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Man Fathers 21 Kids With 11 Moms

Desmond Hatchett, a 29-year-old man from Knoxville, Tennessee, has father -- are you ready for this? -- 21 children. With 11 different women. None of whom he is married to. And you thought Jon and Kate Gosselin had a lot of kids. Oh, and he...

6th Grader Sues Dad Over Grounding - And Wins

Most kids complain bitterly when they are grounded. Some will sneak out, while others will settle for slamming doors and announcing that they hate the person making the rules. But sometimes, kids get creative when they're punished: A 6th grader in...

Chris Brown Opts Out Of Kids' Choice Awards

Chris Brown, who allegedly beat his girlfriend, singer Rihanna, has decided to withdraw his name from the list of nominees for Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards. Here is what Brown's rep told TMZ on Wednesday: "Chris very much appreciates the...

Teacher-Student Sex - Legal at Age 18?

When a 33-year-old teacher allegedly has a months-long sexual affair with a senior in his high school, he has to realize that he's doing something wrong. But according to a Washington appeals court, the affair was technically legal. That was...

Court to decide if doctors can discriminate

The desire to start a family can be an awful powerful one. If someone wants kids, they'll go through a lot to get them. Guadalupe Benitez went through a lot. She went to North Coast Women's Care, a clinic in the San Diego, California area, but was...

Mother of two found 33 years after escaping from prison

Life must be tough when you're on the lamb -- always concealing your identity, always looking over your shoulder. But Deborah Gavin had plenty of time to get used to the fugitive lifestyle, having escaped from the Georgia Women's Correctional...

Teens ignorant of sex laws

What's the one thing teenage boys want more than anything? Teenage girls, of course. The thing is, whether you're an old man like me or a high school senior, those teenage girls are very much off limits. Genarlow Wilson found that out the hard way --...

Teens can't tan in CA (without parental consent)

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a host of new laws into the books over the weekend -- including one that bans kids under 14 from tanning, and forbids older teenagers from tanning without their parent's consent. This follows calls...

$300 fine for 6-year-old who colored on sidewalk with chalk

How many days did you spend making chalk drawings as child -- using the closest sidewalk as a canvas for your temporary art? Apparently with every scribble you were vandalizing public property. At least that's the opinion of one of Natalie Shea's...

Drug dealing son busted, parents punished

24-year-old Thomas Roos was arrested four times during a four month period in 2005, usually passed out at the wheel of a car full of drugs and cash. Needless to say, the young drug dealer's blatant disregard for the law made the police in Snohomish...

Laws target teens texting and driving

In my experience, talking on a cell-phone while driving is dangerous. I used to do it and many times found myself at my destination having no recollection of actually driving there because I was yakking on my phone the whole time. Maybe it is just...

Tossed sausage lands boy in court

Occasionally kids do silly things -- like tossing sausages at the elderly. Not exactly model behavior, but is it really a legal matter? It is for one British 12-year-old. His mom describes the charges against him as "a joke," but the 74-year-old...

Babies can legally wed in Arkansas

When I tell people that my entire extended family hails from Arkansas, they usually have a hillbilly joke or two to share with me. I'll laugh if the joke is funny, but in truth, I think the good people of Arkansas get a bad rap. They may be country,...

Teen bride sues parents for her stuff, loses

When their 16-year-old daughter decided she was getting married to her 40-year-old track coach, Dennis and Betty Hagar figured they'd fight back by keeping all her stuff. But the girl and her new hubby decided they couldn't live without some of her...

Inmate forced to have baby in cell

Shakira Staten pleaded with prison staff to take her to the hospital when she went into labor. But instead of getting her the medical attention she deserved, guards and officials ignored her. It was only after Staten had the baby in her cell, and a...

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