Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Make N.Y.C. Commuters Even More Vulnerable to Attacks

The White House has proposed a budget that slashes funds from some Homeland Security anti-terrorism programs in order to fund a border wall with Mexico.

Yes, Boston Faces a Very Real Earthquake Risk

A repeat of the 1755 Cape Ann quake could devastate one of the nation’s oldest cities. But the costs of strengthening vulnerable buildings and infrastructure may not be worth it.

Fight Against Mugshot Sites Brings Little Success

Websites that post people’s mugshots and charge them money to have them removed have been called exploitative by many lawmakers, but states’ attempts to crack down on the websites haven’t worked.

De-energized Power Lines Can’t Spark Wildfires

It’s a simple strategy: Let technology tell you exactly when to cut power in weather conditions that can fuel a major blaze. But utilities and regulators still have to learn how to do it right.

Santa Ana Winds Fuel Quickly Moving Fire in Southern California

After an already difficult year across the West, dangerous fire weather conditions continue in parts of the Golden State.

A Police Killing Without a Hint of Racism

Daniel Shaver begged officers not to shoot him. What role will his death play in the push for law-enforcement reforms?

Charlottesville Was Going to Be Bad. The Police Made It Worse

“This represents a failure of one of government’s core functions,” an independent reports says, “the protection of fundamental rights.”

Los Angeles Seeks to Build—and Share—an Earthquake Early Warning App

The effort is part of a pledge by Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as a broader push to bring an earthquake early warning system to the West Coast.

Amid Attacks, Teachers Weigh Their Safety Against Student Privacy

Sharing students’ criminal records with schools may violate their privacy, but some lawmakers think it will make teachers safer. Not all teachers are so sure.

How One Law Enforcement Agency Is Using Facial Recognition to Identify Suspects

In Oregon, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department can review 300,000 mugshots in seconds and is helping other agencies to query their databases as well.

Days After a Pipeline Spill, Nebraska Gives Keystone XL Final Approval to Build

The last permitting hurdle for the $8 billion project has been cleared, after nine years of controversy and delay.

Drones Take Off in a Public Safety Role

Being able to rescue someone using a drone like what happened in North Carolina is probably every pilot’s dream.

Mass Shootings in America Are Spreading Like a Disease

If it seems like the shootings are becoming more frequent, it might be because mass murder can catch on like an epidemic.

Why Prison Health Care Is Integral to Achieving State Goals

Prison health care intersects with key state goals, including meeting constitutional requirements, protecting public safety and reducing recidivism.

The N.Y.C. Terror Attack Is Part of a Trend That’s Getting More Difficult to Combat

As attacks become less sophisticated, they are also becoming harder to prevent.

Why It’s Hard to Crack Down on Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving could be involved in hundreds of thousands of crashes a year, but states have been slow to step up enforcement or offer police training to detect when a driver hasn’t gotten enough sleep.

Bounce House Regulations, Enforcement Lacking as Injuries Soar

Inflatable attractions may seem less ominous than roller coasters that flip riders upside down or carnival rides that send thrill-seekers whirling through the open air. But they can be just as dangerous and are far less regulated.

Technology as a Foundation for Statewide Decisionmaking

Wisconsin CIO David Cagigal talks about how tech is forcing statewide decisions.