As of today, the Drug Enforcement Agency has banned "fake pot" substances, which use chemicals to purportedly replicate the effects of marijuana. Those substances had been in a legal limbo, with many states lacking laws to deal with them.
The DEA says the chemicals have provoked reactions that include seizures and hallucinations, and that they pose a threat to public health and safety.
Yemen's American-backed president accused the U.S. and Israel of carrying out a "Zionist agenda" to foment revolution across the Arab world, as thousands of protesters poured into streets Tuesday in the largest rallies yet demanding his resignation.
Speaking to university students and academics in the capital, President Ali Abdullah Saleh said that the U.S. and Israel were behind the protest movements that have swept leaders from power in Tunisia and Egypt and have threatened regimes across Northern Africa and the Middle East.
The decision of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country one month ago triggered protests throughout the region, leading to a presidential ouster in Egypt and violent clashes in neighboring Libya.
Tunisians now hope they can forge a new democratic system that will similarly serve as a regional model. But they are finding the transition away from authoritarian rule to be disappointingly slow going.
High-fashion label Christian Dior has fired British designer John Galliano, who has been accused of making anti-Semitic and racist comments. The firing comes after actress Natalie Portman, who is the face of a Dior fragrance line, condemned Galliano's comments — some of which were captured on video.
The protests in Wisconsin between union members and mostly Republican state leaders are entering a third week. On Tuesday's Fresh Air, New York Times labor and workplace reporter Steve Greenhouse explains why other states with large budget deficits are also considering taking on public unions — and how the standoff between organized labor and Republican governors is likely to play out.