June 11, 2010 Marijuana laws have been liberalized in more than a dozen states, and in California, medical marijuana dispensaries are common. But that doesn't mean pot use is on the rise. According to government data, Americans who admit to using pot have been at about 6 percent since 2002.
May 21, 2010 After pleading guilty to a carjacking at 16, author R. Dwayne Betts served nine years in an adult prison. He agrees with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week that juveniles can't serve life in prison without parole for lesser crimes. He says the promise of release is powerful.
December 21, 2009 In early 2007, U.S. Navy sailor Jennifer Valdivia killed herself while she was under investigation for her role in brutal hazing at a base in Bahrain. Interviews and newly obtained documents suggest that Valdivia, who was also a victim of the abuse, feared she'd be the scapegoat for widespread transgressions.
December 17, 2009 Eastern Kentucky, where youth commentator Brittany Hunsaker lives, has the lowest life expectancy of any place in America. People in rural communities like hers face a widening mortality gap, with rural death rates significantly higher than urban rates. This is her story.