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Kids are heading back to school, which may mean your house will be empty while you're at work all day. Even if your neighborhood has never experienced burglaries, that doesn't mean it won't happen.

Daytime burglaries are the most common and can be the costliest. Here are some tips to make your home harder for burglars to break into: 

Is it illegal to encourage someone to commit suicide? This question was raised by a tragic incident that recently occurred in Massachusetts.

Teenagers Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy III had a complicated friendship. When Roy threatened to commit suicide, Carter encouraged him to complete the act. He did. Now Carter faces twenty years in prison, and her attorneys are arguing with prosecutors over whether her actions were illegal.

In what appears to be a case more about a divorce misunderstanding than an episode of Sister Wives, a Virginia man has been arrested for having multiple wives without ever getting divorced.

Frank Ernest Blake, Jr. was charged with two counts of bigamy and two counts of forgery, the latter for forging marriage licenses by giving false information about his previous marital status. And now he's looking at quite a bit of prison time.

A jury yesterday found James Holmes guilty on all murder counts in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. Holmes killed 12 people in the shooting, and was charged with two murder counts for each: murder in the first degree after deliberation, and murder in the first degree with extreme indifference.

But what is extreme indifference murder, and how does it differ from a standard first degree murder charge?

A jury has found James Holmes guilty in killing 12 people and wounding 58 others. Holmes opened fire on a crowd during a showing of The Dark Knight in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater in 2012.

The jury, selected from 9,000 possible candidates and short four members who had previously been dismissed, came to the verdict after just over a day of deliberation. The jury also found Holmes guilty of attempted murder and assorted weapons charges.

Is Road Rage a Crime?

We've probably all been guilty of road rage at least once in our lives. However, when road rage escalates from stewing in your car to aggressive driving or vicious assaults, road rage can get you arrested.

Just this week, a case of road rage was caught on camera in Yuma, Arizona. A motorcyclist, wearing a GoPro camera on his helmet, allegedly cut off another car. When both the car and motorcycle were stopped at a light, the driver got out of his vehicle, walked straight up to the motorcyclist and punched him in the face! The driver proceeds to shove a passenger on the motorcycle and try to punch the motorcyclist several more times before being taken down.

Do you think you're being sneaky? Think again. Big Brother is always watching.

In the old days, police tracked debit and credit cards to find the bad guys. Now, that most on the run criminals know not to use their credit cards, the authorities have a new tactic. They're tracking your Spotify and Netflix accounts!

Our national parks are among our greatest treasures. Yet, too many people recklessly, arrogantly, and maliciously deface the federal property.

If you ever consider signing your name or drawing a little doodle on the wall of the Grand Canyon, just know that it's a federal crime.

Cause a Forest Fire, Go to Jail

If you live in Colorado, you're probably smelling a lot of smoke right now. A huge wildfire burning in Canada and Alaska, covering more than 2-million acres, has spread smoke as far south as Colorado.

With the hot dry conditions of summer, even a small spark can become a huge fire. If you caused a wildfire or a forest fire, you may end up in jail.

Last week, a young woman was randomly shot and killed by a man she did not know.

This week, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, also known as Francisco Sanchez, has been charged with murder in the death of Kathryn Steinle.