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New York and North Carolina became the most recent states to legalize medical marijuana for patients.  New York’s Compassionate Care law will provide for the use of marijuana, through specified methods, for those with epilepsy, cancer, and AIDS.  North Carolina’s medical marijuana bill allows for the use of marijuana oil for the treatment of epileptic children.
An Arizona appeals court blocked Governor Jan Brewer’s order to deny young immigrants licenses.  The policy order would have prevented young immigrants who had been authorized to work in the United States and had avoided deportation, from getting driver’s licenses.  The court held that denying immigrants, who were shielded by President Obama’s 2012 administrative orders, would be unequal treatment by the state. 
Missouri is seeing a bigger decline in its Medicaid rolls than nearly any other state, a ranking that the administration of Gov. Jay Nixon attributes to an improving economy and critics blame on application snafus.
The U.S. power sector will need to emit 30 percent less carbon dioxide by 2030 than it did in 2005, according to new federal regulations - the centerpiece of the President Barack Obama administration's climate change strategy - to be unveiled.
The District’s bid to win more spending freedom from Congress through a ballot referendum is not legally permissible, a federal judge ruled, dealing a setback to officials who argued that voters had the power to amend the city’s charter and change its relationship with overseers on Capitol Hill.
Giving more people health insurance could save tens of thousands of lives nationwide, according to a new analysis of data from Massachusetts, whose reforms became the model for President Barack Obama's health law.
When California launched its landmark global warming law in the final years of the George W. Bush administration, it was a risky act of defiance from a state frustrated by federal inaction on climate change.
Eleven states are extending a provision of the federal health law to avoid punishing former foster kids for pursuing jobs or schools in other states.
WhenPresident Barack Obamaunveiled My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative aimed at bolstering the lives of young men and boys of color, he called on his cabinet and an impressive roster of philanthropists and community groups to begin laying the foundation for his ambitious plan.
Maya Angelou, the memoirist and poet whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday in her home. She was 86 and lived in Winston-Salem, N.C.