Gene Johnson

  • JUDGE Nov 8, 2019

    Friends, Family Support Twitter Employee Charged in Spy Case

    Family and friends of a former Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia call him a dedicated husband and father who has overcome recent mental health struggles, according to letters of support filed to federal court. Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen and a media partnership manager for Twitter’s Middle East region, is charged with acting as an agent of...

  • Attorney General Sep 26, 2019

    US House Passes Bill Giving Pot Businesses Access to Banking

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry. The bill, called the SAFE Banking Act, passed 321-103 on the strength of near-unanimous support from Democrats and nearly half of Republicans. Its prospects in the Senate are uncertain, but...

  • Massachusetts Sep 25, 2019

    17 States Sue Feds Over Endangered Species Act Rules

    Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis. The lawsuit, in federal court in San Francisco, follows a similar challenge filed last month by several environmental groups, including the Humane Society and the Sierra...

  • DRIVER Aug 1, 2019

    Amazon Drivers Part of Major Theft Ring: FBI

    A theft ring in Washington state sold millions of dollars’ worth of stolen goods on Amazon.com in the past six years, and a pair of Amazon delivery drivers was involved, recently unsealed federal court documents show. According to a search warrant affidavit unsealed in U.S. District Court in Seattle and reviewed by The Associated Press, two storefront businesses posing as...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Aug 1, 2019

    Alleged Capital One Hacker Barely Bothered to Hide

    The 33-year-old former Amazon software engineer accused of hacking Capital One made little attempt to hide her attack. In fact, she effectively publicized it. It’s one of many riddles swirling around Paige Thompson, who goes by the online handle “erratic.” Well-known in Seattle’s hacker community, Thompson has lived a life of tumult, with frequent job changes, reported estrangement from family...

  • Donald Trump Jul 13, 2019

    Appeals Court Gives Trump a Win in Sanctuary City Case

    A federal appeals court gave President Donald Trump a rare legal win in his efforts to crack down on “sanctuary cities” Friday, upholding the Justice Department’s decision to give preferential treatment in awarding community policing grants to cities that cooperate with immigration authorities. The 2-1 opinion overturned a nationwide injunction issued by a federal judge in Los Angeles. The court...

  • JUDGE Jul 2, 2019

    Judge Blocks Trump Policy Keeping Asylum-Seekers Locked Up

    A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday blocked a Trump administration policy that would keep thousands of asylum-seekers locked up while they pursue their cases, saying the Constitution demands that such migrants have a chance to be released from custody. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled Tuesday that people who are detained after entering the country illegally to seek protection...

  • Donald Trump Jun 28, 2019

    Judge Weighs New US Policy Keeping Asylum Seekers Locked Up

    Immigrant rights activists asked a U.S. judge Friday to block a new Trump administration policy that would keep thousands of asylum seekers locked up while they pursue their cases, instead of giving them a chance to be released on bond. Attorney General William Barr announced the policy in April as part of the administration’s efforts to deter a surge of...

  • California Jun 20, 2019

    Appeals Court Allows Trump Abortion Rules to Take Effect

    New Trump administration rules imposing additional hurdles for women seeking abortions can take effect while the government appeals decisions that blocked them, a federal appeals court said Thursday. The rules ban taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibit clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers — a rule critics said would force many to...

  • California Apr 23, 2019

    SeaWorld Publishes Decades of Orca Data to Help Wild Whales

    The endangered killer whales of the Pacific Northwest live very different lives from orcas in captivity. But the captive whales are nevertheless providing a boon to researchers urgently trying to save wild whales in the Northwest. SeaWorld, which displays orcas at its parks in California, Texas and Florida, has recently published data from thousands of routine blood tests of its...

  • Donald Trump Mar 9, 2019

    2020 Democrats Line Up Behind Marijuana Legalization

    A growing list of Democratic presidential contenders want the U.S. government to legalize marijuana, reflecting a nationwide shift as more Americans look favorably on cannabis. Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the “smart thing to do,” says California Sen. Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor whose home state is the nation’s largest legal pot shop. New Jersey Sen. Cory...

  • Donald Trump Jan 29, 2019

    ‘Don’t Help Elect Trump’: Ex-Starbucks CEO Schultz Heckled Over Possible Presidential Bid

    Some of the most influential forces in Democratic politics revolted Monday against former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s prospective presidential bid, insisting that an independent run would unintentionally help President Donald Trump win another four years in office. And Schultz felt the passion of the anti-Trump resistance moments after he took the stage Monday evening in New York City to promote...

  • Donald Trump Jan 28, 2019

    Democrats Uneasy About Potential Howard Schultz Bid

    For a businessman who grew a small coffee roaster into an inescapable global chain, who ensured that even his part-time workers had benefits and who has given about $150,000 to Democratic campaigns, former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is generating tepid — or even hostile — responses within the party as he weighs a presidential bid in 2020. That’s partly because...

  • DIRECTOR Nov 22, 2018

    ‘Explorer at Heart’: American Missionary Killed in India

    John Allen Chau spent summers alone in a California cabin as a wilderness emergency responder, led backpacking expeditions in the Northwest’s Cascade Mountains, almost lost his leg to a rattlesnake bite, and coached soccer for poor children in Iraq and South Africa. But kayaking to a remote Indian island, home to a tribe known for attacking outsiders with bows and...

  • Massachusetts Nov 8, 2018

    After Long Wait, 1st Legal Marijuana Shops on East Coast to Open

    With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, a small Massachusetts city seems a logical site for the nation’s first legal recreational marijuana sales east of Colorado. An existing medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton — nestled in Massachusetts’ scenic Pioneer Valley — plans to open its doors within days to anyone 21 or older looking for products ranging from...

  • Canada Oct 17, 2018

    ‘Prohibition Has Ended’: Canada Legalizes Marijuana, Will Pardon Pot Possession

    Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. Power was first in line at a store in St. John’s, Newfoundland. “I am going to...

  • Canada Oct 10, 2018

    Canada Set to Become Largest Country With Legal Pot Sales

    Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there. Years later, it’s no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: marijuana. Beren and other formerly illicit growers are helping...

  • Canada Sep 14, 2018

    Ailing Killer Whale Declared Dead, But Feds to Keep Looking

    Efforts to find a sick young orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest came up empty Thursday, and a scientist who tracks the animals declared her dead — though federal authorities said they’d keep looking. The grim news means scientists believe just 74 whales remain in a group that has failed to reproduce successfully...

  • NBC Aug 23, 2018

    Pot Vs. Pills for Pain Relief

    Medical marijuana could be the answer to overcoming the nation’s opioid epidemic, but so far the only evidence cannabis can relieve pain comes from patients. That’s because the federal government considers marijuana a Schedule 1 drug, highly restricting research.

  • Canada Aug 22, 2018

    Whale Surprises Tour Boat, Drenches Everyone on Board

    Customers on a whale-watching boat off the coast of Alaska were surprised by a whale jumping out of the water and drenching everyone onboard.

Contact Us