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Jan 16, 2013

California teacher fired for porn films loses appeal to keep job

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California middle school teacher fired for appearing in pornographic scenes under the alias “Tiffany” has lost an appeal to get back into the classroom after a panel found she acted immorally.

The Oxnard school board in April voted unanimously to fire Stacie Halas, 32, over allegations that she was unfit to continue in her job as a teacher at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School because of her role as a porn actress.

Jan 12, 2013

Internet activist, programmer Aaron Swartz dead at 26

By Alex Dobuzinskis and P.J. Huffstutter

(Reuters) – Internet activist and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, who helped create an early version of the Web feed system RSS and later played a key role in stopping an online piracy bill in Congress, has committed suicide at age 26, authorities said on Saturday.

Police found Swartz’s body hanging in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, according to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, which ruled the death a suicide.

Jan 11, 2013

Gunmen at Los Angeles Nordstrom Rack hold employees for hours

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two gunmen invaded a Nordstrom Rack clothing store in California on Thursday night and took 14 employees captive, sexually assaulting one, stabbing another and locking the detainees in a storage room for hours, police said.

The gunmen were nowhere to be found by the time police entered the Los Angeles store shortly after 2 a.m. on Friday and rescued the employees.

Jan 11, 2013

Gunman critically wounds student in California school

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 16-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire in a California high school classroom on Thursday, critically wounding a fellow student before two staff members talked him into surrendering the weapon, authorities said.

The accused gunman was arrested at Taft Union High School in inland Kern County following the shooting and investigators later said he felt he was being bullied by one or two students in the class, including the boy who was shot and seriously wounded.

Jan 10, 2013

One student critically wounded in California school shooting

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A student armed with a shotgun opened fire at a California high school on Thursday, critically wounding a fellow student before two adult staff members talked the boy into giving up his weapon, and he was arrested, authorities said.

The shooting comes less than four weeks after a December rampage at a Connecticut elementary school where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in an attack that shocked the nation and has fueled a heated national debate over gun control.

Jan 8, 2013

CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-Former US Rep Patrick Kennedy leads campaign against legal pot

Jan 5 (Reuters) – Retired Rhode Island Congressman Patrick
Kennedy is taking aim at what he sees as knee-jerk support for
marijuana legalization among his fellow liberals, in a project
that carries special meaning for the self-confessed former
Oxycontin addict.

Kennedy, 45, a Democrat and younger son of the late “Lion of
the Senate” Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, is leading a
group called Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) that
opposes legalization and seeks to rise above America’s culture
war over pot with its images of long-haired hippies battling
law-and-order conservatives.

Jan 6, 2013

South Carolina woman ranked as oldest American dies at age 114

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 114-year-old South Carolina woman who was born when William McKinley was president of the United States and had ranked as the oldest known living American for just over two weeks, has died, her daughter said on Saturday.

Mamie Rearden died on Wednesday at a hospital in Augusta, Georgia, about 20 miles south of her South Carolina home, her youngest daughter, Sara Rearden, told Reuters.

Jan 5, 2013

Former Rep Patrick Kennedy leads campaign against legal pot

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Retired Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy is taking aim at what he sees as knee-jerk support for marijuana legalization among his fellow liberals, in a project that carries special meaning for the self-confessed former Oxycontin addict.

Kennedy, 45, a Democrat and younger son of the late “Lion of the Senate” Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, is leading a group called Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) that opposes legalization and seeks to rise above America’s culture war over pot with its images of long-haired hippies battling law-and-order conservatives.

Dec 30, 2012

Pro-marijuana campaign looks ahead after 2012 victories

LOS ANGELES, Dec 30 (Reuters) – After a decades-long
campaign to legalize marijuana hit a high mark in 2012 with
victories in Washington state and Colorado, its energized and
deep-pocketed backers are mapping out a strategy for the next
round of ballot-box battles.

They have their sights set on ballot measures in 2014 or
2016 in states such as California and Oregon, which were among
the first in the country to allow marijuana for medical use.
Although those states more recently rejected broader
legalization, drug-law reform groups remain undeterred.

Dec 30, 2012

Pro-marijuana campaign looks to widen scope after 2012 victories

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After a decades-long campaign to legalize marijuana hit a high mark in 2012 with victories in Washington state and Colorado, its energized and deep-pocketed backers are mapping out a strategy for the next round of ballot-box battles.

They have their sights set on possible ballot measures in 2014 or 2016 in states such as California and Oregon, which were among the first in the country to allow marijuana for medical use. Although those states more recently rejected broader legalization, drug-law reform groups remain undeterred.