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  • In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, Amanda Jetter celebrates along with others attending an Amendment 64 watch party in a bar after a local television station announced the marijuana amendment's passage, in Denver.

    Washington and Colorado voters legalized recreational use of marijuana on Tuesday, but now activists must wait and see how aggressively the federal drug war bureaucracy responds.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EST
  • The first U.S. prosecution under a new federal law against anti-gay violence ended with a Kentucky jury acquitting two cousins of hate-crime charges.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 5:00 AM EST
  • A religious sign is pictured on a refrigerator in a housing unit at Hand Up Ministries in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Hand Up Ministries is a non profit faith-based organization that offers help to men and women coming out of the prison system to re-enter society. The grounds currently house 150 sex offenders and 7 other felons.

    Nearly 3 dozen states have failed to follow a federal law that requires them to join a program to track sex offenders. Five states have entirely given up the effort.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 09, 2012, 7:00 AM EST