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DEA Announces Emergency Ban of Chemicals in "Fake Pot"

According to CNN, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced on Wednesday an emergency ban on five chemicals used to manufacture "fake pot." The DEA said that the ban would be in place for a year, which will give them time to study the chemicals and determine whether they are safe for human consumption and whether and how they should be controlled. The ban will begin in 30 days because the DEA is required to give a 30-day notice for such actions.

Brian David Mitchell's Brother, Wife Testify for Defense

Brian David Mitchell's wife testified for the defense on Thursday in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping trial. Wanda Barzee, 65, is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for aiding in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart.

Mitchell's Parents Testify for Defense in Elizabeth Smart Case

The father of Brian David Mitchell testified Wednesday in his son's trial. Brian David Mitchell is accused of the kidnapping and sexual assault of Elizabeth Smart. Shirl Mitchell, 87, was called to the stand by his son's defense attorneys with the aim of building the case that Mitchell was insane when he kidnapped Smart.

Elizabeth Smart Trial Will Resume Monday

The trial of Brian David Mitchell on federal kidnapping charges is currently underway. The trial paused for Veteran's Day and will begin again on Monday. Brian David Mitchell is accused of taking Elizabeth Smart from her bedroom at knifepoint in June 2002 when she was 14-years-old and keeping her in captivity for nine months, during which time he repeatedly raped her.

Special Courts Help Veterans Get Back on Track in Civilian Life

An op-ed piece appearing Wednesday in the New York Times in time for Veterans Day discusses how special courts designated for veterans can help our country's service members stay on track after they return to civilian life. The piece, A Special Court for Veterans, was written by Ronald D. Castille, who served as a Marine lieutenant in Vietnam and now serves as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Lil Wayne Released from Prison

Lil Wayne was released from prison on Thursday morning after serving an eight-month sentence on Rikers Island. In 2007, a loaded, semiautomatic .40-caliber gun was found on his tour bus. The rapper pleaded guilty a year ago to attempted weapon possession and was sentenced to a year in prison, but he was credited for good behavior and released after 8 months. 

Marijuana Legalization Movement Suffers Loss, Vows to Move Forward

An initiative on California's ballot that would have made it the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use was rejected by voters on Tuesday. Many people around the country and even around the world were watching closely to see what would happen. If Proposition 19 would have passed, it would have set up a confrontation with the federal government. Even if marijuana was legalized in the state, it would have still been illegal under federal law and the U.S. attorney general vowed to enforce federal law in California no matter what happened on Tuesday.

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