- The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that Department of Homeland Security must respond to a petition demanding the agency follow the law and allow the public a chance to comment on the Transportation Security Administration’s use of body-scanners.
- Colombian President Juan Miguel Santos has ratified a law declaring that drug addiction is a public health issue, not a crime. The change, though, also obligates insurance providers to pay for drug addiction treatment.
- Bailouts? Austerity? We’ll worry about that when we get home. We’re on vacation! Greek officials are partying hard at the London Olympics.
- As many as 50,000 children are involved in organized crime in Mexico. A report by a professor at National School of Social Work at the Autonomous University of Mexico indicates that 10,000 children in the country have been rendered orphans by violence.
- More marijuana dispensaries shut down in San Francisco due to pressure from the Justice Department.
- The Massachusetts state Legislature is calling for a federal constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Wouldn’t that also be known as “repealing the First Amendment?”
- The Olympics will decide what sort of strategies athletes are allowed to use, thank you very much. Eight badminton players from Asian countries were booted from the games for deliberately trying to throw matches to manipulate their positioning in the game’s ranking system.
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