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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.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus
Guy walks into a bar looking for a fight. When is it legal and illegal to clock him?
By Dave Roos Feb 17, 2017
Companies are actually hoping you won't read these 8,000-word documents before you click "agree." But why?
By Dave Roos Jan 17, 2017
According to new research, shootings pass from person to person like a contagious disease.
By Yves Jeffcoat Jan 6, 2017
Good Samaritan laws are intended to protect you from a lawsuit if you help strangers during an emergency. But they may not protect you in every situation.
Should you ever find yourself in the middle of a protest, you're going to want to avoid being targeted by one of these 'less-lethal' weapons.
By John Donovan Nov 23, 2016
Some serial killers have murdered more than 100 people. Who are these people, and why did they do it?
Thousands of Saudi women signed a petition that seeks the end of the country's male guardianship system. How does that system affect Saudi women now?
By Lauren Vogelbaum Sep 28, 2016
Inmates have been using cigarettes as currency for more than a century in U.S. prisons. So what's behind the switch to ramen cups at one prison?
By Robert Lamb Aug 22, 2016
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.
By Ben Bowlin Jun 22, 2016
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?
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 20, 2016
A former undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security explains how terrorists could use virtual reality to train for strikes.
By Dave Roos Jun 6, 2016
With more drug companies refusing to allow their drugs to be used in executions, states have turned to riskier pharmaceuticals.
By Dave Roos Apr 18, 2016
Bigoted requests aren't as rare as you might think in hospitals. It's also not rare for hospitals to accommodate such requests. Why?
By Julia Layton Apr 6, 2016
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.
By Julia Layton Mar 31, 2016
It's not quite what you'd expect, is it?
By Cristen Conger Mar 30, 2016
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.
By Chris Opfer Mar 4, 2016
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.
By Allison Loudermilk Jan 12, 2016
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.
By John Donovan Jan 8, 2016
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