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You'd better start burying your Benjamins in the backyard -- the days of C-note might be numbered. In a recent academic paper, the former head of Standard Chartered Bank argues that high-denomination currency notes contribute to tax evasion, financial crime, and terrorism, and taking them off the market could deter criminals.

Wait, how can banning big bills battle law-breakers?

What's the Punishment for Distilling Alcohol at Home?

So you have a family recipe for moonshine, which your hipster friends find superb. Your people have passed down the secrets of distillation for generations, and you are proud of this tradition, especially when you see how popular your homemade spirits are with pals.

They insist you should go into business and are even willing to invest. Can you legally distill alcohol at home, or have you been breaking the law all along (which, considering the colorful history of moonshine in ths country, kind of fits the liquor)?

In March 2012, an off-duty police officer shot and killed Kenny Smith outside a Cleveland bar. Although Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty initially said Officer Roger Jones "correctly and heroically took action to protect the safety of the citizens of Cleveland," Smith's family was awarded $5.5 million in a wrongful death claim in September.

Smith's family has yet to see any of that money, and they possibly never will. That's because Cleveland's law department is trying a new way around paying millions in civil judgments against the city's police officers.

You didn't really hit that other car -- it was more a love tap. No need to get the authorities involved, right? Well, your car might not agree.

New car technology can tell us where we are, where to go, and even where other cars are. And it can tell the cops if you've been involved in an accident. So you might want to think twice before leaving the scene of an accident.

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.