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Aug 12, 2014

Second night of rioting after killing of black Missouri teen

By Carey Gillam and Jason McLure

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas after rioting broke out for a second night in Ferguson, Missouri, despite calls on Monday for calm from the mother of a black teenager who was shot to death by police at the weekend.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said officers were focused on dispersing the crowd, which was smaller than the night before, but were making arrests and reported being fired on at some locations.

Aug 12, 2014

Renewed rioting after killing of black Missouri teen

By Jason McLure and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Rioting broke out for a second night in Ferguson, Missouri, despite calls on Monday for calm from the mother of a black teenager who was shot to death by police during the weekend.

Police clad in riot gear released tear gas to disperse a crowd estimated in the hundreds gathered near a building that burned during Sunday night’s rioting, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said.

Aug 11, 2014

After riots, hundreds in Missouri town protest black teen’s death

By Jason McLure and Kevin Murphy

FERGUSON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters gathered at a suburban St. Louis police station on Monday demanding murder charges against an officer who shot to death an unarmed black teenager over the weekend.

The largely peaceful protests, monitored by about 50 police officers in riot gear, took place after a night of rioting when demonstrations over the death of Michael Brown, 18, turned violent.

Jul 3, 2014

Missouri town picks solvency over flood fight as river rises

By Jason McLure

COLUMBIA Mo. (Reuters) – A small Missouri town repeatedly threatened by a rising Mississippi River is choosing to let residents fend for themselves this year rather than face potential bankruptcy to pay for another municipally organized fight against flooding.

Last year, Clarksville went into debt to fund $400,000 of emergency flood protections, a figure equivalent to the town’s annual budget, building a wall of gravel and sandbags to protect antique shops, a lumber yard and a post office downtown.

Jul 8, 2013

Canadian quotas sweeten profits for U.S. maple syrup farmers

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – For Vermont farmers Cecile and Tom Branon, the decade-long maple syrup boom allowed them to sell their 150 dairy cows and convert a team of working horses to pets while they focused on expanding their lucrative sugaring operation.

Hundreds of nearby farmers in northern New England have experienced similar windfalls, with U.S. producers, aided by favorable weather, increasing this year’s output by 70 percent, to 3.3 million gallons this year. Yet while American farmers cash in, production quotas in the cross-border province of Quebec limit the profits reaped by their Canadian counterparts even as they keep prices high for those unfettered by any restrictions.

Jun 18, 2013

New Hampshire nears approval of medical marijuana law

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – New Hampshire is set to become the final state in New England to allow medical marijuana after negotiators from the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled House agreed Tuesday on a bill backed by Governor Maggie Hassan.

The law would allow up to four marijuana dispensaries to open as soon as 2015. Patients with cancer, HIV, glaucoma and other diseases would be eligible to purchase the drug with state-issued identity cards from a physician or nurse practitioner certifying that they need it to soothe pain.

Jun 6, 2013

Vermont decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill Thursday that made the state the 17th in the United States to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Under the law, possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana (28.3 grams) would be treated as a civil penalty with fines akin to a traffic ticket. Previously, possession of up to two ounces (56.6 grams) of pot was a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail for a first offense and up to two years in jail for later offenses.

May 20, 2013

Vermont passes law allowing doctor-assisted suicide

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Vermont on Monday became the fourth U.S. state to end legal penalties for doctors who prescribe medication to terminally ill patients seeking to end their own lives.

The law, which includes a number of safeguards over the next three years as the state adapts, marked the first time a U.S. state has used the legislative process to make assisted suicide legal. Oregon and Washington have similar laws passed through ballot measures and a Montana court authorized the practice in 2009.

May 15, 2013

Parking meter ‘Robin Hoods’ provoke New Hampshire city’s ire

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – In December James Cleaveland made an unusual New Year’s resolution: to do all he could to keep police in the city of Keene, New Hampshire, from issuing parking tickets.

Cleaveland and a group of friends took to the streets with pocketfuls of change and began shadowing the city’s three parking enforcement officers, stuffing coins in expired meters before they could issue $5 tickets.

May 10, 2013

Two decades after escape, Greek man sentenced for U.S. murder

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A 45-year-old Greek citizen who fled the United States more than two decades ago, the day before he was convicted of murdering his 2-year-old stepson, has been retried in his home country and sentenced to 18 years in a Greek jail, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Friday.

The conviction and sentencing of the man, Steven Kamberidis, was the result of years of negotiation between the Federal Bureau of Investigation — which knew the man was in Greece — and Greek authorities, FBI officials said.