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Graphic showing elements of ransomware attack (State Dept.)

U.S. goes after Iranian hackers who attacked city, hospital computers

Two Iranian hackers allegedly extorted $6 million in bitcoin payments by installing ransomware on the computers of big U.S. cities, hospitals and others.
Head of an ancient Persian soldier carved into limestone (Manhattan District Attorney's Office)

U.S. judge orders return of Persian antiquity to Iran

An ancient Persian artifact stolen decades ago will soon be headed home. Learn how, and why, the U.S. combats art smuggling and repatriates stolen cultural property.
President Trump leaning in to speak to Brett Kavanuagh and his family (© Alex Brandon/AP Images)

What’s next for Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court?

President Trump is nominating an experienced federal judge to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice. What should the nominee expect next?
Museum exhibit of ancient sculptures (© Joseph Eie/AFP/Getty Images)

Art smugglers, beware: New York’s sleuths are on your trail

Launching an aggressive campaign against the trafficking of cultural property, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has created a new law-enforcement squad dedicated to solving and stopping the theft of antiquities. Find out why this mission is so important.
Strips of newspaper with 'freedom of speech' typed on them (© Stepan Popov/Alamy Stock Photo)

3 cases that show what free speech means

These U.S. Supreme Court cases — about inciting crime, printing falsehoods and using obscenity — put Americans' belief in free speech to the test.
U.S. Constitution with Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence on an American flag with a quill pen (© Pamela Au/ Alamy Stock Photo)

Why protect offensive speech?

The U.S. Constitution's First Amendment includes the right to say unpopular things and "hate speech," and it gives that right to everybody.
Two men talking (© AP Images)

U.S. steps up campaign to combat criminal gangs

President Trump vows the U.S. will “dismantle, decimate and eradicate” violent criminal gangs, and Attorney General Sessions thanks El Salvador for help.
President Trump and Neil Gorsuch shaking hands (© AP Images)

Trump names Supreme Court nominee: Who is he and what happens...

President Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice. He's an experienced federal judge from Colorado. What happens next?
Abid Riaz Qureshi (© AP images)

Obama nominates Muslim American as federal judge

President Obama has nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi to be a federal judge. If confirmed, he would be the first Muslim American to serve in such a role.