Russian expert at Griner’s trial discusses medical cannabis

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — The drug trial of American basketball star Brittney Griner in a Russian court focused Tuesday on testimony that cannabis, while illegal in Russia, is regarded in other countries as having legitimate medicinal use. Griner acknowledged in court earlier this month that she was carrying vape canisters containing cannabis oil when she … Read more

Nevada court fights raise caution flags on green energy push

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Opposition from friends, not foes, is creating potential roadblocks to President Joe Biden’s green energy agenda on federal lands in the blue-leaning, Western swing state of Nevada. Two lithium mines and a geothermal power plant in the works in the biggest U.S. gold-mining state are under attack from conservationists, tribes and … Read more

Amid spike in shootings, Portland unveils new initiative

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gripped by gun violence that’s affecting cities across the nation, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Thursday issued a new emergency declaration with the goal of reducing gun killings by at least 10% over the next two years. The initiative directs $2.4 million to community groups and prevention efforts. “Emergency declarations … Read more

Moscow says US must respect Russian law in Griner case

MOSCOW (AP) — The spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry lashed out Thursday at the United States characterizing basketball star Brittney Griner’s jailing on drug charges as “wrongful detention,” saying it shows disrespect for Russian law. Griner has been jailed since she was arrested in mid-February at a Moscow airport after vape canisters containing cannabis oil … Read more

Lawsuit: Chicago police misused ShotSpotter in murder case

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges Chicago police misused “unreliable” gunshot detection technology and failed to pursue other leads in investigating a grandfather from the city’s South Side who was charged with killing a neighbor. Chicago prosecutors used audio picked up by a network of sensors installed by the gunshot detection company … Read more

Man arrested in bomb threat that led to airport evacuation

July 18, 2022Updated: July 18, 2022 7:43 p.m. This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 1of6 File photo of San Francisco International Airport. JHVEPhoto/Getty ImagesShow MoreShow Less 2of6People wait outside the International Arrival terminal at San Francisco International Airport after a reported bomb threat forced an evacuation in San Francisco Friday, July … Read more

Black San Francisco leader blasts ‘homeless situation’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent San Francisco leader in the African American community is calling for more action to curb violent behavior by homeless people after a beloved nonprofit director was severely beaten by two allegedly homeless men Friday. James Spingola, director of the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center in the city’s historic Black … Read more

Detroit cash bail reforms to strike at racial inequality

Michigan’s largest district court and bail reform advocates agreed Tuesday to settle a federal class-action lawsuit over cash bail practices, which activists say routinely and unconstitutionally jail poor and working class defendants despite evidence of their inability to pay. Both sides say the reforms strike at racial inequality in the criminal legal system. On any … Read more