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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.

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:

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.

Vape: Oxford's Word of the Year Spells Legal Trouble

"Vape" has been named the Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2014.

Following in the hallowed footsteps of last year's winner, "selfie," "vape" beat out some fierce competition from other up-and-coming slang terms such as "normcore," "slacktivism," and "budtender" to take this year's title reports CNET. "Vape" acts as both a verb and a noun, describing the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or vaporizer as well as the vaporizing device itself.

The addition of "vape" into the popular zeitgeist is due in no small part to the legal issues surrounding the burgeoning e-cigarette industry.

A "divorce hotel" is slated to open in upstate New York, but its future customers should check up on the law before they check in.

The Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, is set to be the American launching point for a Dutch-based "Divorce Hotel," one that has already been a "huge success" in the Netherlands, reports ABC's "Good Morning America." Divorce Hotel guests will be treated to two separate rooms, a divorce mediator, and presumably a legal divorce upon check-out.

But what should Divorce Hotel hopefuls know about the legal complications of a future trip?

Smart Car owners beware, there's a terrible new trend hitting the streets: Smart Car tipping.

Move over rural cow tippers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that at least four Smart Cars were tipped over in San Francisco as of Monday. Were no-good kids to blame?

And what can our legal system do to prevent future Smart Car tippings?

5 Animals You Can't Keep as Pets (With Some Exceptions)

We all dream about keeping the coolest animals as pets. I mean, how awesome would it be to come home to a Quokka to share a good laugh?

Some people go for it. They live out their wild animal dreams and befriend the exotic animal kingdom. Sadly, the fantasy rarely plays out according to plan and unlikely friends quickly turn into unlikely criminals.

Here are five pets that are (unfortunately) illegal to own in most states, with some exceptions:

Don't Let Nat'l Hugging Day Land You in Legal Trouble

It's National Hugging Day! The day all you Bear Huggers and Snuggle Huggers have been waiting for.

But before you move in for that warm embrace, make sure to first squeeze out any potential legal issues. After all, you don't want to end up as the resident Creepy Hugger.

Here are three ways you can hug your way into legal liability if you aren't careful: