4:13pm

Wed March 27, 2013
It's All Politics

Ashley Judd Tweets She Won't Run For U.S. Senate

Ashley Judd watches Kentucky play Vanderbilt during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament on March 15 in Nashville.
Dave Martin AP

Actress Ashley Judd will not seek the Democratic nomination for Senate in Kentucky next year and challenge Republican Mitch McConnell, she announced Wednesday.

Using her Twitter account to end months of speculation, Judd wrote: "Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate."

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3:49pm

Wed March 27, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Cannabis News Roundup: March 27, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

Fourth Amendment still valid… Increased attention on vaporizers… Next week’s debate in San Francisco… and more

(McClatchy) // “Get that dog off my lawn” took on a new meaning yesterday when The Supreme Court ruled that drug-sniffing dogs cannot be used on private property without benefit of a search warrant. Your home is still your castle, and the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution is still in force.

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3:48pm

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Ashley Judd Says She Is Not Running For Senate

Actress Ashley Judd addresses the crowd during a 2012 Tennesseans For Obama Benefit in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

The actress Ashley Judd put an end to long-running rumors that she would challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky seat in 2014.

Judd tweeted her decision, saying:

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3:25pm

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Emerging Nations To Set Up Development Bank

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 9:53 am

BRICS leaders, from left, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Jacob Zuma, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a group picture during the BRICS 2013 Summit in Durban, South Africa, on Wednesday.
Sabelo Mngoma AP

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – emerging economies that collectively are referred to as BRICS – announced Wednesday the creation of a development bank to fund infrastructure projects in developing nations.

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3:18pm

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama's Labor Nominee Faces GOP Opposition Over His Role In A Supreme Court Case

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:33 am

Thomas Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Thomas Perez, the president's nominee to lead the Department of Labor and a high-profile Latino advocate for civil rights, is scheduled for a Senate confirmation hearing April 18. But behind-the-scenes wrangling over his nomination, and his controversial role in a Supreme Court case, is already well under way.

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3:16pm

Wed March 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

'Sponge' Drug Shows Promise For Treating Hepatitis C

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:31 am

Particles of the hepatitis C virus are imaged with an electron microscope.
James Cavallini Science Source

With an estimated 2 million baby boomers infected with hepatitis C, the disease has reached epidemic levels among Americans age 48 to 68.

Doctors can now cure about 70 percent of hepatitis C cases, but the drugs' side effects can be severe. And many Americans are still left with a disease that can cause liver failure and cancer.

So doctors have been desperate for better treatment options.

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2:55pm

Wed March 27, 2013
Around the Nation

86-Year-Old Music Teacher A Hit Among Jailed N.C. Youths

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 6:55 pm

For many inmates, Gordon's music class is their first. "But when they discover they have some talent, it's very exciting," she says.
Briana Duggan WFAE

Prisons are notoriously difficult places to work in for obvious reasons. But one prison in North Carolina has an employee who is indispensable: a grandmother.

Millicent Gordon is not a guard or doctor — she's a music teacher. And she not only brings her warmth to the state's only youth prison, but her popular butterscotch candies, too.

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2:46pm

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

James Holmes' Attorneys Say He's Willing To Plead Guilty To Avoid Death Penalty

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 3:12 pm

James Holmes in a photo from the Arapahoe County (Colo.) Sheriff's Office.
AP

The attorneys for James Holmes, who is alleged to have walked into a crowded Colorado movie theater and opened fire, killing 12 and wounding nearly 60, say he is willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.

Colorado's 9 News reports that his defense attorneys made the offer public in a two-page filing that says the prosecution has yet to accept the offer because "it may choose to pursue the death penalty."

9 News adds:

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1:49pm

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Awards $8,000 To A Man Who Got Stuck On Disney's 'Small World' Ride

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:29 pm

A scene from the "It's A Small World" ride, seen at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Jose Martinez won one for a lot of people today: A federal judge awarded the California man $8,000 in damages from Disneyland, after he had to sit in the "goodbye room"of the "It's A Small World" ride for 30 minutes, while park officials repaired it.

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1:23pm

Wed March 27, 2013
It's All Politics

Skim Milk, States' Rights And Political Clout: The High Court And DOMA

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 3:17 pm

This artist rendering shows Roberta Kaplan, attorney for plaintiff Edith Windsor, addressing the Supreme Court during arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday.
Dana Verkouteren AP

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between "one man and one woman as husband and wife."

It was the court's second and final day of hearing appeals involving same-sex marriage laws. And it served up some memorable observations from the high court denizens.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg characterized same-sex unions under DOMA, which limits federal spousal benefits to heterosexual couples, as the equivalent of "skim milk" marriages.

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