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If you thought slavery ended with the ratification of the 13th amendment, think again. Slavery is flourishing across the globe.
By Diana Brown Mar 27, 2018
Australia hasn't had a mass shooting in 22 years; the U.S. has had dozens during that same time.
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 9, 2018
Is there something about American suburban high school culture that makes it fertile ground for school shootings? One researcher says 'yes.'
By Dave Roos Feb 23, 2018
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?
By John Perritano Feb 21, 2018
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.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jan 26, 2018
Hotels/motels must balance guests' privacy with the safety of other guests and employees.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 17, 2018
Drowning in debt? Your driving privileges could disappear.
By Cherise Threewitt Jan 11, 2018
Arsenic? Been there, done that! These six other poisons should delight you murder nerds and obscurists out there.
By Laurie L. Dove Dec 27, 2017
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?
By John Donovan Dec 6, 2017
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?
By Dave Roos Nov 30, 2017
Private investigative firms like Black Cube, hired by Harvey Weinstein, use borderline illegal tactics to try to silence accusers.
By Dave Roos Nov 28, 2017
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
10 Essential Supreme Court Cases of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
What Is Einstein's 'God Letter'?
If the Light Is Stuck on Red, Are You Stuck Too?