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Immigrants flock to DMV offices to seek driver's licenses

Immigrants get drivers licensesEarly Friday, the line outside the Granada Hills Department of Motor Vehicles office was already dozens of people deep.  Some huddled under blankets to stave off the cold. Many held envelopes filled with documents they would need once they got inside.

Sonia Soriano started the line more than 12 hours earlier after driving from South Los Angeles with her husband. "I'm nervous," said Soriano, an immigrant from Mexico who lives in the U.S. illegally. She has driven on Los Angeles' streets for years, but has never been allowed to apply for a driver's license.


Arkansas billboard promotes white pride radio, KKK leader claims it’s ‘not racist’

KKK billboardA billboard in Harrison, Arkansas, is promoting “” and is being paid for by a group formerly known as the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

Knights Party national director Thom Robb told The Harrison Daily Times the group is leasing the space for a year. Robb was national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which The Southern Poverty Law Center says Robb renamed the Knights Party.


After surviving a plane crash, a 7-year-old girl treks through the woods to safety

girl survives plane crashLarry Wilkins was watching television Friday evening when he heard a faint knock on his front door of his home in Lyon County, Ky., east of Paducah. When he opened the door, he discovered a 7-year-old girl standing in the cold. She was bloodied, covered in scratches and barefoot except for a single sock.

“She told me that her mom and her dad were dead, and she was in a plane crash, and the plane was upside down,” Wilkins told NBC News. “She asked if she could stay here. I said, ‘Honey, what can I do for you?’ I got a washcloth and cleaned her up. And of course called 911.”


Suicide watch ignored, NY inmate dies

Reiker's inmate diesA mentally ill inmate who hanged himself on New Year's Day in a Rikers Island jail cell was supposed to be placed on suicide watch, but it wasn't implemented, two city officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

A jail psychiatrist who saw Fabian Cruz on Wednesday at a clinic ordered that Cruz be transferred to a special observation unit in a different Rikers facility where he'd be placed under constant watch, but Cruz told a guard at the clinic he didn't want to go and was transferred back to his jail cell, the officials said.


The most dangerous states in America

Most dangerous states in USThe number of violent crimes dropped across the United States by 4.4% in 2013 compared to the year before, according to estimates released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In the last decade, the number of violent crimes declined by nearly 15%.

In a previous interview with 24/7 Wall St., John Roman, senior fellow at public policy research organization The Urban Institute said, "A 4.4% reduction in violent crime is astonishing. If you saw a similar increase in GDP, or a similar decrease in unemployment, it would be huge national news."


Officers salute NYC police boss, mayor at cop's wake

Wake for NYPD officerNew York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) and Police Commissioner William Bratton have been saluted as they entered a funeral home for an officer's wake.

The action by officers Saturday at the wake of Wenjian Liu (WEHN'-jihn loo) was in contrast to the hundreds of police who turned their backs to video screens showing the mayor speaking at last week's funeral of Liu's police partner, Rafael Ramos.


Florida Department of Corrections investigates allegedly forged public record

Darren RaineyThe Florida Department of Corrections has opened a criminal investigation into whether a public record provided by the agency to the Miami Herald was forged.

The document was a form, purportedly filled out and signed by inmate Harold Hempstead, the whistle-blower who in March leaked details to the newspaper about a gruesome death at Dade Correctional Institution, where inmate Darren Rainey collapsed while locked in a brutally hot shower.


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