(Reuters) – The parents of an U.S. aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants on Sunday released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them from captivity in which he says he is scared to die but at peace with his belief.
Peter Kassig, 26, was taken captive a year ago while doing humanitarian work in Syria, his family has said. He was threatened in an Islamic State video issued on Friday that showed the beheading of a British aid worker.
DENVER, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Droves of pot tourists have
flocked to Denver to sample its legal marijuana since Colorado
became the first state in the country to allow recreational weed
sales to adults. If you’re thinking of joining the visitors
heading to the “Mile High” city this year, here are a few things
to keep in mind:
WHAT ARE THE RULES?
For a start, you must be aged 21 or older and be carrying a
valid, government-issued photocard identification to prove it.
JEFFERSON COUNTY Colo. (Reuters) – Sitting with friends by a skate park near a Colorado high school known more for an infamous shooting than conflict over curriculum, 17-year-old Charlotte Beierle said attempts to play down the darker parts of U.S. history mystify her.
The Columbine High School student was one of more than 1,000 placard-waving pupils who walked out of classrooms in the largely white, middle-class district in suburban Denver last week after one school board member proposed changing parts of a history course.
DENVER (Reuters) – A police detective in Colorado has been arrested on charges that he tipped off a suspect in a sex crimes investigation that the 13-year-old girl he had been emailing was actually an undercover officer, prosecutors said on Friday.
The detective, Jack Gardner, 56, who investigates Internet crimes against children, is accused of having emailed the suspect from a laptop at the Boulder Police Department, warning him not to attend a meeting with the “girl” because he faced arrest.
(Reuters) – A Republican in a hotly contested Arizona congressional race fought back on Tuesday against an attack ad by gun control advocates, saying she has always favored barring stalkers from owning guns and dismissing suggestions to the contrary as “vile tactics.”
Martha McSally, a retired Air Force colonel and combat pilot, is challenging Democrat Rob Barber, a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, the then-congresswoman seriously injured in a deadly 2011 shooting rampage outside a Tucson supermarket.
(Reuters) – An elderly Utah man pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime charge on Tuesday for threatening to kill two white members of an interracial family if they did not make an African American relative leave their home, prosecutors said.
Robert Keller, 71, admitted making the threats “to willfully intimidate and interfere with” the victims due to their race and because they occupied a dwelling with their family member, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.
(Reuters) – A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday on behalf of booksellers, newspapers and others against Arizona’s so-called “revenge porn” law, which makes it a felony to post intimate images of others online without their consent.
The American Civil Liberties Union said the law, which was signed by the state’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, in April and is one of the toughest in country, criminalizes speech protected by the U.S. Constitution.
By Daniel Wallis
(Reuters) – An Alaska television reporter wrapped up a live segment on medical marijuana with a curse and an “I quit,” telling viewers she will work instead to legalize pot in the state.
Charlo Greene revealed she was in fact the owner of the “cannabis club” featured in her story on Anchorage’s KTVA 10 p.m. broadcast Sunday.
(Reuters) – U.S. government researchers working with divers and sonar equipment have located the wrecks of what they dubbed “forgotten ghost ships” in waters just outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate strait.
The discoveries by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists follow a two-year project to find, identify and better understand some of the estimated 300 wrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
DENVER (Reuters) – Taking a cheeky jab at a New York Times columnist who had a bad experience with marijuana-infused candy on a visit to Denver, pro-pot activists launched a campaign urging adults to “consume responsibly” in states where the drug is legal.
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the country’s largest pot policy organization, opened the drive on Wednesday in Colorado, which, along with Washington state, allows recreational weed sales to adults under a highly regulated and taxed system.