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A New Study Challenges the Link Between Crime and the Minimum Wage

Academics have studied the relationship between the two for decades. A new paper suggests there's nothing to it.

The Alarming Spread of Prescription Drug Deaths Across the U.S.

It's no longer just Appalachia that has a problem. 

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Seattle Presses Pause on Its Mass Surveillance Plans

If only temporarily. 

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Team Hired to Photograph Florida's Beaches for Google Street View Traumatized by Nudists

Just what kind of weird stuff did those cameras pick up? 

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ShotSpotter Has Started Marketing Itself to Schools

The gunshot detection company is just the latest to enter the potentially lucrative U.S. school shooting protection market.

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Why America Has a Mass Incarceration Problem, and Why Germany and the Netherlands Don't

What Europe can teach the U.S. about criminal justice. 

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Downtown Louisville Is Getting a Trippy Hunter S. Thompson Memorial

Ralph Steadman, Thompson's famous co-pilot, will help create a banner for the city.

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Someone in Philly Is Using Instagram to Intimidate Witnesses

The "stop snitching" movement meets social media. 

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An Ex-Cop's Guide to Not Getting Arrested

Extremely frank tips for avoiding a night in jail.

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Where This Season's NBA Players Come From: L.A., New York and ... Saginaw, Michigan?

Big cities may produce the most players, but the smaller ones have much higher efficiency ratings. 

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Intense Smog Is Making Beijing's Massive Surveillance Network Practically Useless

Pollution defeats the surveillance state. 

REUTERS

Election Day 2013: Races to Watch

Miami Beach and Minneapolis are neck-and-neck for "most entertaining" mayoral campaign season.

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A Mugshot Profiteer Attempts to Defend the Business Model

Mugshots.com wants you to believe that it's a good thing to make people pay money to have their mugshots taken down. (Spoiler: It's not a very convincing argument).

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How a Judge's Media Interviews Were Used to Block Stop and Frisk Reform

The fate of the controversial policy now rests with New York's next mayor. 

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Why Drug Traffickers Love Buses

The most anonymous form of travel is the best one for smuggling. 

AP

The End of Car Chases?

The technology is being tested, but legal hurdles still need to be worked out.

REUTERS

This Exposé of China's 'Gutter Oil' Black Market Will Churn Your Stomach

Some street food vendors are still using cooking oil made from garbage. 

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For $20, Uber Will Bring You a Live Kitten and Let You Pet It for 15 Minutes

Disturbing concept, or most brilliant marketing ploy ever? 

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The Spike of Cop Killings in 2011 Was Thankfully Just a Spike

Despite concerns over an uptick, both felonious and accidental killings of police officers fell substantially in 2012.