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Salem, Massachusetts is famous for its witch trials. And now the world's most famous warlock is subject to an order of protection after being sued in Salem by a witch priestess. Lori Bruno-Sforza owns a witchcraft store in Salem and claims to be descended from a long line of witches. She also claims that Christian Day, who also owns occult stores in Salem and New Orleans and self-describes as "the world's best-known warlock," has been harassing her for the last three years, over the phone and on social media.

On Wednesday, a Salem judge ruled in Sforza's favor, ordering Day not to contact her or come within 100 yards of her home or business for a year.

We hear all the time about young, self-starting, successful entrepreneurs and how much money they make. But there must be a fine line between entrepreneurship and "family run prostitution ring," since a 15-year-old was arresting for pimping hoes out of his mom's living room, all under the direction of his incarcerated 17-year-old brother.

So instead of praise from the local small business association or chamber of commerce, these teenage captains of industry are probably getting (more) jail time.

The War on Christmas. The removal of the Ten Commandments from capitol buildings. The onslaught to our rights of religious freedom is real and it is everywhere. Even from the department of transportation and its insistence on putting bicyclists between us and our god.

That's right -- the Washington D.C. District Department of Transportation is exploring the possibility of protected bike lanes on a busy street. And if we can't park our cars, how can we say our prayers?

Not everyone sees jury duty as the kind of essential civic responsibility that you and I do. Whereas we revel in the chance to serve in our nation's courts and participate in our legal justice system, others see it as an inconvenience, one to be avoided at all costs.

Alisia Carnes could be one of those people. Why else would she disobey a court order forbidding potential jurors from reading about the case? But if she was attempting to disqualify herself from serving on a jury, it didn't quite work -- the judge sentenced her to six more months of jury duty.

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."