Marijuana legalization before NM Senate panel

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are preparing to debate whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
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Montana governor names Lt. Gov. John Walsh to succeed Max Baucus in the Senate

Montana's Lt. Gov. John Walsh, newly appointed to fill Senate seat vacated by Max Baucus

Lt. Gov. John Walsh chosen for Baucus’ Senate seat

FILE - This Jan. 28, 2014 file photo shows retiring Montana Sen. Max Baucus testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination to become US ambassador to China. The Senate was preparing Thursday to confirm veteran Baucus as ambassador to China, handing the job to a lawmaker who is familiar with U.S. trade policy but has little expertise about military and other issues that have caused tensions in recent years with Beijing. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he has appointed Lt. Gov. John Walsh to serve out the term of Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, who will be leaving the seat to become the next ambassador to China.

Charlie Crist: Rick Scott is responsible for six deaths a day

Former Governor of Florida Charlie Crist answers a question during the University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy inaugural Symposium in Los Angeles, California, September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION POLITICS) - RTR38DBF

U.S. spy courts add two judges with Democratic ties

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two secret courts that authorize U.S. spying operations such as the massive collection of telephone data are adding two judges who were put on the bench by Democratic presidents, a spokesman said on Friday, in a shift following criticism that one of the two courts is one-sided. The appointments, to the 11-member U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and to the three-member U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, came without comment from Chief Justice John Roberts, who in addition to heading the U.S. Supreme Court has exclusive power to determine the makeup of the two spy courts. Democratic President Bill Clinton appointed him as a federal appeals court judge in 2000. The court of review hears appeals from the lower spy court.
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Russian Officials Promise Low Death Toll For Olympics

SOCHI, RUSSIA—Leading up Friday’s opening ceremonies, officials for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi promised low death tolls for the games, assuring that fatalities would be at an acceptable level.

US: Syria conflict a threat to homeland

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says the civil war in Syria has become a matter of U.S. homeland security.
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American Voices: ‘American Idol’ Star Clay Aiken Running For Congress

More than a decade after competing on American Idol, 35-year-old singer Clay Aiken announced that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

Breaking! There’s still an AOL, and its CEO is an a-hole

Chairman and CEO of AOL, Tim Armstrong, speaks during the launch of the HTC One smartphone in London February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TELECOMS) - RTR3DZSX

Robert Dahl, political scientist, dead at 98

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert A. Dahl, an esteemed and influential political scientist who in such books as “Who Governs?” championed democracy in theory and critiqued it in practice, has died. He was 98.
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