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Fueled by sexual abuse allegations against comedian Bill Cosby and the Catholic Church, and other high-profile cases dating back decades, state legislators across the country are considering lengthening or eliminating statutes of limitations on rape. Continue reading.

The numbers of minority FBI agents are continuing to drop at a slow clip, according to newly released statistics, but FBI Director James Comey says the bureau is working aggressively to reverse the decline. Continue reading.

Drinking is more likely to be the cause of death in much of the Southwest than in other parts of the country. In parts of Appalachia and New England, it’s a drug overdose. Suicide by gun stands out as disproportionately lethal in parts of the Upper Midwest and Alaska. Continue reading.

California's schools are going to have to answer for more than just test scores, by the year after next. The state may also judge them on suspension rates, graduation rates, attendance and the rate at which students who are still learning English are becoming proficient. Continue reading.

Nearly 1,000 nonviolent drug offenders will be eligible for early release from Iowa prisons over the next five years as part of a sentencing reform bill that Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law Thursday. Continue reading.

When Chené Marshall got into a fight in high school, she assumed she might be suspended. Instead, the police arrested her.  Then a 17-year-old junior with no criminal record, she did not realize that Louisiana was in the dwindling minority of states where all 17-year-olds are treated as adults by the criminal justice system. Continue reading.

Applications that allow people to use smartphones to summon a driver at a moment’s notice have soared in popularity in recent years.  And as companies like Uber and Lyft have altered the transportation landscape with these ride-hailing services, efforts to regulate them in New Jersey have trailed behind their fast-evolving business models. Continue reading.

Pfizer Inc has taken steps to ensure that none of its products are used in lethal injections, the largest U.S. drugmaker said on Friday.  "We are enforcing a distribution restriction for specific products that have been part of, or considered by some states for, their lethal injection protocols," the New York-based drugmaker said on its website. "Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment." Continue reading.

Google announced Wednesday that it will ban all payday loan ads from its site, bowing to concerns by advocates who say the lending practice exploits the poor and vulnerable by offering them immediate cash that must be paid back under sky-high interest rates. Continue reading.
Months after Connecticut’s governor announced he would shut down the state’s abusive juvenile jail, lawmakers hope to divert young people from the juvenile justice system. Continue reading.