Mental health and law enforcement officials in California are wrestling with that question as violence at the state's psychiatric hospitals continues to escalate. They are trying to determine how to hold violent mental patients accountable for their actions without punishing them for being sick.
The alleged child sex abuse charges at Penn State are prompting new federal and state legislation that could expand who is required to report suspected child abuse. But some doctors and child protection officials are skeptical.
On the 150th anniversary of the nation's highest military honor, two recipients share their stories. While badly wounded and under heavy fire, recalls one Vietnam War veteran, "what goes through your mind is the understanding that if you don't do something ... then everything is lost."
A study of nearly 5,000 police officers in the U.S. and Canada finds 40 percent had sleep disorders. These sleepy cops had a greater likelihood of having sleep apnea, a disorder with big health implications. They were also much likelier to fall asleep while driving.
The nation's high unemployment rate is straining many marriages, a new survey finds. At the same time, many unhappy couples say they feel trapped, unable to afford a breakup. Experts say that's a dangerous combination that can increase the risk of domestic violence.
Although in the past bell ringers were primarily volunteers, for many behind the kettle today, the temporary job has become a lifesaver. For first-time bell ringers Lynn and Rusty Smith, the minimum wage job is helping to keep them afloat during tough economic times.
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