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Undercover
2:01 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

A Special Agent's Secret Job: Hit Man

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employs special agents who pose as hit men to stop contract killings.
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Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:40 am

GQ Magazine correspondent Jeanne Marie Laskas calls him "Special Agent Charles Hunt," but that's not his real name. He's sometimes known as "Thrash" or "Hammer," Laskas says (also not his real name).

That's because Hunt is a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, specializing in deep undercover work. Specifically, he poses as a contract killer.

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Crime & Courts
7:14 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Army Charges Soldier In 2007 Killing Of Deaf Boys In Iraq

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 8:54 am

A U.S. Army Sergeant will be transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McChord to face charges he murdered two unarmed, deaf boys in Iraq in 2007.

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Technology
7:41 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Working In The Shadows To Keep Web Free Of Child Porn

Project Space, a Canadian investigation targeting child pornography, spanned three years and resulted in the rescue of 386 children.
Credit Courtesy of Toronto Police

Rich Brown knows how to crack a child pornography case. For decades, he was a cop for the New Jersey State Police. He worked on a task force dedicated to Internet crimes against children. And part of his job was to look through suspects' hard drives, image by image.

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Crime & Courts
1:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Hundreds Arrested In Massive Child Pornography Ring

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We start this story with a warning. Some people may find the subject unsettling. People with kids in the room may wish to skip the next six minutes. Years ago, police in Toronto, Canada began tracking a suspect in their city. With the help of police in other nations, they quietly began linking him to a global network of people trafficking in child pornography.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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Capital Punishment
6:18 am
Fri November 15, 2013

State Supreme Court: Accused Police Killer Monfort Could Face Death Penalty

A television photographer films pictures displayed at a news conference in Seattle, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, of homemade bombs and other items found in the apartment of Christopher Monfort, the man accused of killing Seattle Police officer Timothy Brenton in 2009.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that King County prosecutors can seek the death penalty against accused police killer Christopher Monfort. 

Monfort is charged with aggravated murder in the shooting death of Seattle police officer Tim Brenton four years ago. The high court also wrote that a King County judge improperly intruded on the prosecutor’s discretion to pursue a capital case.

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Investigations
6:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'I Want To Get Out': Teens Rarely Extend Foster Care

Roel Williams said that by the time he was 18, he had "served his time," and opted out of Washington's extended foster care program.
Credit Investigate West/Mike Kane

When Roel Williams was 18, he couldn’t wait to leave foster care.

“I went to a foster home in the Central District, which was run by a reverend,” he recalled. “He told me I had to fight one of the other foster children to stay in that placement. That’s when reality hit me.”

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Crime & Courts
2:11 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing

James "Whitey" Bulger was captured in June 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 7:59 am

It's the moment many victims of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger have been waiting decades for: In federal court in Boston, relatives of those killed by Bulger will face the former gangster and describe their pain.

Bulger was convicted in August of taking part in 11 murders while running a massive criminal enterprise for decades. There is little suspense around Bulger's sentencing — even the minimum would be enough to send the 84-year-old away for the rest of his life.

To many victims, Wednesday's sentencing hearing is less about Bulger than it is about them.

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Stab In The Dark
2:11 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Yes, Researchers Say, You Should Be Afraid Of The Dark

Jefferson Avenue in Richmond, Va. at night -- in 1960. Even with streetlights, shadows loom.
Credit Library of Virginia Photo

Shadows loom at night, and you may watch your back more. But is there actually more crime under the cover of darkness? A new report says yes.

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Crime & Courts
10:32 am
Tue November 12, 2013

How To Sentence Juvenile Killers? State Supreme Court Weighs 1988 Case

Two men convicted in the grisly slaying of an elderly couple when they were teens could get parole if the state Supreme Court rules in their favor.

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Guns
7:35 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Idaho School District Dumps Plan To Arm Teachers

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Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:16 pm

Officials at a school district in north Idaho say a plan to arm teachers is off. The proposal has been generating controversy in the Sandpoint area.

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Crime & Courts
4:01 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Tom Hillier, Who Defended Millennium Bomber, To Retire After 32 Years

Tom Hillier, chief federal public defender for Washington's Western District. He plans to retire in February.
Credit KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Tom Hillier is a lanky man with a full head of silver hair and deep-set eyes that can appear vaguely haunted by what he’s seen during his 32 years as a federal public defender in Seattle.

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Crime & Courts
1:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Skagit Couple Who Beat Adopted Ethiopian Daughter Head To Prison

Hana Williams, believed to be about 13, was honored at a vigil held after her adopted parents were sentenced to decades in prison.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Liz Jones reports on the vigil for Hana Williams, the Ethiopian girl found dead in her adoptive parents' yard in Skagit County.

Liz Jones reports on the sentencing of Carri and Larry Williams, adoptive parents of Hana Williams.

A Skagit County couple convicted of beating their adopted Ethiopian daughter and leaving her to die in the cold outside were sentenced Tuesday to decades in prison.

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Crime
3:40 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Sex Offender Who Fled Canada Charged With Harassment

Michael Sean Stanley has been arrested for a disturbance in West Seattle, he is also suspected of a sexual assault.
AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police

UPDATE 10/23/13, 6:20 p.m. PT: According to Dan Donohue, spokesman for the King County prosecutor office, the assault claim against Michael Sean Stanley remains under investigation and has not yet been referred to prosecutors.

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A man described by Canadian police as a sexually violent predator pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday morning to the misdemeanor charge of harassment after being arrested on Tuesday in West Seattle. 

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Nevada Shooting
8:26 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Teacher Who Died Trying To End Shooting Remembered As A Hero

A Sparks Middle School student cries with family members after a fellow student killed a math teacher and himself Monday in Sparks, Nev.
Kevin Clifford AP

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 9:46 am

Michael Landsberry, the 45-year-old middle school math teacher and Afghan War veteran who was killed Monday trying to talk down a student shooter at a Nevada middle school, is being remembered as a hero.

Witnesses at Sparks Middle School in the city of Sparks, near Reno, described how Landsberry approached the armed 13-year-old boy and tried to get him to surrender a semi-automatic pistol he had used to shoot two fellow students. The boy then turned the weapon on Landsberry, fatally shooting him, before using the pistol to take his own life.

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Public Safety
1:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Violent Sex Offender Flees Canada, But Seattle Police Can't Arrest Him

Michael Sean Stanley, described by police as a violent sex offender, has been tracked to downtown Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Update: Michael Sean Stanley has registered as a sex offender in Washington state. 

A man described by Seattle police as a “sexually violent predator” has been located in downtown Seattle but will not be arrested.

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