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Uruguay Leader Calls Colorado Pot Law 'fiction'
President Jose Mujica says Uruguay's legal marijuana market will be much better than Colorado's, where the state doesn't track the drug once it's sold. He also took aim at the medical marijuana laws many U.S. states have adopted, saying they enable people to fake illnesses to get prescription weed. Mujica predicted, Uruguay's system will be much tougher on drug users, and more effective in combatting illegal drug trafficking.
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Environmentalists Are Actually Hurting Endangered Species Now
An increasing number of lawsuits from environmental groups under the Endangered Species Act have been used to bilk taxpayers for millions of dollars in attorneys fees--and have made it harder for federal officials to fund species recovery programs. A report by the pro-oil and gas Western Energy Alliance details how two prominent environmental groups have used increasing amounts of litigation to get more animals put on the endangered species list — a tactic that is costing taxpayers money and diverting federal officials from developing programs to get animals off the endangered list. Jack Ekstrom, chairman of Western Energy Alliance, said “Lawsuits are a lucrative business for environmental group,s since the federal government often reimburses attorney fees at taxpayer expense." Ekstrom added, “Attorneys for the environmental lobby line their pockets, and organizations flood the agency with listing petitions for species that are not truly endangered to boost their fundraising.”
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Pennsylvania Police Find Pipe Bombs During Manhunt
Pennsylvania state police found two working pipe bombs while searching for the suspect who allegedly ambushed two police officers on Sept. 12, resulting in the death of one officer. The Associate Press reports trackers found the bombs at a campsite that 31-year-old Eric Frein is believed to be using.In addition to the pipe bombs, Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens revealed that trackers have found more of Frein’s hidden or abandoned items in the woods. “The two pipe bombs were fully functional and could have been set off by either trip wire or fuse, but appear to be among items that were hastily discarded.”
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Secret Service Installs Locks On White House Front Door In Upgrade To Security
In response to the White House fence jumping earlier this month, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson told Congress Tuesday that the agency has installed locks on the presidential mansion’s front doors, which will now be locked in event of a security breach. Pierson testified before the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday about the Sept. 19 security breach by Omar Gonzalez, who while wielding a knife, jumped the White House fence, entered the front door and penetrated deep inside the compound before he was tackled by security. After receiving the breach alert late as a result of a disabled security alert box, a Secret Service agent was reportedly trying to lock the North Portico doors manually when she was knocked over by the 42-year-old Iraq war veteran as he sprinted through.
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Agent That Stopped White House Fence-Jumper Wasn’t Even On Duty
The Secret Service officer who finally tackled White House fence-jumper Omar Gonzalez wasn’t even on duty. According to officials familiar with the incident, the Secret Service agent who stopped Gonzalez, who had a knife in his pocket, just happened to be walking by when he saw Gonzalez. The agent was on his way out of the White House at the time. Had he not been there by sheer coincidence, Gonzalez could have made it even further into the White House.
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Discussing Drugs With Chris Christie In Newark
Former New Jersey Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey says to the laughter of the audience at a predominantly African-American church, “Is he some sort of crazy liberal?” McGreevey is talking about Republican Chris Christie — seated feet away — who is at New Hope Baptist Church on Sussex Avenue talking about drug addiction, the failed war on drugs, and the stigma associated with being an addict. The location for Tuesday’s forum, led by Christie, is symbolic: It’s not only the childhood church of Whitney Houston, but is where the singer’s funeral was held after she died in 2012 of a drug overdose. Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey who is thinking about running for president, spent Tuesday inside this massive brick-walled, wooden-ceiling church arguing more needs to be done about drug addiction than just sending people to jail.
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Obscure College Invites Convicted COP KILLER As Commencement Speaker
Goddard College has tabbed convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to deliver a fall commencement address. Abu-Jamal, who shot and killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981, will speak at the tiny, ultra-liberal enclave in in rural Vermont on Sunday, Oct. 5. The one-time Black Panther Party member also received a bachelor’s degree from Goddard in 1996. Abu-Jamal won’t actually speak at Goddard. That’s impossible, of course, because he is very permanently incarcerated at Mahanoy State Correctional Institution in Frackville, Pa. Instead, Noelle Hanrahan, founder or Prison Radio, has prerecorded remarks that school officials will play along with a video produced by filmmaker Stephen Vittoria, who made an obsequious, remarkably one-sided documentary about Abu-Jamal in 2012.
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New NATO Leader Says Alliance Would Defend Turkey If It Was Attacked
The alliance's new Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday, NATO must be very clear that it would come to Turkey's aid if Turkey was attacked. Jens told his first press conference at NATO's headquarters, "Our responsibility, the basic responsibility, is to stand up and be very clear that we are going to protect Turkey, that collective defense, Article 5, is something which is also going to be applied if Turkey is in any way attacked." Article 5 is NATO's key mutual self-defence clause.
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Turkey's Erdogan Says New Constitution Priority After 2015 Election
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday forging a new constitution after a parliamentary election next year would be a priority for Turkey, signaling no let-up in his drive to create an executive presidency. H said, "What will make the new Turkey stronger and provide a strong foundation for the country is a new constitution that corresponds with the new Turkey." Erdogan, who became Turkey's first popularly-elected head of state in August after 12 years as prime minister, has made no secret of his ambition to change the constitution and bolster the powers of the presidency, a move opponents fear will herald an increasingly authoritarian rule. The outcome of next June's parliamentary election will be key to the fate of renewed efforts to write a new constitution. The AK Party, which Erdogan founded in 2001, currently holds 313 of parliament's 550 seats, a strong majority but below the crucial two thirds threshold.
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Charging Documents Show Phelps DUI Tied To Alcohol
Michael Phelps can't seem to break a disturbing pattern. Record-breaking success in the pool. Trouble on dry land. The winningest athlete in Olympic history is facing DUI charges for the second time after being arrested early Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, where police said he was clocked going nearly 40 mph over the speed limit and was unable to perform a series of field sobriety tests. He also failed a Breathalyzer.