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What happened to the man who used phony police lights to cut through traffic?

The 27-year-old Oregon man, who was doing 80 mph when he got caught, was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and traffic violations. Officers did not recognize his vehicle as one of their own unmarked cars, and when they noticed he cut his flashing lights as he approached marked police cars, they pulled him over. They determined he was not trying to stop anyone or falsely represent himself as a police officer, hence the more modest charges.

When could it be unhealthy to have lost a few pounds?

If you suffer from heart failure and have a pacemaker or similar device, losing even a little weight can be an indication of failing health. Scientists discovered the risk of worsening heart failure or death rose 4 percent with each kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of unplanned weight lost. For some, the risk was much higher. Researchers suspect that heavier patients survive longer because their energy reserves shield them from the high-energy demands created by heart failure. The findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting in San Francisco this past weekend.

How much can impaired driving cost you?

You can wind up in jail -- but that's not all. A Roanoke County, Va., jury told two drivers to pay $4 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages -- a total of $5 million -- to the family of a construction worker killed in a chain-reaction crash. Jeffrey Dupree and Tracie Nininger were found guilty in 2008 of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence in the death of Richard Slone. The two also had to pay funeral expenses.

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By the staff of
The Washington Examiner