March 11, 2014

In Other News, March 11


Colorado saw $2 million in recreational marijuana taxes in January

Colorado collected slightly more than $2 million in taxes on the sale of recreational marijuana in the month of January, according to new figures released by the state. The numbers are the first official tally of sales in the first month of legalized marijuana sales. — The Denver Post



Voting records raise questions after mummified body found

Voting records are raising questions amid an investigation into the discovery of a woman’s mummified body in the garage of a foreclosed metro Detroit home. The body found last Wednesday in Pontiac is that of Pia Farrenkopf, according to her sister, Paula Logan. Authorities investigating the case haven’t released her name, but they have said that the woman apparently died in 2008 at the age of 49. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, records show Farrenkopf as voting in the November 2010 gubernatorial election. Officials say, however, that it may represent an administrative error. — CBS Detroit



Senator: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday sharply accused the CIA of violating federal law and undermining the constitutional principle of congressional oversight as she detailed publicly for the first time how the agency secretly removed documents from computers used by her panel to investigate a controversial interrogation program. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that the situation amounted to attempted intimidation of congressional investigators, adding, “I am not taking it lightly.” She confirmed that an internal agency investigation of the action has been referred to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution. — The Washington Post



70 percent of federal spending is writing checks to individuals

This year, 70 percent of all the money the federal government spends will be in the form of direct payments to individuals, an all-time high. The biggest chunk, 38.6 percent, goes to pay health bills, either through Medicare, Medicaid or Obamacare. A third goes out in the form of Social Security checks. Only 21 percent goes toward poverty programs — or “income security,” as it’s labeled in the budget — and a mere 5 percent ends up in the hands of veterans. — Investor’s Business Daily



House cat in Oregon attacks baby, traps family in bedroom

The incident began when the cat, a black-and-white Himalayan, scratched a 7-month-old baby in the face, according to Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. The baby’s father kicked the cat in the backside, which sent it into a rage, and the parents and baby, along with their dog, retreated into a bedroom as the father called police, Simpson said. Meanwhile, the cat blocked the bedroom doorway and could be heard on the 911 call screeching loudly, Simpson said. — Reuters



Colorado man saved from flood faces backlash for suing rescuers

A Colorado man who was rescued after he hit a washed out road and ended up stuck in a creek during a Broomfield County flood last year may be suing the people who rescued him and the county for up to $500,000. Roy Ortiz is filing the lawsuit because he claims the rescuers from North Metro Fire Rescue should have gotten to him faster and were negligent because they didn’t realize he was trapped in his upside-down car. Ortiz was stuck in the cold water of the creek for about two hours. But he admits he has heard some criticism about the suit. — Reuters