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Drug czar: No state can nullify federal marijuana ban

President Barack Obama’s drug czar toed a strict line on marijuana Wednesday, saying federal laws will prevail regardless of state-level efforts to legalize pot. Gil Kerlikowske said enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 — which ranks marijuana as a Schedule One drug alongside heroin, LSD and ecstasy —…

U.S. returns stolen Virgin Mary tapestry to Spain

A 16th century religious tapestry stolen from a Spanish cathedral in 1979 and sold at auction three years ago for $369,000 was returned to Spain on Wednesday by the US customs service. In a statement, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said special agents from its Homeland Security Investigations unit…

9/11 hearing delayed after defense lawyers allege emails were hacked

A judge has delayed an upcoming hearing for five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks due to suspicions that confidential defense emails were monitored, a lawyer said Wednesday. The next preliminary hearing had been set to take place on April 22 at the US military base at Guantanamo.…

Pentagon silent on Syria chemical weapons use

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declined Wednesday to discuss Syria’s possible use of chemical weapons against rebels, raising doubts over whether Washington still viewed chemical arms a “red line.” The United States has avoided intervention in the Syrian conflict but President Barack Obama has repeatedly warned Damascus against resorting to chemical…

Florida woman arrested for violently yanking ex-boyfriend’s penis

Police in Sarasota, Florida arrested a 22-year-old woman on Tuesday for assaulting an ex-boyfriend by violently grabbing and pulling his penis. According to TheSmokingGun.com, Laquavia Sharelle Wallace attacked Antonio Marquis Williams in his home in a dispute over whether or not the couple should resume dating. Wallace had gone to…

One accuser drops underage sex lawsuit against Elmo puppeteer

A man who accused former “Sesame Street” Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, 52, of underage sex has withdrawn his complaint, E! News learned Wednesday. Clash still faces three other suits accusing him of underage sex with teen boys, but court documents filed April 15 showed that the original plaintiff has withdrawn…

Boston doctors agonize over ‘ugly job’ of amputations

Doctors carried out at least 13 leg amputations after the Boston marathon bombings, and for the surgeons, it was an agonizing decision. “We just completed the ugly job that the bomb did,” said George Velmahos, Massachusetts General Hospital’s chief of trauma surgery, of the extreme operations that had to be…

‘Solid leads’ but no arrests in Boston bombing case

Government officials said on Wednesday that they had “solid leads” in the investigation into who was behind the Monday bombings at the Boston Marathon. Both Fox News and CNN were told that surveillance video surveillance video from the Lord & Taylor department store near the second bombing location was being…

Prominent Republican and Democrat former U.S. officials urge direct diplomacy with Iran

Former US officials called on the White House Wednesday to initiate direct talks with Iran over its nuclear program instead of relying solely on sanctions to persuade Tehran to change course. The 35 prominent ex-diplomats, military officers and other officials from both political parties issued a report urging President Barack…

White House refuses to admit gun reform defeat

The White House refused to admit defeat despite signs a bid to expand background checks for gun owners will fail later on Wednesday in the US Senate. President Barack Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney also lashed out angrily at complaints by Republican Senator Rand Paul that the White House was using…

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