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Meet the Medics Working on Some of Hollywood’s Most Dangerous Productions

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Eye in the Sky Above Baboquivari Peak and the Mexico Border

Coffee or Die Magazine buzzes Baboquivari Peak and beyond, looking for smugglers and lost hikers.

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Prosecutors: Smuggler Threatened To Murder Federal Agent

Jesus Alberto Ibarra-Barraza has been indicted for vowing to murder a federal agent the day after he was detained for allegedly smuggling Guatemalans into the US near Arivaca, Arizona.

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Feds: Catamaran Skipper Shoots at Coast Guard Crew Rescuing Him

The FBI and the Coast Guard Investigative Service arrested the catamaran skipper in the Gulf of Mexico.

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B-52 Flyover Honors Beloved Veteran, Slain Colorado Cop

Colorado cop and Air Force veteran Dillon Vakoff died after responding to a domestic disturbance.

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Ex-Officer Convicted for Immigration Sham Marriage Scam

A law enforcement database query tipped off officials about her sham marriage.

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3 Confess To Assaulting Federal Cop on Crow Indian Reservation

What caused an attack on an officer on the Crow Indian Reservation?

How Two Lawmen Used a Drone to Reunite a Dispatcher With Her Dog Farrah

A golden retriever bounds into the Colorado brush. Can rescuers find Farrah before the coyotes do?

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Ohio Man Who Kept Impersonating Cops Going to Prison

David Scott Scofield will spend 18 months inside a federal penitentiary.

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How West Sacramento Firefighters Handle Exploding Ammo

First responders routinely encounter ammo and other household items that snap, crackle, and pop: A West Sacramento firefighter explains how they handle it.

New York State Police Trooper Credits Marine Corps Training for Rescue

New York State Police Trooper Francis “Frank” Rush is a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps, too.

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High Pine Rescues: Saving Lives in the Santa Catalina Mountains

The Southern Arizona Rescue Association volunteers are saving lives in the forbidding landscape.

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Rogue New Jersey Cop Vows To Appeal Corruption Conviction

Rogue New Jersey cop Michael Cheff was convicted by a federal jury in Newark on one count of conspiracy to deprive persons of civil rights and one count of falsifying a police report.

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California Man Sentenced for Laser Strike on Helicopter — Again

Eric Jayson Suarez will spend five years behind bars for aiming a laser pointer at an Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter.

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Feds: Moonlighting Deputy Had ICE Arrest Boss’s Ex-Workers

A New York sheriff’s deputy triggered the arrest of a witness in an ongoing federal wage-theft case.

Video Shows Man With Blade to Baby’s Throat, Building Ablaze

A California man has been charged with attempted murder, arson, endangering a child, and other crimes.

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Minnesota Prison Guard Who Fell for Inmate Now Convicted Drug Dealer

Faith Rose Gratz pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine inside a penitentiary.

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Watch This Daring Desert Monsoon Rescue in the Sky Islands

Arizona’s first responders know it’s the season for storms and dangerous mountain rescues.

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Requiem for Hercules, Atlanta PD’s 18-Year-Old Police Horse

A 16-year veteran of the Atlanta police force, the horse was suffering from cancer.

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Feds at the Border Nab Tennessee Woman Wanted for Murder

Nashville detectives suspect Gloria Villa Avila killed her fiance in 2019.

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Coffee or Die Magazine Pushes For Release of Trump's Mar-a-Lago Records

FBI agents said they’d raided the former president’s Florida residence to seize classified records.

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Go Inside This Daring ‘Outside the Box’ Gulf of Mexico Rescue

Dangling three stories above a bobbing oil tanker, the rescue swimmer knew this one was going to be a little different.

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When a Cleveland Police Sergeant Went Down, This Mom Stepped Up

Sgt. Ray O’Connor had been shot at twice, but those attacks were nothing compared to the bees.

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Dallas Swift-Water Crews Credited With Saving 21 Texans, 10 Dogs

Heavy rains and flash flooding plagued the North Texas city this week.

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Convicted Missouri Cop Blamed Police Job for Child Pornography Addiction

Nicholas Haglof has been sentenced to four years behind bars.

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Kentucky Woman Who Pepper-Sprayed Cops Becomes Convicted Felon

Shelly Stallings, 43, of Morganfield, Kentucky, pleaded guilty for her role in the 2021 riot on Capitol Hill.

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Rum Creek Blaze Claims Life of Beloved Oregon Firefighter

Logan Taylor died in the hospital where he'd been born 25 years earlier.

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Pennsylvania Man Accused of Buying, Selling Human Skin and Organs

But Jeremy Lee Pauley insists he just collects oddities, and many of his prized body parts came from museums and medical centers.

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Did This West Virginia Man Really Threaten To Blow Up Courthouse?

Authorities allege James Dean Fowler also threatened to bomb a church.

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Feds: Pot-Puffing PetSmart Perp With Pink-Trimmed Loot Bag Accidentally Shoots His Own Jaw

Samuel Sven Smith, 26, accidentally shot himself in the jaw after firing at law enforcement. He is listed as in stable condition.

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Search Ends for Dad Who Dove Into Water To Save 3-Year-Old Daughter

Boaters off Galveston are urged to contact the US Coast Guard if they spot him.

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Federal Forest Bust Highlights Debate Over California Marijuana Farms

Officials warn that armed cannabis cultivators are despoiling wildlands with toxic chemicals and waste.

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How Rescuers Saved a Hunter Who Drove His ATV Over a 10-Story Cliff

It all played out in the black of night, on treacherous terrain high above the forest floor.

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Embedded With US Border Patrol

What you don’t know about the borderlands and how federal agents hunt smugglers.

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Requiem for a Hero Hotshot, Killed Fighting the Big Swamp Fire

An expert with the chain saw, Hotshot Collin Hagan was 27.

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Convicted Sex Offender Who Tried To Club 2 Lawmen Gets Prison Time

Cletus Gerald “CJ” Williams III also told the cops they’d be killed by a cartel sniper.

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A Dozen Days off Cordova With an Elite Rescue Swimmer

US Coast Guard crews out of Kodiak forward-deploy to the remote location to help rescue Alaskan mariners.

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Prison for Missouri Fugitive Who Rammed Stolen SUV Into 2 Lawmen

Career criminal Ray E. Clevenger turned a Kansas City motel parking lot into a demolition derby.

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Corrupt TSA Union Leader Gets Probation, Home Confinement

Marie LeClair defrauded her union, spending local funds on cell phone bills, a spa visit, and other perks.

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Feds: Pennsylvania Man Behind Bars for Vowing To Kill FBI Agents

The arrest of the Gab user follows federal warnings about a rising sea of threats against law enforcement following the FBI’s raid on Donald Trump’s Florida resort mansion.

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Paroled Criminal Wounded in Nashville Shootout With Feds

Michael Dwight Clay was wanted for murder, carjacking, and aggravated assault allegedly committed after his release.

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Meth-Addict Skipper Leaves Migrants To Die in Sinking Boat

Antonio Hurtado confessed to the deadly smuggling attempt that wrecked a boat on a California reef.

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Search Ends After Accused Grifter Nabbed in Washington

Jennifer Suazo faces up to 30 years behind bars for bank fraud and identity theft.

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