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The robots were supposed to save us from ourselves. Artificial intelligence, in the form of self-driving cars, were designed to cut down on the millions of human error-caused auto accidents every year. These polite and rule-following autonomous automobiles were also going to reduce the number of road rage incidents. Alas, that didn't happen.

Recent incident reports from San Francisco, the cradle of self-driving civilization, detailed two separate attacks on autonomous vehicles, meaning no one, not even driverless cars, are safe from road rage. But is that still a crime if we're attacking a robot?

Oregon Man Arrested for Pumpkin Smashing Crime Spree

Smashing Pumpkins. Not the band, the activity. It is a seasonal act of vandalism that spikes this time of year, and Grants Pass, Oregon definitely got their fair share of pumpkins spiked.

Does the Wrong Twin Ever Get Charged With a Crime?

Earlier this week, a Florida judge sent an escaped inmate from Georgia back over the state line to continue serving out his 25 year sentence for drug trafficking. Raul Prado was arrested after he fled a work-detail in Augusta and headed to Miami. When caught, he claimed that he was his twin brother, Jean Vernet Prado. He just happened to be using the ID of his imprisoned brother.

First, using the ID of a convicted felon is never a good idea. What kind of benefits does that get you in Florida? Second, if you're going to try this, it works best if you actually have a twin brother, which Raul Prado does not. But it brings up an interesting question. Does the wrong twin ever get convicted for a crime? Probably, but clearing your name is not as easy in real life as it may seem on television.

YouTuber Sued for Sharing 'Magical Powers' Cheats in Fortnite

YouTube personality Brandon "Golden Modz" Lucas, and his sometimes side-kick, Colton "Excentric" Conter, are being sued in a North Carolina Federal Court by Epic Games over the Fortnite aimbot cheats they've created and sold on their various YouTube channels.

Lucas, who has over 1.7 million YouTube followers, claims that others create and sell the same thing, and that Epic is being unfair in targeting him. Perhaps. But if he thinks that what he is doing is not illegal, he may have another thing coming.

Teen Baked Cookies With Grandfather's Ashes, Fed to Classmates

This story is disturbing on so many levels, but perhaps that's life with teenagers.

Two teen girls in Davis, California apparently baked sugar cookies containing the ashen remains of one of the girls' grandfather, and fed them to nine fellow students at their high school, Da Vinci Charter Academy. Some students were totally unaware of the cookies' contents, and were horrified when they learned the truth. Others knew exactly what they were eating.

Though this whole escapade seems almost implausible, when Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov was asked if the allegation seemed credible, Doroshov gave a long sigh, and then said, "Yeah." And we thought Keith Richards was twisted for snorting his father's ashes!

Savannah Police Look for Person Who Put Googly Eyes on a Statue

If you've ever driven through a high-rent district and laughed at the cops patrolling the area, since about eight blocks to the east there's a crime committed every minute, this story is for you.

Savannah police are on high alert for the vandal who placed googly eyes on the town statue of Nathanael Greene, a local Revolutionary War hero. Police insist that the perpetrator be brought to justice, lest a string of copy-cat crimes ensues.

13 Will Get You Fined and Jailed: No Teenage Trick or Treaters in This Town

Chesapeake, Virginia is one of many cities that announced plans to use teenage trick or treating laws to cut down on vandalism. Though falling short of saying it would use the laws arbitrarily and capriciously, the city did state that "a thirteen year old safely trick or treating with a younger sibling is not going to have any issues. That same child taking pumpkins from porches and smashing them in the street more likely will."

Woman Stabs Friend With Real Knife in Haunted House

In a crazy twist of fate, life imitated art at Nashville Nightmare Haunted House earlier this week. Tawnya Greenfield stabbed her friend after an apparent employee handed her a knife and encouraged her to stab her friend, James "Jay" Yochim. She reasonably thought it was a fake knife, but when she noticed the huge gash that went completely through his forearm, and blood spouting from the wound, she realized it was a cruel hoax.

Airplane Passenger Removed for Emotional Support Squirrel

The next time you're on an airplane, and the person in the seat next to you looks a little squirrely, rest assured, it is not a squirrel. Unfortunately for one recent Frontier Airlines passengers in Florida, just because you receive clearance to take your pet squirrel in the aircraft cabin as a emotional support companion pet, doesn't mean you can.

"Dogs are man's best friend," asserted U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue, "and, as the defendant is about to learn, we are drug dealers' worst enemy." Donoghue was referring to the recently extradited Andres Lopez Elorez, a former Colombian veterinarian who admitted to sewing balloons filled with heroin into the stomachs of live puppies to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

"Elorez is not only a drug trafficker," Donoghue continued, "he also betrayed a veterinarian's pledge to prevent animal suffering when he used his surgical skills in a cruel scheme to smuggle heroin in the abdomens of puppies."