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One Cop Wrote 80% of Seattle's Pot Tickets

Internal investigation by city police reveals one officer's anti-marijuana mission

(Newser) - Pot makes some people paranoid , but Seattle residents weren't imagining that one particular cop was handing out more than his fair share of marijuana citations. A notice posted by the chief of police on the police department's website yesterday said an officer was reassigned after an internal review... More »

Merkel Heads for 2nd Term, With Messy Coalition

German vote could free or hamstring chancellor for 4 more years

(Newser) - Germany votes in a federal election in less than 48 hours, but Angela Merkel has better things to do than campaign; she's in Pittsburgh with the rest of the G20. Merkel is assured of a second term, but in Germany's complex system of coalition politics, the bigger question is which... More »

Merkel's Party Wins Big in German Election

Left decimated as chancellor gets a boost ahead of national vote

(Newser) - The right-wing party of Angela Merkel came out on top in a closely watched German state election last night, giving the chancellor a major boost ahead of a federal election later this year. In Hesse, home to the financial powerhouse Frankfurt, right-wing premier Roland Koch won a new mandate, while... More »

German Opposition Leader Quits

Party had tapped rival foreign minister to challenge Merkel

(Newser) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats has resigned after the party leaked that it had chosen another leader to face Angela Merkel in next year's general election, reports Der Spiegel. The party's candidate will be Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the current foreign minister in Merkel's grand coalition government. Kurt Beck, who has... More »

Both Parties Claim Victory in Key German Election

Merkel gains as premier takes drubbing

(Newser) - Two days after an ugly campaign in the German state of Hesse ended with voting for a new premier, both sides are claiming victory in the bellwether contest. Roland Koch, the hard-right incumbent and the CDU's de facto No. 2, obtained only a 0.1% majority—a dismal performance for... More »

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