US lawmakers turn up heat on Bolivia for controversial detention of NYC man

Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., called on Bolivian government officials Thursday to free Jacob Ostreicher, a New York City flooring contractor who has been held – but not charged – for more than a year at the notorious Palmasola Prison.

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Kerry: Russia has ‘refused to take a single step’ to de-escalate Ukraine crisisComments Off

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday Russia is not abiding by last week’s Geneva agreement to de-escalate the crisis in the Ukraine and “has refused to take a single step in the right direction.”

Ark. judge voids state voter ID lawComments Off

A state judge has struck down Arkansas’ voter ID law, saying it illegally adds a requirement that voters must meet before casting a ballot.

First lady gets resume from girl with jobless dadComments Off

Michelle Obama’s annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the gi…

Colo. lawmakers plan to boost marijuana profitsComments Off

The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn’t agree with the move and may try to stop it, if isn’t tightly controlled.

Washington loses waiver on No Child Left BehindComments Off

Washington state has become the first to lose its federal waiver for requirements of the No Child Left Behind education law. State education officials say they received an email on Thursday saying they were losing the waiver because the state did not m…

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