Deputy Accused Of Illegal Stops On Highway March 8, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada sheriff’s deputy is accused of stopping travelers on a lonely stretch of U.S. Interstate 80 and confiscating tens of thousands of dollars for the county without bringing charges, according to two federal lawsuits. Two men who were traveling alone through northern Nevada’s high desert last year offer strikingly similar accounts of their stops by the same Humboldt County deputy near the town of Winnemucca, about 165 miles east of Reno. Neither search
Feds Block FDA-Approved PTSD-Marijuana Research
A study on marijuana’s effects on treating patients with post-traumatic stress disorder has been approved, but it can’t go forward without the marijuana that it needs from a federal agency.
Americans Lack Of Faith In Obama’s Plan To Rein In NSA
Obama’s proposal is a moderate step toward curbing the powers of the NSA, but most Americans feel it will have little impact.
Arizona Bill To Discriminate Against Women, LGBT and non-Christians
The state senator sponsoring the bill argues his newly proposed legislation clarifies a previous religious-freedom law.
Is This The Beginning Of A New Nuclear Era In The Middle East?
The international community initiated sanctions on Iran on the basis that it could make nuclear weapons instead of on proof that it is making nuclear weapons.
Federal judge: Ban on gun sales unconstitutional
A federal judge has potentially opened a new market to gun dealers after ruling as unconstitutional Chicago ordinances that aim to reduce gun violence by banning their sale within the city's limits.
Formerly Secret Immigration Program Blacklisted Muslims, Denied Citizenship
The lawful waiting time for citizenship applications is six months, but for thousands of Muslims, the process was delayed for five years or more.
Block Where Women Found A Friendly, Careful Place
The block where horror happened has many faces. On one end, magnificent stained-glass windows rise two stories up a handsome brick church. At the other end, truck bays open into a bleak warehouse. In between are about 20 houses, some tidy, some with boards or broken glass instead of windows. Back yards melt into a block-long cemetery filled with long grass and crooked tombstones. In the middle of the Seymour Avenue block stands the home where, authorities say, three young women who vanished a decade
FDA Wants Cancer Warnings On Tanning Beds
The FDA proposal would not place warnings on the devices themselves, but on related promotional material and websites.
Obama, South Korea To Show United Front On North Korea
President Barack Obama and South Korea’s new leader Park Geun-hye hope to present a strong front against North Korea’s nuclear threats during their high-profile meeting Tuesday at the White House. But they also want to leave the door open to talks with Pyongyang. Park has had something of a baptism of fire since she took office in February, two weeks after North Korea’s latest atomic test ratcheted up tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula and undermined her hopes of forging
Four Dead in Ohio: The Search for Kent State Justice Continues (UPDATE)
Forty-three years after the 1970 Kent State massacre that left four students dead and nine injured, survivors of the Vietnam War protest are still searching for justice, maintaining that National Guard troops murdered innocent student protesters. In April of last year, the Justice Department rejected a request to open a new investigation, despite audio recordings made by a Kent State student named Terry Strubbe. Alan Canfora, a student injured during the Kent State shooting, believes the Strubbe
Internet Sales Tax Bill Faces Tough Sell In House May 7, 2013
Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet. The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases. Under the bill, states could require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes when they sell products over the Internet, in catalogs, and through radio and TV ads. The sales taxes would be sent to the states where a shopper lives. Current
Update: US Covert Actions In Pakistan, Yemen And Somalia
Two CIA strikes kill at least eight in Pakistan, including an al-Qaeda commander. U.S. drone strikes return to Yemen after an 85-day pause.
Conservative Senators Call For Militaristic Response To “Islamic Jihad” On US Soil
Martin Michaels “We’re at war with a radical ideology that hates everything that we stand for,” said Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in a public statement Tuesday. “As a matter of fact, radical Islam is regenerating. And the way they are coming after us, is to find people in our own backyard and turn them against us.” Graham joined with other conservative legislators John McCain (Ariz.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) calling upon the Obama administration to take a more aggressive militaristic
Prisoners Force Fed, Several Near Death At GITMO With No Trial In Sight
Headline: “I will never forget the first time they passed the feeding tube up my nose. I can’t describe how painful it is to be force-fed this way. As it was thrust in, it made me feel like throwing up,” writes Guantanamo detainee Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel in a New York Times op-ed, “Gitmo Is Killing Me.” “I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity. I’ve been detained at Guantanamo for 11 years and
US Defense Secretary Hagel Has Plans To Finalize New Arms Deal With Israel, Saudi Arabia
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel kicked off his week-long Middle East trip in Israel on Sunday, his first such visit as Pentagon chief. Hagel took a hard line on Iran and its nascent nuclear program, while reassuring Israel that the U.S. fully supported its right to self-defense in a “dangerous, combustible” part of the world. The defense secretary’s trip is part of the larger U.S. plan, early in President Barack Obama’s second administration, to reassert a strong American
Ga. City Council Votes To Require Gun Ownership
The city council in a small north Georgia town voted Monday night to make gun ownership mandatory — unless you object. Council members in Nelson, a city of about 1,300 residents that’s located 50 miles north of Atlanta, voted unanimously to approve the Family Protection Ordinance. The measure requires every head of household to own a gun and ammunition to “provide for the emergency management of the city” and to “provide for and protect the safety, security and general
Kentucky Bill Could Discriminate Against LGBT, Women And Religious Minorities
On Friday, Conservative Democratic Bob Damron sponsored the controversial bill impacting on freedom of speech. Kentucky House of Representatives voted 82-7 in favor of House Bill 279 (HB 279), a piece of legislation clearly stating that the “government shall not burden a person’s or religious organization’s freedom of religion” and that the government must “protect the right to act or refuse to act on religious grounds.” Many rights groups are concerned that if the bill is passed into
The National Guard Abroad: What Is Their Purpose On The War Field?
As the United States prepare to leave Iraq, the long road of rebuilding begins. Police officers must be trained, soldiers must be drilled, roads must be repaved and schools must be fixed. Traditionally, the United States gave this job to the National Guard, which, since 2003, has served as the “clean-up team” after the end of principal fighting. Most of the “part-time” soldiers of the Guard have seen a full deployment tour overseas. Many have seen more than one. Their extended service in
Kansas Joins Movement Challenging Roe V. Wade
A bill expected to pass the Kansas Senate would change the definition of life, limit tax breaks for abortion providers and ban such organizations from taking part in sex education efforts in public schools. The bill passed the House with widespread support, with a vote of 92-31. The language of the bill is drawing questions from pro-choice advocates, who point to wording that states life begins at fertilization and that unborn child label shall be applied “from the moment of fertilization.”
Are We Still Talking About This? Continued GOP Resistance To Health Care Reform
Although the Supreme Court this past June upheld the Affordable Care Act, voices within the Republican Party seem unfazed by the high court’s ruling as new calls for repealing Obamacare have gone forth from none other than Paul Ryan and other individuals as well. Health care reform, in its most robust sense, is a moral imperative that a society and a nation will be ultimately judged upon by its treatment of its most vulnerable citizens — the least of these. And here we are, once again, hearing
Years Of California Chemical Spills Lead To Settlement, Cleanup
On Wednesday, operators of Chemical Waste Management, a toxic waste disposal facility near the San Joaquin Valley in California, agreed to pay $311,000 in fines for failing to report 72 hazardous materials spills over the last four years. Representatives from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control applauded the agreement, believing that the penalty was fitting given the crimes. Brian Johnson, the department’s deputy director of enforcement, described the fines as “a