FBI expanding definition of sexual crimes


In the first week of January, the FBI has announced that the definition of rape will be changing for the first time in 80 years. The new definition will encompass forcible sexual acts against men, among other things. Updating the definition The FBI is officially updating its definition of rape from “the carnal knowledge of […]

Incidents involving Stand Your Ground laws making headlines


A series of states have passed “Stand Your Ground” laws, which permit a person to respond to home intrusions or personal attacks with lethal force if necessary. Some recent court cases involving the laws have made national headlines. Home a castle in some states Most people have heard that old saying “a man’s home is […]

German man arrested for setting LA fires


Los Angeles authorities are calling a 24-year-old German man “the most dangerous arsonist in LA history.” He is accused of setting 52 blazes in Los Angeles County over New Year’s weekend. It is believed he committed the crimes because he was upset over his mother’s court appearances, at which she faced being extradited back to […]

Man in Santa suit slays family and self on Christmas

santa with gun

A Texas man dressed in a Santa Claus suit allegedly murdered his entire family on Christmas day. The shooter then turned his weapon on himself. Police say the man planned and executed the massacre single-handedly. Murdered around Christmas tree The tragic event happened Sunday morning in Grapevine, Texas. Robert Eberling, a Grapevine police sergeant, would […]

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]


Judge stabbed and deputy shot in Washington courthouse

Following a standoff in a Washington state county courtroom Friday, a man reportedly escaped after shooting a sheriff’s deputy in the shoulder and stabbing a judge in the neck. The man is still at large. Treachery among the tree farms The incident occurred Friday afternoon in the western Washington town of Montesano, which bills itself […]


Grays Harbor County Courthouse
Grays Harbor County Courthouse. Image: MiK/Flickr/CC BY-SA