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As the cold weather continues through the remainder of winter and into spring, most pet owners likely don't need to be compelled to bring their animals in from the cold.

But what about those who choose to leave pets outside, even in extreme cold weather? Besides being hazardous to your pet's health or even potentially fatal, depending on where you live, leaving an animal outside in cold weather could actually result in criminal penalties including fines and jail time. In other areas, however, animal owners are free to leave pets outside no matter how cold it gets.

What are some examples of cold-weather pet laws across the United States?

Vaccinations have become a contentious, hotly debated topic in parenting and medical circles. But there are also legal questions regarding the legality of not vaccinating children.

These questions are being raised after a recent outbreak of measles at California's Disneyland theme park. The outbreak, which involves more than two dozen cases of the deadly disease, includes a number of children who were not vaccinated against the disease. Of the 16 California cases where the vaccination status of the infected person is known, 12 of those sickened were not vaccinated against measles, reports Forbes.

Is it legal for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children?

You don't necessarily have to be a licensed barber or stylist to give a good haircut, but is it legal to charge for the privilege?

Most people probably know at least one friend or family member who is always down to showcase his or her amateur haircutting skills. And when these amateur cuts are dispensed free of charge, the only problem might be with the quality of the haircut.

But what about when an amateur haircut comes with a price tag?

When you lose your passport, international travel may become a bit of a nonstarter. Even if that means you're stuck in a foreign country.

Case in point: Pop star Chris Brown was stuck stateside and couldn't make it to a New Year's Eve gig he'd booked in the Philippines because he lost his passport. The Associated Press reports that Brown lost his passport the "day before the scheduled event." Bummer.

What should you do if you lose your passport?

Another year has gone by, and with it, many news laws were passed that will now (or will soon be) effective in 2015.

New recreational pot laws will go into effect this year, minimum wages will increase across the country, and even some undocumented workers will have a chance to get legal driver's licenses. Then of course, there's the portion of the Obamacare mandate that applies to employers.

Check out some of the notable new laws taking effect in 2015:

New Year's Eve approaches, and that means party planning, drunken coupling, and counting down to the new year.

No one should assume that their New Year's Eve party will become a giant liability in the new year, but it wouldn't hurt to take a few precautions.

Check out these helpful end-of-the-year party hints:

With small drones being one of this year's popular Christmas gifts, the FAA has launched a new safety campaign advising drone pilots how to safely operate the aircraft.

The campaign includes a new website and a video, both titled "Know Before You Fly," and follows a number of incidents involving injuries and other problems caused by drones. Earlier this month, a photographer was injured during a promotional stunt by a New York restaurant in which drones carrying mistletoe hovered over diners. The use of drones has also been temporarily banned in National Parks after the aircraft began disturbing wildlife and endangering park visitors.

What does the FAA think recreational drone pilots should know before they fly?

A new report finds that a majority of Americans believe the federal government should not interfere with a state's decision to allow the legal use of marijuana.

The report by think tank Third Way found that 60 percent of American voters believe states should be able to decide whether to legalize marijuana, reports The Huffington Post. The report also found that 67 percent would support the federal government offering these states safe haven from federal laws making marijuana illegal.

The report proposes a federal "waiver" exempting states from federal marijuana policy. How would this waiver work?

Whether for the sake of pure curiosity or in the face of financial hardship, many have likely wondered whether selling an organ would be legal.

After all, there is a perpetual need for organs for use in organ transplants. And according to the National Kidney Foundation, organs such as the kidney and parts of the lung, liver, and pancreas are among those can be transplanted from living individuals.

But is it legal to sell your organs?

Winter isn't just coming, it's already here in many places, and drivers aren't taking too much time to appreciate the change in seasons.

AAA reports that as we reach the end of 2014, national gas prices have dipped below $3 per gallon for the first time since December 2010, and drivers are taking advantage of the low prices to continue hitting the road.

We heartily support Americans exploring our country in winter, but drivers should probably put these five things in their cars first: