By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat who took office last month after her predecessor resigned in an influence-peddling scandal, is promoting a package of ethics and public records reform bills, the governor’s office said on Thursday. The legislation proposed by Brown would raise the penalty for knowingly using public office for private gain and would bar statewide elected officials, as well as the governor's spouse, from collecting fees for speaking engagements while in office. Brown took office last month after the resignation of her predecessor, fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who faces a federal corruption probe into allegations that his fiancée used her unpaid position in his office for personal financial gain. "Oregon's government belongs to its people, and an informed, engaged populace is essential to democracy," Brown said in a statement announcing the trio of bills.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attacks on Michigan referees so alarmed Jim Dworman, an accomplished lawyer who also officiates high school basketball and football games, that he contacted his lawmaker two years ago about toughening penalties for such actions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Google-backed genetic testing company 23andMe is launching its own drug development unit, betting that it can translate its database of customer DNA information into novel medicines.
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A federal jury on Thursday awarded about $76,000 to seven fans who sued the National Football League over a seating fiasco at the 2011 Super Bowl where hundreds of fans had problems with their ticketed spots. The jury ruled in favor of the fans "argument that the NFL breached its ticket contract with them because the NFL failed to have temporary seats ready in time in the Dallas Cowboys stadium, leaving them with no seats or seats with obstructed views," court documents said. "This is nothing short of a blowout," said Michael Avenatti, an attorney for the fans. "Any attempt by the NFL to claim victory in this case is like putting lipstick on a pig." NFL attorney Thad Behrens told reporters that his clients were pleased the jury "affirmed that the NFL did not defraud any of its fans." The jury's verdict may not be final because Avenatti asked for the seating contractor to be re-deposed after a media report on Wednesday in which the contractor alleged the NFL influenced his testimony.
RICHMOND, Texas (AP) — A former Marine sentenced to life without parole for the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield has been moved to a psychiatric prison for evaluation.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Two Pakistani-born brothers accused in a plot to detonate a bomb in New York City to avenge the deaths of people killed by drone attacks in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges on Thursday in Miami. Raees Alam Qazi, 22, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32, were arrested in 2012, accused of providing support to a foreign terrorist organization to use a weapon of mass destruction.