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Top FBI official Chuck Rosenberg to become new DEA administrator

Chick RosenbergChuck Rosenberg, a top official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will replace Michele Leonhart as the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rosenberg, who will become the Acting Administrator of the DEA on Monday, is currently the chief of staff to FBI Director James Comey.

"Chuck Rosenberg is one of the finest people and public servants I have ever known," Comey said. "His judgment, intelligence, humility, and passion for the mission will be sorely missed at FBI. I congratulate our friends at the Drug Enforcement Administration. This is good for the entire Department of Justice and the country."


Right-to-die group convicted of assisting Minnesota suicide

Final Exit convictedThe national right-to-die group Final Exit Network Inc. was convicted Thursday of assisting in the suicide of a Minnesota woman who took her life in 2007 after years of suffering with chronic pain.

Jurors, who deliberated for a total of about 90 minutes, also found the group guilty of a lesser charge of interfering with a death scene. The group faces a maximum fine of $33,000, and its lawyer said after the verdict that it would appeal. Sentencing has been set for August.


Satanic Temple abortion battle may become class action, lawyer says

satanic templeThe Satanic Temple’s bid to allow a Missouri follower to circumvent state laws restricting abortion may soon become a class-action lawsuit, the woman’s legal counsel said Wednesday.

Court documents filed Monday and obtained by Al Jazeera argue that, as a Satanist, a woman referred to as “Mary Doe” should not have to undergo the state’s mandatory 72-hour wait period, be offered an ultrasound to listen to a potential heartbeat and receive requisite informational materials that her attorneys say are designed to dissuade her from the procedure.


Va. Man Wrongfully Convicted of Attempted Rape Is Pardoned After 29 Yrs.

Michael mcAlister freedGov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday pardoned a Virginia man who has spent 29 years in prison for an attempted rape that authorities now say he did not commit.

Michael Kenneth McAlister, 58, was exonerated just five days ahead of a hearing that could have led to his indefinite confinement as a violent sex offender under the state's civil commitment law.


Amtrak Train Was Going At Twice The Speed Limit Before Philadelphia Crash

Amtrak train speeding before crashAn Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night had been going at least 100 mph before the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board announced on Wednesday-- more than twice the legal speed limit.

Sources familiar with the investigation of the crash told The Wall Street Journal that the train hit a sharp curve and failed to slow down. As NBC News reported, the speed limit on the curve itself was 50 mph, while the limit on the track preceding the curve was 70 mph -- still far below the train's apparent speed.


Toyota, Nissan recall 6.6 million more cars, citing faulty Takata airbags

NissanJapanese automakers expanded their global recall of cars to include 30 million vehicles, citing potentially faulty airbags.

Toyota and Nissan said Wednesday they will recall another 6.6 million vehicles, reported The Financial Times. Honda did not specify the number of cars it plans to recall.


Prosecution rests in Minnesota trial of Final Exit

final exit trialProsecutors have rested their case in the trial of a national right-to-die group accused of assisting the suicide of a Minnesota woman.

The prosecution finished Wednesday in the trial for Final Exit Network Inc. Defense attorneys did not present any evidence. Closing arguments were scheduled Wednesday afternoon.

The group is charged with a felony count of assisting in the 2007 suicide of Doreen Dunn, a 57-year-old Apple Valley woman who had lived with chronic pain for about a decade. The group is also charged with interfering with a death scene.


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