HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is set to become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana as the Legislature sent a bill to the governor on Wednesday, after parents of children suffering from debilitating seizures circulated the Capitol urging lawmakers to act.
The Democrat's executive order also protects state employees against discrimination based on other criteria including race, religion, disability or age. It bans state agencies from discrimination, while offering an exemption for churches and religious organizations. Edwards followed previous Democratic Louisiana Governors Edwin Edwards and Kathleen Blanco in signing such an order as there is no state law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people from employment discrimination, the governor's office said in a statement.
A Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a 2013 drunken-driving crash was sentenced in an adult court on Wednesday to four consecutive 180-day terms in jail following a suspected parole violation. Ethan Couch, 19, has been incarcerated in Tarrant County since January after being deported from Mexico, where he had fled with his mother. In his first appearance in adult court, he was sentenced by county Judge Wayne Salvant.
WASHINGTON (AP) — They came with eco-glue and Lego launchers. Their tag board displays were filled with charts, graphs and research on pollution. There were no little kids with plaster volcanoes in this crowd. But there was a trash-eating robot.
"Spread peace and love." He said he was canceling a June performance in Cary, North Carolina, to protest that state's law. Rocker Bruce Springsteen has also scrapped a concert in the state. Most of the speakers at a subcommittee hearing in Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday said the bathroom measure proposed there defied logic.
CHICAGO (AP) — Police in Chicago have "no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color" and have alienated blacks and Hispanics for decades by using excessive force and honoring a code of silence, a task force declared Wednesday in a report that seeks sweeping changes to the nation's third-largest police force.
CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert's lawyers have suggested that what occurred with a 14-year-old in a motel decades ago may not qualify as sexual abuse, while the judge in the former U.S. House speaker's hush-money case signaled Wednesday that he'll factor in Hastert's lies to investigators when he determines a sentence.