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We're just over a month into 2016 and already New York City has seen a significant spike in knife attack numbers. The New York Daily News reports slashings and stabbings have jumped 24 percent over the same period last year, with 381 incidents in 2016 alone.

The rise in knife attacks comes at the same time the city's knife laws are under federal judicial review. So what are the knife laws in NYC, and why are they not working?

How One Man Went From Marine to Jail Break Mastermind

Last week, three men escaped from an Orange County jail, sawing through metal grates and using bed linens as ropes, according to the Associated Press. The dramatic escape was said to be led by one man with a military background, Hossein Nayeri, who served in the US Marines.

Nayeri's descent into hell -- from soldier to wanted fugitive -- was short and hard. And his story, while far from over, is fascinating and terrifying for this reason.

Street Gangs Are Getting Involved in White-Collar Crimes

We like to think that society gets more sophisticated as we acquire technology and wealth, and there is some evidence that this is true. Even street gangs are savvier now than ever before, and they're working on new scores, like financial frauds that were once the domain of white collar criminals.

The turf of street gangs has traditionally been the street, usually the streets where gang members lived. But now our notions of connectedness have changed, and the same goes for gangs, who are turning from violent crime to identity theft, tax and medicare fraud, and money wiring schemes, reports the Associated Press. While all crime harms society, and financial fraud is devastating, there may be reasons to be pleased with the egalitarian turn that crime is taking.

How Common Is Violence in the Workplace?

Everybody gets irritable about work sometimes. No matter how awesome a job might be, all jobs have some annoying aspects. That said, not all of us respond to stress the same way. We don't all go postal, as the saying goes.

So just how common is workplace violence? The US Department of Labor (DOL) says it is "a frustrating problem facing Federal agencies today" with "staggering costs." And the numbers that the agency cites might shock you.

Planned Parenthood Plot Mastermind Faces Prison for Fake ID Use

When Texas prosecutors began investigating Planned Parenthood last year after anti-abortion activists released videos implicating the organization in fetal tissue sales for profit, it seemed likely that criminal charges would soon follow. But the scandalous plot took a surprise twist, and now the anti-abortion activists are on the spot.

Harris County, Texas, grand jurors indicted the schemers instead of the targeted organization. Now, David Daleiden, the mastermind behind the scheme, faces two criminal counts. He is charged with a misdemeanor tied to the prohibition on peddling human organs and a felony for use of a fake i.d. to deceive and harm Planned Parenthood. The young man, 27, faces decades in prison if convicted, reports Time.

Do Online Dating Apps Lead to More Crime?

Dating has changed. Now people inspect profiles and assess suitable matches online. It seems safe enough, which must be why so many seek romance with dating apps like Tinder and Grindr.

But there is some concern that this sense of safety is deceptive as dating apps are increasingly mentioned in connection with crime reports. Are these apps responsible for more crime, asks The Guardian? Or are the apps now simply a part of our dating stories?

Can You Be Charged With a Crime Against Humanity?

Crimes against humanity are atrocities committed on a grand scale, often during war, and directed at a civilian population. They are prosecuted by either national or international tribunals.

The first such trial was in Nuremberg, Germany in 1947. The Nuremberg trials were prosecutions of the most prominent Nazi Party leaders alive after World War II, people responsible for the death and displacement of millions throughout Europe, and their trials were international events because they implicated humanity itself. Unfortunately, these were not the world's last woes by any stretch of the imagination. The definition of crimes against humanity has since expanded as such prosecutions continue.

Widow Sues Twitter for Supporting Terrorists

Social media is often celebrated for connecting people internationally and providing a voice for the many. But a new lawsuit filed in federal court by the wife of a man killed in a terrorist attack in Jordan sees a dark side to the free flourish of exchange. Tamra Fields blames Twitter for allowing terrorist groups to thrive on its platform, and is suing the company, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claims that "for years, Twitter has knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use its social network as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits. This material support has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS and has enabled it to carry out numerous terrorist attacks."

Has Twitter violated any criminal laws?

2015 seemed like the year of the white collar criminal. From crooks on Wall Street to cooked wagons to cyber-wagering, the past year gave us our fair share of villains in business suits.

But who are the most notorious white collar criminals out there today? And what does their tomorrow look like?

Alumni Accuse RI Prep School of Sexual Abuse

About 40 former students at a prestigious Rhode Island prep school have made what are being called "credible reports of sexual abuse, and in some cases rape" by former staff and students, The New York Times reports. The accusations span four decades and are aimed at seven former staff members and four students at the St. George's School.

The school last month announced it was doing a preliminary investigation and it will soon announce who will take over. St. George School found 26 cases of abuse in the 70's and 80's. Victims' lawyers report another 40. "Together, the school's report ... and the lawyers' reports ... paint a picture of unchecked sexual misconduct at the elite prep school in Middletown," writes The NYT.