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Pennsylvania tries a new initiative to curb illegal gun purchases

by Miles Bryan Sep 11, 2019
Operation LIPSTICK (Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing), reaches out to women and teenage girls to warn them about the risks of making straw purchases — up to ten years in prison under federal law.
Dorothy Johnson-Speight holds a picture of her son, Khaaliq. He was fatally shot in Philadelphia in 2001 by a neighbor who was a convicted felon and should not have been able to own a gun.
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Death, theft ... and the quest for the world's most coveted fungus

by David Brancaccio Jun 28, 2019
"I think the best analogy is probably sex or drugs," is how author Ryan Jacobs describes the allure of the truffle.
An inspector approved by the regional federation of truffle harvesters smells a black truffles (tuber melanosporum), on December 23, 2018, during an inspection at a truffle market in Rognes, southeastern France.
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Palantir may go public, but can it turn a profit?

by Molly Wood Nov 16, 2018
The surveillance software giant may be preparing for an IPO amid concerns about its business.
Peter Thiel is the co-founder of Palantir, named for a crystal ball in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
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California bail industry grapples with fallout from a new law

by Benjamin Gottlieb Sep 27, 2018
Starting next year, a judge, not ability to pay bail, will decide who remains jailed in the state before trial.
Bail companies posted nearly $1.75 billion in surety bonds with the Superior Court of Los Angeles County from May 2016 to May 2017, a recent report found. Above, an employee at Gotham Bail Bonds near downtown Los Angeles walks to her desk.
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How forensic accountants help bring down white-collar criminals and drug kingpins

by Marielle Segarra Sep 14, 2018
A forensic accountant gave key testimony in the first trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman.
Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse after being charged Oct. 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
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5 things you should know about women who heist

by Eliza Mills Jun 1, 2018
Surprise ... it's not much like "Ocean's 8."
An office worker, circa 1955, fetches bond certificates from the vault of the Toronto General Trusts Corp., which is secured by a massive fifteen ton door.
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The feminism behind "Ocean's 8"

by Paulina Velasco and Danielle Chiriguayo Jun 1, 2018
"This is really just a story about women who are excellent at their jobs — they just happen to be criminals," said Olivia Milch, co-writer and producer for "Ocean's 8."
(L-R) Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, Cate Blanchett as Lou, Rihanna as Nine Ball, Mindy Kaling as Amita, Awkwafina as Constance, Helena Bonham Carter as Rose, Anne Hathaway as Daphne Kluger and Sarah Paulson as Tammy in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' "Oceans 8," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
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In Virginia, the theft of an iPhone can result in a felony charge for life

by Megan Pauly Mar 15, 2018
Virginia’s felony threshold for property theft is tied with New Jersey for the lowest in the nation at $200. There’s bipartisan support to raise it to $500 this year, but that’s still far below the threshold for most states.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam recently struck a bipartisan deal to raise the state’s felony larceny threshold in exchange for restitution reform.
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Shooting survivors describe their long-term recovery

by Tracey Samuelson Feb 19, 2018
Even years after an event, the trauma lingers.
Barb Whitfield (R) and her grandson Wanya Whitfield, 15, visit at a makeshift memorial to the victims of the mass shooting at the Century 16 movie theater July 22, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. 
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Recovery resources and funding options for mass shooting survivors

by Tracey Samuelson Jan 31, 2018
“You are dealing with people whose lives have been destroyed and money is a pretty poor substitute for loss.”
People attend a candlelight vigil at Las Vegas City Hall October 2, 2017, after a gunman killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada late October 1, 2017. 
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