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How a federal Ecstasy sting ended the party for Mac Dre’s rap label, Thizz

Dion “Freeky D” Daniels (left) greets Simon Curtis “Kilo Curt” Nelson, who still produces music under the Thizz label. A few Thizz rappers and former friends from their neighborhood in Vallejo, Calif., were swept up in a federal drug bust last year. “To come to 2012 and be labeled a drug label, it’s a bad […]

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Video: Miguel Treviño’s Teenage Assassins

In July, Mexican marines captured the leader of Mexico’s most violent drug cartel, Miguel Treviño. Although Treviño is known for committing and ordering grisly killings, less is known about his recruitment of children on both sides of the border into the ranks of his Zetas cartel. Days before Trevino’s capture in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, producers […]

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Bay Area drivers who kill pedestrians rarely face punishment, analysis finds

East Palo Alto officials added signs and flashing lights in this crosswalk after 6-year-old Sioreli Torres was killed in 2011.Noah Berger/Center for Investigative Reporting Patricia Molinaro’s husband, Joe, was 10 minutes into his morning ritual – a mile-and-a-half walk from his suburban Bay Area home to Wal-Mart – when her phone rang. It was a […]

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Google’s self-driving vehicles zoom toward legal status

A Google self-driving carMark Doliner/Flickr When veteran legislative staffer Howard Posner began working on a bill that would allow driverless, computer-controlled cars to roam California’s highways, he figured lawmakers would find the idea alarming. They didn’t. “Eventually, you might be on the freeway, and someone might not be behind the wheel,” said Posner, a consultant […]

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House subcommittee plans hearing to examine Homeland Security watchdog

Charles Edwards, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting inspector general, testifies before the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee in June 2011.Donna Burton/U.S. Customs and Border Protection A U.S. House subcommittee plans to hold a hearing next month to examine the Department of Homeland Security’s troubled watchdog office, according to letters sent to prospective witnesses […]