Pot legal in Colo.
Marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado on Monday, when the governor took a purposely low-key procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state constitution.
Colorado became the second state after Washington to allow pot use without a doctor’s recommendation. Both states prohibit public use of the drug, and commercial sales in Colorado and Washington won’t be permitted until after regulations are written next year.
Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, opposed the measure but had no veto power over the voter- approved amendment to the state constitution.
Netanyahu: World has double standard
Israel’s prime minister accused the international community Monday of “deafening silence” in response to recent vows by the head of the Hamas militant group to fight on until the Jewish state is destroyed and appeared unmoved by the gathering storm of global condemnation of his government’s plans to continue settling the West Bank.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s tough words were likely to deepen the rift between Israel and some of its closest allies, particularly in Europe, that has emerged since the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of Palestinian independence last month.
Snow barges back into Upper Midwest
At least this time the Metrodome roof stayed up.
A slow-moving storm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Upper Midwest, making roads treacherous or impassable and leading to at least one fatal crash.
The system dropped 10.6 inches of snow at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and up to 14 inches on parts of the Twin Cities on Sunday, Minneapolis’ heaviest snowfall since a blizzard two years ago caused the Metrodome roof to collapse. This time around, stadium officials resorted to blasting the heat in an effort to melt snow from the roof as quickly as possible.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported more than 600 crashes by Monday morning, and at least 1,140 spin-outs, according to Lt. Eric Roeske, and driving conditions remained hazardous. One person was killed in a crash involving a semi near Red Wing, and injuries were reported in 63 other accidents, the patrol said.
NTSB confirms singer’s death
U.S. authorities confirmed Monday that Jenni Rivera, a U.S.-born singer whose soulful voice and openness about her personal troubles made her a Mexican- American superstar, was killed in a plane crash in northern Mexico.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to help investigate the crash, and the board was told by Mexican authorities that Rivera had died in Sunday’s crash.
Orthodox counselor guilty of sex abuse
A respected religious counselor in New York’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community was convicted Monday of repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl who had come to him with questions about her faith.
The Brooklyn courtroom was silent as the foreman said jurors had found Nechemya Weberman guilty of 59 counts, including sustained sex abuse of a child, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse. He faces 25 years in prison on the top charge and may get more time when he is sentenced Jan. 9.