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After twice being denied presidential permits to build the Keystone XL Pipeline connecting Alberta, Canada to America's Gulf Coast, the third time was a charm for TransCanada. In fact, it was President Donald Trump who, in his first week in office, signed an executive memorandum "invit[ing] TransCanada ... to promptly re-submit its application to the Department of State for a Presidential permit for the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline."

And while Trump promised the pipelines would "use materials and equipment produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible," that didn't address the lack of environmental impact analyses, according to a recent lawsuit trying to block the Keystone XL project.

Patients With Passports: Is Medical Tourism Legal?

The health care industry is in a state of flux, and not just over the Affordable Care Act. Medical tourism, when patients travel to foreign countries for medical care, is a burgeoning trend. In 2014, 1.4 million Americans embarked on medical tourism, and that figure is expected to climb.

Some travel abroad to get procedures that have not been FDA approved here in the U.S., such as stem cell therapy and assisted suicide. But medical tourism is not just for the rich and risky. It is now the option of choice for lower income and under-insured patients that can only afford a $12,000 Thai heart bypass instead of a $210,000 one here in the U.S.

The largest U.S. health insurance companies will now cover medical tourism costs, including healthcare and travel fees for patients and companions. Anthem Blue Cross, BlueShield, UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint, Humana, and a host of others will cover these costs for customers. Should you go for your next procedure?

Normally, you'd consider a charitable act, like giving food to people who can't afford to eat, something to be praised instead of punished. But you're not Florida.

Pastors, activists, and volunteers have been getting arrested in the Sunshine State for years, for simply feeding the homeless. Or, more specifically, they were arrested for violating city ordinances which impose restrictions on hours of operation and requirements regarding food handling and safety for "social service facilities," which can include setting up tables in a public park and sharing food. But a federal court just ruled that one charity's outdoor food sharing is in fact expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment.

Many addicts are the last to recognize that they have a problem. Others feel that they can solve it themselves, without the need for admission into a full-fledged rehabilitation program. Still, some exasperated parents and siblings may not be willing to wait for a family member to sort out their addictions on their own, and will seek to forcibly institutionalize them.

But is that legal? Can you be compelled to go to rehab against your will?

Legal How-To: Shipping Alcohol

Like a needle in a haystack, you've stumbled upon an amazing bottle of wine at a great price. Delighted to share this discovery with your friend, you decide to buy an extra bottle and ship it. But wait! Not so fast! Shipping alcohol is easier said than done.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Shark Week. And while some viewers kick back, marvel at the raw beauty and destructive power of sharks, and think, "Thank goodness I don't have to encounter those in my daily life," others are wondering, "Can I get one of those in my living room?"

The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is: It depends on the shark!

Summer months come and go quickly. If you haven't already been soaking up some sun in the park this summer with hot food on the grill and a cold adult beverage in your hand, you've probably got a plan to do so soon. While many people have been searching the grilling ordinances for their local parks -- after learning that their neighbors are all too happy to call 911 on a charcoal grill in the "non-charcoal" section of the park -- they may not be as studiously reading their local alcohol statutes.

So before you load the cooler up with some cans and bottles of your favorite boozy beverage, here are a few things to consider.

While we might know when we need to call the police, we may not be able to talk once we get them on the line. A physical disability or dangerous situation like a domestic violence incident or a home invasion may make you unable to verbally communicate your emergency. Fortunately, there may be a way to tell 911 dispatchers you're in trouble, without speaking aloud.

Massachusetts has a state-wide Silent Call Procedure for 911 calls that can mean the difference between life and death in some cases.

The Food and Drug Administration regulates the approval and safety of everything from food (obviously) to dietary supplements, cosmetics, medications, and even blood transfusions. As you can imagine, marijuana-based products can fall under quite a few of those headings: cannabidiol extract to treat seizures; pot brownies, gummies, sodas, and other food products for medical marijuana patients; and, of course, the weed itself for recreational users.

The FDA is clear in saying that it "has not approved marijuana as a safe and effective drug for any indication," but that didn't stop the agency from posting a handy FAQ on its relationship with the drug. Considering the movement among states to legalize it, the FAQ can be a fascinating and illuminating read -- here are some of the *ahem* highlights:

In many cases, calling the cops is discretionary -- there may be times when you should call the police, and times when you shouldn't. But there are some instances when you are legally required to contact law enforcement, and serious consequences for failing to do so.

So when do you need to call the police? Here are a few scenarios.