5 years after Sandy Hook, crucial review of police response remains unreleased

In the five years since 20 students and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Connecticut State Police have been unable to complete a report that law enforcement across the country look for when preparing for future incidents of extreme violence. These inward-looking investigations, known as after-action reports, examine the police response to individual mass shootings, acts of terror, or other major incidents of violence.

"Unusual" accounting: Inside a Trump business audit

NEW YORK -- In a three-sentence letter on April 22, 1987, Donald Trump signed off on a series of accounting changes that allowed his first hotel to shortchange New York City nearly $3 million in rent, city auditors later concluded. A decade before, Trump struck a unique deal freeing the hotel of $160 million in property taxes over the course of 40 years, while guaranteeing the city a small financial stake in its success: New York City received annual rent payments tied to the Grand Hyatt’s prof

Donation to Cy Vance Jr. during sex assault case raises "yet another alarm bell"

NEW YORK CITY — A small donation of $250 to the campaign of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. highlights nagging questions about how his office vets contributions for potential conflicts of interest. The donation came from a defense attorney on the day a consequential motion was filed in a disturbing sexual assault case, which ended with a plea deal. Revelations that Vance's office declined to charge Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein after an NYPD sex assault investigation have ramped

Defense Dept. decision gives China chance for foothold between U.S. and Europe

Praia da Vitória, Terceira, the Azores — João Meneses stares out the front passenger-side window as we speed past countless rows of nearly identical beige houses with orange, clay tile roofs, a picturesque suburban-style development overlooking the eastern coast of this small island. "They had everything here, and now it's completely abandoned. You see all the tall grass?" Meneses says. "Everything's empty, there's not a single person living here."

"Collusion network" Facebook flaw leads to millions of fake "likes"

Researchers say a security loophole has allowed at least a million Facebook accounts, both real and fake, to generate at least 100 million "likes" and comments as part of "a thriving ecosystem of large-scale reputation manipulation." The researchers, from the University of Iowa and Lahore University of Management Science in Pakistan, found dozens of sites that operate so-called collusion networks, which rapidly generate users' likes for free.

Trump campaign changes web privacy policy after questions from CBS News

For roughly half a day Tuesday, anyone who visited President Donald Trump's newly-redesigned campaign website was tacitly agreeing to allow the campaign, its site and associated apps to collect their location information based on their proximity to "beacons," according to a privacy policy that was quickly altered after CBS News made inquiries. On Tuesday morning, the Trump campaign sent out a press release, proclaiming "Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., launches dynamic new website to provid

Facebook will research you at the request of marketers

Companies looking to get an edge in their use of advertising on Facebook can ask the social network to conduct research and compile reports about its users' online activities, Facebook acknowledged Monday in an email to CBS News. But Facebook noted that it considers some key questions in deciding whether to agree to such requests. "Before moving forward with research, some of the questions our teams use to evaluate are: Will the analysis improve the community or people's experience on Facebook

Kremlin critic: Assassinated ex-lawmaker knew "misdeeds of Russian elites"

Hours after exiled Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot dead Thursday outside an upscale hotel in Kiev, the man he was en route to meet said Voronenkov knew about illegal smuggling and money laundering operations run by members of Russia’s ruling class. Voronenkov, 45, was gunned down on a busy street in a daylight shoutout that police say left his killer dead and his bodyguard wounded. Voronenkov, a former member of Russia’s State Duma who renounced his Russian citizenship after fleeing

Cayman Islands vote could pull back veil of secrecy for businesses

The Cayman Islands, one of the world’s best-known tax havens, may soon give international authorities better access to information about companies that have long been shrouded in secrecy. Lawmakers in the Cayman Islands are expected to vote in the next week on a trio of bills that would pave the way for law enforcement, especially in the United Kingdom, to rapidly learn more about some of the nearly 100,000 companies registered in the tiny island territory.

Prison officials visited CIA "dungeon," but kept no record of the trip

NEW YORK — The Bureau of Prisons has acknowledged for the first time that two of its officials traveled 14 years ago to a secret CIA detention site in Afghanistan, where they provided training to staff at a facility once described by an intelligence official as “the closest thing he has seen to a dungeon.” The admission came Thursday in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, which sued in April after the Bureau of Prisons denied having any record of involvement with the detention site. The B

Reporter's notebook: Trump and Giuliani, a New York story

NEW YORK — Long before former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined Donald Trump’s team, spending his days as a surrogate for the real estate developer’s presidential campaign, he was a U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted one of the biggest corruption cases in New York City history. Among those convicted in the case was a partner in a law firm long associated with Trump. It’s an episode from New York’s past that highlights an unusual aspect of this campaign season: the deep connecti

Lawsuit: Juvenile detention staffer watched as Ky. girl took "last gasps"

NEW YORK — As Gynnya McMillen coughed and gasped for air, shaking in a seizure while taking her final breaths, a Kentucky juvenile detention youth worker stood outside her isolation cell watching, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the 16-year-old’s estate. Reginald Windham allegedly told internal state investigators that he walked over to McMillen’s door at 11:39 p.m. on Jan. 11, after he heard coughing. Investigators wrote that he wanted “to check on her to make sure she had not thrown u

Audio: CPR started 11 minutes after staff found Gynnya McMillen

NEW YORK — A sheriff’s deputy planning to transport 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen to court arrived at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center to pick her up at 9:55 a.m on Jan. 11. When he arrived, staff at the small facility entered the cell where McMillen spent her one night at Lincoln Village alone. They realized she was “cold” and not breathing, according to emergency dispatch recordings obtained by CBS News. Nine minutes passed between the deputy’s arrival and the first call to 911, a

How authorities infiltrate the Internet underworld

On July 15, law enforcement authorities from 20 countries arrested more than two dozen suspects allegedly associated with Darkode, an online forum for malicious hacking. For agencies tasked with cracking down on the Internet’s underworld, it was a rare victory, according to experts. The Darkode bust, they said, shows that you don’t have to scour the deep web -- a part of the Internet that isn’t indexed by search engines -- to find illegal products. The Internet is home to hundreds of illicit m

The Narco Freedom Case: Who’s Watching the Caregivers?

Federal and New York State fraud investigations into a network of nonprofit substance abuse treatment homes—whose owners allegedly diverted millions of Medicaid dollars to purchase luxury cars and expensive homes in Long Island and Florida—have plunged into disarray a system designed to help addicts and the homeless reintegrate with society. But an investigation by The Crime Report and NBC News shows that the company for years exploited a lack of adequate official oversight of programs that are often the last hope for thousands of troubled individuals caught up in the justice system.

A Home of Their Own

Recovery is work that Terrance Streeter knows. At 56, he is clean. No more drinking, no more drugs. After graduating from an alcohol recovery program two years ago, he went looking for a home. In New York City, his $855 monthly disability check doesn’t go far. Despite the distance he traveled from addiction, Streeter in late 2012 found himself homeless and suicidal. He checked himself into the psychiatric ward of a city hospital, where a social worker eventually found him somewhere she said w

Life (and Death) in a ‘Three-Quarter Home’

Despite her son’s long addiction to painkillers, Kelly O’Neill had never before asked him to move out of their home in Suffolk County, New York. But in the fall of 2010, 19-year-old Billy DeVito became too difficult to live with and she told him to leave. She hoped it would be a wake-up call. “I picked up his bags and put him out,“ she said in an interview. “I never did that before.” She helped arrange for him to move into a facility with a promising sounding description: a “sober home.” But
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