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Believe it or not, there was a time when a driver's license was nothing more than a piece of paper with an actual paper photo glued on that got laminated. No magnetic strips, barcodes, holograms, or fancy security features. After the 9/11 attacks, the federal government passed the REAL ID Act, which required state IDs such as driver's licenses, to comply with new security measures to protect against counterfeit forms of identification.

While the REAL ID Act was passed in 2005, there are still five states that have not complied, which will cause serious inconvenience for residents of those states. For example, the Pennsylvania driver's license won't be enough to board a plane in 2018.

The internet is alive with rage over the recently passed initiative by the University of Maryland's student government that would increase student fees by $34 to fully fund the university's Title IX office, which is charged with investigating on campus sexual assaults, rape, and discrimination. Media outlets are reporting that this fee to fund the school's Title IX office is the first of its kind.

Under federal law, universities are required to hire a Title IX coordinator, whose function is to ensure that claims under Title IX get investigated. While the general consensus is that it is a good thing that the university will be able to fully fund their Title IX office, many seem to be shaking their head in disapproval over the way it is going to happen.

Whether you vandalized a bathroom in a foreign country and got charged with falsifying a police report or you actually did get robbed abroad, one of the first places you'll turn to for help is the U.S. Embassy. Embassy officials can help with everything from lost or stolen travel documents to hooking you up with a local lawyer.

So if you get into some trouble overseas, here's how the U.S. Embassy can help.

Sorting out Medicare coverage can be confusing enough, especially if your treatment is moving from a hospital to a nursing home. And it turns out it can get pretty expensive as well. Many patients were shocked to learn that they were never formally admitted into the hospital in the first place, and therefore a federal law allowed Medicare to deny coverage for their nursing home stay.

Hopefully, however, a new law will clear all that up. A bill passed last year -- that went into effect this weekend -- requires hospitals to notify patients about the costs they may incur if they stay more than 24 hours without being formally admitted.

Yes, this whole Pokémon Go thing is crazy. It's got more daily users than Twitter, players are battling over the White House, and weather websites are telling users how to take advantage of lightning to catch Electrabuzz. Suffice it to say, while Pokémon Go may seem like just a digital game, its augmented reality platform means it is having some real world implications.

So before you hit the Pokémon gym this weekend and pump imaginary iron (that's how all of this works, right?), make sure you're aware of all the legal implications of playing Pokémon Go.

While many think of the law as a serious institution, it can have its quirks. And it's always fun to learn about things you thought were against the law but are strangely legal -- it's like you're getting away with something.

Here are seven of our favorites, from our archives:

Pepper Spray Dangers and State Limitations

Pepper spray is widely used for self-defense and it's legal to carry it in all 50 states. But some places do have prohibitions on the stuff, specifying the amount of spray one can hold or the power of the blast or the age at which sprays can be obtained, and other limitations.

While pepper spray can make a handy tool for self-defense, it is used as a weapon, too, so that means it can be used against you. If you are carrying pepper spray, or plan to pick some up, be careful about how you use it so that you don't end up hurt by your own self-defense mechanism or end up accidentally committing a crime. Let's briefly consider pepper spray limitations and dangers.

Health insurance is a tricky thing. Sometimes it’s tied to our employers, which can in turn tie us to jobs we no longer want. Other times, we’re insured through a spouse, which in the same way can tie us to a relationship that is no longer working.

If you have health insurance coverage through a spouse and are considering a divorce, the apprehension about how to pay for your health care after the split can be a major concern. So here are some things to keep in mind regarding what effect a divorce may have on your health insurance.

Another day, another FAA regulation on drone use. First it was frowning upon attaching flamethrowers to drones in order to roast turkeys in the back yard. Now, the man is trying to tell us that if we want to deliver beer via drone, we need something called a "pilot certificate."

The FAA issued new commercial drone rules this week, and the big news is that commercial delivery drones will be legal by the end of the summer. But, as always, the devil is in the details.

In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, Hillary Clinton wondered aloud on Twitter: "If the FBI is watching you for suspected terrorist links, you shouldn't be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked." It's a fair enough position, given Omar Mateen, the man who massacred 49 people that night, had previously been investigated twice by the FBI for connections to terrorist groups. (Both investigations turned up too little to charge Mateen.)

Clinton's proposal prompted some interesting questions, like the one from Townhall Political Editor and Fox News contributor Guy Benson: "Tough, serious Q: What level of suspicion (but not proof) is sufficient to deprive a US citizen of a constitutional right?" So could states actually deny gun permits to people who've been suspected of having terrorist links? And if so, how would that suspicion be defined?