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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
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
What's the Difference Between England, the U.K. and Great Britain?
An Alien Asteroid's Been Lurking in Our Solar System Since the Beginning
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