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New Examination Finds Norwegian Mass Killer Not Criminally Insane: Bjoern H. Amland of the Associated Press reports a new psychiatric assessment of Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage in Norway last summer, found that he is not criminally insane. An earlier assessment found Breivik was psychotic during and after the attacks and diagnosed him as a paranoid schizophrenic. The new conclusion could prompt prosecutors to seek a prison sentence instead of a commitment to psychiatric care for Breivik. Both psychiatric assessments will be taken into account during the trial, and his lawyer Geir Lippestad said Breivik's testimony will be crucial "when the judges decide whether he is insane or not." The trial starts Monday and is scheduled to last 10 weeks.

Increase in Officer Deaths Prompts Change from FBI: Michael S. Schmidt and Joseph Goldstein of The New York Times report the number of officers killed in the line of duty has increased by 76% over the last four years, and a series of killings in early 2011 prompted Attorney General Eric Holder to ask federal authorities to work with local police departments in search of solutions to the problem. The FBI paid for a study done by John Jay College that found in many of the cases, officers were trying to stop or arrest a suspect who had been previously arrested for a violent crime. Officials said that prompted the FBI to change what information was provided to local police departments. Starting this year, when police officers call a car's license plate into the FBI's database, they will be told whether the vehicle's owner has a violent history. The number of police fatalities has dropped during the first three months of this year.

Philadelphia Trains Officers to Tweet:
Elizabeth Fiedler of WHYY reports the Philadelphia Police Department is training around 15 police officers across the city and of various ranks to use Twitter to help police better protect and build a stronger rapport with residents. Karima Zedan, director of communications for the Philadelphia Police Department, says officers tweeting while on the beat will allow police to communicate about safety and crime with those in individual neighborhoods.  

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