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Math models could help police thwart city burglars

Math models could help police thwart city burglars

Science
Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Mathematicians in Spain have developed a new model they think more accurately predicts burglary patterns in urban environs. Previous models, mostly focused on burglaries in suburban environs, have emphasized location and spatial patterns. The linear model developed by researchers Joan Saldaña, Maria Aguareles, Albert Avinyó, Marta Pellicer and Jordi Ripoll places a greater emphasis on timing. The group of mathematicians and their new model was inspired by age-dependent population models. "Our model puts the emphasis on when -- rather than where -- the burglaries will take place and on the type of victimized houses, represented by their age," Avinyó said in a news release. The researchers defined age -- of both burglar and home -- as the amount of time...
France fuel protests: Police in Paris fire tear gas

France fuel protests: Police in Paris fire tear gas

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Police in Paris have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters, in a second weekend of demonstrations sparked by rising fuel prices.Violence erupted on the Champs-Elysées as protesters tried to get through a security cordon around sensitive sites.About 5,000 protesters had converged on the avenue. Dozens of people were arrested after clashing with police.Organisers of the "yellow vest" movement billed the latest protests as "act two" in their rolling campaign.Named after their distinctive high-visibility attire, the protesters oppose an increase in fuel duty on diesel. More than 100,000 took part in Saturday's protests across the country. They passed off largely peacefully - excep...
Jamal Khashoggi case: Turkish police 'search forest'

Jamal Khashoggi case: Turkish police 'search forest'

World
Police in Turkey investigating the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have expanded their search, reports say.Unnamed Turkish officials say his body may have been disposed of in the nearby Belgrad forest or on farmland.Mr Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, where Turkish officials allege he was murdered. Saudi Arabia denies any knowledge of what happened to him.Samples taken from the Saudi consulate and the consul's residence during searches this week are being tested for a match with Mr Khashoggi's DNA. Separately, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly denied having listened to an audio recording Turke...
Fatal police shootings 40% more likely in states with higher gun ownership

Fatal police shootings 40% more likely in states with higher gun ownership

Health
The U.S. Constitution’s second amendment gives us the “right to bear arms,” but what if having a gun for protection is actually putting you more at risk of harm? A new study finds that a person’s chances of being involved in a fatal police shooting is higher in states with the highest rates of gun ownership, compared to those with the lowest. The study, from researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Northeastern University found that people were 3.6 times more likely to be involved in fatal police shootings if they lived in the 10 states with the most guns — Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisian, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia — than if they lived in the five states with the least — Conne...
Linehan warned by police over 'transphobia' row

Linehan warned by police over 'transphobia' row

Entertainment
Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan has been given a verbal harassment warning after a transgender activist claimed he "trolled" her. Police asked the Irish comedy writer to cease all contact with Stephanie Hayden, who he became embroiled in a Twitter row with.Ms Hayden reported Linehan for "transphobia" after he referred to her as "he" and for "deadnaming" her by calling her by her former names.Linehan, who lives in Norwich, locked his Twitter account on Friday, citing "abuse and harassment".He also highlighted a petition he had signed that calls on LGBT charity Stonewall to acknowledge the conflict that exists between "transgenderism and sex-based women's rights".On Saturday, he said: "The police asked me to stop contacting someone I had no intention of contacting."It wa...