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    As Father’s Day nears, answering that question is, for some, as complex as the holiday gets. Heed the ads trotted out by hardware store chains and clothing retailers, and Father’s Day is merely the time to give him a gift and say, “Thanks, Dad."

    But as many of us—whether we’re 8 or 80—know, our relationships with our fathers are sometimes knottier than not. So rather than marking the day with reasons why our dad is the world’s greatest, Yahoo News invited readers to share stories about the most acrimonious, contentious and difficult times they’ve experienced with their fathers.

    Here are some anecdotes we published this week.

    My father, my albatross

    Eloah James and her father (Family photo)

    Eloah James’ father has suffered from mental illness for decades. When she was growing up in the 1970s, his condition was little understood and heavily stigmatized. Accurate diagnoses and the right meds were nonexistent. Experiencing a persecution complex and feeling paranoid, he inflicted violence on his family. James’ mom

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  • Australia's Chief of Army Lt. Gen. David Morrison has a message to all those serving in the Australian army: "Those who think that it's OK to behave in a way that demeans or exploits their colleagues have no place in this army."

    Morrison's videotaped comments were made in response to an ongoing investigation into the production and distribution of "highly inappropriate material demeaning women" in the military.

    In the statement shown to all members of the Australian army, Morrison says that if these allegations are proven to be true, the actions "have not only brought the Australian army into disrepute, but has let down every one of you and all of those whose past service has won the respect of our nation."

    In the three-minute, no-nonsense statement Morrison goes on to implore anyone who sees wrongdoing in the ranks to come forward. "If you become aware of any individual degrading another, then show moral courage and take a stand against it," he says.

    He continues, "On all operations,

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  • Sample Oklahoma license plate (photo: Oklahoma DMV)Sample Oklahoma license plate (photo: Oklahoma DMV)

    A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a man can sue the state of Oklahoma over its license plates.

    The man, Keith Cressman, has argued that the state's standard license plate, which depicts a Native American shooting an arrow into the sky, goes against the separation of church and state, according to a report from Tulsa World.

    He sued a number of state officials in 2011. That lawsuit was initially dismissed in 2012 but has since been reinstated by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

    According to Tulsa World, the court ruled that the image of Allan Houser's "Sacred Rain Arrow" sculpture, which is featured on 3 million license plates in the state, could be seen as an endorsement of a specific religion.

    Cressman, who told Tulsa World he "adheres to historic Christian beliefs," argued that he shouldn't have to pay extra for a specialized plate that he does not find objectionable.

    Specialty plates that do not feature the image of the sculpture cost more money. Cressman was also told

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