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Cyberbullying has become an epidemic. And some people are taking online harassment to new levels. Instead of just threatening rape or telling someone to kill themselves, which seems part and parcel of the online experience these days, one Twitter user sent a strobing GIF to another user he knew to be epileptic, along with the message, "You deserve a seizure."

The GIF had its intended affect. The victim did have a seizure, and the sender was arrested on federal cyberstalking charges. And this week a judge allowed a battery lawsuit based on the incident to proceed in federal court.

Teacher Charged With Animal Cruelty for Feeding Puppy to Turtle

Sometimes you read a story and all can you can do is close your eyes, shake your head slowly, and maybe mutter, "But why, though?" This is one of those stories. For some reason, a teacher in Idaho decided to feed a puppy to a snapping turtle. And as if that wasn't bad enough, he did it in front of students. After word got out about the teacher's actions, the news quickly spread and sparked outrage. Now, the teacher has been charged with animal cruelty and could spend time in jail.

3 Police Impersonators Finally Charged in Michigan

We can probably all agree that Flint, Michigan has had a rough few years. And when your water is contaminated, the last thing you need is a bunch of people pretending to be cops. But finally, after years of eluding authorities, three impersonators have been charged and five others may be brought in soon as well.

Caught red-fingered? With his hands in the Play-Doh jar? Any way you pun it, one man's cat burglar-like efforts to thwart anti-theft devices at a Leicester, Massachusetts Walmart backfired in a pretty impressive fashion, leading to his arrest.

The evidence he left behind? A solitary fingerprint in a piece of yellow and red Play-Doh.

The happiest place on earth might be in Anaheim, California, or Orlando, Florida, or wherever you might happen across hundreds of knockoff wax Disney figures, each stuffed with about a pound of crystallized ice methamphetamine.

"This is a family-based theme, a Disney theme," DEA Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Robert Murphy told Atlanta's Fox 5, "but there's nothing good about what this would do to any family if this hit the street." We couldn't have put it better ourselves.

Teacher Arrested for Classroom 'Fight Club'

Some stories just leave you shaking your head -- like news about Bill Cosby or anything recent involving Lindsay Lohan. And things take a special turn when the story involves teachers behaving badly or children getting hurt.

After a series of events that combines both, a former substitute math teacher has been arrested and charged for essentially supervising a classroom "fight club." It's hard to see what a fight club has to do with math, but at least the teacher can use his skills to add up the amount of jail time he's facing if convicted.

We trust our doctors with a lot of personal information and a lot of power. And when they tell us they're going to use 85 percent of our husband's sperm and 15 percent of a donor's sperm for an artificial insemination procedure, we tend to believe them. The only problem, it would seem, is that there are now affordable DNA registry sites like, Ancestry.com, where we can find out that our doctor instead used all of his own sperm to impregnate us, knew the child that was subsequently born was his biological daughter, and never revealed that fact.

And that's when we sue.

In-N-Out Seeks Restraining Order Against YouTube Prankster

Some people will do anything for 15 minutes of internet fame. Much of it is harmless, some completely reckless, and some just sort of annoying. A 27-year-old YouTube prankster is finding out that occasionally stunts can also get you into legal trouble. In-N-Out Burger is seeking a restraining order against the YouTube star after a series of pranks inside two of their L.A. restaurants.

Man Gets DUI for Riding a Horse on a Freeway

Everyone knows that you can get arrested for driving a car under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. But, even though DUI stands for "driving under the influence," you can actually get a DUI for "driving" things other than cars as well. For example, the police recently arrested a man for a DUI because he was riding his horse on a Southern California freeway.

The man was arrested after failing a field sobriety test, and had a blood-alcohol level of more than double the legal limit in California, according to CHP. Interestingly enough, this isn't the first time a person has been arrested for a DUI while riding a horse.

Psychic Pleads Guilty to Scamming People

Psychics are supposed to know what's coming, that's why people go to them, after all. But it seems that one psychic in Maryland didn't see her arrest coming. Gina Marie Marks, who used the name Natalie Miller when conducting business, was arrested at Miami International Airport and has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of felony theft. She now faces up to 6 years in prison for scamming $340,000 out of her clients.