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If you're murdered in America, there's a 1 in 3 chance that the police won't identify your killer.

To use the FBI's terminology, the national "clearance rate" for homicide today is 64.1 percent. Fifty years ago, it was more than 90 percent.

And that's worse than it sounds, because "clearance" doesn't equal conviction: It's just the term that police use to describe cases that end with an arrest, or in which a culprit is otherwise identified without the possibility of arrest — if the suspect has died, for example.

Amanda Knox waits on a television set for an interview, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in New York.
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

It's over.

Italy's highest court on Friday overturned Amanda Knox's murder conviction, ending the Seattle resident's long legal battle for exoneration.

The Court of Cassation also overturned the conviction of Knox's former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.

Amanda Knox waits on a television set for an interview, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in New York.
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

If Italy’s highest court upholds Amanda Knox's murder conviction Friday, Italian cops aren’t going to descend on Seattle and whisk her off – at least not right away.

Asha Gobana says a man pointed a gun at her and made anti-Muslim threats.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones / KUOW

A Muslim advocacy group in Seattle wants the FBI to investigate a possible hate crime against a woman in SeaTac. The group says it’s concerned about a recent spate of similar incidents, as KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

Bernie Lau when he first became a Seattle Police officer in the early 1970s. Lau soon became a detective working undercover in Chinatown, as the International District was known then.
Courtesy of Bernie Lau

In late January of 1983, Seattle homicide detectives contacted me and asked if I knew the whereabouts of a young Chinese individual named Benjamin Ng.

A week earlier, two women  had been murdered in their home on Beacon Hill. Someone had tied them up and wrapped duct tape around their heads, covering their mouths and noses. 

Vandalism at Bothell Hindu Temple and Cultural Center.
Courtesy of HTCC/Nitya Niranjan

Leaders of a Hindu temple in Bothell have fast-tracked a plan to add some extra security cameras. This comes after the temple was tagged with racist graffiti over the weekend. The incident has gotten some international media attention and is still under investigation.  

The subject of the popular public radio "Serial" podcast, who was convicted as a teenager 15 years ago in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, has been granted an appeal.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has granted the request for review from Adnan Syed, whose case has been examined in-depth in the podcasts, which raised questions about his guilt.

Opening arguments start today in King County Superior Court in the trial of Christopher Monfort, accused of killing Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton in 2009. If found guilty, Monfort could face the death penalty. Bill Radke talks with KUOW reporter Amy Radil ahead of the trial.

In the years before Washington and Oregon legalized recreational pot for adults, thousands of people were convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

The Washington Supreme Court Thursday ordered a new trial for the getaway driver in the 2009 killings of four Lakewood, Washington, police officers.

A municipal court judge in suburban Seattle has dismissed domestic violence charges against home-grown soccer superstar Hope Solo.

King County Jail in downtown Seattle.
King County Photo

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is protesting a new King County policy to release more felony suspects after booking them. King County says it’s a budget decision involving nonviolent offenders. The mayor says it’s a threat to public safety.

A snapshot of a video uploaded by Seattle Police to YouTube. The video is a police dash camera video.
Seattle Police

Seattle Police say they've identified four suspects involved in drive-by shootings in South Seattle on New Year's Eve. The update was given at a south-end community meeting Wednesday night.

Police say the shootings were prompted by a feud between rival gangs and that they have arrest warrants out for the shooters. Officials say the investigation is ongoing.

Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole says the department will increase patrols in South Seattle over the weekend. 

This is the second of two stories. Read the first story here.

If you get caught drinking and driving in Wisconsin, and it's your first offense, you lose your license for nine months. For a hit-and-run, the punishment is suspension for one year.

But if you don't pay a ticket for a minor driving offense, such as driving with a broken tail light, you can lose your license for two years.

Capitol Hill's Neighbours nightclub.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

County prosecutors filed double the number of charges for hate crimes in 2014 as they did in other recent years.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has filed 18 cases this year for "malicious harassment," the state's legal term for hate crimes. That's double the amount in 2012 and in 2013. Just seven cases were filed in 2011, according to spokesman Dan Donohoe.

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