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Vaccine Exemptions: Some State Laws

Last December, several visitors to Disneyland in California got an unexpected surprise -- measles. An outbreak of measles started when at least 40 people who visited or worked at the park contracted the disease and spread it to nearly 100 more people in over half a dozen states. The Center for Disease Control declared the outbreak over on April 17, 2015.

Despite measles being almost eradicated in the United States, unvaccinated travelers to and from other countries can bring the disease back. People vaccinated against the disease have little to fear. However, more and more parents are deciding to not vaccinate their children.

In reaction to the outbreak, some states are considering bills that would require all children to be vaccinated.

T.S. Eliot wrote, "April is the cruellest month." The National Safety Council, on the other hand, declared April Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The Coalition Against Distracted Driving (CADD) has decided to commemorate the occasion by filing a $1 billion (PER YEAR) lawsuit against Apple for distracting drivers with the Apple Watch, a product that no driver has been distracted by yet.

There only thing better than that new car smell might be getting your new car out on the open road for the first time. And there may not be anything worse than a new car that you can't seem to get out of the shop.

Lucky for us, most states have lemon laws to protect new car buyers from getting stuck with a dud automobile. While lemon laws can vary from state to state, they generally require dealers or manufacturers to fix or buy back a vehicle with a seemingly irreparable defect. But how do you actually make sure dealers abide by lemon laws?

Raising a child is already expensive. Raising a child with autism can be even more costly.

Since autism treatment can require many doctor visits, therapist visits, and medication, many families cannot afford the cost of caring for an autistic child.

However, the government may be able to help. Here are some benefits that your autistic child may be eligible for:

Is It Legal to Keep Pets Outdoors in the Cold?

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?

Is It Legal to Not Vaccinate Your Kids?

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?

Is It Legal to Charge Friends for Haircuts?

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: