Vice President Joe Biden emphasized that, despite recent remarks by President Barack Obama appearing to soften on the marijuana issue, the administration still opposes legalization.
"Our policy for our Administration is still not legalization, and that is [and] continues to be our policy," Biden told Time Magazine on Thursday, following similar remarks by Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Michael Botticelli on Tuesday. He did admit, however, that the administration intends to soften its enforcement of the issue. "I think the idea of focusing significant resources on interdicting or convicting people for smoking marijuana is a waste of our resources," Biden said.
Biden's remarks clarify President Obama's declaration last month that "it's important" for pot legalization in Colorado and Washington to go forward and that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. In light of these comments, Representative John Mica (R-Fla.) declared, "We have the most schizophrenic policy I have ever seen." more >>
A Florida teenager is thanking an "act of God" as the reason he survived a recent brutal attack from a stranger who police say could have been on drugs.
Tony Grein, 18, of Delray Beach, Fla., was attacked by a violent 28-year-old male running through The Colony, a residential community located near South Military Trail in Delray Beach, Tuesday evening. The suspect, Anesson Joseph, had reportedly been running nude through the community and attacking people he came across, including beating them and biting at their faces.
The first person Joseph attacked was a 66-year-old former New York City police officer who, although he attempted to fight off his attacker, was beaten badly by Joseph. Then, close to 8:30 p.m., Joseph came across Grein, who attempted to fend off his attacker using a box cutter, as Grein suspected Joseph was trying to attack his sister, who was also outside at the time. Joseph reportedly began beating Grein and biting at his face, and the teen sustained visible cuts on his ear and face that required stitches, as well as severe bruises. more >>
Names of over 100 priests and employees of a Missouri archdiocese that have credible accusations of sexual abuse against them have been released to a person suing the institution.
In response to an order from the Missouri Supreme Court, the Archdiocese of St. Louis turned over the list of individuals and complaints Wednesday to the plaintiff of a lawsuit leveled against them. The move came as the state's highest court denied a writ by the archdiocese to keep the records private for the sake of all involved, according to a statement.
"The archdiocese had litigated to protect the privacy rights of all involved, including victims who had no connection to current litigation and who had come forth confidentially regarding their reported allegation," reads the statement in part. more >>
Ex-Tampa Police captain Curtis Reeves Jr., who shot 43-year-old Chad Oulson dead in a dispute over texting while inside a Florida movie theater last month, said he feared for his life when he killed him and if he had to do it all over again he would have simply switched seats.
Since Oulson's Jan. 13 shooting death, Reeves Jr., 71, has been jailed on second-degree murder and aggravated battery charges. Reeves' attorneys argued at a bail hearing Friday that he should be given bail because he was defending himself at the time of the shooting, according to a several reports on the audio made public for the first time Friday.
"If I wasn't afraid of getting beat up, I would have never pulled a pistol," Reeves noted in the recording, according to Naples News. "I was defending myself. It don't make it any easier… the guy was very aggressive." more >>
A 5-year-old girl is dead after drinking 2 liters of grape soda and an unknown amount of water in a two-hour time frame. Her parents have been formally charged with first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated child neglect, and aggravated child abuse, given that the excessive fluid was an extreme punishment for "stealing" the mother's drink.
Randall Lee and Mary Lavonne Vaughn forced 5-year-old Alexa Linboom to drink a great deal of soda and water after she reportedly took some of Mary Lavonne's soda.
"They also failed to take care of the child once she was injured," Tennessee Attorney General Berkeley Bell told the Times-News. "Our position is it was a matter of several hours after the child started exhibiting serious symptoms, after the child was screaming out in pain, went into a paralyzed state, and became unconscious." more >>
The Legionaries of Christ Roman Catholic order officially apologized for the "reprehensible" behavior of its founder, who was found guilty of sexually abusing children, and announced new leadership with hopes of rebuilding the organization.
"Today we acknowledge with sadness the initial incapability of believing the testimonies of the persons who had been victims of Fr. Maciel, the long institutional silence and, later on, the hesitations and errors of judgment when setting out to inform the members of the congregation and others. We apologize for these shortcomings, which have increased the suffering and confusion of many," the Catholic organization said in a statement published on Thursday, which was approved in a plenary assembly last month.
The Catholic order also announced the election of Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil as their new general director, and Fr. Juan José Arrieta, as vicar general. more >>