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Marijuana industry delegation’s pitch on legalized pot: It’s just good business

The delegation from the National Cannabis Industry Association made a point of dressing well for its day on Capitol Hill, sporting mostly dark suits, lots of ties and plenty of the group’s signature lapel pins, which feature a sun rising over vibrant fields of marijuana.<p>Marijuana advocates have …

Obama orders deportation review, seeks more humane enforcement

WASHINGTON - President Obama is directing top immigration officials to review U.S. deportation practices to see whether they can be carried out "more humanely" while still enforcing the laws on the books.<p>In an evening meeting with Latino lawmakers, Obama said he still wanted to push a comprehensive …

Immigration

UN Sets Guidelines for How Developing Countries Should Teach Puberty

Many girls—especially those in low-income countries—start their periods without a clue as to what’s happening to them.<p>American parents barely …

Puberty

Rightwing Ex- General: ‘Jews Are The Problem’

Jerry Boykin, a retired Lieutenant General and rightwinger, spouted anti-Semitic “jokes” and accused Obama of supporting al-Qaeda at a conservative …

New Climate For Drug Sentencing, Guidelines Expected To Change

The nation's highest law enforcement official Thursday endorsed the "All Drugs Minus Two" proposal — as it's known by prison sentencing reformers — to change the way drug crime sentences are handed down.<p>Attorney General Eric Holder backed the concept, which has garnered support from across the …

23 Children's Books You Need To Read Again As An Adult

With help from The New York Public Library's Youth Materials Specialist, Betsy Bird, we put together a list of 23 books worth giving a second read.

Vanished Malaysia plane an 'aviation mystery'

The disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner is an "unprecedented aviation mystery", a senior official said on Monday, the third day of a massive air and sea search to find any confirmed trace of the plane or the 239 people aboard.<p>The head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, Azharuddin Abdul …

Alabama's House Passed Some of the Most Restrictive Abortion Bills in the Country

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Alabama's House of Representatives passed four abortion bills that, should they pass the majority …

Tourists Must Leave Egypt By Feb. 20 or Face Attack: Militants

A militant Islamist group has warned tourists to leave Egypt and threatened to attack any who stay in the country after February 20, raising the prospect of a new front in a fast-growing insurgency.<p>The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that …

Extremism

Aid group cites ‘deliberate neglect’ as violence escalates in Central African Republic

Violence has become so horrific in the Central African Republic that many injured victims are too terrified to venture into hospitals for fear of attack, a medical organization says.<p>Armed gangs with machetes and guns are attacking sick and wounded patients near hospitals and even inside hospitals …

Split verdict in Florida loud-music slaying case

A jury in Florida returned a split verdict in the case of Michael Dunn, accused of killing an unarmed teenager in a dispute over loud music — a decision that will put the software engineer in prison for the rest of his life but leaves unanswered lingering questions about race, guns and self-defense …

Pa. woman admits killing man she met on Craigslist, claims she killed others

A Pennsylvania woman has admitted to killing a man she met through a Craigslist advertisement and claimed to have killed more than 20 other people across the country.<p>Miranda Barbour, 19, claims in an interview with the Daily Item of Sunbury, Pa., to have killed at least 22 other people in Alaska, …

Florida man faces 60 years in prison for shooting teens over loud music

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida jury convicted a white, middle-aged man on Saturday of three counts of attempted murder for opening fire on a car of black teenagers during an argument over loud rap music, but could not reach a verdict on a murder charge for the killing of a 17-year-old …

South Africa: illegal gold miners rescued after rivals rob and trap them

Eleven illegal miners were rescued in South Africa on Sunday night after being trapped underground, apparently by a rival gang intent on stealing their gold.<p>The group had broken into a remote, abandoned mine shaft on Saturday to dig for the precious metal, but ended up being robbed and caught …

The Real Voter-ID Fraud? Look Closely at North Carolina

If the new law is so offensive, why is the NAACP telling its own protesters of the supposedly racist policy to be sure to have photo identification …

Florida's debate: Self-defense?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A verdict in the city of Jacksonville is again raising the issue of self-defense and race in Florida, just seven months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin.<p>Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software developer, could face 60 years …

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