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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

The divisive serial comma finally got its day in court—it was glorious.

By Laurie L. Dove

Antarctica belongs to no one nation. So what happens in the event of a crime?

By Dave Roos

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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.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

If someone is insulting you or your family and you clock 'em, can you get away with it, legally?

By Dave Roos

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

By Dave Roos

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

By Yves Jeffcoat

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.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

Some serial killers have murdered more than 100 people. Who are these people, and why did they do it?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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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

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.

By Ben Bowlin

With more drug companies refusing to allow their drugs to be used in executions, states have turned to riskier pharmaceuticals.

By Dave Roos

Bigoted requests aren't as rare as you might think in hospitals. It's also not rare for hospitals to accommodate such requests. Why?

By Julia Layton

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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.

By Julia Layton

It's not quite what you'd expect, is it?

By Cristen Conger