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Europe rights court backs terror suspect's extradition to US
January 29, 2015
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that the UK government's extradition of terror suspect Haroon Aswat to the US in October was lawful. Aswat was arrested in the UK at the request of US authorities in 2005 on terrorism charges relating to a 1999 trip to Oregon. The trip, commis....... [more]

California lawmakers propose assisted suicide bill
January 22, 2015
Two Democratic state senators in California introduced a bill on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide and modeled the bill after the physician-assisted suicide law enacted by voters in Oregon in 1994. The bill would require two doctors to confirm that the patient has six months or less to live bef....... [more]

New York court sentences Muslim cleric to life imprisonment
January 10, 2015
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday sentenced Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to life in prison for supporting terrorism. Hamza was convicted and found guilty of 11 criminal charges in May. The charges included planning to establish a jihad training c....... [more]

Colorado voters reject GMO labeling measure
November 5, 2014
Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected Proposition 105, a measure that would have required companies to label foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). According to preliminary results, the measure received only about 32 percent voter approval, with 68 percent opposed. Supporters of the....... [more]

Residents in Alaska, Oregon, DC vote to legalize recreational marijuana
November 5, 2014
Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, DC, voted Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana. In Alaska Measure 2, which passed with 52 percent of the vote, legalized recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21, allowing adults to "possess, use, show, buy, transport, or grow set amo....... [more]

UK terrorism suspect extradited to US
October 21, 2014
Mentally ill British man Haroon Aswat was extradited to the US Tuesday to face terrorism charges after losing a nine-year legal battle. Aswat was accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, 15 years ago, conspiring with radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. Aswat had been fig....... [more]

Oregon set to vote on recreational marijuana use initative this fall
October 6, 2014
Oregon voters are set to vote this fall on Measure 91, which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Under the proposed initiative, recreational sale of marijuana would be governed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which would be granted the power to select licensees and develop....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses final challenge to Oregon same-sex marriage
August 28, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) over the lifting of Oregon's same-sex marriage ban. NOM attempted to appeal the recent lifting of Oregon's 2004 ban under the assertion that ending the ban would bring harm....... [more]

Federal judge rules no-fly list unconstitutional
June 26, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled Tuesday that the government's practice of adding people to a no-fly list is unconstitutional. US District Judge Anna Brown ruled that the list, which bans people from commercial flights due to alleged links to terrorism, violates a p....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses to block same-sex marriage in Oregon
June 6, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request to block same-sex marriage in Oregon pending an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is currently hearing several cases on the same issue. The application for stay was presented to Justice Anthony Kennedy and referred by h....... [more]

Supreme Court urged to stay Oregon same-sex marriage ruling
May 29, 2014
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Tuesday filed an application to block same-sex marriages in Oregon while the group appeals a decision overturning the state's ban. The group, which opposes same-sex marriage, submitted the filing to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who handles such requests fr....... [more]




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