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Chicago may decriminalize marijuana

CHICAGO — Chicago pot smokers may soon be able to light up without fear of jail time. Several Windy City councilmen said Thursday they plan to introduce a local law that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in order to cut costs and free up police to handle…

U.S. energy secretary to face grilling over failed firm

WASHINGTON — US Energy Secretary Steven Chu will testify to a key congressional committee November 17 about a half billion-dollar loan to now bankrupt solar panel firm Solyndra, the panel announced. President Barack Obama’s Republican foes have been hunting for evidence that politics at the White House improperly shaped the…

Chicago traders taunt ‘Occupy Chicago’ protesters with ‘We are Wall Street’ leaflets

Someone in the Chicago Board of Trade dropped leaflets on top of “Occupy Chicago” protesters Wednesday afternoon as they rallied alongside unions in the city’s financial district. “We are Wall Street,” the leaflet said. “It is our job to make money.” “Go ahead and continue to take us down, but…

Officials urge Perry to delay execution

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen current and former prosecutors and lawmakers urged Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate, to delay a condemned man’s execution to allow for DNA testing. Henry “Hank” Skinner was sentenced to death for the 1993 triple slaying of his girlfriend, who was beaten…

White House says GDP growth ‘not good enough’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration said Thursday that stronger growth in the economy in the third quarter still was too slow and signaled a need for further stimulus. Responding to the Commerce Department’s first estimate of gross domestic product growth for the July-September period at a 2.5 percent pace,…

11 charged in $1 billion U.S. railroad health scam

NEW YORK — Eleven people were charged Thursday in a $1 billion fraud where employees of a busy New York commuter rail service used fake medical diagnoses to boost their incomes with disability payouts. The accused, 10 of whom have already been arrested, included seven retired Long Island Rail Road…

Justice Department faces lawsuit over medical marijuana crackdown

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country’s largest medical marijuana advocacy organization, filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging the U.S. Department of Justice’s attempt to close down medical marijuana dispensaries in California. “Although the Obama Administration is entitled to enforce federal marijuana laws, the Tenth Amendment forbids it…

GOP: Warren is the ‘Matriarch of Mayhem’ for ‘anti-capitalist’ Occupy movement

Republicans in Massachusetts have chosen a confusing line of attack on Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat who helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Agency and is now challenging Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA). They’re calling her, for some reason, the “Matriarch of Mayhem,” and suggesting that “Occupy Wall Street” is…

Colorado becomes first state to license medical marijuana businesses

Colorado on Thursday became the first state in the nation to begin issuing licenses for businesses that sell medical marijuana and marijuana-infused products, in a move that could put them at odds with the federal government. Just 11 medical marijuana purveyors have received licenses so far, according to The Denver…

Santorum campaign: Aborted babies ‘think’ Cain is wrong

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says “aborted babies” would not support fellow candidate Herman Cain. In a new online campaign ad, Santorum hits Cain for his shifting position on whether abortions should be legal in cases of rape and incest. Earlier this month, Cain told NBC’s David Gregory that there…

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