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Employers can fire over pot, court rules

Medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but employers in the state can lawfully fire workers who test positive for the drug, even if it was used off duty, a court ruled Thursday.

The Colorado Court of Appeals decision found there is no employment protection for medical marijuana users in the state since the drug remains barred by the federal government.

Colorado and Washington state allow recreational marijuana use. Several other states have legalized medical use.

The case involves Brandon Coats, 33, a telephone operator for Dish Network, who has been a medical marijuana user since 2009. He was fired in 2010 for failing a company drug test.

— Associated Press

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Body of missing Brown student found

A body pulled from waters off a Providence park was that of 22-year-old Brown University student Sunil Tripathi, who has been missing since last month, state medical examiner’s office said Thursday.

A cause of death has not been determined, a spokeswoman for the state health department said.

Tripathi’s disappearance became doubly painful for his family when amateur online sleuths wrongly identified him as a possible suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

— Associated Press

Glitch blocks Southern Baptist Web site: Some military chaplains trying to access the Southern Baptist Convention Web site this week were surprised to find it blocked with a message that it contained “hostile content.” The problem left military officials having to explain to leaders of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination that it was an unintentional software glitch. A Pentagon spokesman said Thursday that the problem seemed to be with the commercial software the military uses to protect its network.

Newtown foundation raises disbursements: The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, which oversees the largest pot of donations sent to the Connecticut town since the December school massacre, said Thursday it would increase the amount of money going to the 40 families most affected by the tragedy from $4 million to $7.7 million.

— From news services

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