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Rules for Homebrewers and Moonshine Makers

Home brewing is an ancient practice that's the new cool thing to do. At its simplest you can start with just a cook pot and a stove. Yet, for serious brewers -- and there are many -- it can get complex, an adult chemistry project.

As all of that suggests, it is legal to make alcohol at home. However, there limits on what types can be concocted. And no, you can't turn your basement into a speakeasy.

Best and Worst Statistics About Juvenile Crime

Juvenile crime across the country is tracked by numerous agencies. For the last 20 years, The National Center for Juvenile Justice has compiled reports that analyze data from the FBI, Centers for Disease Control, and state organizations.

The latest statistics on juvenile justice are from 2014. The report reveals both heartening and disappointing trends.

Is Plagiarism a Crime?

It's exam season, and many students out there will be tempted to pass off someone else's term paper as their own. And in the Internet age, copying and pasting has made plagiarism even easier. At the same time, Google searches have made catching plagiarists easier as well. So if you get caught plagiarizing someone else's work, are you going to jail?

Well, that depends on the context -- what were you plagiarizing and why? What were you trying to do with the plagiarized work? If you were trying to score an "A" on an exam, maybe not. If you were trying to score a job, maybe so. Let's take a look:

Whether you're wondering what happened to the previous owners or what the next ones will do with the property, there's always an intrigue with abandoned buildings. And the ones with spooky histories or interesting architecture always seem to invite the adventurous to have a look around inside. But is it legal to enter an abandoned building?

It may look like no one will care, but there are quite a few laws covering this kind of urban exploration. Here's a peek inside:

Antiquities Trading Tied to Terrorism

The Museum of the Bible in Washington DC triggered an FBI investigation with some questionable customs claims. The museum is believed to have purchased precious ancient artifacts, claiming they were tchotchkes worth a mere $300. And it may have done business with terrorists.

"Anyone who purchases an antiquity without being 100 percent sure it is a legitimate piece is risking funding organized criminals, armed insurgents, and even terrorist networks, whether they be al-Qaeda or ISIS," Tess Davis, the executive director of the Antiquities Coalition, told Vanity Fair.

5 Reasons to Call the Cops on Your Neighbors

The police should never be called on a whim. In most cases, it's best to resolve issues with neighbors the neighborly way: without threats or police cars.

That said, there are certainly cases when efforts at polite exchange fail. Here are four situations in which you should seriously consider calling the police about problems in the neighborhood.

Most people accused of a crime don't just sit in jail waiting for their trial. Instead, they are released on bail, a sort of financial insurance policy on their future appearance in court. But when faced with the choice of going to court and going on the run, not all criminal defendants choose the former.

So what happens if you skip town while you're out on bail? Nothing good.

It's all about disruption these days -- Uber disrupted the taxi industry; Airbnb disrupted the hotel industry; Facebook disrupted everyone's productivity at work. So what's the next industry ripe for disruption?

One company will tell you it's the world of private investigations, and considering the recent Hack That Shall Not Be Named, the demand for P.I. services may never have been higher. So is it a good thing (or even legal) to have private investigators at the touch of an app?

Thinking of getting a pet? Are cats and dogs too normal for you?

While many of us love kitties and puppies, some people want something a little bit more exotic, such as a gorilla, Chinese alligator, ploughshare tortoise, or hyacinth macaw. With the illegal animal smuggling industry worth an estimated $20 billion, second only to the illicit drug business, many people are getting their hands on exotic animals that they have no right to possess.

Is owning an exotic animal a crime?

A burglar smashed your living room window to break into your home. While he was in the process of taking your flat screen television off the wall, he steps on your kid's toy car and falls on his back, spraining it. The TV then falls on his face breaking his nose. To add insult to injury, the burglar is now suing you for his injuries!

Can a burglar really sue the homeowner for injuries during a break in?