Agents and supervisors of the US Secret Service have engaged in misconduct in 17 countries in recent years, The Washington Post reported Friday. It quoted accounts given by whistleblowers to a Senate committee that oversees the Secret Service. These accounts contradict assertions by Secret Service leaders that the agency does not tolerate sexually improper behavior, Senator Ronald Johnson, the top Republican on a Homeland Security subcommittee, said Thursday, the Post reported. The paper reported this week that two members of President Barack Obama's security detail were removed from that job after allegedly sending sexually explicit emails to a female subordinate.
TYN NAD VLTAVOU, Czech Republic (AP) — Just three years ago, the only thing that Zdenek Majzlik knew about cannabis was that it's good stuff for making rope. Today, the 67-year-old retired nuclear power plant employee is an experienced grower who cultivates pot for his daughter who has multiple sclerosis.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday destroyed more than 6 tons of confiscated ivory tusks, carvings and jewelry — the bulk of the U.S. "blood ivory" stockpile — and urged other nations to follow suit to fight a $10 billion global trade that slaughters tens of thousands of elephants each year.