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An Iowa man was fired and denied unemployment benefits after he used a forklift to lift a vending machine that had held his Twix candy bar hostage.

Robert McKevitt claims that he paid for the Twix candy bar in question, and was only "trying to get the snack he had paid for," the Des Moines Register reports.

Can KcKevitt's determination for a Twix really keep him unemployed without benefits?

Jailed 'N.J. Weedman' Gets to Smoke Pot 10 Days Per Month

Ed Forchion -- who made headlines for his unsuccessful attempt to legally change his name to -- finally scored a court win. Soon, he'll score some pot, too.

Although Forchion was convicted of pot possession in New Jersey, he recently received court approval to spend 10 days every month in California to -- you guessed it -- smoke medical marijuana, according to The Trentonian.

The process is called a medical furlough.

As Colo. Pot Sales Top $5M, Bank Accounts Still a Problem

The bud business is booming in Colorado, the first state to legalize retail recreational marijuana sales to adults age 21 and older. In the first week of sales alone, pot retailers raked in more than $5 million. Combined wholesale and retail pot sales are expected to generate a jaw-dropping $600 million annually.

But here's the kicker: The businesses can't open bank accounts. The issue would make for the most bureaucratically frustrating episode of "Weeds."

A devilish design for a proposed statue of Satan at Oklahoma's state Capitol has gotten more than one legislator's goat.

The Satanic Temple, based in New York, requested that a 7-foot-tall likeness of Satan (in winged, horned, goat-headed form) be erected at the Sooner State's Capitol building, as a response to the Ten Commandments occupying the public space in 2012, reports The Associated Press.

Will Hell freeze over before Satan sits on Oklahoma's Capitol steps?

Mark 'Coonrippy' Brown Runs for Governor to Get Pet Raccoon Back

Are you a Tennessean who loves 'coons? If so, Mark "Coonrippy" Brown should be your pick for governor. Brown was inspired to enter the political fray when state wildlife officials took away his pet raccoon.

Brown is running on a pretty narrow platform.

'NOT SEE' License Plate Revoked; Bus Driver Suspended

A vanity "NOT SEE" license plate -- with the separate image of a swastika above it -- caused a San Diego Unified School District bus driver to be suspended and the license plates to be yanked by the DMV.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles canceled the "NOT SEE" license plates -- which, when pronounced, sounds like the word "Nazi" -- and asked the owner, Shawn Calpito, to return them.

But who gets to decide when vanity plates are too offensive?

The citizens of Flint, Michigan, have elected two convicted felons to their City Council, one of whom served 19 years in prison for second-degree murder.

Councilman Wantwaz Davis, a convicted murderer, beat the incumbent by just 71 votes, surprising reporters who'd only learned of his conviction after Election Day last week. Another newly elected councilman, Eric Mays, has a 1987 conviction for felonious assault, reports.

Do these convictions affect either Mays or Davis' political ambitions?

'N. Colo.' Secession? What a Split Vote Means for '51st State'

Ever heard of North Colorado? Well, someday you just might. A recent secession vote thwarted a group's efforts to secede from Colorado and form "North Colorado," the country's would-be 51st state.

Sure, we love to threaten secession when politics (or elections) don't go our way. But is it actually possible to secede?

In a world where some adults have abused the service dog system to absurdity, a New York school district has denied a diabetic girl her "service dog" that is trained to alert her to blood sugar swings.

Eleven-year-old Madyson Siragusa has Type I diabetes, and her family scraped together $20,000 to pay for Duke, a diabetic alert dog that the Rush Henrietta Central School District will not allow in class, reports The Associated Press.

Why is the district being so sour to the girl who can't have sweets?

New Jersey has approved a prominent resident's "ATHE1ST" license plate, clearing up a snafu in which the application had been denied for being "offensive."

After David Silverman, president of American Atheists Inc., was refused his "offensive" vanity plate, he took to Twitter, calling the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission's (MVC) actions "outrageously discriminatory," reports CBS New York.

Public outcry may have been the reason for the quick turnaround, but can states actually outlaw certain vanity plates?