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The death penalty’s demise can’t come soon enough

“THE DEATH penalty is withering throughout most of the country,” says the Death Penalty Information Center’s Robert Dunham. In its year-end report, his group found that executions, death sentences and public support for the death penalty approached or hit historic lows in 2015. Reducing the use of …

Why These Three States Might Soon Lower The Legal Drinking Age

In July 1984, President Reagan signed the the National Minimum Drinking Age Act into law, which mandated that states raise the drinking age to 21. …

3 American states could soon lower drinking age to 18

Americans who ask why the legal age for going to war is lower than that for buying alcohol could finally get a break: three states are considering …

When Your Parents Are Heroin Addicts

A mother is dead and a father jailed after they overdosed at a children’s hospital. Their story may seem extreme, but it isn’t unique.<p>Last week, it …

Are America's painkiller policies driving patients to heroin?

A group of government researchers say no, but others say it’s complicated<p>Heroin use has spiked in the US, and some critics have charged that policy changes are to blame. Not so, say a group of government researchers, who exonerate the agencies they work for in a paper published yesterday. Outside …

CVS Pharmacies in New York Will Start Selling Heroin Overdose Antidote Over the Counter

The ability to buy the opiate antidote without a prescription is a big step toward cutting down heroin-related deaths.<p><b>Read:</b> <b>How to Make Drug Taking Better in 2016</b><p>Health officials in New York have announced that 479 CVS pharmacies across the state will begin selling naloxone, the opiate overdose …

Putting a Face on Addiction: The Urgent Need to Address Our Nation's Heroin Epidemic

In recent years, we have witnessed the increasing pain and suffering inflicted by heroin and opioid addiction in communities in our districts and across the country. We, like many of our constituents, have seen firsthand how this tragic epidemic has affected our own friends and loved ones, and by …

Heroin addiction is rare among painkiller abusers, study says

Prescription painkiller abuse is drawing national attention as states battle increasing abuse cases, presidential candidates offer possible solutions …

Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida's Death Penalty System

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida's death sentencing system as unconstitutional on Tuesday, casting doubt on the status of all the state's death sentences.<p>Florida ranks second in the nation in the number of death row inmates, with 390 men and women currently awaiting execution.<p>Florida law …

Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida's Death Penalty Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated a Florida death penalty law that gives judges—not juries—a large role in deciding the fate of inmates involved …

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida's unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not …

Alcohol is Still the Deadliest Drug

Media attention given to heroin abuse has led to a misconception by the public.<p>Most people believe that heroin addiction is far more serious than alcoholism. That, however, is a myth fueled in large part by the media attention given to heroin abuse.<p>"Don't get me wrong. Heroin abuse is a very …

Domestic Violence

Are You Almost Alcoholic? Taking a New Look at an Old Problem

According to the literature, you're either an alcoholic or you're not an alcoholic. But might more awareness of the in-between help us?<p>Whitney Houston's cause of death has been identified as accidental drowning, but in the weeks leading up to the report, rumors were swirling. She had a confirmed …

Watchful parents help early-maturing girls avoid alcohol abuse | Reuters

(Reuters Health) - Girls who hit puberty early are at sharply higher risk of abusing alcohol as teens if their parents don’t keep tabs on them, new research shows.<p>A reveler holds a beer while dancing during a music festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mark …

HuffPost What's Working Honor Roll: This Former Cop Is Keeping Track Of Police Misconduct

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often the media fails to show the whole picture, neglecting to tell the stories of what is working. From scientific breakthroughs to successful …

AP report reveals offenses that Florida police chief says are underreported: ‘It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country’<p>Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters on the car behind made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a …

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Police officers convicted of misconduct over murder of disabled refugee

A police constable and a police community support officer (PSCO) have been found guilty of misconduct in connection with the murder of disabled Iranian refugee Bijan Ebrahimi.<p>Ebrahimi, 44, was beaten to death and then set alight by neighbor Lee James as a crowd watched outside his flat in Capgrave …