The two escaped inmates from a New York maximum security prison have far outlasted the typical jailbreak period, according to experts and corrections data, as state and federal authorities were hunting them for the fifth straight day on Wednesday. "They invest a lot of time and effort in planning their escape," said Martin Horn, a former prison official in New York City and Pennsylvania who now lectures at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
The United States is expected to announce on Wednesday plans for a new military base in Iraq's Anbar province and the deployment of around 400 additional U.S. trainers to help Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State, a U.S. official said. The plan would expand the 3,100-strong U.S. contingent of trainers and advisers in Iraq and would mark an adjustment in strategy for President Barack Obama, who is facing mounting criticism for not being tougher in combating Islamic State.
For decades, South Florida has battled drug traffickers who ship boatloads of cocaine from South America. Now the region is dealing with a new epidemic - cheap, synthetic drugs that arrive from China through the mail. As authorities in the Sunshine State battle with the surge of Alpha-PVP, better known as "flakka" or "gravel," police departments have begun equipping officers with field detection kits, employing sniffer dogs at mail facilities and training patrol units to look for signs of delirium.
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amtrak said on Wednesday that it has won government approval to test a new rail safety system between New York and Washington that federal inspectors say would have prevented the deadly May 12 derailment in Philadelphia. The statements were contained in separate pieces of written testimony submitted by Amtrak and the FCC to the Senate Commerce Committee ahead of a hearing on positive train control, or PTC, a new safety system that railroads are required to implement before Dec. 31.
A daring weekend escape from a New York state maximum-security penitentiary marked at least the third time convicted murderer Richard Matt had moved to bust out from behind bars. As authorities searched for a fourth day for Matt, 48, and his fellow convicted killer David Sweat, 34, details emerged showing that the older inmate had twice tried to escape prison, once successfully. Large numbers of officers converged on Tuesday on the town of Willsboro, New York, about 40 miles (64 km) south of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, from which they had escaped, following a reported sighting of the pair.
After weeks of sorting through complex and contradictory phone service data, U.S. investigators have determined whether an Amtrak engineer was using his cellphone last month when his train derailed along a curve in Philadelphia, two sources said on Tuesday. Investigators recently have been leaning toward the conclusion that 32-year-old engineer, Brandon Bostian, was not using the phone, sources said. Investigators have examined a range of evidence that could suggest either human error or a mechanical malfunction.
Los Angeles police commissioners on Tuesday issued a mixed ruling in the shooting of unarmed black man by two patrolmen, largely approving of one officer's actions while finding that the other had violated department policy. The decision followed a tense administrative hearing into the shooting death of 25-year-old Ezell Ford last Aug. 11. One man was arrested in a hallway outside the meeting room for interfering with a police officer, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.
A judge ordered Arkansas on Tuesday to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed during a six-day window in the state in May 2014 and have since been in legal limbo. The ruling from Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen applies to about 500 couples who received marriage licenses during the time when clerks issued them to same-sex couples in places such as Pulaski County, the state's most populous area and home to the capital, Little Rock. "With shameless disrespect for fundamental fairness and equality, (the state) insists on treating the marriages of same-sex couples who received marriage licenses between May 9 and May 15 as ‘void as a matter of law,'" he wrote in his decision.
Los Angeles police commissioners meeting to decide whether two officers were justified in shooting an unarmed black man last year briefly walked out of the session on Tuesday after activists began chanting and holding signs. All five members of the Los Angeles Police Commission, who had said that they would halt the proceedings if activists became unruly, left the meeting for about 10 minutes during a tense public comment section. A line of more than a dozen police officers then stood at the front of the room, asking the crowd to calm down, before commissioners returned.