California’s Assembly passed a bill on April 25 that would permit non-U.S. citizens to serve on juries. If the bill, AB1401, passes the Senate and is signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, California would become the first state to allow this practice. Brown has not taken a public position on the bill.

On Tuesday, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would allow the Plan B One-Step contraceptive to be sold without prescription to females as young as 15. The announcement amends a December 2011 decision that prohibited the sale of emergency contraceptives to all females of reproductive age without restriction, which had been overturned by a U.S. District judge on April 5. According to the FDA, its latest announcement was not prompted by the judge’s ruling, but is based on a study released by the company that makes the Plan B drug.

According to Fox News, four officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency who are preparing to provide sensitive information to Congress about the attacks last September on two U.S. diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya, have now retained lawyers as they are being threatened by members of the Obama administration.

 

Sen. John McCain called for the establishment of a no-fly zone over Syria, the creation of a "safe zone" for the rebel forces and civilians, and providing offensive weapons to the "right people" in Syria.

“The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself,” warns Ron Paul, the former Congressman from Texas and presidential candidate.

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