Jul 9, 2014

First legal pot shops open in Washington state

Eager customers lined up before dawn on Tuesday as Washington became the second U.S. state to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use, although shortages and high prices were likely to accompany any euphoria. Store employees clapped and cheered at Top Shelf Cannabis ...

U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

A federal judge deemed Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday to the delight of gay couples who immediately began rushing to county offices to wed as word of the ruling spread. The ruling marked the latest in a string of decisions by ...

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

May 10, 2014

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

A judge on Friday struck down Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, saying the state has “no rational reason” for preventing gay couples from marrying. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution violates the rights of ...

U.S. militias await next call to arms

| Apr 19, 2014

U.S. militias await next call to arms

Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada ...

Nevada rancher claims victory in standoff with U.S. government

Apr 13, 2014

Nevada rancher claims victory in standoff with U.S. government

U.S. officials ended a standoff with hundreds of armed protesters in the Nevada desert Saturday, calling off the government’s roundup of cattle it said were illegally grazing on federal land and giving about 300 animals back to the rancher who owned them. The dispute ...

Hawaii lawmakers vow ban on police sex with prostitutes

Mar 22, 2014

Hawaii lawmakers vow ban on police sex with prostitutes

Hawaii lawmakers flabbergasted at the prospect of police being allowed to have sex with prostitutes promised Friday to make the practice illegal. Senate Judicial Committee Chairman Clayton Hee said he planned to get rid of an exemption in the state’s prostitution law that permits ...

Feb 27, 2014

Anti-gay bill nixed after sports revolt

A controversial anti-gay bill was vetoed Wednesday by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer only hours after pressure from American sports leagues that pump millions of dollars into the state’s economy. The National Football League, which will stage Super Bowl XLIX next February in Arizona, as ...

Aug 20, 2013

Record gun bust shows 'stop and frisk' is working: N.Y. mayor

More than 200 firearms, from .22 caliber pistols to a submachine gun, have been seized in what New York called Monday the biggest seizure of illegal guns in the city’s history. In a statement, the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg hailed the undercover operation ...