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‘Breakthrough’ in struggle to end marijuana prohibition

‘Breakthrough’ in struggle to end marijuana prohibition

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado Thursday that the Department of Justice will allow the states to implement ballot initiatives that legalized the production, distribution, and sale of marijuana for adults.

Deputy Atty. Gen. James Cole also issued a memo to U.S. attorneys across the country outlining priorities for federal prosecutors enforcing marijuana laws. The directive will also apply to the 20 states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

"Today's announcement demonstrates the sort of political vision and foresight from the White House we've been seeking for a long time," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

Zimmerman’s wife: Our marriage is in jeopardy

Zimmerman’s wife: Our marriage is in jeopardy

George Zimmerman's wife apologized to Trayvon Martin's family in an interview that aired Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America." She also hinted that her marriage to the former neighborhood watch captain is in jeopardy.

Shellie Zimmerman has kept a relatively low profile since July 13, when her husband was found not guilty of second-degree murder in Martin's February 2012 shooting death. Thursday on "Good Morning America," the 26-year-old nursing student said she is "going to have to think about" staying in the marriage.

The interview aired a day after Shellie Zimmerman pleaded guilty to perjury for lying about the couple's finances during a bond hearing for her husband in April 2012. Prosecutors say she told a Florida judge the couple was broke, when they really had $135,000 from donations in the bank. As part of her plea deal, Zimmerman will spend a year on probation instead of serving prison time. She also will perform 100 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the judge who caught her in the lie.

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  • Written by Graham Winch/HLNtv.com
  • Category: News

Donors smash goal for Atlanta school hero

Donors smash goal for Atlanta school hero

Donors have been rushing to support a fund for inner-city children started by Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper who persuaded a heavily armed intruder at a Georgia elementary school to surrender last week.

Tuff set a goal of $1,500 when she started her fundraising campaign online on August 22, two days after her intervention was credited with averting a tragedy at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy near Atlanta. By Wednesday afternoon, 2,114 people had contributed $103,806, according to Tuff's page at fundraising site gofundme.com.

"Greetings from Toronto. Thank you for your incredible courage and faith," said one of many comments posted by donors on the site."

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  • Written by David Simpson/for CNN
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‘Because they marched...America changed’

‘Because they marched...America changed’

WASHINGTON – Heralding the long fight toward racial equality that many say hasn't ended, President Barack Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech Wednesday on the same steps the civil rights leader spoke from half a century ago.

"His words belong to the ages, possessing a power and prophecy unmatched in our time," Obama told a diverse crowd that gathered under gray skies and intermittent drizzle to attend the hours-long ceremony.

Dr. King, Obama said, "gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions," hailing leaders who braved intimidation and violence in their fight for equal rights.

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  • Written by Kevin Liptak/CNN
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Members of King family involved in bus accident

WASHINGTON – Family members of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. were involved in a bus accident Wednesday after the high-profile ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, police said.

The bus and a car collided near Washington's Tidal Basin just off the National Mall where the ceremony was held, according to Park Police, who have jurisdiction over the Mall.

They said a person in the car was injured and taken to a hospital but did not provide information on injuries to bus passengers.

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  • Written by Bryan Monroe and Greg Seaby/CNN
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March event gives TSD freelancer shot at history

March event gives TSD freelancer shot at history

I boarded a flight early Friday morning (Aug. 23) headed to Washington, D.C. for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington. On the plane was Congressman Steve Cohen, the Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles, who knew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. well, and Tonja Sesley Baymon, the programs director of the Memphis Urban League.

Realizing that the March on Washington anniversary included the journey there, I went to work capturing images.

We landed at Reagan National Airport about 11 a.m. (ET) and headed to baggage claim. I turned around and there was John Conyers, the Congressman from Michigan. I introduced myself and asked if I could get a photograph of him, along with an interview.

He said, "Yes." Now I was two for two.

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