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Muslim Teen's Family Demands $15 Million for Clock-Not-Bomb Fiasco

The Texas teen who made a clock that was mistaken for a bomb, Ahmed Mohamed,14, is asking for $15 million and an apology. Specifically, his family's lawyers sent demand letters to the city and school district that responded to the science project by panicking.

Threatening to sue within 60 days if they did not pay for the illegal detention and questioning, the Muslim family is asking for $10 million from the city of Irving and $5 million from the school district, according to The Guardian. "Understandably, Mr. Mohamed was furious at the treatment of his son -- and at the rancid, openly discriminatory intent that motivated it," attorneys wrote in one of the letters.

Florida Manager Terminates 13 Workers via Group Text

A Florida restaurant manager took communication to a new low when he fired 13 employees at once via text last week. "[W]e have decided to move on without you. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you and all of your hard work," the text stated, according to United Press International.

The servers from Lilly's on the Lake in Clermont, Florida were shocked when they got the text last Friday. They told reporters that they expected an individual discussion and an explanation of the terminations. But from a legal standpoint, management needed no reason to fire them.

NYC Bestiality Dentist Traded Meth for Services

A New York City dentist was accused of trading services for methamphetamines, possessing child porn, and hosting sex parties where he tried to spread HIV. The dentist had a reputation for being an upstanding citizen, the Huffington Post reports .

A meth dealer that the dentist traded services with agreed to become an informant after he was arrested last March. He led police to Dr. John Wolf, who was discovered to have child porn after police searched his home and found drugs and a flash drive with hundreds of illegal files.

Feds Charge Dad for Hospital Terror Threat While Wife in Labor

A Utah man is being charged for making a terrorist threat by federal authorities. He allegedly called in a false bomb threat to a hospital while his wife was giving birth there; apparently, he was upset because he couldn't attend the event, the Associated Press reports.

Michael Morlang was indicted Wednesday and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah said in a press release. Morlang's fraudulent phone call forced the hospital to evacuate and be on lock-down for a day in September.

Google's Self-Driving Car Stopped by Police for Slow Driving

A Mountain View Police officer pulled over a Google self-driving care for driving too slowly last week. There was no one in the driver's seat to ticket for the vehicle's sluggish progress through a 35 mile-per-hour zone, according to the police department's blog.

But the cop did question the remote operator, even if he issued no citation. The officer stopped the car and made contact to learn more about how the car was choosing speeds along certain roadways and "to educate the operators about impeding traffic."

Amusement Park Sued for Letting Chimp Smoke and Drink Coke

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is suing a New Orleans amusement park that allegedly lets its chimp smoke cigarettes and drink Coca Cola. The rights group is using a new law that classifies captive chimpanzees as endangered, just like those in the wild.

It is reportedly the first suit of its kind. The chimp's name is Candy and the suit, filed this week in Baton Rouge, states that she is lonely and needs company. Also, plaintiffs argue, she shouldn't be smoking and drinking Cokes. Some locals have sought to have Candy moved for decades, according to the Associated Press. The adjusted Endangered Species Act provided a legal basis for another attempt.

Double DUI: PA Woman Charged Twice in a Day

A woman in Pennsylvania faces two separate DUI charges stemming from a single day. She picked up the second intoxicated driving charge after paying for a ride to her car from the scene of the first.

Michele Leonard, 43, was pulled over for intoxicated driving on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m., according to reports from the Associated Press and Huffington Post. About an hour later, she crashed into a shed. When the shed owner tried to take away her car keys, Leonard told him, "I can't get another DUI today." But she did.

Eating Protected Rattlesnake for Dinner Is Criminal

Some people will pay a lot to eat an exotic food item. But the teenagers who pled guilty this week in Maryland to grilling a protected rattlesnake and eating it for dinner were not gourmets, and they were probably not prepared for the price they would pay.

Four young men who went camping in the Green Ridge State Forest this past summer pled guilty in Cumberland, Maryland District Court to possessing or destroying protected rattlesnake, according to the Associated Press. They took probation pleas and agreed to each pay a fine of $500 ($300 suspended); their records will be expunged if they successfully complete probation.

Look, far be it from me to judge what other people want to do with their hair. Me? I want whoever's got the scissors to have 20/20 vision. But others, like Joel Nixon's loyal clients, don't mind a little diminished eyesight.

They call him "The Blind Barber," and, until 2012, they found him at Tony's Barber Shop in Norton, Massachusetts. Nixon was fired two years ago, and filed a discrimination claim against the shop and its owner, Tony Morales. This week, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination ruled his firing was illegal and awarded the Blind Barber $100,000.

Among fast food burger joints, few have so carefully refined their brand and image as In-N-Out Burger. The limited (and secret) menu, the California vibe, and the customer service make it everyone's first stop when they hit the West Coast. But as anyone who's stopped at an In-N-Out knows, those lines can get pretty long, and many of us have dreamt about having a Double-Double delivered instead.

In steps food delivery service, the savior for lazy fans of Animal Style burgers and fries. But the burger chain is pumping the brakes on the delivery service, suing DoorDash to keep them from delivering those delicious, delicious burgers.