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FBI’s sudden move in Apple case isn’t really a surprise

After an abrupt “motion to vacate” Monday, the Justice Department has won postponement of a hearing on whether Apple should be forced to help the FBI break into the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.... Read more»

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Sunshine Week commentary

Will the First Amendment survive the information age?

This is Sunshine Week in the U.S., when news organizations spotlight the public’s right to know and size up government openness and access to public records. This year, we should add a more sweeping question to the list: How will the First Amendment survive the dramatic changes in information technology? Complicated disputes are popping up in both predicable and surprising places.... Read more»

Five things you should know about proposed FCC privacy rules

It stops Verizon’s zombie cookie in its tracks, but allows AT&T to keep charging customers extra if they want privacy. ... Read more»

Apple win in NY case spells trouble for feds pushing to unlock killer's iPhone

Far away from a similar fight over the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, a federal magistrate refused Monday to make Apple unlock a suspected drug trafficker's phone in an unrelated narcotics case.... Read more»

Rubio oversimplifies FBI-Apple battle

During the recent GOP debate, Sen. Marco Rubio said the FBI has asked Apple to disable “the auto-erase mode on one phone in the entire world.” But the FBI, which is seeking access to the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, has asked Apple to write software that could do more than that. ... Read more»

What’s really at stake in the Apple encryption debate

In effect, the FBI is asking for Apple to write software that will provide something the government has sought without success for more than a decade: A “backdoor” that cracks the increasingly sophisticated encryption on consumers’ phones. ... Read more»

ASU police accused of faking crime stats

ASU's Police Department falsifies crime statistics to make the university seem safer than it is, and harassed officers who objected to the "culture of corruption," six officers claim in court. ... Read more»

Court: FBI can’t be sued for failing to warn Arivaca family of home invasion

A federal appeals court said Wednesday the FBI cannot be held liable for failing to tip Pima County police to a home invasion by a border militia group that killed an Arivaca man and his 9-year-old daughter.... Read more»

Maricopa Co. Attorney stops issuing iPhones after Apple/FBI conflict

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday it will stop distributing iPhones to employees in the wake of a national legal battle between Apple and the FBI.... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Texas crime rates lower in border cities

Crime has dropped, and the Texas side of the border apparently is now safer than the state's larger cities. But a political tug-of-war about the security needs of the region remains full of fiery rhetoric and competing views about how safe border communities really are.... Read more»

McCain wants U.S. troops in Syria, compromise on cybersecurity

U.S. Sen. John McCain, who had earlier opposed U.S. "boots on the ground" in Syria, wants to deploy 10,000 troops in that Middle Eastern country to fight both ISIS and the Assad regime.... Read more»

Former border agent sentenced to 8 years for pot smuggling

A former Customs and Border Protection agent was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in a plot to smuggle more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States.... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton’s ‘Charleston Loophole’ claim

Hillary Clinton said the FBI needed “just one more day” to stop Dylann Roof from being able to purchase the handgun that he allegedly used to kill nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, last year. ... Read more»

Why Obama and other gun control advocates own stock in firearms makers

Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. But the U.S. president, a fierce advocate for gun regulation, has money in a pension fund that holds stock in gun and ammunition companies. ... Read more»

Mexican police nab leader of Beltran Leyva cartel

Mexican police announced the weekend arrest of Francisco Javier Hernandez Garcia, the alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel. On Saturday, Mexican federal police also conducted raids in Sonoyta, just across the border from Lukeville, Arizona. ... Read more»

.50-cal rifle seized during El Chapo raid connected to Fast & Furious

A .50-caliber rifle sold by a U.S. gun dealer during the botched law enforcement operation known as "Fast and Furious" was seized in the coastal hideout of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman following a raid by Mexican marines. ... Read more»

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