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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution this week declaring pornography a "public health hazard" and calling for more "education, prevention, research, and policy change ... to address the pornography epidemic that is harming the people of our state and nation." The non-binding resolution is a laundry list of harms allegedly created by the production and consumption of pornography, all of which have led to a "public health crisis."

But if the Utah resolution doesn't ban pornography, or even earmark state funds to combat it, what does it actually do? You can check it out below:

An anonymous, alleged sexual abuse victim of Dennis Hastert filed a breach of contract lawsuit last week, claiming the former House Speaker still owes him $1.8 million of $3.5 million Hastert agreed to pay to "compensate for and keep confidential" the abuse. It was the previous $1.7 million in payments that put Hastert on the FBI's radar, and he has already pled guilty to structuring bank withdrawals to avoid bank reporting requirements.

You can read the full lawsuit below:

The United States Supreme Court ruled that almost $2 billion in assets seized from Bank Markazi, Iran's central bank, can be used to pay victims of terror attacks and their families who won default judgments against the country in civil court. Over 1,300 victims and families of Iran-sponsored acts of terrorism have been seeking compensation since 2008, and they may be one step closer to receiving it.

The ruling could have an enormous impact on U.S.-Iran relations and international law, and you can read it in full below.

San Francisco has been battling a public urination problem for decades. The city tried increasing the fines for peeing in public. It tried mobile solar-powered toilets. It even tried urine-repellant paint that makes the piss splash back on the pisser. Now the City by the Bay is being sued for its latest effort to curb public urination: a public urinal.

Referred to as a pissoir in the lawsuit, and more accurately described as “a three-inch hole in the center of a three-foot diameter concrete base” in Mission Dolores Park, the urinal has drawn the ire of a local church organization and a conservative legal institute labeled as hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as a comedic response from the City Attorney’s Office. So yeah, this should be fun.

It may be the world's oldest profession, but that doesn't make it protected under the Constitution. A federal judge in California ruled that there is no fundamental right to prostitution, dismissing a lawsuit that challenged the state's ban exchanging sex for money.

The state claimed that "there is no fundamental right to engage in prostitution or to solicit prostitution" and "any relationship between the prostitute and the client is not expressive association protected by the Constitution," and U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White agreed. You can see his full order dismissing the case here:

What do you get when you combine two feuding porn stores, a re-routed propane hose, a homemade incendiary device, and a one-eyed giant called Mau Mau? One heckuva lawsuit. Because as it turns out, you can't even get a decent explosion out of that. Instead, Mau Mau (nee Mark Fuston) had to pour line fuel leading away from Desire Video, and then ignite the trail.

All of these details, and many colorful others, are included in Desire owner Levi Bussanich's lawsuit against Fuston, Adult Video Only, and its owners over a years-long feud between the two Vancouver, Washington porn stores. That lawsuit, in all its glory, is below: