"There have been 43 fewer murders, 1,415 fewer robberies and 491 fewer cars stolen than this same time just a year ago," Bloomberg said.
That's good news for the Big Apple, but the Big Easy may be whistling a different tune.
Staff Sgt. Bryan Damone Cunningham, 33, of San Pedro pleaded not guilty to seven felonies last Thursday after police in Orange discovered the teenage girl in a car with Cunningham and two other men. The two men, ages 18 and 19, were potential Marine recruits, police said.
The girl, who has since been returned to her parents in Hemet, told police that she met Cunningham online and had sex with all three men. She also told police Cunningham wanted her to work as a prostitute and had tried to take her to Los Angeles County against her will.
(CBS/AP) After an extensive international police hunt, British detectives believe they have found the businessman suspected of beating his girlfriend to death at a luxury hotel in Paris, according to the Telegraph.
Officials from Cheshire, a rural county 180 miles north of London, reported that Ian Griffin was arrested yesterday in a wooded-area living in what would appear to be a tent.
Both Dr. George Tiller and the man accused of killing him have long controversial pasts.
WICHITA, Kan. (CBS/AP) Scott Roeder, the man charged with killing late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller has a long history of anti-government behavior.
In 1996, he was convicted of possessing bomb making materials, but released when a court ruled his car was illegally searched.
WASHINGTON (AP) Cities in the United States got safer in 2008, while small towns grew more dangerous, according to FBI data released Monday.
The FBI says violent crime nationwide dropped by 2.5 percent last year. Property crimes also fell, by 1.6 percent, according to the preliminary data collected by the FBI.
PITTSBURGH (AP) Police have arrested a Pittsburgh homicide suspect at his high school prom and taken him to their headquarters in a white tuxedo.
The 17-year-old boy arrested Friday at the Schenley High School prom is accused of participating in a March 1 robbery in which a 16-year-old accomplice was shot in the back by accident.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller, a prominent advocate for abortion rights wounded by a protester more than a decade ago, was shot and killed Sunday at his church in Wichita.
The man suspected of shooting and killing Tiller, one of the few doctors in the U.S. who performed late-term abortions, was in jail Monday while investigators sought to learn more about his background, including the extent of his connections to anti-abortion groups.
Philippe Padieu, described by his own lawyer as a "modern-day Casanova," shook his head and looked down when the decision was read. Jurors sentenced him to 45 years on five counts and 25 years on the sixth, to be served concurrently. Padieu had faced up to 99 years.
The Collin County jury convicted 53-year-old Padieu on Wednesday on six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Since HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, prosecutors contended Padieu's bodily fluids were a deadly weapon.
LOS ANGELES (AP) Phil Spector was sentenced Friday to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot through the mouth in the music producer's home six years ago.
Spector, 69, looked straight forward and showed no emotion as Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler ordered a term of 15 years to life for second-degree murder plus four years for personal use of a gun.
Ronald Wrisinger was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sherry K. Wrisinger, 40, and Johnna D. Wrisinger, 16, who disappeared June 6, 1986, from their home in Richmond.
Initially, when a police report was filed by Ronald Wrisinger's brother three months after their disappearance, police treated Sherry Wrisinger and her daughter as missing persons.
According to the Kansas City Star, Ronald Wrisinger told officials his wife had skipped town with a wealthy veterinarian taking their daughter with her. But 10 years later, police began to suspect that Sherry Wrisinger and her daughter were not missing at all, but victims of a double-homicide at Roland Wrisinger's hand.
So why, after two decades, do police now believe that Roland Wrisinger killed his wife and youngest child? And what new evidence do they have against him? We'll have to wait to find out. Sgt. Scott Meyer, a spokesman for the patrol's office in Lee's Summit, declined to release any more details about the case.