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You want to hack your phone to get additional functionality. Your phone service carrier wants to stop you. Who's right? more...

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Earlier this year, a Chicago judge allowed Alison Miller to file a wrongful death suit against the fertility clinic that inadvertently destroyed the couple's frozen embryo. Three Rhode Island women have also been awarded compensation for emotional distress and loss of property three years ago. Now Missouri and Louisiana have laws protecting the legal rights of embryos. With laws like these on the books, couples with embryos frozen in fertility clinics face serious legal and ethical dilemmas when trying to decide what to do with remaining embryos. more...

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If you've watched television over the last few years, you've probably seen one or two of the more controversial anti-smoking ads that run during prime viewing hours. In one commercial, the camera zooms in on fatty deposits squeezed from the aorta of a 32-year old smoker. Another commercial features cowboys and models, traditional tobacco icons, cuddling up to body bags. So why aren't the tobacco companies outraged by these advertisements? more...

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If you're planning to visit Alabama any time soon, don't challenge a bear to a wrestling match - bear wrestling is a Class B felony in the Yellowhammer State. Still not laughing? Well, here are a few more that might make you wonder what lawmakers were thinking. more...

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Did you know it's illegal to educate dogs in Hartford Connecticut? Or fall asleep under a hair dryer in Florida? In most states, you'll find a number of bizarre laws like these still exist on the books. more...

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On Friday, May 25, 2007, President Bush signed the first federal minimum wage increase in 10 years into law.

Congress raced to approve the final Iraq war funding bill (which included the minimum wage legislation) and sent it to the President before the Memorial Day recess. The minimum wage package also included $4.84 billion in tax breaks for small businesses. more...

- - Employment Law

Over the past several weeks, the Supreme Court has issued rulings on many high-profile cases, handing down decisions concerning hot-button issues like the death penalty and stem cell research. But instead of gaining respect for performing their constitutional duty, justices are being lambasted as activists. They are being accused of "legislating from the bench." What is the truth? more...

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is being impeached. How does the impeachment process work? more...

- Government & Politics

How scandal and corruption led self-proclaimed reformer and "people's politician" Rod Blagojevich to be the first impeached Governor in Illinois history. more...

- Government & Politics

Listening or using an electronic device while crossing a street is now officially a major safety concern approaching epidemic proportions in our country. Really? Well, according to Senator Carl Kruger, the situation has become so critical that only a new law restricting iPOD and other electronic devices, including the ubiquitous and much-beloved Blackberry, can solve the fatalities occurring between driver and the pedestrian user of such devices. And, though the Senator says his objective is not punitive in nature, a violator could face a stiff$100 fine, and would have to appear in court. Sounds rather criminal to us. more...

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