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Tribe abandons plan for first marijuana resort

POt resort plan goes up in smoke

A South Dakota American Indian tribe that sought to open the nation's first marijuana resort burned its crop after federal officials warned of a possible raid, the tribal president said Monday. Flandreau Santee Sioux President Anthony Reider told the Associated Press the tribe had three weeks of discussions with authorities that culminated with a meeting in Washington that included a Justice Department official and U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randolph Seiler. Reider said the tribe wasn't told a raid was imminent — only that one was possible if the government's concerns weren't addressed. He said the main holdup is whether the tribe can sell marijuana to non-Indians, along with the origin of the seeds used for its crop.

UVA Fraternity sues rolling stone

The fraternity that was the focus of a debunked Rolling Stone article about a gang rape has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the magazine. The Phi Kappa Psi chapter at the University of Virginia filed the complaint Monday in Charlottesville Circuit Court. It also names the article's author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, as a defendant. The lawsuit says the November 2014 article made the fraternity and its members "the object of an avalanche of condemnation worldwide." In the article, a student identified only as Jackie described being raped by several men at the Phil Kappa Psi fraternity house. Discrepancies in the story prompted Rolling Stone to retract it. Police say they found no evidence to support Jackie's claims.

Obama gets a facebook page

The leader of the free world now has a personal Facebook page, and more than 45,000 people clicked "like" on it in the first hour it was live on Monday. It seems unlikely that a man whose daily schedule often includes meetings with world leaders and briefings on national security will have much time to post pictures of his meals or comment on pet photos. But as the New York Times reported, President Barack Obama now has a 20-member social media team that aims to bring more spontaneity and accessibility to the presidency, a position that has become highly choreographed and constricted in modern times.

Times wires

Barcelona, Spain Symbols of secession People wave “estelada,” or pro-independence Catalan flags, outside the parliament building on Monday. Catalan separatist lawmakers intensified their standoff with Spain’s central government in Madrid by approving a resolution that lays out a path for the region to “disconnect” from the rest of Spain by creating its own institutions, including a separate Catalan tax agency and social security system. The move was immediately denounced by Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, as the latest evidence that Catalan separatists were willing to flout Spanish law in their pursuit of independence.

Associated Press

Barcelona, Spain Symbols of secession People wave “estelada,” or pro-independence Catalan flags, outside the parliament building on Monday. Catalan separatist lawmakers intensified their standoff with Spain’s central government in Madrid by approving a resolution that lays out a path for the region to “disconnect” from the rest of Spain by creating its own institutions, including a separate Catalan tax agency and social security system. The move was immediately denounced by Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, as the latest evidence that Catalan separatists were willing to flout Spanish law in their pursuit of independence.

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