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2006-02-09 18:15:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More girls than boys are becoming first-time users of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, reversing previous trends, the U.S. drug czar said in a report released on Thursday. "Girls have become users at rates that exceed boys or equal boys now, which never used to be the case," John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a telephone interview. The report found 1.5 million U.S. girls 18 or under started using alcohol in 2004,...

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2006-01-03 23:30:00

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- Rhode Island on Tuesday became the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana and the first since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that patients who use the drug can still be prosecuted under federal law. The House overrode a veto by Gov. Don Carcieri, 59-13, allowing people with illnesses such as cancer and AIDS to grow up to 12 marijuana plants or buy 2.5 ounces of marijuana to relieve their symptoms. Those who do are required to register with the state...

2005-10-20 18:28:06

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel on Thursday approved legislation by Democrats requiring government agencies to disclose their role in prepackaged news stories they issue, in a move to clamp down on what has been called covert propaganda. The Senate Commerce Committee approved the measure that requires the packages to clearly notify the audience that the U.S. government prepared the segment or funded it. "The American people deserve the truth, not fake news from their own...

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2005-03-03 21:10:00

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even as law enforcement cracks down on clandestine labs cooking up methamphetamine across the country, there's no consensus on how to handle the drug's toxic byproducts, experts said Thursday. A House bill, introduced by Reps. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., and Ken Calvert, R-Calif., would ask the Environmental Protection Agency to set voluntary standards for cleaning such sites and to fund research on the health effects, particularly on children and...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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