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Companies are actually hoping you won't read these 8,000-word documents before you click "agree." But why?

According to new research, shootings pass from person to person like a contagious disease.

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.

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?

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?

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.