WASHINGTON (AP) — In a flood of last-minute sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to apply for health insurance Monday, but deadline day for President Barack Obama's overhaul brought long, frustrating waits and a new spate of website ills.
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana in the U.S. capital. Proponents had backed the marijuana measure as an issue of fairness. A study by the American Civil Liberties Union had shown that blacks in Washington were eight times more likely to be arrested for pot than people of other races. Decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana in the District of Columbia is part of a nationwide trend to lessening penalties for marijuana.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five days after police started searching a sprawling park in northeast Washington for a missing 8-year-old girl, officers found the body of a man who apparently committed suicide there, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Monday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after hundreds of people clashed with Albuquerque riot officers over police shootings, Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday that she understands the public's frustration but called on protesters to remain calm while federal officials investigate.
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Crews searching through the muck and devastation wrought by Washington's deadly mudslide are finding more human remains on the east side of the slide, near the town of Darrington.