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Atheists Sue Congress to Remove 'In God We Trust' From Currency

One of the things we like to repeat about the US is that we're all free to believe what we wish, especially when it comes to religion. While this is true, there are still dominant views that dictate how we do things, naturally. But dominant views do change over time and one man is doing his best to contribute.

Attorney Michael Newdow filed suit in federal court in Ohio on behalf of 49 atheist plaintiffs for the removal of the words "In God We Trust" from American currency, reports Jurist. The phrase, he argues, is a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The defendant is the United States Congress.

DWI Dismissed on Body Brewery Defense

A woman in New York discovered she has a body brewery after facing drunken driving charges, according to the Associated Press. Her charge was dismissed based on the defense that she has a rare condition: her body converts carbohydrates to alcohol.

The condition is documented and has been used in DUI defenses before. But it is rare and dismissal of criminal charges is not based on a mere assertion. Her lawyer, Joseph Marusak, explained to reporters this week how she came to discover the condition and how he convinced the court.

Ah, New York City. The Big Apple. The Five Boroughs. The Modern Gomorrah. Home of constitutionally-protected sex shops, topless ladies, and gigantic sodas. The City That Never Sleeps is truly a wonderland for all the heart and stomach desire. Except salt.

NYC is requiring restaurants to add a new warning label for any menu item that contains too much salt, but restaurants are not going along without a fight. The National Restaurant Association sued the City, saying health regulators are overstepping their bounds and getting the science wrong. So who's going to win this epic battle between city and sodium?

Mom Takes Kids to Exorcism, Loses Custody Rights

It's not easy to strip parents of their rights. But when dad is in prison and mom takes the tykes to an exorcism, states may step in. A New Jersey appellate court did just that, confirming a lower court's decision to strip parental rights and allow adoption of two children whose mom and dad are alive, if not well.

The mother of the children, a boy and girl who are now 6 and 7, has a history of mental illness, NBC News reports. She took the children to a priest after hearing voices urging her to give them to the devil. The kids were only 2 and 3 years old at the time, and state authorities removed them from the home. Now, neither mom nor dad is officially a parent.

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.

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.

The Republic of Texas was its own country for a decade between 1836 and 1846 before being annexed by the United States. And some Texans aren't big fans of that annexation, maintaining that the Republic of Texas remains a sovereign nation.

This is all well and good. After all, residents of Key West consider themselves citizens of the Conch Republic; got their own flag and everything. The problem comes when you start serving court papers from your "sovereign nation" on a judge and lawyer, ordering them to appear before an "international common law court." That kind of behavior will get you arrested.

The explosion of craft beer over the past decade has expanded beer-drinkers' palates and ignited several high-profile legal cases in the process. How carefully do you have to label your beer? What constitutes a craft beer? And is there a secret war between macro and micro brews?

Here's a look at three recent lager lawsuits and where beer law may be headed:

Struck by 16-Pound Pine Cone, Lawsuit Seeks $5 Million

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a pine cone. And it may have caused brain damage, according to a lawsuit filed in San Francisco this week.

A Navy veteran is suing the US government and others for negligence after a giant pine cone fell from a tree at the San Francisco Maritime National Park and crushed his skull last year.