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Updated Oct 17, 2014 at 8:01 AM

David Fincher’s "Gone Girl," the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s runaway best-seller, is for people with dark hearts and deep reservoirs of cynicism...so naturally I enjoyed it immensely.

Posted Oct 17, 2014 at 1:01 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice has made it possible for local law enforcement agencies to fund some of their policing practices through collaborative civil asset forfeitures. The process known as Equitable Sharing drives revenue to local crime...

Updated Oct 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that he and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the fight against Ebola.

Updated Oct 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

The search for justice in America’s criminal courtrooms can be a tortured journey. Everyone accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty — guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Those fundamental rights are well known, but are they well...

Updated Oct 10, 2014 at 7:57 AM

After a self-imposed sabbatical from the movies for most of the summer--I had no desire to see the garbage out there that passes for blockbuster entertainment--I came back to the movies in mid-September as fall brought better releases,...

Updated Oct 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Not all of us have lost faith in law enforcement.But it should be noted that this is a convoluted issue that will most likely be argued for as long as America remains a nation that protects the right to free speech.

Updated Oct 7, 2014 at 8:39 AM

All hope is lost.An Iranian exile who received asylum in the United States was trying his best to restore that hope and raise money for children in need, but he failed.

Posted Oct 3, 2014 at 1:01 AM

There are more than 400,000 untested rape kits sitting on the shelves of evidence rooms and crime labs across the country.

Updated Oct 2, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Have you ever considered what life would be like if attack drones were visible over New York, Omaha, Nashville, Chicago, New Orleans, Denver and San Francisco?

Updated Oct 2, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Well, it happened yet again; for the eighth time in the last 10 editions of the Ryder Cup, the United States suffered defeat at the hands of the Europeans, 16.5-11.5.

Updated Sep 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Voters on Nov. 4 will decide whether an incremental state minimum wage increase from $7.25 per hour to $8 next year and to $9 on Jan. 1, 2016, is the right move in Nebraska.

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