By Jacob Collins |Staff Writer|
Violent Crime at its lowest since 1978 (Nov. 10)
Violent crime has been on the decline reaching an all time low across the country since 1978, according to the FBI.
The FBI’s annual report on crime in the U.S. stated there were about 1.16 million violent crimes in 2013, the lowest since 1.09 million were estimated in 1978.
All violent crimes declined last year, with rape dropping 6.3 percent.
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter dropping 4.4 percent and robbery dropping 2.8 percent, according to an article by Time.
NYPD will stop arrests for low level possession of marijuana (Nov. 10)
In a joint policy initiative, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the New York Police Department (NYPD) will cease arrests for low level marijuana possessions and instead issue summonses.
The new policy applies only to marijuana for personal use in amounts of 25 grams or less.
Those smoking in public or selling marijuana will still be subject to arrest.
Ten women die in botched Indian government sterilization surgery (Nov. 11)
Ten women were killed and 14 seriously injured after botched sterilization surgery at an Indian government sterilization camp, according to Indian government officials.
The cause of death is unknown and officials are investigating the possibility of contaminated surgical equipment.
In 2013-2014, over four million sterilizations were preformed, according to the Indian government.
Mass sterilization is widely used in India to curb its over population problems.
“If the facts are confirmed, then a grave human tragedy has occurred,” said Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the U.N. Population Fund.
Workers of the Congress party, the main opposition in the Indian government, are calling for the resignation of the state health minister and chief minister.
Surviving space ship two pilot thrown from cockpit (Nov. 13)
The surviving pilot from the Oct. 31 Space Ship Two crash was thrown from the aircraft and was able to unlatch his seat belt before his parachute deployed said National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials.
Siebold, fell from about 50,000 feet after the aircraft broke apart in a chain of events, which resulted in the copilot unlocking the tail section of the aircraft too soon.
The tail is designed to move upward during re-entry to ease descent.
Siebold was hospitalized for a few days due to a shoulder injury and has since been released.
The NTSB has not finished its investigation, which may take up to a year to complete.