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New York police officers defy order to cut marijuana arrests

Survey shows nearly half of people charged with marijuana posession were not displaying the drug when they were stopped. Police officers in New York are “manufacturing” criminal offenses by forcing people with small amounts of marijuana to reveal their drugs, according to a survey by public defenders. Nearly half of…

Former co-worker: Zimmerman lost security guard job after he ‘snapped’

The neighborhood watchman who in February shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was once fired from his job as a security guard for “being too aggressive,” according to a new report. An unnamed former co-worker told the New York Daily News that George Zimmerman was paid under-the-table for providing security for illegal…

Tattoo artists works to give breast cancer survivors new nipples

Few tattoo artists tell their clients they could win a wet T-shirt contest. Then again, few tattoo artists are quite like Vincent “Vinnie” Myers. In his shop in a modest strip mall in Finksburg, a half-hour drive from Baltimore, Myers specializes in tattooing nipples and areolas onto women who have undergone breast cancer surgery. Using…

Victorious Phelps has ‘room to improve’ says coach

Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly and was runner-up in the100m freestyle at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, but the Olympic swim star did not impress coach Bob Bowman. Nathan Adrian managed to ignore his torn swimsuit to hold off hard-charging Phelps in the 100m free final, winning in 48.62sec. Phelps was second in 48.74. Phelps bounced…

Clinton in Saudi push to end crackdown in Syria

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was holding talks in Riyadh Friday with Saudi leaders as she kicked off a two-country tour aimed at raising pressure on the Syrian regime, the US embassy here said. “Mrs Clinton has arrived in Riyadh for talks with senior Saudi officials,” an embassy spokesman said. The US…

RNC doctors audio of Verrilli for anti-Obamacare ad

The Republican National Convention edited an audio clip of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to make it sound like he was at a loss of words to defend the Affordable Care Act during his oral arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 30-second ad released by the RNC late Tuesday,…

Rasmussen: Record percent support marijuana legalization

A record number of Americans support the legalizing and taxing marijuana, according to Rasmussen Reports. Their nationwide survey found that 47 percent of Americans agree that marijuana should be legalized, while 42 percent disagree. Ten percent are undecided. The survey was conducted on March 24-25. In October 2011, Gallup also…

Woman arrested for trespassing at hospital dies in jail

A woman who was suspect of abusing drugs and arrested for refusing to leave a hospital died of a blood clot shortly after being put in jail, according to St. Louis Today. Anna Brown, a 29-year-old homeless African American woman, had gone to St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights,…

Tangled web connects candidates to super PACs

For an example of the fluidity of campaign finance rules, as well as the tangled web of connections between candidates and super PACs, look no further than the digital consulting firm Targeted Victory. So far, the firm’s hauled in $4.1 million working for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and American Crossroads,…

U.S. anti-terrorism law curbs free speech and activist work, court told

Controversy over NDAA centres on loose definition of key words, such as who are ‘associated forces’ of named terrorist groups. A group political activists and journalists has launched a legal challenge to stop an American law they say allows the US military to arrest civilians anywhere in the world and…

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