(Reuters) – Prosecutors in Nevada dropped a murder charge on Friday against a woman who spent more than three decades behind bars for the crime, saying newly found DNA evidence cleared her of slaying a 19-year-old nursing student almost 40 years ago.
A judge threw out the conviction against Cathy Woods, 64, in September after DNA evidence from a cigarette butt at the scene of the fatal stabbing near the University of Nevada campus in Reno was matched to a prisoner in Oregon.
(Reuters) – Lawmakers in conservative Utah on Wednesday
introduced a landmark anti-discrimination bill, with the backing
of the Mormon Church, that they said would prevent
discrimination based on sexual orientation while also protecting
The proposal, which supporters hailed as a model for the
rest of the country, would prohibit employers, landlords or
property owners from discriminating against job applicants or
tenants based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.
DENVER (Reuters) – Consumers in Colorado bought more than 17 tons of recreational marijuana buds during the first year of the state’s new retail market, but sales of medicinal pot still outstripped that at almost 50 tons, officials said on Friday.
In a national first, voters in Colorado and Washington state opted to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults in landmark twin ballots in 2012. The first retail stores opened in Colorado on Jan 1, 2014.
DENVER (Reuters) – Groups representing hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife advocates rallied side by side in Denver on Wednesday in protest of a proposal by Colorado lawmakers that seeks to take control of federal public lands in the state.
Organizers of the demonstration outside the Capitol building, which drew about 100 people including some wearing camouflage hunting outfits below bright orange headwear, said the state has no right to seek so-called cooperative management of national lands.
Feb 23 (Reuters) – The family of Kayla Mueller, the U.S. aid
worker who died while a captive of Islamic State militants in
Syria, said a prisoner swap deal cut by Washington to get back a
U.S. Army Sergeant held by the Taliban hurt efforts to free her.
Carl Mueller, Kayla’s father, told NBC in an interview
broadcast on Monday that the family had hoped to raise money for
a $6.2 million ransom demanded by his daughter’s captors, even
though it was a daunting amount for them to contemplate.
DENVER (Reuters) – Two Democratic U.S. congressmen from Colorado and Oregon introduced separate bills on Friday that would regulate marijuana like alcohol in states where it is legal and tax sales of the drug at the federal level.
Colorado voters approved the sale and possession of recreational marijuana by adults in a landmark ballot in 2012 while Oregon voters decided last fall to follow suit.
DENVER, Feb 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is
expected to name three sites around the country this week as
national monuments, including a canyon in Colorado where critics
of the move denounced the plan on Wednesday as a big government
Obama is expected to announce the designation of Browns
Canyon, a picturesque gorge in the Rocky Mountains some 90 miles
(145 km) west of Colorado Springs, during remarks in Chicago on
(Reuters) – The Mexican government is condemning this week’s fatal shooting by police in Washington state of a Mexico-born man who had thrown rocks at officers in an incident captured on video.
Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Ministry called for an exhaustive investigation of the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in the city of Pasco, about 200 miles (320 km) southeast of Seattle, and said it is offering legal advice to relatives of the victim, who was originally from Michoacan state.
By Daniel Wallis
(Reuters) – NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams said on Wednesday he was sorry for “making a mistake” when he said he was on a helicopter that was hit and forced down by rocket fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, after soldiers complained it was not true.
Williams made the claim on his broadcast last Friday while reporting a tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier who provided ground security during the incident. Williams said he and his news crew were protected by a mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry after their Chinook helicopter was crippled by enemy fire.
Feb 4 (Reuters) – NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams
said on Wednesday he was sorry for “making a mistake” when he
said he was on a helicopter that was hit and forced down by
rocket fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, after soldiers
complained it was not true.
Williams made the claim on his broadcast last Friday while
reporting a tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a
retired soldier who provided ground security during the
incident. Williams said he and his news crew were protected by a
mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry after their
Chinook helicopter was crippled by enemy fire.