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Number of roll-your-own cigarette shops billows

May 25, 2011
It's cheaper to roll your own cigarettes. But regulators say roll-your-own shops are really cigarette manufacturers, subject to all applicable laws and taxes.
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SEC to vote on paying tipsters

May 25, 2011
As part of financial reform, the Securities and Exchange Commission is about to formalize a bounty system for whistleblowers on corporate fraud.
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Supreme Court rules California must alleviate overcrowding in prisons

May 23, 2011
California's prisons are far overcrowded, but the state's budget crisis makes many of the solutions difficult.
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Freakonomics: Why bounty hunters catch more fugitives than police officers

May 17, 2011
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses the difference between bounty hunters and police officers that really matters when it comes to catching fugitives.
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In the U.K., Big Brother has a driver's license

May 10, 2011
A growing fleet of surveillance cars are plying the streets of London and other British cities looking for scofflaws. But a group of citizens on motorcycles is looking to thwart them.
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ACLU questioning Michigan police officers' use of extraction devices

Apr 20, 2011
Sounds like something out of Total Recall - extraction devices. The devices can download info - text messages, photos, videos, GPS data from most...
Posted In: Crime, Law, privacy

The business of tracking despot assets

Mar 28, 2011
A small army of accountants is mounting a different kind of assault on the Gaddafi regime. They are tracking the dictator's foreign assets, with a view to freezing and seizing them.
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Pirate attacks on the rise and expected to get worse

Mar 4, 2011
2011 could be a banner year for pirate attacks, and the violence could get worse, as well.
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Hackers heist carbon credits

Feb 25, 2011
Call it the carbon credit caper. A gang of eastern European criminal hackers have stolen more than $50 million in carbon offsets, temporarily shutting down part of the European carbon trading system.
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The life of a cybercrime kingpin

Feb 22, 2011
The name Max Butler might not call up the same images as names like Al Capone or Jesse James, but maybe it should. Butler, a.k.a. Max Vision, was one of the most successful cybercriminals of all time -- before the law caught up with him.
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