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How the Manson Family Murders Worked
When Is — and Isn't — Crime Considered Terrorism?
This Is How Sexual Harassment Is Legally Defined in the U.S.
Majority Want Legal Marijuana To Be the Norm
Should Nature Have the Right to Sue in Court?
The Scopes Monkey Trial Was a Historic Debate Over Evolution … And a Publicity Ploy
Reports of famous people being accused of sexually harassment have been all over news sites and social media. What does U.S. law actually say sexual harassment is?
By Alia Hoyt Nov 20, 2017
Charles Manson and his family have captivated the world since their murderous spree in the late '60s. What is it about this cult leader that made him so mesmerizing?
By Ed Grabianowski
The struggle to define which crimes are considered terrorism —
and which are not — isn't easy.
By John Donovan Nov 3, 2017
Ending federal pot prohibition could mean big changes and big bucks for states.
By John Donovan Oct 27, 2017
Hotel security in the U.S. today seems to be where airport security was before 9/11. Will it change after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history?
By Dave Roos Oct 13, 2017
A lawsuit in federal court in Colorado seeks to establish that the Colorado River ecosystem has legal rights similar to those of a person.
By Patrick J. Kiger Oct 11, 2017
We don't expect to ever be in a mass shooting. But by assuming the worst can happen, one expert says, we take the first step toward being prepared.
By Jamie Allen Oct 6, 2017
Three new studies highlight the regional differences in gun injuries and deaths among young children and teens.
By John Perritano Sep 15, 2017
The Somerton Beach man mystery has baffled authorities and mystery buffs for decades. Will we ever know who he was or how he died?
By Diana Brown Sep 13, 2017
While most people think of the Secret Service's only job as protecting the president, its first mission was combating counterfeiting. How does it balance the two?
By Melanie Radzicki McManus
To hunt serial killers you have to understand them, and that's not always an easy task for investigators.
By Diana Brown Aug 8, 2017
If the risk of being hit by a moving vehicle isn't enough to get your eyes off your phone, the threat of a fine may do the trick.
By Kate Kershner Aug 3, 2017
The controversial case in the tiny Tennessee town of Dayton drew national media attention — and live apes. But all that spectacle wasn't for naught.
By Kate Kershner Jul 21, 2017
Canadian student Elisa Lam went missing in 2013 and the mystery surrounding her death captured national attention. So what really happened to this 21-year-old?
By Diana Brown Jun 27, 2017
Richard and Mildred Loving's interracial marriage was against the law. But it led to the Supreme Court's historic decision in 1967 to ban anti-miscegenation laws across the country.
By Kate Kershner Jun 12, 2017
Who has been kidnapping and killing the indigenous women along Highway 16 in British Columbia?
By Diana Brown Jun 6, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to reinstate mandatory minimum prison sentences. But do they really deter future criminals, or do they proportionately affect certain groups instead?
By John Perritano May 19, 2017
A new study examines how former offenders should — and should not — speak about a history of incarceration.
By Patrick J. Kiger May 8, 2017
Research shows that nicotine residue lingering in furniture and carpets may be hazardous to kids. Could that mean legal action for unsuspecting homeowners and tenants?
By Dave Roos May 3, 2017
The TSA can open your checked bags at an airport. But how deep can they dig into electronic devices they find inside?
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 31, 2017
The divisive serial comma finally got its day in court—it was glorious.
By Laurie L. Dove Mar 21, 2017
Antarctica belongs to no one nation. So what happens in the event of a crime?
By Dave Roos Mar 8, 2017
While the press often gets a beating from the public and politicians, journalists have brought to national attention lots of issues that would otherwise remain hidden.
By Patrick J. Kiger
The U.S. has thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement. But experts are now saying it does more harm than good.
Guy walks into a bar looking for a fight. When is it legal and illegal to clock him?
By Dave Roos Feb 17, 2017
5 Fun Facts About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Why Galaxies Come in Different Shapes
The Delectable History of Cookbooks