Cue Tom Petty because this could be California's last (legal) dance with Mary Jane.
Federal prosecutors turned up the heat on owners of medical-marijuana dispensaries in California by issuing them a 45-day deadline to shut down their shops or face criminal charges or seizure of assets. The crackdown, announced Friday in Sacramento, Calif., comes 15 years after the Golden State started allowing marijuana as a doctor-prescribed treatment for a variety of illnesses.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon as he hosts the 1985 Chicago Bears football team at the White House. The visit was a make-up trip for the Super Bowl XX champions, whose original reception was cancelled in 1986.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney speaks to Citadel cadets and supporters on campus Friday in Charleston, S.C. The former Massachusetts governor, known more for his business acumen than his foreign-policy experience, sought to show he has what it takes to be commander in chief.
Aman Mojedidi, who grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to Afghanistan in 2003 because he thought his homeland was finally on the mend. The guerrilla artist is also known as the Jihadi Gangsta, and he has provoked controversy and laughter with his work.
Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 5:58 pm
The three women who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize were lauded for their courage in standing up to the violence and brutality of oppressive regimes in Liberia and Yemen.
The five-member Nobel Committee in Norway announced Friday that it would split the coveted award three ways, honoring Africa's first democratically elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Liberian campaigner Leymah Gbowee; and Yemeni democracy activist Tawakkul Karman.
The unlikely story of the band Sloan starts in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a college city in eastern Canada's Maritime provinces. It was there where four young musicians — Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland and Andrew Scott — met and started playing together.
"We played our very first show at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 1991," Ferguson, one of the guitarists, remembers. "We played in the cafeteria."
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev issued a blunt message to Syria's leadership on Friday, saying it should either reform or step down.
Medvedev's statement in Moscow was significant because Russia has been one of Syria's strongest allies. And just four days earlier, Russia and China used their U.N. vetoes to block a resolution that could have led to tougher diplomatic measures against Syria.
Thomas Edison transformed American industry and culture with his inventions, such as the phonograph and the motion picture camera. He also developed a long-lasting electric light bulb and founded General Electric.
Henry Ford: Brought automobiles to the masses through his Ford Motor Co. and pioneered the use of assembly-line manufacturing. In this 1927 photo, Ford drives his company's first vehicle, the Quadricycle.
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Walt Disney: Revolutionized animation and inspired iconic characters, stories and Walt Disney Co. theme parks that have become a permanent fixture in popular culture. Disney posed with a Donald Duck character while reading from Alice in Wonderland during a 1951 movie premiere in London.
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Bill Gates: Brought cheap, usable software to the masses and helped shepherd in the age of the Internet – though some business pundits cast him as more innovator than visionary. The Microsoft co-founder, seen in this September 2002 photo, went on to become one of the world's richest people.
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Steve Jobs: Co-founded Apple Computer, which radically changed the way people use computers through the use of the mouse and user-friendly operating systems. Developed the iPod, iPhone and iPad as well as the iTunes online music store. In this April 2010 photo, Jobs unveiled the new iPhone OS4 software in Cupertino, Calif.
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Thomas Alva Edison: Transformed American industry and culture by inventing the phonograph and the motion picture camera and developing a long-lasting electric light bulb. Known as the Wizard of Menlo Park, Edison also founded General Electric. In this photo from 1877, Edison stands with the phonograph.
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Steve Jobs speaks announces the new iPhone OS4 software in Cupertino, Calif., in 2010.
Visionary. Uncompromising. Intuitive. Risk-taking. Steve Jobs — the man who helped build a company and used it to transform multiple industries and popular culture — could have been lifted from the pages of a college textbook on how to be a successful CEO.
He was "the most incredible businessperson in the world," Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told CBS News on Thursday, a day after Jobs' death.
Originally published on Sun October 9, 2011 7:06 am
A few weeks ago, dismal economic reports seemed to be pointing to one conclusion: The economy was slipping into another recession. Investors fled the stock market, pundits predicted doom and political leaders pointed fingers, trying to fix blame for a faltering economy.
Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 1:44 pm
Crowds protested in Pakistan's major cities Friday, against the death sentence handed down last week to the self-confessed killer of Punjab province's Gov. Salman Taseer. One of the governor's bodyguards, Mumtaz Qadri, shot him in cold blood outside a café in Islamabad in January.
Religious parties supporting Qadri rallied in solidarity one day after Qadri filed an appeal challenging the death sentence handed down by an anti-terror court.
Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi is in trouble again, after making an obscene joke at his own ruling party's expense. The quip is the latest in a series of scandals that have nettled the prime minister. And it came at the end of a week that took a deep toll on Italy's economy.
From Italy, Sylvia Poggioli filed this report for our Newscast desk:
Obama is surrounded by former presidents in the Oval Office in 2009. Two of his predecessors — George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — won two terms, while two others — George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — left office after just one.
On a morning of fierce street fighting, a wounded man is wheeled into a field hospital outside Sirte. The city was rocked by explosions, and Libyan National Transitional Council fighters were targeted by pro-Gadhafi snipers.
In Libya, revolutionary fighters staged a full assault on Sirte early Friday, trying to subdue the town that now serves as a bastion for fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The coastal city, Gadhafi's hometown, was attacked from nearly all sides Friday, with many exchanges involving tanks, mortars, and rockets.
The same group that caused a ruckus by recommending against mammograms for women in their 40s is about to tell men that a routine blood test for prostate cancer does most of them more harm than good.
The problem is that the test doesn't do enough to save lives and subjects many men to additional tests and surgery. The side effects, including impotence and incontinence, outweigh the benefits for men in good heath, according to reports about the findings of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Originally published on Sat October 8, 2011 6:44 am
It's funny how some people are embarrassed by the state of their refrigerator – perhaps because it's full of beer and condiments and nothing else.
For me, it's the guilt of seeing off-color sausage or slimy lettuce disintegrating in my refrigerator drawer. Sadly, I am just another American prone to wasting food. Collectively, we waste about 55 million tons of the stuff a year, or 40 percent of the food supply, researchers estimate.
The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners were named Friday: Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian activist and author Leymah Gbowee. Michel Martin discusses the winners and meaning of the prize with Kristian Berg Harpviken, who follows the Nobel Committee's process closely and directs the Peace Research Institute in Oslo.
The economy added 103,000 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent. That's according to Friday's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Friday also marks the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin and Chris Christie recently announced they'd sit out of the GOP presidential race. Michel Martin talks politics with Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Mindy Finn, former advisor for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.
Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 11:25 am
At 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 7, 2001, President George W. Bush announced to the nation that "on my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al-Qaida terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan."