By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's chief will step down within weeks, the Obama administration said on Tuesday, as a congressional panel planned to examine whether DEA agents divulged secrets at sex parties that Colombian drug lords may have staged. Michele Leonhart will leave as DEA administrator in mid-May, said a statement from the Justice Department, which contains the DEA and other major law enforcement agencies. "I want to express my appreciation to Michele, not only for her leadership of the DEA since 2007, but also for her 35 years of extraordinary service to the DEA," Attorney General Eric Holder said in the statement.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A potential settlement between former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and a New Jersey newspaper over the use of a famous Sept. 11 photograph is stalled over confidentiality issues, court filings show.
By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Performances by wild and exotic animals, from the circus big top to movie and television sets, will soon be banned in San Francisco under an ordinance given final approval on Tuesday by the city's Board of Supervisors. Passage of the measure, opposed by the circus and motion picture industries, makes San Francisco the largest city to adopt such a sweeping prohibition on the commercial use of wild animals for public amusement, supporters said. The ordinance does not apply to domesticated animals, such as dogs, cats, horses and other livestock or pets. It does bar any public showing, carnival, fair, parade, petting zoo, ride, race, film shoot or other undertaking in which wild or exotic animals "are required to perform tricks, fight or participate as accompaniments for the entertainment, amusement or benefit of an audience." Wild and exotic animals are defined as any nondomestic or hybrid creature, whether or not it was bred in captivity.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A volunteer sheriff's deputy plans to vacation in the Bahamas while facing a second-degree manslaughter charge in Oklahoma, his attorneys told a judge Tuesday, drawing immediate criticism from the family of the man he killed.