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The Internet makes everything easier, even getting a diploma. What it doesn't do is make that diploma legit.

While some legitimate universities offer online coursework and some for-profit schools operate exclusively on the web, there are some more nefarious institutions out there, pandering to those looking for illicit degrees and preying on others looking for a legitimate education. So how can anyone tell the good guys from the bad when it comes to online degrees?

Officially, June 14th is Flag Day. But one patriotic teen decided to make every day flag day -- until his high school stepped in.

Officials at South Carolina's York Comprehensive High School unbolted a 4-foot by 6-foot American flag from Peyton Robinson's truck, allegedly because the Stars and Stripes were offending some people. But now it's the school defending its national pride while backtracking from the flag ban.

A Michigan woman got charged with four crimes, and she can't even remember what happened. Let's see if we can refresh her memory.

At around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Jessie Schwaub-Devault was arrested after driving the wrong way while intoxicated. She led police on a five-mile chase before jumping out of her SUV and running. When police caught up with her, they were surprised to find that she was naked! Oh yeah, before the chase, she left her husband and child, also both naked, stranded at the roadside reststop.

Schwaub-Devault claims to have blacked out and have no memory of the incident. She was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, indecent exposure, fleeing the police, and child abuse.

It's a war against the hungry! Good Samaritans are being ticketed, fined, and jailed for opening up their hearts and feeding the homeless and hungry.

Joan Cheever, founder of the nonprofit mobile food truck Chow Train, has fed homeless people for the last 10 years. Last week, San Antonio police officers gave Cheever a ticket with a potential fine of $2,000 for transporting and serving food without a permit. Cheever does have a permit for her food truck. But, on the day of the ticket, Cheever was serving food out of another van which she did not have a food permit for.

Is this a legitimate regulation of food safety laws or a violation of Cheever's religious rights?

Two East Bay residents are in jail following a daring dairy heist (unless it's soy) in Pleasanton, Calif. Demarko Luke and Dejan Martin, were arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies after leading police on an early morning freeway chase.

Officers happened to be in a Safeway parking lot when they spotted Luke sprinting from the store, swinging two shopping baskets loaded with Enfamil baby formula.

Did you know that putting on makeup while driving is more likely to cause a car accident than talking on the phone? And, it's illegal.

One Nevada driver learned this the hard way. On April 1st, Nevada Highway Patrol pulled a woman over because she was putting on makeup while stopped at a red light. She thought it was an April Fool's Day prank. Alas, the law against distracted driving is real and so was her $200 ticket.

In honor of April being distracted driver awareness month, here are some things you should know:

Regifting. This Time it's a Crime!

Don't you just hate it when you give someone a gift, and they just hide it away in the back of a closet? Or maybe give it to someone else? You spent hard earned money on that gift! Go ahead, be angry. Just don't break into their house to take it back.

A Burnsville, Minnesota man was recently arrested for burglary after he stormed into his neighbor's house to take back an unappreciated Christmas gift. Let's call this man Mr. Grinch. Mr. Grinch gave a friend a knife set for Christmas. Angry that she wasn't using the knife set in the agreed way (we do so hope he meant cooking), he demanded the knife set back. The friend agreed to give it back. But before she could go get them, he pushed his way into her home, took the knives, and absconded.

Police later found and arrested Mr. Grinch. Is he guilty?

Once again, a restroom at a Walmart has been converted into an impromptu meth lab, The Associated Press reports. Meth, an illegal stimulant, is often produced in so-called "clandestine chemistry" labs. As police have cracked down on home-based labs, which have a tendency to explode, artisanal meth makers have pursued more creative lab locations such as cars, backpacks, and big-box store bathrooms.

One enterprising Walter White wannabe (or just an run of the mill meth-head) combined two novel meth-making methods in Muncie, Indiana. Employees at the local Walmart discovered last Thursday that someone had been brewing meth out of a backpack stored in their restroom. Two arrests have been made.

You might think we don't need a list of things you shouldn't tell the cops. Then you might read the story of an Ohio man who called 911 to complain that his wife stole his cocaine.

In the most predictable turn of events ever, the man was promptly arrested when officers responded to the call.

A 76-year old man protested a law prohibiting him from feeding feral cats by spending nine days in jail.

David Parton has been feeding stray cats in Gainesville, Texas, for the last 10 years. Because a city code makes feeding a stray animal a public nuisance, Parton received several fines adding up to $900. Believing that the law was wrong, Parton refused to pay the fine, opting to spend the nine days in jail instead.

So why is feeding cats illegal?