File - In this April 12, 2005 file photo is the death chamber at the Missouri Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Mo.  (AP Photo/James A. Finley, File)

Executions, new death sentences continue to fall

Exonerations of people who were wrongly convicted, the availability of prison terms of life without parole and the cost of capital trials and the appeals process also are factors in the persistent decline.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is joined by, from left, Department Correction Commissioner Joe Ponte and Warden Becky Scott during his tour of Second Chance Housing at Rikers Island jail facility on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in New York.  The facility serves as alternative housing for incarcerated adolescents.  De Blasio  announced the city has ended its longstanding practice of sending 16- and 17-year-old inmates to solitary confinement for breaking rules.  (AP Photo/The Daily News, Susan Watts, Pool)

Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

Federal prosecutors want to speed the pace of reforms to address what a Justice Department investigation found was a “deep-seated culture of violence” against young inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex.

FILE - In this May 2, 2014 file photo provided by Frank Caprio, performers hang during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Providence, R.I. Eight acrobats fell to the Dunkin' Donuts Center floor during the same stunt in Providence two days later. A spokesman for the circus' parent company told The Associated Press Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that it is contesting a citation from federal regulators for the accident. The spokesman also said there are no plans to put on a hair-hanging act in the future. (AP Photo/Frank Caprio, File)

Circus disputes citation for hair-hanging accident

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance.

Excise officers raided  the Plaza Mini Mart in Wabash on December 17, 2014.

Tip leads to counterfeit merchandise bust

Indiana State Excise police seized purses, jackets, hats, shirts, and shoes along with fake drugs and cash from three locations in Wabash Wednesday.