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Police sting operations have become as complicated as movie heists, with layer upon layer of subterfuge designed to lure master criminals into law enforcement's web.

Take this gambit from police in St. Petersburg, Florida: after a genius car thief left paperwork bearing his name in a car he was accused of stealing, a cunning detective called him to come pick them up. Not suspecting the slick stratagem, the thief stole yet another car and drove it to the police station.

And there the officer's elaborate trap was sprung!

Students strumming acoustic ballads on BYU-Idaho's campus are going to have to get a haircut -- the school's paper is reporting that the Honor Office has banned the man bun. The popular male hairstyle featuring a top knot of long hair is apparently too reminiscent of early '90s glam metal rockers.

Student Services & Activities Vice President Kevin Miyasaki told the paper, "As part of the dress and grooming code, we commit to avoid extreme hairstyles. A 'man-bun' would be considered not consistent with this standard."

Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. claims it's 205 years old. That's a lot of birthdays. Its next celebration may not be so happy, since it will start paying back 80 years worth of royalties it collected from the tune "Happy Birthday to You."

A U.S. judge ruled that Warner/Chappell's copyright on the song was invalid, meaning the company could owe millions it has collected in commercial use licenses.

Americans hate paying tickets. But they do love to protest. And they can be creative when it comes to paying what they feel are unjustified tickets under protest.

Luckily, the courts have supported these exercises of our First Amendment rights. Even the right to scrawl "F**K YOUR S**TTY TOWN BITCHES" on our speeding tickets.

How do you balance a state budget that has you spending $250 million more than you'll take in? Most conservative lawmakers would slash funding to education and social services or roll back Medicaid or social security benefits. The last thing you'd expect a Republican-led state legislature to do is raise taxes.

But that's what Alabama is doing. And not just any tax -- Alabama is planning on taxing porn to the tune of 40%. But don't worry, the idea doesn't just sound silly, but it might not work at all and be unconstitutional to boot. Roll Tide!

Kanye West took to MTV's least-watched Video Music Awards in history to announce his candidacy for President of the United States in 2020. The man who current President Barack Obama has twice referred to as a "jackass" got the White House's attention with Press Secretary Josh Earnest eager to see the rapper's possible campaign slogans.

We know Yeezy is an avid reader and fan of Legal Grounds, so we decided to give him some advice on rocking the vote in 5 years.

Moms don't have it easy, we understand. And sometimes a kid's just got to eat. But when hunger strikes while you're driving down the interstate, you can't just start breastfeeding while you're driving.

A Washington woman learned this lesson the hard way this week, when she was cited for breastfeeding her child while driving. Now she may get a call from Child Protective Services.

It's like my mother always told me: put criminal court proceedings in Florida on a live webcam, and you just might end up with a porn star flashing the judge. Now that might sound like nothing more than folksy wisdom to you, but that's exactly what happened in a Broward County court last week.

Popular county judge John Hurley and the rest of his courtroom caught an eye-full when Susan "Kayla Kupcakes" Surrette attempted to demonstrate injuries she received during her arrest.

We've all had that moment, right? Just after a heated exchange we think of the exact right thing to say. Well what if it doesn't hit you until 30 years later? Is that too late to pick up the argument?

One man in Kentucky didn't think so, and his effort to win an argument with his deceased father landed him in jail.

Twenty-year-olds: Do you have 15 luxury sports cars, but want one more? Who doesn't! Are you in the difficult position of having a Ferrari 458 Italia but wanting a brand, spanking new Ferrari 458 Italia? We've all been there! Worried your Swiss millionaire dad won't buy it for you? Ugh, parents!

But as hard as it may seem, just ask your pops for that new $300,000 car -- don't hire two goons to set it on fire.