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Reforming Drug, Alcohol Offenders: 2 Promising Programs

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WASHINGTON—A couple of frustrated circuit judges—one from South Dakota and the other from Hawaii—wanted to find a better way for changing the behavior of alcohol...




  • This image provided by NOAA taken Wednesday Aug. 6, 2014 shows Hurricane Iselle, center, and tropical storm Julio, right. Though it's not clear how damaging the storms could be, many in Hawaii aren't taking any chances as they wait for Hurricane Iselle to make landfall later this week and Tropical Storm Julio potentially hitting a few days later. (AP Photo/NOAA)

    National Hurricane Center Update: Back-to-Back Storms Rare in Hawaii

    Comparatively few really big storms pass close enough to Hawaii to do much more than shake the palm fronds, but now back-to-back storms packing high-speed... Read more

  • The statue of the 16th president of the US Abraham Lincoln is seen at the Lincoln Memorial on November 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Abraham Lincoln’s Handwriting Found in Book Justifying Racism

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—For years, librarians at a small central Illinois library gossiped that a tattered book lying on one of its shelves justifying racism may have... Read more

  • A man looks at blue jeans with messages challenging misconceptions about sexual violence, hung by the UCLA Clothesline Project, on the University of California Los Angeles campus during Denim Day in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 21, 2004 The UCLA Clothesline Project is a student organization which works to stop gender-based violence. In 1999, wearing jeans on Denim Day during Sexual Assault Awareness Month became an international symbol of protest against rape in response to an Italian Supreme Court decision, which overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans. The Italian Court justices reasoned that the victim must have helped her attacker remove her jeans because they believed that without the victim’s help, removing the jeans would be impossible. (David McNew/Getty Images)

    Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

    During their time at college, the Department of Justice estimates one in five women will be sexually assaulted, and as many as 95 percent of the cases go unreported... Read more

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    40 Years’ Treasure Hunt in Florida: A Journey to Prehistory Through Murky Waters

    OCALA, Fla.—A fishing trip to Orange Springs in 1960 introduced Alvin Hendrix to a hobby that would take him on underwater treasure hunts for the... Read more

  • US marines marching in France during World War I. (George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress)

    20 Facts You Didn’t Know About World War I

    One hundred years ago, on July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist,... Read more

  • File photo dated June 1976 of Democratic candidate for the US Presidency Jimmy Carter during the Democratic National Convention in New York City. (AFP/Getty Images)

    35 Years Later, Jimmy Carter’s Energy Warning

    “Energy,” President Jimmy Carter said, “will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around... Read more

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    Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution

    For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in... Read more

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    Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide

    With stores near military bases across the country, the retailer USA Discounters offers easy credit to service members. But when those loans go bad, the... Read more

  • Gregg Segal exposes American Consumerism in his 7 Days of Garbage photo project

    Photographer Gregg Segal: The King of Garbage Exposure

    Californian photographer Gregg Segal thinks you use too much stuff. Or rather, he thinks we all do, and our hyper consumerism is leading to a rubbish... Read more

  • Guardians of Rescue with some dogs they returned to their military owners. Military rules and logistics do not allow soldiers to take animals home from war with them, but leaving a beloved animal behind is a crushing blow. (Guardians of Rescue)

    Group Brings Soldiers’ Lost Dogs to America

    NEW YORK—In Afghanistan, a group of Americans heard shots. They went towards the sounds.  “When we got there, we saw a few Afghanis standing around... Read more

  • Photo shows Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 taking off from Schiphol Airport in Schiphol, the Netherlands, on July 17, 2014. Malaysia Airlines said on July 17 that it had 'lost contact' with one of its passenger planes whose last known position was over eastern Ukraine, amid speculation it had been shot down. 'Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam,' the airline, still reeling from the disappearance of flight MH370, said on its Twitter account. The plane was due to travel from Amsterdam on an overnight flight to Kuala Lumpur, and was expected in the Malaysian capital at around 6:00 am on Friday (2200 GMT Thursday). Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the jet crashed over rebel-held eastern Ukraine and may have been shot down. (Fred Neeleman/AFP/Getty Images)

    Malaysia Airlines MH17 Crash: Boeing 777 Shot Down in Ukraine Near Russian Border, No USA Victims Identified So Far (UPDATED)

    A Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down and has crashed in Ukraine. According to the FR24 database, the signal was lost from the airplane around... Read more

  • This file photo shows the Hester Street Fair, home to some of the best vendors in a out door marketplace in the Lower East Side of Manhattan on April 27, 2014.(Jack Feinberg/Epoch Times)

    Locally-grown Foods Look To Bigger Business

    PHILADELPHIA—Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren’t just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from... Read more

  • Devin Mueller, 25, left, and his brother, Camden, 23, talk about having to keep their rooms spotless as home managers with Showhomes in the house they live in with their parents in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The Muellers are one of the nomadic families living in luxury homes for short periods of time to help sell them.  (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Will Vragovic)

    Unconventional Nomadic Life for Family of ‘Human Props’

    TAMPA, Fla.—When the Mueller family sits for dinner, the leftover broccoli and crepes are already wrapped in plastic, the kitchen is beyond spotless, and the... Read more

  • Anthony Cosentino and his son, John Cosentino, at the Brooklyn Developmental Center, June 20, 2014. The center is one of the two developmental centers in NYC that are slated to close under Governor Cuomo's initiative to transition adults with developmental disorders from institutions to group homes. Some fear group homes cannot adequately care for those who have severe disorders. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    As Mental Health Centers Close in New York, a Parent Fears Inadequate Care

    NEW YORK—When John Cosentino was left alone, he ate. He ate cigarette butts. He ate the padding from chairs. He ate screws. He had once... Read more

  • World War II veteran Arthur Robinson of Saratoga Springs, NY, points to himself in a 1940 photograph with his unit at the New York State Military Museum on May 8, 2014, in Saratoga Springs. The Army’s 27th Infantry Division, which Robinson served in, bore the brunt of Japan’s largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The division’s 105th Regiment saw more than 400 killed and 500 wounded during the attack by more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and sailors. The 27th was a former New York National Guard unit that still had many New Yorkers among its ranks when it landed on Saipan after the US Marines made the initial beach assault on June 15, 1944. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    US Survivors of WWII Battle Recall Saipan Attack

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY—Even after seven decades, Wilfred “Spike” Mailloux won’t talk about surviving a bloody World War II battle unless longtime friend John Sidur is... Read more

  • In this March 18, 2014, photo Maria Esther Salazar (C) grabs a cigarette from a friend in the Jungle, a homeless encampment in San Jose, Calif. The Jungle and several hundred smaller encampments in the region are the consequence of urban sprawl, with large open spaces that are not parks, and thus without rangers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Survival and Defeat in Silicon Valley Slum

    SAN JOSE, Calif.—She is a disheveled woman, hair mussed, upper teeth gone, muddy walking cane taped together. But in the Jungle, Maria Esther Salazar is... Read more


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