Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 22 hrs ago
Oregon officially became the fourth state to legalize recreational marijuana on Wednesday, as pot smokers gathered across the Beaver State to light up and celebrate.
In Portland, hundreds of weed enthusiasts fanned out across the aptly-named Burnside Bridge before midnight, counting down the minutes until the law allowing recreational use went into effect. As was the case in Colorado, Washington and Alaska, Oregon pot smokers hugged and toked like stoners at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.
There was, however, at least one reason to curb the herb enthusiasm. The Oregon law allows those 21 and older to smoke marijuana privately, grow up to four pot plants and possess up to eight ounces of weed at home and carry one ounce outside. But unlike Colorado and Washington, pot shops won't arrive until 2016, and a bill that would allow bans on retail sales in cities and counties where at least 55 percent of voters are against legalization is headed to the governor's desk.
Free the weed, indeed.
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 days ago
Let's say you’re an author, you write a best-selling erotica novel that’s turned into a hit movie grossing more than $500 million worldwide and your publisher asks you to participate in an online chat where Twitter users are invited to ask you questions using a designated hashtag. Sounds good, right? Well, it wasn’t for E.L. James on Monday, when Twitter users crashed the “Fifty Shades of Grey” author’s social media event celebrating the release of “Grey,” co-opting the #AskELJames hashtag with messages criticizing the author for a series they say romanticizes abuse and glorifies rape culture.
And as the tweets below show, things got ugly rather quickly.
#AskELJames Is it only ok for Christian to stalk, coerce, threaten & manipulate Ana because he's hot, or is it also ok because he's rich?
It’s unclear how many of the negative tweets the author saw, if any.
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo 2 days ago
Following what was perhaps the most remarkable week in Barack Obama’s presidency — one in which he secured an important victory in Congress on trade, was handed a pair of historic Supreme Court wins (on health care and gay marriage) and delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, leading mourners in singing “Amazing Grace” — his approval rating is at a two-year high. According to a new CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday, 50 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling his presidency — up 5 points over the most recent survey and his highest approval rating since May 2013. The survey found 47 percent disapprove of President Obama, which is down 5 points since May (when 52 percent disapproved of his handling of the presidency) and the just the second time in two years his disapproval rating has fallen below 50 percent. There are two reasons for the jump in President Obama’s approval rating, the survey found: his handling of race relations and the economy. On the economy, 52 percent approve of the job Obama is doing — up 6 points since May and the first time it’s been above 50 percent in nearly six years in the CNN/ORC poll. Meanwhile, 55 percent of ...
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago
For SpaceX, the third time was definitely not a charm.
The spaceflight company's unmanned Falcon 9 rocket exploded shortly after takeoff from Cape Canaveral on Sunday. The explosion was seen in a live webcast of the launch carried by NASA TV.
"We appear to have had a launch vehicle failure," NASA TV commentator George Diller said as the rocket disintegrated in the skies above Florida's Atlantic coastline.
The explosion could be seen as far as 50 miles away in Sebastian, Fla., where those watching on the ground described "a major fireball in the sky just before rocket was heading behind a cloud."
Jon Stewart continued his sharp criticism of Southerners defending the Confederate flag as a historical symbol of their heritage.
“ That ’ s the whole point, ” an exasperated Stewart said on “The Daily Show” on Wednesday. “ They fought for the South — against the United States — because of slavery. That ’ s the heritage you ’ re defending. It would be like saying you support flying the Nazi flag because you ’ re proud of their robust anti-smoking agenda, but that wasn ’ t really their thing. ”
Stewart suggested that Southern states replace the Confederate flag with one that “ represents the aspects of their heritage that we can all celebrate. ” His nomination: a flag with the image of a pig on fire, commemorating the “ creation of barbecue. ”
“ That ’ s probably how barbecue was invented, ” he said. “ Ingenious Southerners saw a pig on fire and thought, ‘ I can work with this. ’ ”
“ Without that battle flag, you ’ re just sideways France, ” he said.
A man who witnesses say drove through a security checkpoint outside the federal courthouse where Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was being sentenced Wednesdaywas detained after police found a large knife in his car.
The man, 24-year-old Patrick Carrerio of Woburn, Mass., was arrested and charged with failure to stop for a police officer, disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department told Yahoo News.
Carrerio drove the SUV past the checkpoint outside the Moakley Federal Courthouse, stopping in a spot reserved for U.S. marshals shortly before 1 p.m. ET, while the court was in recess. Officers searched the vehicle, which did not have a rear license plate attached, and found a meat cleaver.
Carrerio, who bore a striking resemblance to Tsarnaev, was taken away in handcuffs as technicians from the Boston Police bomb squad searched the car.
According to police, Carrerio told them he had driven to the courthouse to express his opposition to the death penalty.
Judge George O’Toole addressed Tsarnaev before handing down the sentence.
As the chorus of those calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag grows louder in the wake of last week's massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., officials in several cities are considering what to do with other historical symbols — including statues, monuments and street names — of the Confederacy, some of which have been vandalized in recent days.
In Baltimore, county officials called on the city to give them approval to change the name Robert E. Lee Park, named for the Confederate Civil War general, to Lake Roland Park.
"In a region as diverse as the Baltimore Metropolitan area," the officials wrote in a letter, "the new name is much more sensitive to the diverse population that visits and utilizes the park."
Baltimore County calls on Baltimore City to change the name of Robert E. Lee park pic.twitter.com/cJK4NJIAYM
"Symbols of hate shouldn't be promoted by government," Cooper wrote on Twitter.
Symbols of hate shouldn't be promoted by government. 1/2
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 9 days ago
CNN's Don Lemon sparked controversy on Monday, holding up a sign with the N-word printed in bold, capital letters at the top of his primetime show after President Barack Obama used the racial epithet in a discussion about race with podcast host Marc Maron.
"Does this offend you?" Lemon asked viewers as he held up the sign. "President Obama said it out loud in an interview. And a lot of people are shocked."
The stunt was widely mocked on Twitter, where Lemon quickly became a meme.
When life gives you Don Lemon's, turn the channel.
Vaguely aware that Don Lemon did something unwise tonight...
C’mon, Don Lemon, you have to at least give a spoiler alert. pic.twitter.com/mzmkC41nPW
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 9 days ago
The husband of Joyce Mitchell, the New York prison worker accused of helping two convicted killers escape, says he knew nothing of his wife’s alleged role in the plot until he was able to speak with her after her arrest.
“An investigator comes out and says, ‘Mr. Mitchell, your wife is more involved than what she’s lettin’ on,’” Lyle Mitchell told NBC’s Matt Lauer in an interview that aired on “Today” on Tuesday. “I asked her what was going on. She said, ‘I just — I did some things ... and I got over my head.’ I didn’t know what to say. I was just ... disbelief, shock.”
David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., on June 6, using tools Joyce Mitchell allegedly gave them to cut their way out of the maximum-security prison. An intense manhunt for the fugitives is in its third week.
Lyle Mitchell says his wife of 14 years told him that the prisoners offered to give her pills that would knock him out so she could flee with them.
He said his wife is fully cooperating with investigators.
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 10 days ago
Graffiti that appeared on a Confederate memorial in Charleston, S.C., was covered up Sunday as the city continues to mourn the victims of last week's shooting massacre at a historic black church.
The inscription on the base of the statue — which honors the "Confederate Defenders of Charleston" who died at Fort Sumter — was covered in the red, spray-painted message, "Black Lives Matter."
"This is the problem," graffiti on another side of the memorial read. "#Racist."
Shortly after photos were posted to Twitter showing the vandalism, two men covered the base with a large blue tarp.
The killings have reignited a national discussion on race and renewed the debate over the Confederate flag, which still flies atop a 30-foot pole outside South Carolina's state capitol building.