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Just in case you needed a reminder about how to act on an airplane, here are a few: wear deodorant; keep your shoes on; don't lean your seat back; and, for God's sake, do not grope and kiss an unaccompanied minor who has fallen asleep in the seat next to you. And in case you require further edification, that last one is not mere etiquette. Your nonconsensual sexual advances are assault, possibly rape, and they will get your arrested and jailed.

Keep your elbows in, keep your carry-on stowed, and keep your hands to yourself.

Can a Spiked Drink Prompt a Crime Spree?

When people are in custody they may say strange things to be released. But the defense presented at the bond hearing in a Georgia case this month really takes the cake. The accused says her drink was spiked at a Chick-fil-A and that this led to a crime spree ending in a murder charge, among others.

Kristie Renee Nesby, 43, was reportedly denied bond and will be held in custody awaiting resolution of the charges arising from her dramatic and deadly day. So watch what you drink and where, lest your beverage be spiked, as this is not a nice story and there is probably no happy ending written into Nesby's future.

CA Lawmakers May Redefine Rape After Stanford Sex Assault Case

California's definition or rape could change thanks to the recent case of Brock Turner, sometimes referred to in the media as "The Stanford Rape Case." But that is technically a misnomer, as Turner was not charged with or convicted of rape.

Rather, he was convicted of three counts of sexual assault and what he did was not rape under California law. That's one reason why lawmakers are talking about changing the definition of rape in this state, according to CBS News in Sacramento. Let's consider the issue.

Another day, another hack. And while the target might not be as well-known as Sony or Anthem Blue Cross, the VerticalScope hack could have exposed personal information for an estimated 45 million users on 1,100 online forums.

What does this mean for the users involved, for VerticalScope, and the hackers? Let's take a look.

National Parks Art-Crime Spree Ends With Criminal Sentence

It's hard to make a mark on this crowded, busy world, and artists struggle to get noticed. But when your art is leaving marks on protected national park land, you will get attention. You just better be willing to pay a price.

This week, Casey Nocket, 23, pled guilty to seven misdemeanor counts of defacing national park property in a federal court in Fresno, California. She used acrylics and markers to draw on protected rock formations and will do 200 community service hours and spend two years on probation, with restitution to be determined at a later hearing. But that is not all the judge put on Nocket's docket, according to the Denver Post.

Top 5 Terrorism Questions

Immediately following the heinous Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last weekend, many labeled the shooter, Omar Mateen, a terrorist. After all, he allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIL in a 911 call during the attack. It turns out Mateen's relationship to the club and the gay community in Orlando might be slightly more complex, but does that mean the massacre wasn't an act of terrorism?

The investigation of Mateen's motives and background is ongoing, but here are five common questions regarding terrorism crimes, here and abroad:

Everything's bigger in Texas. But that doesn't mean it's better. The Lone Star state is hitting some big numbers in a very bad category.

The Texas Education Agency revealed it has launched a whopping 162 investigations into alleged inappropriate teacher-student relationships between September 1 and May 31. The agency had a total of 188 investigations all of last year, the most in the nation, and the number of incidents has been rising for five straight years. So what's going on down in the former Republic of Texas, and what can state officials do about it?

Gang Leader's Trial Highlights Perils of Criminal Justice Work

This week an already-imprisoned gang leader in North Carolina stands trial for the kidnapping of an assistant district attorney's father, among other crimes, like planning to kill his defense attorney. The chilling tale took place in 2014, when Kevin Melton ordered the hits from his prison cell.

But the story began when the victim's son prosecuted Melton in 2012, reports CBS News. Now Melton is facing a life-sentence for ordering his attorney and the prosecutor dead -- a plan that was botched by underlings who kidnapped the assistant district attorney's dad accidentally and are testifying against Melton in exchange for deals with the prosecution.

Three Minneapolis men have been convicted of conspiring to support the foreign terrorist organization Islamic State and to commit murder abroad under its command. A jury found Abdirahman Daud, Mohamed Farah, and Guled Omar guilty on multiple charges related to a plan to join ISIS in Syria and of making false statements to federal authorities.

The convictions were part of a far-ranging investigation into ISIS recruitment in Minnesota, and could be the first of many to follow.

Feds Fight to Define Protest at the Supreme Court

Wordsmiths and language lovers will delight in a fight federal prosecutors continued last week, appealing a federal judge's ruling against them, which turns on two words. The prosecutors tried to charge five people who protested at the Supreme Court by singing and yelling during proceedings with haranguing or making an oration, but were denied. They are now trying again in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

In their appeal, federal prosecutors say that neither word -- oration or harangue -- is unconstitutionally vague and that the charges are valid. US District Court Judge Christopher Cooper disagreed when he denied them last year, reports the National Law Journal.