antiquated” and is “increasingly used as political weapon” by Democrats during national campaigns. For their part, lawyers for the Democratic National Committee had argued that recent campaigns show the “consent degree remains necessary today.” The court's action is a victory for the DNC, and it comes after an election year in which the two parties regularly exchanged charges over “voter fraud” and “voter intimidation.” But most of the recent battles have been fought on the state level, and it is not clear whether the long-standing consent decree has had much impact.
December 20, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - In a major step to protect kids' online privacy, the Federal Trade Commission has unveiled new rules that require mobile apps and websites to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children. The agency's chairman, Jon Leibowitz, said Wednesday that federal regulators were trying to keep pace with the growing use of mobile devices by those under age 13 - and the rapidly evolving tactics and tracking tools of marketers and data brokers that collect detailed dossiers on Americans and their online activities.
December 11, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Parents often hand over their smartphones and tablet computers to keep their kids entertained. But most parents are unaware the mobile apps and games that delight their kids are secretly collecting personal information they then share with marketers and other third parties. Now federal regulators are investigating whether mobile apps makers, in transmitting this data without parents' knowledge or consent, have violated laws that protect children's privacy. The Federal Trade Commission declined to name or say how many mobile apps makers it's probing.