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Federal government eases stance on marijuana

The Justice Department says it won’t interfere in states that tightly regulate commercial marijuana operations.In a significant policy shift by the Obama administration, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. signaled Thursday that the federal government would no longer interfere in states that allowed commercial marijuana sales as long as they were strictly regulated. Nation – latimes.com Read more […]


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Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan gets death sentence in Ft. Hood shootings

Victims’ family members express relief over the sentencing of the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others at an Army post in Texas in 2009.FT. HOOD, Texas — A military jury handed down a rare death sentence Wednesday to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, convicted of murder last week for the mass shooting at this central Texas Army post that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. Nation – latimes.com Read more […]


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March on Washington organizers look back

Recollections of some of those who helped make the massive March on Washington happen 50 years ago.WASHINGTON — As they look back half a century later, five organizers of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom recall the thrill of the day — the sense that the cause of civil rights would advance. Nation – latimes.com Read more […]


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Raising money to ensure women have access to abortions

As more states pass laws to restrict the procedure, nonprofit organizations step in to help people who can’t afford multiple clinic visits or long trips.WASHINGTON — Sarah Tuttle led her bowling team to a fourth-place finish in a nationwide tournament this April that raised $ 553,133 to help low-income women seeking abortions. Nation – latimes.com Read more […]


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King anniversary puts a spotlight on Obama and civil rights

Instead of joining a reenactment of the March on Washington, the president will speak at a formal event. The decision highlights his odd place within the movement.WASHINGTON — Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed his dream of freedom and equality from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the first African American president will stand in his place to celebrate that mountaintop moment. Nation – latimes.com Read more […]