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With school having already started in some parts of the country and starting soon in others, many parents of school-aged children may be wondering: Are my kids required to get vaccinated? And if so, are there any possible exemptions?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children be vaccinated for a number of different illnesses. But vaccine requirements for children attending school are set individually by each state.

How can you find out which vaccines may be required in your state?

Drug abuse isn't just occurring in crack houses and celebrities' trailers, it's happening in the homes of a quarter of Americans.

According to a new survey by, 24 percent of Americans admit to abusing prescription drugs in one fashion or another. The National Center for Disease Control (CDC) called the rise in prescription drug abuse as an "epidemic," so what can Americans do to stem this tide?

Here are a few more revelations about prescription drug abuse and how Americans are using the law to fight back:

The need for daycare is both prevalent and problematic. Nationwide, some 12 million children age 4 and under are cared for daily by someone other than a parent, reports The New York Times. Factor in the millions of older children who need daycare when not in school, and chances are good that either you, or someone you know uses, or will soon start using daycare.

But with spiraling costs and horror-story reports of children being abused or neglected at daycare facilities, what can you do to make sure that you're sending your children somewhere safe?

Here are five legal tips for choosing a new daycare facility:

When out in nature, you may feel the urge to feed any wild animals you might encounter.

However, as your legal guides through the forest of state and federal laws, we strongly encourage you to resist that temptation. Not only is this practice bad for the animals you feed, but your "kindness" by feeding wildlife can potentially lead to your arrest.

Here are some general rules about when it is and isn't legal to feed wild animals:

Absinthe has long been rumored to be illegal in the United States, yet brands like Lucid and St. George openly sell their absinthe products in liquor stores across the nation. So why all the hubbub about absinthe?

The liquor traditionally made from wormwood has a murky legal history in the United States and abroad, which has led absinthe producers to only recently begin marketing to Americans.

Acknowledging this background, is absinthe legal?

Obamacare subsidies may not be available to some customers after a federal appellate court redefined the federal government's role in doling out these tax credits.

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Tuesday in Halbig v. Burwell that when the Affordable Care Act authorized the federal government to give subsidies, it only allowed those credits to go to customers who purchased insurance via a state-run insurance exchange. CBS News reports that 36 states rely on "federally-run Obamacare marketplaces," which may be denied subsidies under this new ruling.

What should consumers know about this Obamacare decision?

Planning on becoming the next urban beekeeper? Well, just like keeping hipster hens or other forms of urban animal husbandry, you may need to look at your city's local laws before you start making some of that sweet sweet honey.

So check our buzz about hipster beekeepers, and make sure you don't get stung by state and local laws:

International Kissing Day is an unofficial holiday that began in Britain as National Kissing Day, but has since become celebrated worldwide as International Kissing Day.

And whatever you call it, it can't be denied that more or less everyone enjoys a good kiss every once in awhile. But what about a bad kiss? Well, those can often be less than enjoyable, and sometimes even illegal.

For International Kissing Day, here are our five favorite stories of smooches gone wrong -- and the legal consequences that followed:

New York City's proposed ban on big sodas has officially fizzled, as the state's highest court declined to reinstate the law.

The ban on sugary soft drinks larger than 16 ounces was first struck down in 2013 by a lower court judge who found the law to be "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences." A state appeals court agreed last July, setting the stage for the latest case in the front of the state's highest court, called the New York State Court of Appeals.

What did judges think of NYC's soda ban this time around?

The National Park Service is temporarily banning the use of drones over land and water administered by the agency while it crafts rules that may severely limit their future use in national parks.

The move comes after national parks such as Yosemite began enforcing individual bans on the use of unmanned aircraft amid increasing numbers of visitors using drones to shoot video or observe wildlife in the parks, reports The Huffington Post.

What led to the park service's new anti-drone stance?