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Suspect held in Maryland highway shootings that damaged NSA building

The FBI said Wednesday that a person believed to be responsible for shootings along highways in the Baltimore-Washington area, including shots that damaged a National Security Agency building, is in custody.

In a statement, FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson said investigators believe that the person in custody is responsible for shootings over the last two weeks along Maryland highways, including one near the Ft. Meade Army installation that is home to the NSA.

She said no other information was available early Wednesday.

U.S. Park Police said the NSA reported damage to a building near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway on Tuesday. Earlier, Maryland Transportation Authority Police investigated shots fired on the Inter-County Connector about 12 miles away. Police said one vehicle was hit and that one person was injured by broken glass.

Authorities wouldn't say if the NSA was targeted.

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Federal jury acquits family on 4 of 5 pot charges in Washington state

A marijuana-growing family in Washington state was acquitted Tuesday on most of the federal charges against them, but convicted of one count that reportedly could put them behind bars for five years.

Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, 56, her son Rolland Gregg, 33, and daughter-in-law Michelle Gregg, 36, were convicted of growing no more than 100 marijuana plants on their 33-acre property northeast of Kettle Falls, according to a news release from Americans for Safe Access.

They face at least a five-year prison sentence under federal sentencing minimums, the Spokesman-Review reported.

The three will be sentenced June 10 but remain free until then, according to the news release. Another defendant in the group, dubbed the "Kettle Falls Five," took a plea deal. Charges were dismissed against a fifth defendant, who has cancer. 

Americans for Safe Access works to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic uses, according to its website.

The case was an indication of whether the federal...

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Same-sex marriages halted in Alabama: What happens next

Probate courts in Alabama’s most populous cities stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Wednesday, a day after the state’s Supreme Court ordered judges to halt allowing such unions.

With the state judiciary now caught between a federal judge's order overturning Alabama's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, and Tuesday's ruling from the state's highest court, legal experts say the issue is unlikely to be resolved until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriages later this year.

In Birmingham and Montgomery-- the state’s two most populous cities -- probate courts are no longer issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A probate court in Mobile has also halted issuing marriages licenses altogether, and a spokeswoman for the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said her agency was not aware of any courts that were issuing licenses after the state Supreme Court ruling.

Six of the court’s nine justices concurred and a seventh did so...

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Ferguson police one of many law enforcement agencies facing federal reforms

The Ferguson Police Department in Missouri is one of about two dozen law enforcement agencies under investigation by the Justice Department.

Police departments in Cleveland, Albuquerque and Newark, N.J., were the subject of scathing federal investigations last year. The government has increased its scrutiny of law enforcement agencies since the controversial police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York and Tamir Rice in Cleveland.

The number of departments under investigation by the Justice Department has increased under the Obama administration and Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.

Nineteen departments have been placed under some form of federal monitoring since 2000, according to a 2013 report by the Police Executive Research Forum.

In 2012 alone, five major city police departments were placed under some form of federal monitoring, the report said.

Ferguson officials will now probably enter negotiations with the federal government to determine what reforms and...

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Georgia stops planned executions after lethal drug found 'cloudy'

The Georgia Department of Corrections said Tuesday that it will delay a pair of scheduled executions after officials became concerned with the condition of the drug that was to be used in the execution of Kelly Renee Gissander on Monday night.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the Department of Corrections said it would postpone the executions of Gissander and convicted murderer Brian Keith Terrell out of "an abundance of caution" after the drug that was to be used in Gissander's execution "appeared cloudy" hours before she was to be put to death.

Gissander, 46, is the lone woman on Georgia's death row and would be the first woman executed in the state in 70 years. She was sentenced to death in 1998 for the murder of her husband, Douglas, who was abducted and stabbed to death in a plot carried out by Gissander and her boyfriend.

She was set to be executed at 7 p.m. local time Monday, after the state parole board denied an appeal for clemency. 

The execution was initially delayed, though...

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