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The Backstory on Backpage.com, the Adult Classifieds Site That Got Shut Down

Does this mean that a website actually is responsible for the content created by that site's users?

How Drug Courts Work

Drug courts have changed the lives of the thousands of people who've "graduated" through the program. But how exactly do the judges, rehab facilities and counselors facilitate these courts, and do they deter repeat offenders?

Friends Don’t Let (Online-Ordained) Friends Officiate at Their Weddings

Online ordination may be quick and easy and presiding at a friend's wedding may be fun and meaningful. But these marriages haven't always held up in court.

Slavery is Alive and Booming Worldwide

If you thought slavery ended with the ratification of the 13th amendment, think again. Slavery is flourishing across the globe.

How Well Has Strict Gun Control Worked in Australia?

Australia hasn't had a mass shooting in 22 years; the U.S. has had dozens during that same time.

Why Do Mass Shootings Keep Happening in U.S. Schools?

Is there something about American suburban high school culture that makes it fertile ground for school shootings? One researcher says 'yes.'

Does the U.S. Require Citizens To Carry ID?

The United States doesn't have a national ID, but it's slowly moving toward one with the REAL ID law. But what happens if a citizen doesn't have identification?

Was the Wrong Person Convicted in the Atlanta Child Murders?

Wayne Williams is serving a life sentence for killing dozens of black kids in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. But some say he didn't do it and evidence of his innocence was covered up.

Does Checking In Mean You Check Your Privacy at the Door?

Hotels/motels must balance guests' privacy with the safety of other guests and employees.

5 Unexpected Ways to Lose Your Driver's License

Drowning in debt? Your driving privileges could disappear.

Beyond Arsenic: 6 Weird Poisons Used Throughout History

Arsenic? Been there, done that! These six other poisons should delight you murder nerds and obscurists out there.

How the Logan Act Does — and Doesn't — Work

The Logan Act prohibits American citizens from going behind the back of the U.S. government to deal with foreign powers. So why hasn't anybody ever been convicted?

Review Websites Like TripAdvisor Are Under Fire. Is That Warranted?

TripAdvisor deleted — and later reinstated — a hotel review where a visitor alleged she had been raped. How can review websites legally balance their duty to warn users as well as to beware of false, defamatory content?

When Private Investigators Go Rogue

Private investigative firms like Black Cube, hired by Harvey Weinstein, use borderline illegal tactics to try to silence accusers.

This Is How Sexual Harassment Is Legally Defined in the U.S.

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?

How the Manson Family Murders Worked

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?

When Is — and Isn't — Crime Considered Terrorism?

The struggle to define which crimes are considered terrorism — and which are not — isn't easy.

Majority Want Legal Marijuana To Be the Norm

Ending federal pot prohibition could mean big changes and big bucks for states.

Hotel Security Experts Warn About Learning the Wrong Lessons in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

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?

Should Nature Have the Right to Sue in Court?

A lawsuit in federal court in Colorado seeks to establish that the Colorado River ecosystem has legal rights similar to those of a person.

5 Ways to Stay Safe in a Mass Shooting

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.

Likelihood Kids Will Be Injured by Guns Depends on Where They Live

Three new studies highlight the regional differences in gun injuries and deaths among young children and teens.

Codes and a Corpse: The Somerton Beach Man Mystery Persists

The Somerton Beach man mystery has baffled authorities and mystery buffs for decades. Will we ever know who he was or how he died?

How the U.S. Secret Service Works

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?

Hunting Serial Killers Who Vanish

To hunt serial killers you have to understand them, and that's not always an easy task for investigators.


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