On November 4, CBS News reported a U.S. seizure of 30 tons of marijuana after surveillance of a warehouse in Otay Mesa, California. After following a tractor-trailer leaving the warehouse and finding 10 tons of marijuana inside, U.S. authorities obtained a search warrant for the warehouse. They discovered an additional 4 tons of pot and the opening to an elaborate 600-yard tunnel connecting the warehouse to one across the border in Mexico.

Iowa voters Tuesday turned out of office all three state Supreme Court justices who were up for term renewal. The three judges seeking new eight-year terms were part of a unanimous decision by the seven-member court last year, holding that a state law defining marriage exclusively as a union between one man and one woman is unconstitutional. The ruling made Iowa the first state in the Midwest and the sixth in the nation to establish same-sex marriage. The vote in Iowa is further evidence of how widespread and deeply ingrained opposition to same-sex marriage is with the voting public. More than 30 states have held referenda on the question and in every one voters have turned thumbs down on the proposition that unions between same-sex couples should be regarded by law as marriage.

On April 20, 2001, the War on Drugs claimed the lives of an American missionary to Peru and her baby daughter when Peruvian jets, working with the CIA, gunned down the airplane carrying them because it was suspected of transporting illegal drugs.

In an effort to stimulate the economy by fostering a positive environment for small business owners, Republicans have been steadfast about extending Bush’s tax cuts for every American, including those with an income of over $250,000. Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, however, fresh off his own hard-fought reelection, indicates his unwillingness to bend on the Bush tax cuts, explaining that he wishes to see them extended only for those families earning less than $250,000.

While conservatives prevailed in the elections on Tuesday, liberals on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 to approve an ordinance that would limit toy giveaways in fast-food children’s meals that have excessive calories, sodium, and fat. The ordinance also demands that fast-food children’s meals include servings of fruits or vegetables. To boot, the ordinance includes an amendment that would restrict restaurants’ free speech or advertising.