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Sunday is America Recycles Day and many of you will be out this weekend at recycling drives, demonstrations, and events. There are almost 10,000 curbside recycling programs across the country and Americans recycle about a third of all waste, which is great.

But, like anything, there are rules and regulations regarding recycling, covering everything from plastic bags and restaurant grease to economic incentives for small businesses going green. Here are a few of our favorite recycling laws:

IHOP Sinkhole Swallows Cars. Who's Liable?

The tables were turned at a new International House of Pancakes in Mississippi this weekend when a sinkhole in the restaurant parking lot swallowed 14 or more cars. The restaurant just opened, NBC News reported.

The earth opening up and swallowing stuff sounds like a nightmare. But obviously sinkholes do happen in waking life. And when they do, victims may have recourse with a lawsuit. In the case of the new IHOP in Meridian, Mississippi it seems very likely indeed that legal action is in the offing.

Do Landlords Have to Fix Broken Windows?

You have a right to a livable, or habitable, rental. That means your landlord must ensure that conditions are safe. A broken window is not safe for anyone, and could lead to more serious damage and crime.

Generally speaking, landlords are responsible for fixing a broken window belonging to a rental property. But of course there are exceptions. If you broke a window and the landlord can prove it, then the landlord may make the repair but you will have to pay. Probably, the money will be deducted from your security deposit.

Few Babysitting Laws Means You Make the Rules

You can hire a teenager and even a child to take care of your child. Surprisingly, most states have nothing to say about it. Babysitting is outside the realm of much regulation.

The national Department of Labor does not require that child babysitters be paid minimum wage and very few states have babysitting laws. There is also no minimum age requirement in most states, meaning theoretically any kid could watch your kid. So how do you decide when the neighbor's kid really is ready to watch your child?

5 Silly Halloween Laws to Make You Scream

Some laws are just dumb. Some are a little funny. Then there are those passed to combat the dangers of Halloween that are so stupid they might make you scream.

Here is a survey of silly rules around the nation that attempt to regulate various aspects of Halloween. From trick or treating ages and hours to appropriate costumes to use of silly string, lawmakers around the nation have thought of almost everything.

Beware the Grandparent Scam

A call from family can warm a grandparent's heart. That is, of course, if the caller is actually family. All too often these days, a caller is a con man or woman, posing as a grandchild in need, in order to scam money from trusting and protective grandparents.

The grandparent scam has become more and more pervasive in recent years, preying on the best intentions of vulnerable senior citizens. Here are some ways to identify the scam and protect yourself and your loved ones.

Good drivers are always on the lookout for cyclists, and good cyclists always follow the rules of the road. But sometimes those rules aren't obvious.

Like when it comes to groups of riders, are cyclists allowed to ride side by side, or two abreast? Does it matter how fast they're going? Or what kind of road they're on? Bicycle laws can vary by state, so let's take a look:

Can Towns Say No to Fracking Waste? Not in Pennsylvania

Corporations are legal people. Ecosystems are not. So, a federal court has denied a Pennsylvania community's legally creative efforts to ban fracking by saying it violates the legal rights of trees and rivers.

Grant Township tried to stop fracking -- or hydraulic fracturing -- with a community bill of rights that created "rights of nature" for trees, rivers, and entire ecosystems and invalidates a corporation's rights as a legal person if it fracks in the township. Pennsylvania General Energy Company sued, saying the bill of rights was invalid. The court agreed. But the legally creative efforts will be repeated.

What to Do If You Feel Violated by Your Doctor

If you feel violated by your doctor, you have several options. Some of them will be awkward. However, not speaking up means more of the same -- not just for you but for other patients.

Given the somewhat intimate nature of a doctor-patient relationship, you probably feel confused. It may be hard to even distinguish between discomfort based on being a patient in an examination and a violation. You do not have to decide. First, tell the doctor if something does not feel right.

Do Doctors Have a Right to Ask About Guns? The Fight Continues

What do guns have to do with your health? Lawmakers in Florida seem to believe there is no connection. Since 2011, Florida has barred doctors from asking patients about firearm ownership. Doctors, however, do not like the restrictions and are asking for review of the law.

Physicians groups are banding together nationally and pushing back in Florida. They are asking the full panel of judges on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the earlier ruling. In the meantime, legislation to limit physicians from counseling on firearms has been introduced in ten other states, including Minnesota, Tennessee, and Ohio.