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Peterson Sentencing Delayed as Both Sides Meet in Chambers- this article talks about the "penalty phase" of Scott Peterson's trial. There were delays in getting started because supposedly a juror was seen discussing the trial at a bar. Peterson's lawyer wants an entirely new trial because of the jurors that were thrown out. The judge will allow Scott's sentence to be broadcast via live audio feeding.
McCain Criticizes Pentagon on Iraq War- Senator McCain discusses the probable need for even more troops to be sent to Iraq to protect polls during their election season. He says that we will need to send over upwards of 10,000 troops for their election.
Supreme Court Weighs Marijuana as Medicine- The Supreme Court questioned whether state medical marijuana laws might be abused by people who aren't really sick as it debated on Monday whether the federal government can prosecute patients who smoke pot on doctors' orders.
Snazzy Holiday Toys for Gadget Lovers- After two disappointing seasons in a row, tech companies have high hopes for Christmas 2003, unleashing snazzy toys, such as digital cameras, smart phones and flat screen televisions, to tempt the shopping masses.
Lawsuit Against Military "Don't Ask" Policy- Twelve gays who were expelled from the military because of their sexual orientation filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the Pentagon’s 11-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
Compared with their peers in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, U.S. 15-year-olds are below average when it comes to applying math skills to real-life tasks, new test scores show.
The Bush administration has to take care of the gap, and improve the public education system. The main concern is the large gap between white students versus hispanic and black students.
Researchers say new findings about marijuana show clear links between its heavy use and serious mental health problems.
With Montana's approval of a medical marijuana initiative, nearly three-fourths of Western states now have such laws while only two of the 37 states outside the West have adopted them. Why is the West so much more receptive to the idea? From a procedural standpoint, it's just easier to get pot issues on Western ballots because most states in the region allow such initiatives. Nationwide, just 24 states allow citizens to put issues on the ballot by petition, bypassing the Legislature. Eleven of those states are in the West.
It is a parent's Yuletide nightmare: the must-have toy that cannot be had.
In New York City, Mark Toubin says he's been having a hard time finding some of the gifts on his shopping list.
Defiant, belligerent and a little anxious, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein appeared before a single Iraqi judge in a courtroom near Baghdad today to hear charges of crimes stemming from his brutal reign.

"I am Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq," he told the judge at the start of a 30-minute appearance, which was peppered with verbal sparring between the two men, said ABC News' Peter Jennings, the only network anchor to be present in the courtroom.
Imagine Christmas without Santa Claus, without gift-giving and without reindeer. … What would be left?

Modern Christmas, according to a prediction from 100 years ago today.
Had the prediction come true, celebrants would be bypassing church for the museum, and kids would get no toys and just one day off from school.
The situation in Iraq is unlikely to improve anytime soon, according to a classified cable and briefings from the CIA. The assessments are more pessimistic than the Bush administration's portrayal of the situation to the public, government officials told the newspaper.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Cooperative and other "pot clubs" can use "medical necessity" as a defense for using and distributing marijuana despite federal drug bans.

'Pot Club' Crackdown

Although marijuana is a Schedule I drug under federal law, California's 1996 Compassionate Use Act legalized the drug's use and cultivation for medicinal purposes in the state.

Eight other states, plus Washington, D.C., have passed similar laws: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. At least 30 states have passed some form of legislation sympathetic to seriously ill patients seeking access to marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Fifty-six percent of Americans in this ABCNEWS Nightline poll favor military action to force Saddam Hussein from power, still a majority but down sharply from 69 percent in the last few weeks. Support drops further to a 39 percent minority if U.S. allies oppose it. Earlier last month it was a 54 percent majority.
President Bush on Tuesday nominated Condoleezza Rice, his confidante and national security adviser, as secretary of state. She will succeed Colin Powell, who announced his resignation Monday.
President Bush will nominate former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik to take over as secretary of homeland security, two administration officials said Thursday.
Kerik, 49, led the New York City Police Department through the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath.
A frail-looking Jackie Peterson tearfully pleaded with jurors Wednesday to spare her son's life, saying that "if you were to take Scott away from us ... we would lose a whole family."
Defense attorneys in Scott Peterson's double murder trial have sought to portray their client's Modesto neighborhood as an area prone to robberies and homeless people in an effort to raise doubts that the defendant killed his pregnant wife, Laci.
Supreme Court justices on Tuesday rejected the Bush administration's request to consider whether the federal government can punish doctors for recommending or even discussing the use of marijuana for their patients.
The judge in the Scott Peterson murder trial dismissed a juror Tuesday and replaced her with an alternate a sign of conflict in the jury room on the fifth day of deliberations.
There was no doubt that the crowd outside the courthouse in Redwood City, Calif., approved of the verdict in Scott Peterson's murder trial.

When jurors convicted Peterson of first-degree murder in the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci, and second-degree murder in the death of the unborn son they had named Conner, people outside the courthouse erupted in cheers. Some cried with joy and hugged bystanders. Others mugged for the cameras with newspapers that already had the headline "Guilty!" atop a photo of Peterson. Some pumped their fists in the air.
The Bush administration asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to uphold Attorney General John Ashcroft's power to stop Oregon doctors from helping terminally ill patients commit suicide, despite a state law allowing such assistance. Oregon is the only state to allow physician-assisted suicide and since 1998 it has enabled more than 170 people to end their lives.
The Bush administration told lawmakers today that a deal has been signed to ensure federally funded researchers will have open access to stem cell lines from at least one laboratory.
Scott and Laci Peterson were an "average couple," a friend of Scott Peterson testified Tuesday, describing the defendant as generous, caring and a problem-solver.On the sixth day of the penalty phase of Peterson's murder trial, the friend recalled an incident on the San Luis Obispo ranch where the couple was living, when Peterson broke up a dog fight that led Laci Peterson to begin hitting one of the animals.
Pretrial preparations are underway in the Scott Peterson case -- but a movie about the case is already done and set to air. "The Perfect Husband," running on USA Network Friday at 8 p.m. ET, tells the story of Scott and Laci Peterson and the murder that has led to the trial.
After he publicly denied it, a 28-year-old woman stepped before cameras today to say she had an affair with the husband of a missing pregnant woman from Modesto, Calif.

Scott Peterson, 30, the husband of Laci Peterson, 27, has publicly denied he had any extramarital affair and has said he's only interested in finding Laci, who has been missing for a month. However, Laci's brother today said Scott confirmed the affair to him in a private telephone conversation.
The Bush administration told lawmakers today that a deal has been signed to ensure federally funded researchers will have open access to stem cell lines from at least one laboratory.

The agreement, reached with a Wisconsin research group that owns the patent on the method used to isolate embryonic stem cell lines, promises to offer unfettered access to the group's five cell lines. It will also allow the National Institutes of Health to claim ownership of any discoveries made using the cells.
With Congress stalled on President Bush's forest fire-prevention plan, his administration was moving ahead on its own Wednesday to accelerate tree thinning in the nation's forests, where 7.1 million acres have burned this year.

The administration was taking steps to streamline environmental reviews that precede cutting, and to identify about 10 areas that need thinning.
Jurors who decided that Scott Peterson deserves to die say his lack of emotion played a large role in their decision.

Peterson was convicted last month of killing his wife Laci and the fetus she carried. On Monday, jurors recommended that he pay for the crime with his life.
A jury recommended Monday that Scott Peterson, the former fertilizer salesman whose case grabbed national headlines, be sentenced to death for killing his 27-year-old pregnant wife, Laci.

Cheers went up from a crowd of several hundred outside the courthouse as the jury announced its decision after 11 1/2 hours of deliberations over three days.
Nearly two years after Laci Peterson was reported missing on Christmas Eve, jurors today recommended her husband, Scott, be put to death for the slayings of the pregnant woman and their unborn son.

Defense attorney Mark Geragos had his arm around Peterson as the jury entered the courtroom. Peterson did not show any reaction when the verdict was read. But Laci's mother, Sharon Rocha, was crying.
Calling him "the worst kind of monster" and undeserving of sympathy, a prosecutor urged jurors Thursday to sentence Scott Peterson to death for killing his pregnant wife.

"This is somebody who had everything and threw it away," prosecutor Dave Harris said, pointing at Peterson seated stiffly at the defense table, intently watching the jury of six men and six women. "He had a plan and he executed it."