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  • Feds: Ignore that post about banning driver cell phone use

    August 22, 2016 8:41 PM

    DETROIT - Briefly Monday, it looked like the federal government was going to push all 50 states to ban the use of cell phones and other wireless devices while people are driving. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now says it was all a mistake. The agency posted non-binding... more »
  • AT&T to donate $100k to flood relief efforts

    August 19, 2016 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE – AT&T announced Friday that the company will donate $100,000 to two flood relief organizations in Louisiana after this week’s historic flooding. In a statement released Friday, AT&T said the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Louisiana Flood Relief Fund and DonorsChoice.org will both receive $50,000. “As partners... more »
  • Bills to increase cellphone fees await governor approval

    June 9, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana cellphone users could face millions of dollars in increased 911 service charges, under two measures sent to the governor's desk. The Legislature has given final passage to measures from two Republican lawmakers that would raise as much as $20 million a year for local emergency call... more »
  • Social media outrage sparked by West Point cadet texting while marching

    May 25, 2016 10:08 AM

    WEST POINT, NY - A viral video of a West Point cadet occupied by her cellphone while marching in formation during Saturday’s graduation has sparked social media ire. The video appeared on the academy’s Facebook page before quickly going on the amass more than 650,000 views. Several thousand reactions... more »
  • GOP governors ask FCC to address illegal prison cellphones

    May 24, 2016 10:19 AM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is among 10 Republican governors urging the Federal Communications Commission to give states more autonomy in combatting cellphone use by inmates who have them illegally in prison. Haley on Monday wrote to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler encouraging him to give states... more »
  • Houston man sues Justin Bieber, says star smashed his phone

    May 4, 2016 2:25 PM

    HOUSTON - A Houston man is seeking $75,000 in damages from Justin Bieber, alleging that the Canadian pop singer destroyed his cellphone as he videotaped Bieber unsuccessfully gulping from a beer bong at a club following a concert last month. Robert Earl Morgan said in... more »
  • Texas dad who took away daughter's phone not guilty of theft

    January 27, 2016 11:49 AM

    DALLAS - A Texas father who was accused of theft after he confiscated his 12-year-old daughter's cellphone over an inappropriate text has been acquitted of the misdemeanor charge. A judge in Dallas found Ronald Jackson not guilty Tuesday, citing insufficient evidence. Grand Prairie police arrested Jackson a few hours after... more »
  • New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance

    September 3, 2015 4:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department says federal law enforcement must now generally obtain search warrants before using secretive and intrusive cellphone technology. The warrant requirement is part of a new policy unveiled Thursday regarding cell-site simulators, which can sweep up basic cellphone data from a neighborhood and help identify a... more »
  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate

    June 1, 2015 7:46 AM

    WASHINGTON- Several post-Sept. 11 anti-terror provisions have lapsed after the Senate failed to extend them before the deadline at midnight. GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running for president, took credit for the outcome as he used Senate rules to slow action. The expiration may be only temporary.... more »
  • Casino worker accused of taking photos in restroom

    December 2, 2014 5:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An employee of Harrah's New Orleans is accused of taking a cellphone picture of a patron's private parts inside the men's restroom at the casino. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that 35-year-old Jeremiah Johnson, of Harvey, was booked with video voyeurism. It carries a penalty of one to five... more »
  • Justices limit cellphone searches after arrests

    June 25, 2014 11:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - A unanimous Supreme Court says police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants. The justices say cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest. Chief Justice John Roberts says that because the phones contain... more »
  • Court: Warrantless cell tracking unconstitutional

    June 11, 2014 6:25 PM

    MIAMI - A federal appeals court has ruled that investigators must obtain a search warrant to collect records from cellphone towers that are often used to track suspects' movements. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday with the American Civil Liberties Union that the... more »
  • Man charged with burning boy

    July 15, 2013 7:34 PM

    SAXONBURG, PENNSYLVANIA- A man faces charges for dousing a seven-year-old boy with a flammable liquid and doing nothing when the boy's shirt caught on fire. Edward Myers is accused of using his cell phone to film the attack on his girlfriend's son. The boy had third-degree burns on his face... more »
  • New efforts to curb cellphone theft are nationwide

    May 4, 2013 3:34 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Disturbed by the nationwide epidemic of cellphone robberies and thefts, law enforcement officials are looking to the wireless industry for help. In San Francisco, where half the robberies were phone-related last year, District Attorney George Gascon is calling on major companies in nearby Silicon Valley to create... more »
  • Pa. inmate denies hiding phone in prosthetic leg

    April 2, 2013 9:08 AM

    UNIONTOWN, Pa.- A former Pennsylvania jail inmate says he didn't sneak a cellphone into the lockup in his prosthetic leg, though he acknowledged having it for a year as he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Instead, 28-year-old Christopher Greer, of Uniontown, tells a judge the phone was in his cargo... more »
  • Police: Fla. man arrested after pocket-dialing 911

    February 1, 2013 10:47 AM

    ORANGE CITY, Fla. - A conversation with two passengers landed a Florida tow truck driver in jail after his cellphone pocket-dialed 911 and dispatchers listened in. Authorities say 19-year-old Matthew Dollarhide of Orange City was surprised when a Volusia County Sheriff's deputy pulled him over on Tuesday and asked why... more »

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