SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products.
By Dana Feldman VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A driver whose vehicle was struck by a Southern California commuter train, triggering a wreck in which 50 people were hurt, will not be charged at this time in connection with the derailment, Ventura County prosecutors said on Thursday. Prosecutors said they would await more investigative findings before making a final decision on whether to charge Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, in connection with Tuesday's crash in Oxnard, about 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Los Angeles. Sanchez-Ramirez was found walking and "in distress" over a mile from the crash site and was later taken into custody on suspicion of felony hit-and-run for leaving the scene of the accident. He had been scheduled to appear in court on Thursday but was now expected to be released after Ventura County District Attorney Gregory D. Totten's office said in a statement that "no charges will be filed at this time" against him.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of force feeding her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube reveled in the attention that a sickly child brought her, a prosecutor said Thursday at her trial.
(Reuters) - A California couple, married 67 years, died hours apart while holding hands this month, their daughter said on Thursday. Floyd Hartwig, 90, and wife Violet, 89, died on Feb. 11 in their home in Easton, California, outside Fresno, their family said. The couple had known each other since they were children and married in 1947 while Floyd was on leave from the Navy, going on to settle in a ranch in Easton. "They enjoyed working side by side their entire lives," said daughter Donna Scharton.
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday overturned the NFL's suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had pleaded no contest to charges of hitting his son with a switch, and sent the case back to the league's arbitration process for resolution. Despite the ruling, Peterson's future remains unclear and until the matter is settled, the NFL placed the league's 2012 Most Valuable Player on the commissioner's exempt list, taking him off the field with pay. In a 16-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty said National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell acted beyond his authority in November when he suspended Peterson until at least April 15. Doty, siding with the players' union, said the NFL could not retroactively suspend Peterson under a new personal conduct policy announced by Goodell in December for behavior that occurred under the old code.
PHOENIX (AP) — An inattentive woman wearing headphones and eating taquitos survived being run over by a locomotive Thursday despite being surrounded by flashing lights and bells at a nearby railroad crossing while the engineer blared the horn, Phoenix police said.
By David Alexander and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military officials seeking a big boost in defense spending received little encouragement on Thursday from a House panel reviewing their bid for more funds, with one lawmaker saying the extra money would have to be cut "with you or ... without you." Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives, chided President Barack Obama for proposing a $534 billion Pentagon base budget that "ignores the law" by exceeding federal spending caps by nearly $35 billion. Frelinghuysen told Navy and Marine Corps leaders to submit specific lists of programs that could be cut if Congress failed to approve the Democratic president's request for more funding. "With respect, I will advise you that we will cut the $13 billion with you or we will cut it without you, but we need to do the job the law requires us to do," he said, noting the Navy's budget request was about $13 billion above the levels allotted under spending limits passed in 2011.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina, the only woman known to be contemplating a Republican presidential bid, on Thursday challenged Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton to explain millions of dollars from foreign governments donated to her family's foundation.