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Denver to vote this week on decriminalizing magic mushrooms

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Voters in Denver, Colorado will decide this week whether to become the first U.S. city to decriminalize the use of “magic mushrooms.”

The initiative, led by Decriminalize Denver, a movement focused on making the mushrooms legal, will appear on municipal election ballots on Tuesday. That comes after the group received almost double the number of signatures required in favor of the push earlier this year.

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The measure would make the personal use and possession of psilocybin mushrooms by those 21 years of age or older Denver’s “lowest law-enforcement priority,” according to the measure’s language. It would not legalize psilocybin or permit its sale by Denver’s cannabis businesses.

Psilocybin, often referred to as “magic mushrooms,” is a “hallucinogenic chemical obtained from certain types of fresh and dried mushrooms.” Federally illegal in the U.S. since 1968, psilocybin is categorized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) under “Schedule I,” along with drugs like heroin, marijuana and LSD.

The government states that Schedule I drugs have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

Medical researchers have found the substance can be used to help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients. Those studies were small and closely supervised but the preliminary results gave researchers hope that psychedelic drugs could be used to treat cancer, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and District Attorney Beth McCann have both publicly opposed the proposal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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ICE to train Florida officers to serve federal warrants

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The country’s immigration enforcement agency has announced a new partnership in Florida to allow some sheriff deputies to serve warrants on behalf of the federal government.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Monday that Pinellas County is the first jurisdiction to participate, but more have expressed interest. ICE will train deputies for one day to enable them to arrest people on immigration charges while they are in jail and already facing other charges.

The American Civil Liberties Union quickly condemned the plan, saying local agencies would risk violating search and seizure laws. The warrants are not reviewed by a judge.

The Florida Legislature last week passed a contentious bill that requires jails to hold people for ICE.

Last year, several Florida law enforcement agencies agreed to increase cooperation with the agency.

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DNA, genetic genealogy help solve Indiana State University student’s cold case murder

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DNA and genetic genealogy have solved the cold case murder of a 19-year-old woman on the campus of Indiana State University nearly 47 years ago, police said Monday.

Pam Milam’s body was found Sept. 16, 1972, when her father opened the trunk of her car. She was gagged with tape, bound with rope and had been raped and strangled.

Terre Haute Police Chief Shawn Keen, who worked the case himself for the past 11 years, told a news conference Milam’s killer had been identified as Jeffrey Hand after DNA from the crime scene was uploaded to the genealogy website GEDMatch and produced a match to a distant relative of Hand’s. Hand was 23 at the time of the murder, working as a music records salesman.

The identification provided closure to Milam’s family but not justice.

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Hand has been dead since a deputy killed him Indiana in 1978 when he saw Hand trying to abduct a woman, Keen said.

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Terre Haute Police announced a break in the murder of Pam Milam at Indiana State University nearly 47 years ago, identify Jeffery Hand, a salesman of record albums, as the killer. He was 23 at the time. (Terre Haute Police Department)

“At least we now know who he is and he won’t hurt anyone else again,” Milam’s sister Charlene Stanford said.

Stanford said her sister was a smart and pretty woman who enjoyed playing the clarinet.

“She was a joy to be around,” Stanford said.

For nearly 20 years, police believed Milam’s killer was a serial rapist who prowled the Indiana State University campus for victims around the time Milam was killed.

The man denied killing Milam and then DNA ruled him out for certain in 2001.

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Keen said DNA from Hand’s son confirmed that Hand was Milam’s killer.

He said the sample was obtained after Parabon NanoLabs in Virginia conducted the genetic genealogy search and made the identification.

Parabon has used the same technique to help police departments around the country close more than three dozen cold case rapes and murders in the past year. Some of those cases, like the Milam case, had gone unsolved for decades.

“This type of genetic genealogy can help with other cases,” the police chief said.

Hand’s rap sheet also included an arrest in 1973 for the murder of a man and the rape of the man’s wife, according to Keen.

Hand had offered the couple a ride when he saw them hitchhiking near Terre Haute, but after being tried for the murder, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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He was then awaiting trial for the rape when he was released. Keen said the case never went to trial.

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Top Border Patrol official: Facilities not ‘designed to handle’ heavy flow of immigrants

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A top border patrol official said Monday on “Fox & Friends” that facilities intended to house migrants and illegal immigrant detainees were “not designed to handle [the] type of flow” being seen along the Mexican border.

“This is a challenge unlike any we’ve ever faced before,” U.S. Border Patrol chief of law enforcement operations Brian Hastings said.

“We’re up to 474,000 arrests so far this fiscal year,” he added.

Hastings said that the prevalence of unaccompanied alien minors and family units adds to the stress the facilities are facing.

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He said that as the situation at the border continues, the border patrol has had to release “processed, noncriminal family units” into the public.

“With outdated laws, we simply cannot apply a consequence” to those people, he said.

Late last month, President Trump called for a sweeping overhaul to the asylum system, floating a new application fee for asylum seekers.

Border agents made more than 100,000 arrests or denials of entry in March — the highest figure in 12 years, according to recent Fox News reporting.

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The White House said in an April memo that “out of every 100 aliens subject to expedited removal who claim a fear of persecution, only about 12 will ultimately be granted asylum.”

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John McCain’s dog drowned after head got stuck in pipe, Cindy McCain says

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John McCain’s dog, who died last month in Arizona, drowned after getting his head stuck in a pipe, the late senator’s wife recently revealed.

Burma, McCain’s beloved sidekick, died on the family’s property near Sedona, Cindy McCain said. When news of the dog’s death was publicized last month, she described it as a “freak” incident.

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“It’s weird — she had never done this before — she ran into a pipe,” Cindy McCain told The Arizona Republic. “You know, we have a series of ponds on our property … and she ran into the pipe and she got stuck.”

She added that Burma “drowned, and eventually, her body came out the other end of the pipe.”

“It’s devastating. She was John’s dog, period, and so what makes me feel better is I know she’s with him now,” she said of Burma.

Meghan McCain, daughter of the 2008 GOP presidential nominee and current co-host of ABC’s “The View,” wrote on Instagram that the dog “was absolutely and truly devoted to him.”

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“She would never leave his side, followed him around every single step when he would walk around our ranch, slept by his side every night and we always said Chesapeake bay retrievers were the most affectionate breed of dogs,” she continued.

McCain spent the last year of his life with the beloved Chesapeake Bay retriever. He died in August after a battle with brain cancer.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Police: DNA determines 1972 killer of Indiana student

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Police say DNA evidence has been used to identify the killer of an Indiana State University student in 1972.

Terre Haute police chief Shawn Keen said Tuesday that a DNA sample from a son of Jeffrey Lynn Hand was used to connect him to the killing of 19-year-old Pamela Milam.

Milam’s body was found in the trunk of her car on Sept. 1, 1972. She had been bound and gagged. An autopsy determined she died of strangulation.

Keen says Hand, then 23, didn’t live in the Terre Haute area but made deliveries for a record company and likely cruised the Indiana State University campus when work brought him to the city.

Keen says Hand died in 1978 in a shootout with police during an attempted abduction in the Indianapolis area.

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Judge sentences would-be Chicago bar bomber to 16 years

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A federal judge on Monday handed an Illinois man a 16-year prison sentence for trying to kill hundreds of people by detonating a car bomb outside a Chicago bar in 2012, saying she factored in his mental health in imposing a sentence much lower than prosecutors requested.

The sentence announced in Chicago for 25-year-old Adel Daoud includes time for later attempting to have an FBI agent killed and for slashing an inmate with a shiv for taunting him with a drawing of the Prophet Muhammad.

Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman criticized the FBI for appearing to take advantage of Daoud’s extreme immaturity in 2012, when he was 18. And she said prosecutors were wrong to continually challenge clear indications Daoud suffered from mental illness.

Prosecutors wanted a 40-year term. The defense wanted him released as soon as 2021.

Secret recordings of Daoud first played publicly in court last week revealed him as flighty and immature. He giggles almost constantly as he brainstorms attacks to avenge what he saw as the West’s war on Muslims. One of his suggestions was to mount an attack with “flying cars” packed with explosives.

A hidden camera captures a gleeful Daoud driving with an agent posing as a terrorist to the Cactus Bar on Sept. 14, 2012. He cups his hands in over his face, praying that God would ensure the attack made worldwide news and struck fear into nonbelievers. He prays this would be the first of many attacks.

He was arrested after parking a Jeep outside the downtown bar on the Friday night, walking to an alley a block away and pushing a button he believed would set off a 1,000-pound bomb (454-kilogram) inside the vehicle. He pushed the button a second time when it didn’t go off.

Agents supplied the fake device, which was made to smell like diesel fuel and had wiring connected to bags of fertilizer to convince Daoud it was real. He was told it would destroy much of the block and kill hundreds of people out on the town on a Friday night.

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Woman who sent poison to judges pleads guilty to escape

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Prosecutors say a Connecticut woman who was imprisoned for mailing cookies laced with rat poison to Supreme Court justices and others has pleaded guilty to escaping from federal custody.

Seventy-three-year-old Barbara March signed out of a halfway house in Washington, D.C., where she was completing her sentence in April 2018 and did not return as scheduled. She was arrested in Bridgeport in October.

In October 2006 she was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sending the poisoned baked goods to judges, FBI officials and military leaders.

Prosecutors say March pleaded guilty Friday to escaping from federal custody in federal court in Bridgeport. She faces a maximum prison term of five years.

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Dying U.S. solider fighting for the right to sue military over medical malpractice

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Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal survived three combat deployments to Iraq and even an enemy bullet through the chest. But now the dying Purple Heart recipient says he’s enduring one of the toughest fights of his life: the right to sue the U.S. government for medical malpractice.

“This isn’t about the money. This is about accountability. You can’t say whoops and play with people’s lives and say nothing can be done,” Stayskal, who is stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, told Fox News. “Right now, I am being deprived of my rights as a U.S. citizen. An inmate can sue for medical malpractice, but as a member of our military, I cannot.”

The now 37-year-old’s ordeal began in January 2017 as he was preparing to head to dive school and was ordered to have a CT scan, given the wound he suffered in Iraq about 13 years earlier.

“I was having a little trouble breathing, some coughing and wheezing but I passed the test just fine,” he recalled.

Only his symptoms quickly started to become worse.

The ensuing six months, Stayskal said, brought a series of medical mishaps, including being misdiagnosed with pneumonia, shuffled among a variety of doctors and dismissed from the emergency room — despite having a notable mass on his lung, throat bleeding and excruciating pain.

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Concerned superiors in his chain-of-command finally demanded that Stayskal be able to seek help off-base, a process that took several more weeks and red tape, he said. All the while, the true cause of his dwindling health continued to ravage his body.

Finally, in late June 2017, the diagnosis came, some six months after his first appointment. The father-of-two had stage three lung cancer, and the mass had doubled in size and spread to the left side of his neck, spleen, lymph nodes, liver and his right hip joint.

Stayskal, after almost 17 years of service — first as a Marine and later as a Special Forces soldier in the Army — is no longer able to finish a warrant officer course and is in the process of being medically discharged. But amid the family’s search for answers and any legal recourse, he learned he could not take his medical malpractice case to a court of law.

What stands in the way is the Feres Doctrine – which was born out of a 1950 Supreme Court case – which was put in place to block a deluge of lawsuits against the government for injuries sustained in combat or in military training.

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Happier times: Rich and his wife Megan, with their two daughters.

But it also prevents service members and their families from seeking legal recourse for ailments caused by negligence under the military medical system. Furthermore, the doctrine stops service members from being able to seek accountability from a chain of command that may have been lax in preventing a harmful incident in the first place.

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Despite being now classified as having stage four and terminal cancer, and with only months to live, Stayskal says he’s determined to keep fighting — not just for himself, but so other families don’t have to endure the same bureaucratic roadblocks.

Following emotional testimony in front of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel on April 30, a bi-partisan bill named after Stayskal has since been introduced and is working its way through Congress.

The Sergeant First Class Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act of 2019 would protect the Feres Doctrine’s original mission — not opening the floodgates for a service member to sue based on job or battlefield-related injuries — but ultimately would allow military service members to sue the Department of Defense for “instances of medical malpractice unrelated to their militaries duties.”

“For nearly 70 years, service members have not been able to sue military medical providers after being misdiagnosed, mistreated, or subjected to botched surgeries, even though this malpractice occurred in health care settings in which all other Americans have that right,” said Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who introduced the new legislation. “By creating an exemption to allow service members to sue the military for medical malpractice, the Stayskal Act would give service members the same right as the fellow citizens they serve to protect.”

The bill is also co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Richard Hudson, whose congressional district includes Fort Bragg. The Feres Doctrine can only be reversed through a Supreme Court decision or an act of Congress.

Stayskal is represented by Natalie Khawam of the Tampa-based Whistleblower Law Firm, who took the case after the soldier said he and his wife contacted numerous attorneys across the country who simply told them nothing could be done.

“This is not just a military issue, this is an equal rights issue,” Khawam told Fox News. “I believe most Americans would be shocked to learn that inmates can sue the government for medical malpractice but that our great soldiers who risk their lives for our country cannot sue for medical malpractice unrelated to combat duty.”

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Rich and his wife Megan following his testimony in Washington D.C. on April 30th (Megan Stayskal)

She said her firm in recent months has received calls from hundreds of victims and their families informing them of the harrowing experiences they suffered at military hospitals.

Standing alongside Stayskal in pushing back against the decades-old legislation is 29-year-old Capt. Katie Blanchard – who allegedly cautioned her superiors for months about an Army civilian working for her at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas – before being doused in gasoline and set on fire by that individual in September 2016. Blanchard is unable to sue despite having had to endure more than 100 surgeries.

Also working to change the law is Alexis Witt – the widow of Staff Sgt. Dean Witt, who died after receiving a fatal dose of fentanyl and allegedly having a breathing tube incorrectly forced down his esophagus during what should have been a standard appendectomy.

“We are just hoping to gain support from legislators who see this as unjust and withholding of our rights,” Stayskal said.

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Sgt. Rich Stayskal undergoing treatment for stage four cancer (Megan Stayskal)

Stayskal’s wife, Megan, and their two daughters, ages 10 and 12, are providing support as Stayskal fights what may be his last battle.

“We aren’t trying to abolish the Feres Doctrine, we know that it serves a purpose as far as wartime goes,” Megan said. “But at home, our servicemen and women deserve full rights.”

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A petition to promote the bill has already attracted over 100,000 signatures. Moreover, a Washington D.C. march to further the cause and honor Stayskal, along with other military members and their families who are enduring similar circumstances, is slated for June 12. It’s set to go from Freedom Plaza to the National Mall.

The DOD did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Great Lakes water levels surge, some record highs predicted

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Federal officials predict water levels will surge to record highs in some areas of the Great Lakes over the next six months.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report released Monday says the lakes have been rising steadily for several years and are getting an extra boost as winter’s melting snow mingles with recent heavy rainfall.

The Corps’ Detroit district office says levels on Lake Superior and Lake Erie are expected to break records set decades ago.

Records are not predicted for Lakes Michigan, Huron and Ontario, but they’re still expected to rise significantly.

Corps hydrologist Keith Kompoltowicz (Kom-POHL-to-witz) says coastal flooding and shoreline erosion will pose threats, especially during heavy storms.

It’s a remarkable turnaround from early this decade, when lake levels were slumping and some hit record lows.

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