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Md. House Of Delegates Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Md. decriminalizes potThe Maryland House of Delegates voted Saturday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Alex DeMetrick explains what the outcome means for both sides. The House voted 78-55 for the bill. It would eliminate criminal charges for possessing less than 10 grams — or about one-third of an ounce.

The Senate has already approved a similar measure, but changes made by the House will require Senate approval to pass the bill before the legislative session ends at midnight Monday.

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U.S. New York police arrest veterans protesting at Vietnam War Memorial

Veterans arrested NYCThree military veterans were arrested at New York City’s Vietnam Memorial after taking part in a protest that activists said was part of an attempted revival of the Occupy movement, a push that began Friday with events planned worldwide.

About 100 protesters at the New York memorial shouted “shame” and “no justice, no peace” as police loaded the three veterans and two other protesters into the back of a van.

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U.S. Protesters rally across U.S. for immigration reform

immigration reformThousands of undocumented immigrants and their supporters rallied across the United States on Saturday as part of a national day of action called “Two Million Too Many" – activists’ latest effort to urge President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to scale back deportations.

Protesters gathered outside government offices and detention facilities where undocumented immigrants are transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation.

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Kansas lawmakers OK bill to void local gun rules

Kansas bars gun lawsKansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it's legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a nationwide model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power.

The House approved the legislation, 102-19, a day after the Senate passed it, 37-2. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. He hasn't said whether he'll sign it, but he's a strong supporter of gun rights and has signed other measures backed by the NRA and the Kansas State Rifle Association.

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Christie press secretary testifies before bridge scandal grand jury

Christie press secretary testifiesA grand jury is now hearing testimony in the federal criminal probe into the George Washington Bridge lane-closings scandal, according to Anthony Iacullo, the lawyer for Gov. Chris Christie’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, who added that Drewniak appeared before the grand jurors today and testified as a witness.

Legal experts say the hearing of grand-jury testimony is an important development that means U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has accumulated enough evidence to move past a preliminary inquiry into the controversial lane closings and into a grand jury investigation of them.

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Federal judge will require Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

Judge TImothy BlackA federal judge said Friday he would issue a ruling requiring Ohio to recognize all same-sex marriages performed in other states.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black’s decision in the Henry v. Wymyslo  case comes about nine months after he ruled that Ohio must recognize a gay couple’s marriage in Maryland, where same-sex marriage is legal, on the death certificate of one of the partners.

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NYPD officer embroiled in assault trial sued by another Occupy campaigner

Occupy assult trialA New York police officer whose allegation of assault against an Occupy Wall Street activist could send her to prison for seven years is being sued by another Occupy campaigner, who alleges that the officer injured him on the same day.

Officer Grantley Bovell alleges that Cecily McMillan intentionally elbowed him in the face as he was arresting one of the dozens of protesters from the anti-capitalist movement who were seized at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan on 17 March 2012.

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