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For decades, Las Vegas has been known for its ties to organized crime. How much do you know about these Vegas mobsters?

The Supreme Court has ruled in a big Fourth Amendment case that under certain circumstances, evidence found during an illegal stop could be used in legal proceedings.

The nose knows, apparently. A new study suggests smells associated with emotional events like a crime could be just as reliable as eyewitness accounts. So, nosewitnesses?

A former undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security explains how terrorists could use virtual reality to train for strikes.

With more drug companies refusing to allow their drugs to be used in executions, states have turned to riskier pharmaceuticals.

Bigoted requests aren't as rare as you might think in hospitals. It's also not rare for hospitals to accommodate such requests. Why?

After nearly two decades as a judge, the Supreme Court nominee's record offers few clues as to where he stands on many social issues.

It's not quite what you'd expect, is it?

Free speech is one of America's most fiercely guarded freedoms, but that doesn't mean that citizens can say whatever they like with no threat of punishment. In several cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of limitations.

From 2011 to 2013, California released 33,000 prisoners early. One study measures the impact non-violent prisoner "realignment" has had on crimes rates in the state.

You've no doubt heard about Sean Penn's meeting with the infamous Mexican drug kingpin. Now you can check out the Rolling Stone video interview for yourself.

Homicides due to organized crime are still a big problem in Mexico. The problem is so far-ranging that it has decreased how long Mexican men can expect to live.

What's the short-selling, price-gouging, trash-talking young pharma exec done now?

If law-abiding students have to pay, what's the case for inmates to get it for nothing?

We explore the economics and ethics of prison-made goods.

After you get a speeding ticket, you've probably mumbled (after the police officer left, of course) something about being stopped to satisfy a quota. Well, you're probably right. Lots of police departments have speeding ticket quotas.

After you get a speeding ticket, you've probably mumbled (after the police officer left, of course) something about all this being some kind of racket. Well, you're probably right. Many police departments depend on traffic ticket revenue.

This tragic cold case occurred during the Eisenhower administration, but was not solved until the Obama administration. Why did it take 55 years, and what finally cracked it?

Johnny Law has some new flying toys that could come in handy in the fight against crime.

The next time you interact with a police officer, you might be staring at the eye of a video camera. About a third of U.S. police departments (and more internationally) have issued body cameras to their patrol officers. Here's what you need to know.

Ever wonder why you've been called for jury duty four times while your friend has never got a summons? Are you on some secret list of the "ready and available"? We'll give you the scoop.

Few incidents shaped the U.S. civil rights movement more than the brutal death of Emmett Till. What other murders have sent shock waves through the public psyche?

When most people think of the words "wine" and "toilet," they're probably not thinking about a fermentation strategy. But as countless prisoners over the years have discovered, when it comes to alcohol, if there's a will, there's a way.

It could happen: As you're rushing to get to the airport, you absentmindedly throw a gassed-up chain saw into your suitcase. Or a bag of live eels. Yes, TSA officials really spotted these items at U.S. airports. And stranger things, too.

There are people willing to sneak grimy, dirty classified files and documents from under lock and key and into the disinfecting power of sunlight. Here are 10 people who went public with stories of hidden corruption.