<p>Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Nolen, a corpsman with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, wears a memorial bracelet or KIA (killed in action) bracelet in honor of his fallen squad leader Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette, who was killed during a patrol in Afghanistan. </p>
Since Gallup started asking Americans in 1969 whether use of marijuana should be legal, most have said no. But in a Gallup poll released yesterday, half of Americans said the government should legalize pot use.
That is a record high.
Here's Gallup's historical chart for the question:
And here's how they characterize the shift in public opinion:
Florida has finally implemented an electronic database where the state's doctors can check their patients' prescription drug history. It's hoped the information will curb doctor shopping and other pain pill abuses. The Palm Beach Post reported that the Electronic Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substances Evaluation system went online Monday. The bill establishing the system was nearly killed by Florida's Republican governor and other influential GOP lawmakers.
<p> President Obama speaks at a YMCA in Jamestown, N.C., on Tuesday, during a three-day bus tour to promote his American Jobs Act. During the trip, he has drawn sharp lines between his jobs plan and the competing Republican plan. </p>
For four days last week, the pictures taken by photojournalism students in Breathitt County told a thousand stories. They told stories of everyday life and enduring love. Stories of strength, stress and strife, and other faces of the human condition. And behind their digital camera lenses, the students came away with a genuine appreciation of the subjects they pictured.
The Franklin County Humane Society is under a mandatory quarantine after a few puppies in the shelter tested positive for canine parvovirus, says one of its officials. The shelter can’t accept or release animals for adoption for at least five days. Four puppies were euthanized between Saturday and Monday after showing signs of the deadly disease, said Trudi Johnson, vice president for the humane society.
After decades of disappointment, researchers think they're finally on track to unleash the first practical vaccine against malaria, one of mankind's ancient scourges.
In the world's first large field trial of an experimental malaria vaccine, several thousand young children who got three doses had about 55 percent less risk of getting the disease over a year than those who got a control vaccine against rabies or meningitis.