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The 'unknown protesters'Medical marijuana patients wear paper bags over their heads during a protest Wednesday in Denver against alleged state government security breaches. Protesters asked Colorado health authorities to completely dismantle the state's 107,000-person marijuana patient registry because of what they call breaches of private medical information.
The 'unknown protesters'Medical marijuana patients wear paper bags over their heads during a protest Wednesday in Denver against alleged state government security breaches. Protesters asked Colorado health authorities to completely dismantle the state's 107,000-person marijuana patient registry because of what they call breaches of private medical information.
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CAIRO


Mubarak facing


house arrest


Egypt’s prime minister has ordered that ex-president Hosni Mubarak be placed under house arrest when he’s released from prison following more than two years in detention.


Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said in a statement Wednesday that he ordered Mubarak put under house arrest as part of the emergency measures put in place this month.


Prison officials said Mubarak might be released as early as today.


Mubarak’s release order followed an appeal from his lawyers in one of the cases of corruption he is facing. The 85-year old ousted president is still facing trial in separate charges. The decision to put him under house arrest comes amid fear his release would fuel tensions already roiling the country following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in a July 3 coup.


DECATUR, Ga.


Cops: Intruder


exchanged gunfire


Police say the suspect in a Georgia school shooting had nearly 500 rounds of ammunition with him.


DeKalb County Police Detective Ray Davis says police believe that suspect Michael Brandon Hill got the AK 47-style rifle from an acquaintance. But he said at a news conference that it’s not clear if he stole the gun or borrowed it.


No one was injured in the ordeal Tuesday at the school in Decatur, but police say the suspect exchanged gunfire with officers. They say he also fired once into the floor of the school office.


DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric L. Alexander says officers had to assume that Hill wanted to harm somebody.


BROWNSVILLE, Texas


Corrupt judge


to serve 6 years


A former judge who turned his South Texas courtroom into a money-making operation was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.


U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced former state district Judge Abel Limas, 59, on one count of racketeering in Brownsville, on the border with Mexico.


In a tearful statement Limas made to the court before he was sentenced, he said that he willingly had done everything the government asked of him because as a former police officer, lawyer and judge, he knew the “writing was on the wall.”


“I believe, judge, that I righted this wrong,” Limas said, while apologizing for the damage he had done to the justice system. “It wasn’t a mistake. I knew what I was engaging in.”


U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s sentence exceeded the 4½ years requested by prosecutors.


SWARTHMORE, Pa.


Boa constrictor


safely recovered


A 7-foot boa constrictor that slithered away from its home more than a week ago has been found.


The snake was discovered Wednesday in a yard about a block from its home, said Swarthmore Police Chief Brian Craig. The pet was found unharmed and returned to its owner, veterinarian David Spiegel.


The pet vanished last week after Spiegel left it in his yard to sun itself, as he said he typically does. Spiegel’s snake has slipped away from home at least once before, he said, and been returned.


When the snake disappeared, Spiegel said that it is friendly with other pets, as it has been raised with their children, two cats and a tiny dog.


Latoya Latney, the veterinarian in charge of exotic services at the University of Pennsylvania, said after the escape that boa constrictors tend to acclimate well to people and pets.


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