Colorado Congressman Jared Polis has introduced legislation to expand the federal definition of impaired drive to include those who have a cognitive or physical impairment due to the use of marijuana.
The Democratic representative said the Limiting Unsafe Cannabis-Impaired Driving — LUCID — Act is needed now that Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational marijuana. A national benchmark is needed, he said, to protect citizens from drivers under the influence of marijuana.
The U.S. Army has suspended its top prosecutor for sexual assault cases after an Army lawyer working for him filed charges that he groped and tried to kiss her, according to the blog rt.com.
Scientists on March 5 reported the initial results from humans on the safety and tolerability of a novel strategy to curb HIV disease by removing key cells from HIV-infected individuals, genetically modifying the cells to resist HIV infection and returning them to those people.
The White House, in a news release, said the basic and pre-clinical research on the strategy, which eventually might help people control the virus without drugs, was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.
President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 includes a request for Congress to continue the prohibition on spending tax dollars to inspect horse slaughter plants.
The ban essentially prevents horses from being slaughtered in the United States for human consumption and it has the support of the Humane Society of the United States.
The latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows declining support in Arizona for the state's anti-immigrant law, but supporters still outnumber opponents of the measure.
Almost four years after it passed, PPP found declining support for Senate Bill 1070. In October 2010, the left-leaning firm found voters favored the legislation by a 25-point margin — 60-35.
An Arkansas judge has admitted that he posted a series of anonymous online comments that critics say are racist, sexist and otherwise inappropriate, including one in which he revealed alleged details of confidential proceedings involving actress Charlize Theron's adoption of her son.
Circuit Judge Mike Maggio acknowledged Wednesday that he posted the comments on a Louisiana State University fan message board, Tiger Droppings, under the pseudonym "geauxjudge." He also ended his campaign for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.
Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV.
The experimental drug has only been tested for prevention in monkeys, but it completely protected them from infection in two studies reported at an AIDS conference on Tuesday.
The District of Columbia City Council on March 4 voted to remove criminal penalties for the possession of marijuana in amounts of one ounce or less.
The bill would treat such possession as a civil offense.
Two reproductive health clinic closures were announced in rural Texas this week — shutdowns resulting from passage of the state's House Bill 2.
The clinics were the only reproductive health clinics in East Texas and the Rio Grande Valley and the closures disproportionately affect low-income women in the south and east of the state, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America.
A human rights network says four men convicted of having gay sex have been whipped publicly in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria.
Dorothy Aken'Ova of the Coalition for the Defense of Sexual Rights Network says the men will go to jail and face humiliation and beatings if rights organizations do not come up with an additional fine of 20,000 naira ($120) each meted out on March 6 by a judge in Bauchi city.
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat, has introduced legislation that would ban animal testing in the U.S. cosmetics industry and phase out the sale of cosmetics tested on animals on other countries.
The legislation is called the Humane Cosmetics Act.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on March 4 issued a letter that LGBT civil rights advocates say gives the green light for clerks in all counties to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Madigan, in the letter, said, "The protections guaranteed by the Constitution must exist without regard to county lines."