DC What Up?: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Unanimously Passes Council Committee


D.C. has moved one step closer to the decriminalization of marijuana, as Councilmember Tommy Wells’ (D-Ward 6) bill—the Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014—unanimously passed the judiciary committee this morning. Wells’ bill originally proposed that the possession of an ounce of marijuana would be decriminalized as a civil violation, punishable by a $100 fine. But new amendments to his ...

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon Dies at 85


FILE – In this Sunday May 16, 2004 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during a news conference in his Jerusalem office regarding education reform. Israeli media outlets are reporting that Sharon has died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the age of 85. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File) JERUSALEM (AP) — It was vintage Ariel Sharon: His hefty body ...

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Critics Slam Controversial NYPD Stop-And-Kiss Program


A new NYPD program is stirring more controversy than the policy that it was designed to replace. The New York Police Department’s “Stop-and-Kiss” program is an effort to tamp down the complaints of the NYPD’s controversial Stop-and-frisk program that critics say targets black and Hispanic men. Critics are calling the NYPD’s Stop-and-Kiss program a violation of privacy. Thousands took to ...

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Obama: 2014 can be ‘breakthrough year for America’


President Obama during an end-of-the year news conference By JULIE PACE WASHINGTON (AP) – Citing progress on the economy, President Barack Obama said at his annual year-end news conference Friday that 2014 “can be a breakthrough year for America” after a long season of recession and slow recovery. But when it came to the universally panned roll out of his ...

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Obama Commutes Sentences Of 8 Inmates Convicted Of Crack Offenses


    President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates who were convicted of crack cocaine offenses, greatly expanding his use of the presidential clemency power to help those incarcerated because of harsh drug laws. In a statement, Obama said they’d been sentenced under an “unfair system.” In 2011, Congress passed a law that effectively reduced ...

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Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Un’s Ousted Uncle, Reportedly Executed


PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday announced the execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle, calling the leader’s former mentor a traitor who tried to overthrow the state. The announcement came only days after Pyongyang announced through state media that Jang Song Thaek — long considered the country’s No. 2 power — had been removed from all his ...

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‘Murky’ drug trade: How did North Korea become a meth hub?


By Geoffrey Cain, GlobalPost Contributor SEOUL, South Korea – Extradited from Thailand, the five suspects appeared before a New York court last month to face charges of a sensational plot: smuggling crystal meth from enemy number one, North Korea. The five suspects – from China, the U.K., the Philippines and possibly Slovakia – stand accused by the Drug Enforcement Administration ...

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