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Obama: Marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol

President Obama doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer," he told "The New Yorker" magazine in an interview.<p>"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the …

Utah asks Supreme Court to restore gay marriage ban

WASHINGTON - Utah’s attorney general asked the<p>U.S. Supreme Courton Tuesday to restore a state law banning same-sex marriages by issuing an emergency stay of a lower court’s ruling that held gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry.<p>For the high court, which has not been asked to rule …

LGBTQ

Vladimir Putin vows to hunt down Volgograd terrorists

President promises to support victims and rebuild infrastructure, in new year message delivered from Russia's far east<p>President Vladimir Putin gave his first public response on Tuesday to the devastating bomb attacks in Volgograd and promised to hunt down the terrorists responsible "until their …

Suicide bombing at Russian train station sparks Sochi fears

Russia's preparations for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi have been put on edge by a suicide bomb attack in Volgograd, one of the biggest cities in southern Russia<p>A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people at a Russian train station on Sunday in the country’s worst terrorist attack for nearly …

Extremism

Kidnapped American Pleads for Obama to Negotiate with Al Qaeda

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A 72-year-old man who has been in captivity for more than two years, told the Obama administration …

Al-Qaeda

Prince George the star attraction at Royal family's Christmas

Four generations of the Royal family will celebrate Christmas together at Sandringham, and there is no doubting who will be the centre of attention<p>Prince George will spend his first Christmas at the Queen’s Norfolk residence after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opted to spend the day there …

Prince Harry

U.N. Denies South Sudan Mass Grave

Outrage in Ukraine after brutal attack on opposition reporter

Shocking photos emerge of prominent journalist beaten as she covered pro-Europe protests<p>Unknown assailants have savagely beaten a critical Ukrainian journalist who has taken part in pro-EU rallies, triggering outrage among the opposition locked in a confrontation with President Viktor …

Russia

Judge orders life support for 13-year-old girl declared brain dead - U.S. News

Nailah Winkfield, mother of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, cries before a courtroom hearing on Friday in Oakland, Calif.<p>13-year-old Jahi McMath, who had her tonsils removed on Dec. 9 and was declared brain dead three days later.<p>By Lisa Fernandez and Kim Tere, NBCBayArea.com, and Wire Services<p>A judge has …

The Genuine Conflict Being Ignored in the Duck Dynasty Debate

An evangelical Christian points out that there is, in fact, a tension between orthodox Christianity and homosexuality. Saying otherwise robs American society of an honest debate about how to reconcile sexual tolerance with religious tolerance.<p>Until recently, I had never seen A&E’s hit series <i>Duck</i> …