Oct 31, 2014

French town bans clown disguises after assaults

A small town outside Montpellier in southern France has banned people from disguising themselves as clowns from the streets — especially on Halloween. This week’s decision by Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere of Vendargues follows a series of incidents around France in which people dressed as ...

Duo with mental disabilities freed after 30 years in U.S. prison

Sep 3, 2014

Duo with mental disabilities freed after 30 years in U.S. prison

Two mentally impaired half-brothers were freed Tuesday after serving three decades in a U.S. prison for the rape and murder of a child that they did not commit. A judge in Robeson County said that Henry Lee McCollum, 50, North Carolina state’s longest-serving death-row ...

U.S. jails struggle as stopgap asylums

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. jails struggle as stopgap asylums

Many of the 3,300 jails across the U.S. have seen a rise in the number of inmates with serious mental illnesses, most arrested for nonviolent crimes. They have become in many cases, treatment centers of last resort. And they are awash in a tide ...

Golden Gate may get suicide barrier

Jun 24, 2014

Golden Gate may get suicide barrier

With $76 million in funding in place, officials said Monday they will consider a long-delayed proposal to build a suicide-prevention system on the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District announced that its board of directors is set to vote ...

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

| Jun 24, 2014

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

A deadly shooting spree by a South Korean military serviceman has once again raised questions over the wisdom of deploying young, inexperienced and often unprepared conscripts along the world’s last Cold War frontier. It is still unclear what caused the 22-year-old sergeant, identified only ...