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Forgery is one of the most difficult crimes to successfully carry off. But these six sure tried. What tripped them up?

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

The food we're feeding those incarcerated in the U.S. prison system is not only bad for their health, but it's also bad for John Q. Taxpayer's wallet.

By John Donovan

You probably don't know her name, but Mitsuye Endo was the plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit that ultimately led to the closing of the U.S. Japanese internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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The big blacked-out sections of the Mueller report are calling attention to redaction. The process of redaction can be sophisticated or simple. And sometimes, not completely fool-proof.

By Patrick J. Kiger

A new groundbreaking study shows how widespread incarceration in the U.S. really is.

By Nathan Chandler

A new serial podcast delves into the tragic deaths of at least six members of the Hart family, whose SUV was driven off a cliff in California in early 2018.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Cursing during road rage? A ton of trash in your car? Both can get you in trouble if you're not careful. What other crazy driving laws are on the books?

By Cherise Threewitt

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The Constitution allows Supreme Court justices to be impeached by the House and put on trial by the Senate, but it's only happened once and that was in 1805.

By Patrick J. Kiger

One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, and many are afraid to or don't know how to report it.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

Melissa Moore struggles to reconcile the normal experiences of growing up with her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, with the realization that he was also the Happy Face serial killer. And she wonders if being a psychopath could be hereditary.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Police and fire departments across the U.S. are eliminating jargon like "10-4" in favor of every-day vernacular. And there's a good reason why.

By John Perritano

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William Burke and William Hare cut out the middleman in the early 19th-century Scottish grave-robbing game.

By Jesslyn Shields

Omarosa did it, but does that mean you can too — legally that is? A lot depends on which state you live in.

By Dave Roos

The new law is being hailed as a victory for women tired of being harassed on French streets.

By Laurie L. Dove

Ordinary citizens are allowed to make arrests in every U.S. state, but legal experts warn that it's a risky thing to do.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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Political ideology serves as a motivator for some people to commit espionage, but it's not the only factor at play when someone decides to spy.

By Jerad W. Alexander

In the vast majority of cases, a child, parent, spouse or friend who goes missing returns home unharmed. But if they don't, would you know what to do first?

By Dave Roos

Stand Your Ground laws are controversial and exist in nearly half the states in the United States. But what exactly are they?

By Jerad W. Alexander

An active shooter situation at work may not be common, but you should really know how you'd handle it before it happens.

By Dave Roos

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Psychics often try to help police solve crimes, but how many times are they really successful?

By Diana Brown

President Donald Trump says if the U.S. just deports members of the MS-13 gang, the country will be much safer. But is it really that simple?

By John Donovan

From public letters to anime porn, the 470,000 public files offer a window into the last years of al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden.

By Diana Brown

In the United States, attorney-client privilege works to keep communications between an attorney and his or her client secret. But there are always exceptions to the rule.

By Oisin Curran

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Where do we draw the line between interesting and appalling?

By Diana Brown

For the first 100 years, this amendment got little attention. But since the 20th century, Americans have been vigorously debating what exactly the "right to bear arms" means.

By Patrick J. Kiger