Obama wants deportations to be more humane
President Barack Obama said Thursday that deportations of immigrants in the country illegally should be more humane, and he has ordered a review of his administration's policies to make that happen without changing the law. Obama revealed the effort in an Oval Office meeting with Hispanic lawmakers, telling them he had "deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system," according to a White House statement.
Panel: End ban on transgender troops
The United States should join the dozen other nations that let transgender people serve in the armed forces, an independent commission said in a report Thursday. The five-member panel, convened by a think tank at San Francisco State University, said there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and called on President Barack Obama to lift it.
Police: Pair OD on heroin as kids play
An Indiana couple overdosed on heroin in a McDonald's indoor play area, police said, and now face child endangering charges. One adult was found unconscious and not breathing Sunday; the other was conscious but unresponsive. Officials say the couple acknowledged taking the drug while with two children, 5 and 8. Robert Paul Palmer, 37, was being held Thursday on $10,000 bond. Tamica Lynn Jeffers, 33, was held on $6,000 bond.
Washington: The Senate voted 95-4 Thursday to confirm President Barack Obama's nominee, Caroline D. Krass, as the CIA's top lawyer. The vote came as senior lawmakers escalated pressure on the agency's director to make public a voluminous report on the CIA's defunct detention and interrogation program.
Denver: A Colorado law that lets adults legally possess and use marijuana may now let some people found guilty of minor marijuana crimes challenge their convictions in court, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.