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District of Columbia puts limits on newly legalized marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:49
By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The District of Columbia city council voted on Tuesday to limit newly legal marijuana use, banning smoking in bars and clubs and restricting it to private homes. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the council agreed that the bill was needed to clarify the new law that took effect last week allowing recreational pot use in the U.S. capital. Congress has oversight of the District of Columbia. Sale of marijuana is still prohibited.

Oregon woman heading home after six months stuck in East Timor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:45
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon woman arrested on a drug charge while traveling in East Timor last September and who has maintained her innocence, has been allowed to leave the country after six months of diplomatic negotiations, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said on Tuesday. Stacey Addison, a 41-year-old veterinarian who was initially detained when a man with whom she shared a cab was arrested on drug charges, left East Timor on Monday night and is expected to arrive back home in Portland on Wednesday, Wyden's office said. Former East Timorese President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta took up her cause, and housed her in guest quarters within his home as she sought permission to return home to the United States. Senator Jeff Merkley praised those negotiation efforts on Monday after her passport was returned: “This is terrific news for Stacey, for her family and for all the Oregonians who have followed Stacey’s story and helped her from afar,” Merkley said.

Survivor testifies about 2 friends stabbed, bound, drowned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:44
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tam Voong was not supposed to survive the night he was beaten, bound, stripped, stabbed in the neck and kicked into the Schuylkill River.

Lawyer: Dash cam video will help federal wrongful-death case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:36
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer for a mother who viewed Nevada state police dash cam video of the last moments of her son's life says he's confident it will help in a federal lawsuit stemming from the fatal shooting by U.S. Bureau of Land Management officers.

Commissioner Ramsey: Could take decades to heal mistrust

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:31

 Could take decades to heal mistrustThe police commissioner said Tuesday that recommendations he helped shape as co-chairman of a White House task force on modern policing would help officers build trust.

Illinois wife-killer cop pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:27

Police booking mug of former police sergeant Drew PetersonIn a hearing before Randolph County Circuit Judge Richard Brown, Drew Peterson, 61, waived his right to a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors would have had to reveal the evidence and demonstrate probable cause, according to a news release from the Illinois Attorney General's office. Rob Lowe played Peterson in a Lifetime television network movie about the case, called "Untouchable." Peterson's defense attorney Lucas Liefer said he and his client waived the hearing so that the public would not hear details ahead of trial, the Chicago Tribune reported. The murder-for-hire case is being tried in Randolph County, Illinois, about 45 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri, where Peterson is an inmate at the Menard Correctional Center. The formal charges are solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation of murder.

Key figures in fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:26
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A look at some of the key figures in the case of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer in August. His death stirred weeks of violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb after the shooting and again in November, after a grand jury decided not to indict the officer.

Cleveland legal response to boy's shooting disrespectful: mother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:19

Samaria Rice leaves the funeral services of her son Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OhioBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland lawyers offered a disrespectful response to a lawsuit filed for 12-year-old Tamir Rice, fatally shot by police outside a recreation center in November, the boy's mother said on Tuesday. A court-filed response to the lawsuit by city lawyers blamed Rice's actions in part for the shooting and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson apologized on Monday for the document's phrasing. "The city's answer was very disrespectful to my son, Tamir," Samaria Rice told a news conference. "I have not received an apology from the police department or the city of Cleveland in regards to the killing of my son, and it hurts." Samaria Rice said she would accept an apology, if there was one on the table with city actions where people would be held accountable for the shooting.

911 callers describe chaos after gold theft on NC highway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:19
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Shortly after the heist of millions of dollars in gold bars, confused drivers told 911 dispatchers that they saw uniformed drivers run into the North Carolina highway with their hands bound, motioning for help, according to recordings released Tuesday.

Protesters march to Los Angeles police headquarters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:18

Protestors carry a banner during a rally in front of the police administration building in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Several dozen people rallied in protest of the shooting, which came amid lingering tensions in the U.S. over the police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York City. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several dozen people rallying in protest of a fatal shooting by Los Angeles police on Skid Row have begun a march to police headquarters.

Federal immigration agent accused of stealing from prisoner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:12

Federal immigration agent accused of stealing from prisonerAuthorities in Philadelphia have charged a federal immigration agent accused of stealing from a prisoner he was assigned to transport, the city's district attorney said Tuesday.

US traveler headed home after detainment in East Timor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:10
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A globe-trotting veterinarian will return home six months to the day after she was arrested for being in the wrong car at the wrong time.

U.S. ends program flagging 'sensitive' patent requests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:09
A little known but controversial program that flagged sensitive patent applications involving potentially touchy subjects such as AIDS vaccines and abortion devices has been scrapped by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The program, called the Sensitive Application Warning System, began in 1994 and was meant to notify the agency's leadership of applications that could generate extensive or unfavorable publicity. "Upon careful consideration, the USPTO has concluded that the SAWS program has only been marginally utilized and provides minimal benefit," the agency said in a notice posted to its website on Monday night. The agency's review of the program, conducted in January, came after attorneys Kate Gaudry and Thomas Franklin at law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton revealed details of the program in December from documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Timeline of events after fatal police shooting in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:08
FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Parents who let kids walk alone to appeal in neglect case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:06
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland couple who were investigated by state officials after letting their children walk home from a park without an adult say they will appeal a finding of "unsubstantiated child neglect" and will continue to let the children walk by themselves.

All-white jury will hear Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:02

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch next to Judge George O'Toole on the first day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - An all-white jury that includes a restaurant manager, several retirees and a social worker will hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which gets underway with opening statements on Wednesday. The two-month-long jury selection process wrapped up on Tuesday when lawyers for both sides winnowed the pool to 10 women and eight men. Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a police officer three days later. While the jurors' names are secret, some details about them can be gleaned from their answers to the in-person "voir dire" questioning that took place at U.S. District Court in Boston over the past few weeks.

Regulators to police: Issue more tickets at rail crossings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:57
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — National railroad regulators are asking local police departments to issue more tickets to drivers who ignore warnings at crossings.

Yet another caller claims to be Etan Patz amid murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:56
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who thinks he could be Etan Patz was interviewed by police amid the murder trial of a suspect accused in the boy's 1979 disappearance, prosecutors said Tuesday, noting they have received similar calls before.

FAA wants to speed approval process for commercial drones

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:52
The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking ways to speed up the approval process for commercial drone operations, but its efforts have been hindered by its lack of authority to review multiple applications on a group basis, the FAA chief said on Tuesday. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a U.S. House aviation subcommittee that the agency could better address a backlog of 450 requests from companies seeking exemptions to use commercial drones if it could approve a class of applications that have similar circumstances. During that period, companies can continue to apply for exemptions to use drones under strict rules. “The agency has very limited ability to grant blanket exemptions to whole classes of users.

Federal immigration agent accused of stealing from prisoner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:29
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities in Philadelphia have charged a federal immigration agent accused of stealing from a prisoner he was assigned to transport, the city's district attorney said Tuesday.