Bieber: Misdemeanor Vandalism for Egg-Throwing

Allegations of egg-throwing have never caused such consternation.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office revealed that it had charged pop singer and alleged dabbler-in-crime Justin Bieber with misdemeanor vandalism for a January incident. Later in the day, reports emerged that Bieber would plead no contest to the charge in exchange for no jail time, two years of probation…
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Rent vs Buy Analysis Now a 50-50 Proposition, Nationwide

Rent or buy, rent or buy? Good reasons always exist to do either. Renting offers flexibility, protection from getting in over your head financially and being foreclosed on, yet limited freedom within one’s space; buying offers a chance to build equity, get a dog, and paint the walls burgundy red.

As for the straight financials, however, there’s a ratio that can…
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If I move to a state that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, will I lose my Social Security benefits?

Question: I heard Social Security finally changed the rules regarding benefits for same-sex couples. If I was married in a recognition state in the Northeast and then I retire to Florida, a non-recognition state, will my Social Security spousal benefits be cut off? Answer: It depends. If you were already receiving benefits before you moved, you should be okay. The Justice…
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Dear Rich: Simple Song Co-Ownership Agreement

Dear Rich: Presently, I’m trying to memorialize some collaborations. One is a set of songs that I and a producer worked on. I wrote words and the melody, and he did arrangements based on that. One is a set of songs I and a producer worked on. I wrote words and the melody, and he did arrangements based on that. The…
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SCOTUS: Cellphone Searches Require Warrants

This week, the Supreme Court ruled on an area of law that had been unsettled throughout the country: whether police officers need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. Some courts had held that the “search incident to arrest” doctrine, whereby officers can search arrestees and the area immediately surrounding them, meant that they didn’t. But Chief Justice Roberts…
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