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Oregon travelers can fly with recreational marijuana

Oregon Passengers at Oregon's Portland International Airport can legally board airplanes with up to an ounce of marijuana for in-state flights, keeping with the state's new law that legalizes recreational marijuana.

Airport officials said the Transportation Security Administration is not focused on finding marijuana, but rather keeping up with security and safety issues. If a TSA agent finds a passenger with marijuana, the local police will be notified to ensure it is within the legal weight limit (up to an ounce), the passenger is of legal age to carry the drug (21) and the boarding pass indicates an in-state flight. If everything checks out, the passenger is free to travel.

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Florida justices: Defendant has ‘stand your ground’ burden

Florida Supreme CourtThe Florida Supreme Court is keeping the burden of proof with the defendant seeking immunity under the “stand your ground” self-defense law.

The justices on Thursday affirmed the current practice used in courts statewide for pretrial immunity hearings under the law. The court rejected an attempt to shift the burden of proof at that stage from defendants to the prosecution.

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Hundreds of Native American teens from across US gather for summit called by White House

Native American teensMore than 875 Native American youths from across the nation are gathering Thursday in Washington, D.C., for a first-of-its-kind summit called by the White House.

The teens, who represent 230 tribes, will meet with First Lady Michelle Obama and cabinet members to discuss a range of topics, including economic opportunity, education and cultural issues.

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Rebel flag to fall in South Carolina, ending 'ugly tradition of prejudice'

Confederate flagMore than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate battle flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the rebel banner will be removed Friday — a reversal that seemed unthinkable a month ago.

The flag will be pulled down from the flagpole on the Capitol's front lawn during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, said Chaney Adams, a spokesman for Republican Gov. Nikki Haley. Then the banner will be taken to the Confederate Relic Room a few blocks away for display.

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Washington's 'Redskins' name dealt serious blow by federal judge's ruling

Washington RedskinsWashington lost their biggest battle yet over their controversial “Redskins” name, after a federal judge upheld a ruling that ordered the removal of the football team’s trademark registrations because they were offensive to Native Americans.

US district judge Gerald Lee on Wednesday agreed with the US Patent and Trademark Office’s decision from last year that the trademarks “may disparage” Native Americans. Washington had tried to overturn the appeal board’s original ruling by claiming their first amendment rights were being infringed, but Wednesday’s decision represents a significant setback for the NFL franchise.

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Baltimore Mayor replaces Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts

Baltimore police commissionerMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she has replaced Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, citing "utmost urgency" to stop a recent surge in violence.

"We cannot grow Baltimore without making our city a safer place to live," Rawlings-Blake said at a press conference at City Hall. "We need a change. This was not an easy decision, but it is one that is in the best interest of the people of Baltimore. The people of Baltimore deserve better."

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Want to Meet America’s Worst Racists? Come to the Northwest

pacific NorthwestMuch of the national debate over racism in the aftermath of last month’s mass murder in Charleston, S.C., has focused on the South and its strange and sometimes jarring nostalgia for the Confederacy. And yet tucked away in the Pacific Northwest of the United States is a vicious group that most people have never heard of but the nation’s most virulent online racists know well (among them, accused South Carolina murderer Dylann Roof, who wrote about the group in his now-infamous “manifesto”).

The group is called the Northwest Front and its final solution to the race "problem," if you will, is to expel non-white people from the Pacific Northwest and to establish a mono-racial republic there.

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