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New York AG orders retailers to stop selling realistic toy guns

[caption id="attachment_36284" align="alignright" width="300"] The replica handgun taken from the 12-year old shot by Cleveland police.[/caption]The New York state attorney general issued cease-and-desist orders to five national retailers for selling ...

Mo. Black Caucus chairman files constitutional amendment to abolish grand juries

JEFFERSON CITY -- The new Legislative Black Caucus chairman has filed a constitutional amendment ahead of the 2015 Legislative session that would eliminate Missouri's grand jury process. The measure, pre-filed by state Rep. Brandon Ellington, D-Kansa ...

California dismantles homeless encampment

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of wealthy Silicon ...

Democrat governor to pardon son convicted of felony

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he plans to pardon his son's felony marijuana conviction, arguing he deserves the same second chance as hundreds of other nonviolent offenders. Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample sa ...

California: Condoms for prisoners

A recently passed law in California makes condoms available to inmates in the state's prison system. Assembly Bill 966 was signed into law this September by Gov. Jerry Brown. Also known as the Prisoner Protections for Family and Community Health Act, ...

Seattle changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day

While the rest of the country is celebrating Columbus Day on Monday, Seattle will be holding its first Indigenous Peoples' Day. The city council voted unanimously to make the change. It will have little practical effect since Columbus Day is not an o ...

Rahm Emanuel: Decriminalize Marijuana

[caption id="attachment_31177" align="alignright" width="300"] (File Photo)[/caption]Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on Illinois state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana possession in ilthe state or at least reduce the penalty for possession ...

Berkeley mandates free medical marijuana for low-income

The city of Berkeley has mandated marijuana dispensaries donate at least 2 percent of their inventory to low-income patients, effectively offering free medical marijuana to the city's under-privileged. Passed in July, the measure requires medical mar ...

Colorado struggles with marijuana supply

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's pot regulators are trying to make sure the state's marijuana growers aren't producing more pot than they can legally sell — a hedge against Colorado-grown pot ending up in states where it's not legal. But a new set of marijua ...

2 California counties ask to form separate state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal. Modoc and Siskiyo ...


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