Bear Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana has cleared a Delaware legislative panel and is headed to the House floor for a vote.

House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee members voted 5-to-4 Wednesday to release the bill after its chief sponsor said she would make several revisions to address concerns of police officials.

Law enforcement groups, including the Delaware State Police, nevertheless remain opposed to the bill.

Dozens have been left homeless and one man injured after a fire hit an apartment building last night in Bear, Delaware.

The blaze occurred after 8:30 p.m. in the village of Canterbury off Smalleys Dam Road.

Eleven fire companies responded to the blaze.

The man injured in the fire was found unconscious on the third floor and was taken to Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition.

He was not identified.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.