Court refuses to reclassify marijuana
Marijuana will continue to be considered a highly dangerous drug under federal law with no accepted medical uses, after a U.S. appeals court Tuesday refused to order a change in the government's drug classification schedule. A marijuana advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access, had argued that federal officials had a duty to re-examine the medical evidence and to reclassify marijuana as a drug that has clear benefits for those in pain. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected that claim.
Abortion foes mark Roe anniversary
Abortion opponents marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision Tuesday with workshops, prayers and calls for more limits on the rights established by the Supreme Court in the landmark ruling. Many in the antiabortion movement looked to Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed a series of antiabortion measures in his first two years in office.
U.N. condemnation is quickly rejected
North Korea swiftly lashed out against the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of its December launch of a long-range rocket, saying today it will strengthen its military defenses, including its nuclear weaponry. The statement came hours after the Security Council adopted a resolution condemning Pyongyang's rocket launch as a violation of a ban against nuclear and missile activity. The resolution also added new sanctions.
Russian citizens flee war in Syria
About 80 Russian citizens crossed the Syrian border into Lebanon, boarded government-chartered planes and flew to Moscow on Tuesday. The evacuation may signal the dwindling Russian hopes that President Bashar Assad will regain control of Syria amid the civil war.
Bolshoi appoints acting director
Galina Stepanenko, a former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, was named acting artistic director Tuesday. He takes over for Sergei Filin, who was burned last week when a masked man threw acid in his face in Moscow. Filin said he regretted not accepting protection after threats in December.