New York police have published an interactive map of crime data across the city of 8.4 million that allows the public to pinpoint theft and violence in their neighborhoods. The online resource is the latest service offered by the largest police department in the United States that has presided over an astonishing fall in violent crime over the last two decades. The map, available at http://maps.nyc.gov/crime/, enables people to search and access basic data on crime in their street, neighborhood or zip code across all five boroughs. New York, once notorious for its violent crime, now trumpets itself as the safest large city in the United States with its lowest murder rate in 50 years.
BANGKOK (AP) — Protesters waging a surreal political fight to oust Thailand's elected prime minister are trying to establish what amounts to a parallel government — one complete with "security volunteers" to replace the police, a foreign policy of their own and a central committee that has already begun issuing audacious orders.
Struggling automaker GM Holden on Wednesday said it will shut down its manufacturing operations in Australia by 2017, shedding 2,900 jobs, in a major blow to the nation's car industry. "The decision to end manufacturing in Australia reflects the perfect storm of negative influences the automotive industry faces in the country," GM chief executive Dan Akerson said in a statement. Holden's decision to end manufacturing and transition to a national sales company follows US giant Ford in May announcing it would stop making vehicles at its unprofitable Australian factories in 2016, with the loss of 1,200 jobs.