Pot-laced candy? The truth behind the bogus Halloween marijuana scare story

Pot-laced candy? The truth behind the bogus Halloween marijuana scare story

Scott Keyes, The Guardian One year ago around this time, Colorado was awash with warnings about a new mortal danger facing children: pot-laced Halloween candy. “Marijuana candy. Trick or treat?” a billboard on a major Denver thoroughfare warned. The ad by Smart Colorado, an advocacy organization dedicated to protecting youth from marijuana, asked, “Can you

Radio host trumps Donald by trademarking ‘Make America Great Again’ — and sells it back for $100K

Radio host trumps Donald by trademarking ‘Make America Great Again’ — and sells it back for $100K

Travis Gettys A radio host who snuck in and copyrighted Donald Trump’s campaign slogan has agreed to transfer ownership of the phrase to the Republican frontrunner. Radio host Bobby Estell, better known as Bobby Bones, trademarked the phrase, “Make America Great Again” — which Trump displays on his baseball caps — and offered to hand

FBI spy planes flew 10 times over Freddie Gray protests: documents

FBI spy planes flew 10 times over Freddie Gray protests: documents

Reuters The FBI deployed at least 10 flights of surveillance planes equipped with advanced aerial surveillance technology, including infrared and night-vision cameras, to monitor the Baltimore riots earlier this year, according to government documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union. The flights, totaling more than 36 hours and involving at least two planes, occurred

One killed in partial building collapse in New York

One killed in partial building collapse in New York

Reuters A building undergoing demolition work in New York partially collapsed on Friday, killing one person and trapping another in the rubble, authorities said. Approximately 65 firefighters responded to the collapse, which occurred about 10:30 a.m. in the rear of a multistory building on West 38th Street in midtown Manhattan, a fire department spokesman said.

Man arrested in St. Louis area church fires

Man arrested in St. Louis area church fires

Reuters A 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with a string of suspected arson fires at St. Louis-area churches, police said on Friday. Federal and local authorities are investigating seven fires set at doors of churches with primarily black congregations in the area since Oct. 8. St. Louis Metropolitan police said the man they had

Bible-citing Marine raises religious freedom questions in appeal of court-martial conviction

Bible-citing Marine raises religious freedom questions in appeal of court-martial conviction

McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — A North Carolina-based Marine will now get to challenge a court-martial conviction that raises tricky questions about military discipline and religious freedom. Reinforced by members of Congress and some leading conservative lawyers, former Lance Cpl. Monifa F. Sterling this week convinced the nation’s highest military appeals court to hear a case that started with…