This photo provided by U.S. Central Command, shows Abu Zubaydah, date and location unknown. When the CIA sought permission to use harsh interrogations methods on a captured al-Qaida operative, the response from Bush administration lawyers was encouraging, even clinical. In one of several memos that would form the legal underpinnings for brutal interrogation techniques, the CIA was told that Abu Zubbaydah could lawfully be place din a box with an insect, kept awake for days at a time and repeatedly slapped in the face.  (AP Photo/U.S. Central Command)

Torture leaves long-term psychological scars

Whatever it’s labeled, specialists say the brain clearly can become conditioned by extreme fear and stress, notwithstanding CIA assertions that what was done would not cause any permanent mental or physical harm.

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Police: Teen shot over possible athletic-shoe envy

A mall shopper shot and killed a 16-year-old boy who attempted a robbery on the sidewalk outside, possibly in pursuit of a pair of limited-edition athletic shoes, police in southwest Ohio said Monday.

This combination made from photos provided by the New York Police Department shows officers Rafael Ramos, left, and Wenjian Liu. Authorities say Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner, ambushed Ramos in Liu in a patrol car Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and fatally shot them in broad daylight before running to a subway station and killing himself. (AP Photo/New York Police Department)

Timeline of events before and after NYC cop deaths

Two New York Police Department officers were killed in their cruiser Saturday by a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

From left to right: Juan Rosales-Suarez, Rigoberto Martinez, Gisela Leyva-Gamez, Cesar Rosales and Eduardo Martinez. Not pictured: Alejandro Delacruz.

Feds arrest 5 in major heroin bust

Eight kilos of heroin were confiscated and five people were arrested in an investigation that involved cell phone wiretaps.