It's easy to poke fun at Scientology, so long as you have good lawyers. It's much harder to understand how the group keeps members entranced despite a bizarre sci-fi backstory and allegedly abusive practices. A well-made new documentary tugs at that deeper question and helps humanize believers.
Payday loan companies and their supporters offered stiff, knee-jerk resistance to a moderate slate of regulations proposed Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The industry has gone unsupervised at the federal level for decades, and undermined state regulations at every turn.
When companies switch from normal paychecks to electronic payroll debit cards, employers save money -- and expose their workers to bank abuses. Federal rules are coming, but some states don't feel like waiting.
Reports of the death of the Seattle restaurant scene are premature, according to Seattle restaurant owners who have found themselves unwilling pawns in a wave of punditry criticizing the city's $15 minimum wage law
The private food vendor that Michigan hired to feed its prisoners has committed hundreds of health and safety violations already, but newly revealed emails detail one particularly nasty incident from July.
A relatively small subset of Albuquerque's homeless population rejects the city's shelter system for a variety of reasons, choosing instead to live communally in tents. They are about to be evicted from their fourth location in a month.
Rick Perry added his autograph to a list of conservative principles for criminal justice reform, boosting a nascent and cross-partisan movement to address America's prisons and courts. But with the 2016 campaign looming, Perry still isn't grappling with the ugly parts of his justice record.