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While online dating as we know it has been around for nearly 15 years now, the concern of being robbed of your money, or kidneys, or just getting murdered on a first date with an internet stranger still has not faded.

On the assumption that individuals with a criminal record are more likely to be dangerous dates, a new app is promising to help online daters stay safe by weeding out members with a criminal record, or those on a sex offender registry. The app, named Gatsby as a nod to F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, requires members to pass a criminal background check before being allowed to use the app to find a date. Furthermore, the app rescreens monthly, and will issue lifetime bans to members convicted of a crime.

In Russia, slapping your spouse might not get you much more than a slap on the wrist, if even that. Russian President Vladimir Putin enacted the country's "slapping law," under which a first-time domestic abuse incident that doesn't result in serious injury is more of an administrative offense rather than a crime.

The law, intended to promote "traditional family values," has received stark criticism from human rights groups and staunch support from Russian politicians.

After First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, filed her $150 million defamation lawsuit against the Mail Online, legal commentators were shocked by the language used to describe Mrs. Trump's financial damages. In short, a plain reading of Mrs. Trump's lawsuit leaves a reader with the impression that Mrs. Trump has plans to profit by using her new-found elevated position in society.

While Trump's attorney asserts that Melanie Trump has no intention of profiting from her position as First Lady, business filings, though unimpressive, seem to belie this fact. However, there is no specific law that prevents a First Lady from profiting while in office, assuming she does not leverage the power of her presidential spouse (which could raise concerns of nepotism).

Okay, so it's a fictional TV show about a fictional amusement park with fictional characters. But it's a really cool show, and one that has the tendency to make lawyers yell at the screen. Even in a fictional world where characters are told there are no laws, viewers may wonder how legal liability might play out in real life.

Well, HBO knows their audience well. A quick Google search will bring you to a Westworld website designed to make the TV show look real. In fact, the site even has the "Terms of Delos Destinations" as a linkable document that you can read. Apparently, if you read through the terms, the guests in Westworld are asked to waive their rights to pursue claims against the amusement park specifically in the event of dismemberment.

Facebook launched 'Marketplace' last week, and it didn't take long before the social media giant's answer to Craigslist devolved into an anarchic online bazaar hawking the very items banned by the company's commerce policy. Guns, drugs ... Harambe? Marketplace had it all, and Facebook has spent the last few days trying to convince everyone that it was all due to a "technical issue."

So what illegal items turned up in Marketplace before Facebook fixed the glitch? And what things should you avoid buying? Here's a quick look:

This may come as a shock to many, but if you are under federal jurisdiction in the ocean, you can go fishing with your favorite Glock. The video posted to YouTube last month by Courtland Hunt, a Floridian, shows off his prowess at shooting Lionfish with his modified Glock 9mm pistol while underwater.

Lionfish are an invasive species that Florida wildlife officials are asking fisherman to actively seek as the species is destroying reefs at an alarming rate. The video shows the extreme sports enthusiast shooting and killing a handful of the lionfish. While the lionfish feed on the reefs, the shooter makes every effort to draw the fish away from the reef before firing so as to avoid damaging the reef.

In a handful of cities across the nation, The Satanic Temple, a religious political activist organization that does not actually advocate the worship of the devil, has set up afterschool programs for young children that attend schools where evangelical Christian groups also have afterschool programs. The program, called After School Satan Club (ASSC), is a direct response to the Good News Clubs, an afterschool program designed by the Child Evangelism Fellowship.

While the name may sound ominous, foreboding, or perhaps downright silly, the program has clear, secular, and realistic goals. ASSC programs teach a scientific, rationalist, non-superstitious worldview, and allegedly make no effort to educate children about or convert children into members of The Satanic Temple.

The urban legend has people waking up in bathtubs full of ice and discovering that their kidney has been removed, all because of a lucrative black market for internal organs. And that black market exists because most state and federal laws prohibit people from selling their organs, citing public policy concerns and the negative incentives that a body part market would create.

But it's your body -- surely you can lop a little of it off if you choose to, right? It turns out there are a few pieces of you that you can sell, so here's a quick legal guide to selling your body parts for fun and profit:

Did 'Antiques Roadshow' Bros, Keno Twins, Commit Auction Fraud?

If you watch Antiques Roadshow on public television, then you know its charming hosts, twin brothers Leslie and Leigh Keno. They are sophisticated and handsome fellows, 59, with fancy credentials and a passion for Americana. They love old items and they know better than most what is and is not junk, what things are worth. That is why their actions have been raising eyebrows lately.

The brothers have, until recently, enjoyed great reputations in the fine collectibles community. But the Kenos drew suspicion when they bid against each other at auctions, driving prices absurdly high, and fell behind on their bills. The New York Times reports that the twins are accused of auction fraud. The brothers say it's all a misunderstanding.

Fugitive Sect Leader Lyle Jeffs Demands Feds Drop Welfare Fraud Charges

Some people answer to the law of the land and some answer only to their religion. This is essentially the legal argument of Lyle Jeffs, the interim leader of a polygamous sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church). He is charged with welfare fraud and is a wanted fugitive. Despite this, his lawyers are demanding that charges against him be dropped after Jeffs recently slipped out of his GPS monitor while on supervised release.

Lyle Jeffs, brother of Warren Jeffs who is in prison for his relations with underage girls, is arguing that members of his sect endanger their chances of salvation when they do not pool their welfare benefits. As such, he argues, he should not be charged with a $12 million food stamps benefit fraud scheme.