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Kansas holds children of Colorado veteran who uses medical marijuana

Kansas holds GI's 5 children over his medical marijuana useRaymond Schwab, an honorably discharged veteran, moved to Colorado last year to get treated for post-traumatic stress and chronic pain with medical marijuana.

He didn't expect Kansas would take his children in return.

"They're basically using my kids as a pawn to take away freedoms I fought for," he said. "It's a horrible position to put me in."


Jakarta attacks: Deadly blasts, shootout hit Indonesian capital

jakarrta blastsHere is the chronology of the attack, as outlined by police spokesman Anton Charliyan:

-- At 10:55 a.m.local time, an first attacker blew himself up at a Starbucks coffee shop.

-- Two other attackers outside Starbucks then seized two foreigners, a Dutch citizen and an Algerian citizen.

-- The attackers then opened fire, shooting people on the street.


Ten more inmates leave Guantanamo prison; 93 remain

Gitmo releases nine more prisonersTen more inmates at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

The inmates were transferred to the custody of the government of Oman, leaving the population of prisoners, all suspected of terrorism or links to terrorism, at 93.


Bill that ends ban on shacking up heads to Florida Senate for vote

Dohabitation law in FloridaA push by Democratic legislators to repeal Florida’s ban on shacking up together keeps moving forward.

A Senate panel on Thursday voted in favor of the bill sponsored by Sen. Eleanor Sobel. This means that the bill (SB 498) will head to the full Senate for a vote.

Several legislators have tried in the last few years to repeal the ban but have been unsuccessful. The law prohibiting unmarried couples from living together has been on the books since 1868.

TVNL Comment:  Guess which part has voted to keep this silly law on the books.  Duh.


Methodist Church blacklists 5 Israeli banks

Methodist Churches boycotts Israeli bankThe pension fund for the United Methodist Church has blocked five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio in what it describes as a broad review meant to weed out companies that profit from abuse of human rights.

The fund, called the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, excluded Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, First International Bank of Israel, Israel Discount Bank, and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, according to the pension board's website.


Cruz did not disclose Goldman Sachs loan during 2012 Senate campaign: report

Ted CruzSen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) did not disclose a loan from Goldman Sachs to his 2012 Senate campaign, the New York Times reported Wednesday evening.

Cruz and his wife Heidi, who works at Goldman Sachs, reported putting $1 million of “personal funds” into his campaign.

The Tea Party darling told the Times at the time it was “all we had saved.”


King Abdullah will reject GOP invitation to speak to Congress

King Abdullah of JordanKing Abdullah of Jordan will spurn the GOP’s invitation to address House and Senate Republicans at their retreat in Baltimore on Wednesday night, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Though Abdullah was never confirmed, the optics of meeting with Republicans and not having a face-to-face with President Barack Obama may have proven to be too much. Abdullah met with Vice President Biden today but in the words of a senior administration official, Obama had “scheduling conflicts, including the State of the Union address” that made a meeting between the two leaders impossible this week.


Al Jazeera America shutting down

Al Jazeera America shutting downAl Jazeera, which made a massive investment in covering the United States less than three years ago, is slamming the brakes on its American operation.

Al Jazeera America, a cable news channel that debuted in August 2013, is shutting down. Employees were informed of the decision during an all-hands staff meeting on Wednesday afternoon.


Oregon standoff: Militants say they'll reveal exit plan Friday

Oregon occupiersThe armed militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge announced Tuesday morning that they will drive into Burns at the end of the week to hold a community meeting and inform residents when they will leave.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Friday evening, said Robert "LaVoy" Finicum. The location has yet to be determined. All are invited to attend, Finicum added.


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