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Nevada regulators mull expedited marijuana supply licensing

Due to overwhelming demand, Nevada regulators consider expedited marijuana supply licensing CARSON CITY, NV/July 13, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Following an overwhelming demand for recreational marijuana, Nevada regulators are set to vote Thursday on emergency rules that would expedite licensing for pot distributors. Dozens of retailers started selling recreational marijuana on July 1 but a unique … Continue reading Nevada regulators mull expedited marijuana supply licensing

Hell and high water: Northern California is besieged again

North California is besieged again and again OROVILLE, CA/July 10, 2017 (AP)(STL News) — Five months ago, it was fears over flooding. Now it’s flames. When Chuck Wilsey was ordered to flee over the weekend as a wildfire roared near his ranch home in Oroville, he was ready. He started keeping his truck and camper … Continue reading Hell and high water: Northern California is besieged again

US marks Independence Day with pomp, dazzle, hot dog contest

NEW YORK/July 4, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Americans are celebrating their country’s 241st birthday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating. Tuesday’s festivities stretch from a baseball home run derby in London to a picnic at the White House to a Utah ski town where residents initially weren’t even … Continue reading US marks Independence Day with pomp, dazzle, hot dog contest

White House: Trump backs repeal-only health bill as ‘option’

WASHINGTON/July 3, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump is pressuring wavering senators to back a Republican bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law but is holding open a repeal-only option if Republicans can’t reach agreement over the July 4 recess, Trump’s top legislative aide says. Marc Short, the White House’s … Continue reading White House: Trump backs repeal-only health bill as ‘option’

Tourists, locals buy Nevada’s legal recreational marijuana

LAS VEGAS, NV/July 1, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Cheers and long lines of tourists and locals alike greeted the first day of sales of recreational marijuana on Saturday as Nevada became the fifth state with stores selling pot to the public in a market that is expected to outpace all others in the U.S. thanks to … Continue reading Tourists, locals buy Nevada’s legal recreational marijuana

Travel ban, church-state case await action by Supreme Court

WASHINGTON/June 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Before taking their long summer break, the Supreme Court justices are poised to act on the Trump administration’s travel ban and a separation of church and state dispute involving a Missouri church playground. But something could overshadow rulings in those high-profile cases: If Justice Anthony Kennedy were to use the … Continue reading Travel ban, church-state case await action by Supreme Court

Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town

MADRAS, OR/June 23, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) Solar Eclipse — Just before sunrise, there’s typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon’s second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light. But on Aug. 21, local officials expect this lookout point just outside the small town of Madras to … Continue reading Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town

Japan investigates delay in reporting US Navy ship collision

TOKYO/June 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Japan’s coast guard is investigating why it took nearly an hour for a deadly collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship to be reported. A coast guard official said Monday they are trying to find out what the crew of the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal was doing before … Continue reading Japan investigates delay in reporting US Navy ship collision

Police: California mom attacked child in attempted exorcism

SAN FRANCISCO, CA/June 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — A Northern California woman was in custody Sunday on suspicion of beating, biting and choking her 11-year-old daughter in an attempt to perform an exorcism on the child, authorities said. Kimberly Felder, 45, stripped her daughter naked and shoved sand into her mouth and into her eyes before … Continue reading Police: California mom attacked child in attempted exorcism

UK: London tower may have used banned siding in renovation

LONDON/June 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London’s Grenfell Tower may have been banned under U.K. building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their criminal investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people. Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out … Continue reading UK: London tower may have used banned siding in renovation

Jihadists attack resort in Mali’s capital, killing 2

BAMAKO, Mali/June 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Jihadists attacked a hotel resort Sunday in Mali’s capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends. More than 30 people managed to escape though at least two people were killed, authorities said. Moussa Ag Infahi, director of the national police, told The Associated Press that … Continue reading Jihadists attack resort in Mali’s capital, killing 2

Navy confirms 7 died in USS Fitzgerald collision off Japan

YOKOSUKA, Japan/June 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The U.S. Navy has identified the seven sailors who died when their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan on Saturday. Seven crew members were unaccounted for after the collision flooded berths with seawater. Navy divers recovered the bodies after the severely damaged USS Fitzgerald returned to a … Continue reading Navy confirms 7 died in USS Fitzgerald collision off Japan

A call for patience during investigation of campus stabbing

COLLEGE PARK, MD/May 23, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Authorities appealed for patience from two college communities reacting in shock, fear and anger after a white University of Maryland student was arrested in what police called the unprovoked stabbing of a black Bowie State University student. Police and the FBI said they are investigating the killing of … Continue reading A call for patience during investigation of campus stabbing

Hawaii-bound passengers noticed unruly man before take-off

HONOLULU/May 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — After landing in Honolulu on a flight from Los Angeles, passengers described a midair disruption involving an unruly man whose attempts to get to the front of the jetliner prompted flight attendants and passengers to subdue him. and fighter jets to escort the plane. Passengers noticed him before the plane … Continue reading Hawaii-bound passengers noticed unruly man before take-off

Lauded rocker Chris Cornell killed himself by hanging

DETROIT/May 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) Chris Cornell — Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, hanged himself Wednesday in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city’s medical examiner. He was 52. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday it completed … Continue reading Lauded rocker Chris Cornell killed himself by hanging

Residents take stock after night of tornadoes in central US

ELK CITY, OK/May 17, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Residents of an Oklahoma subdivision and a Wisconsin trailer park that were leveled by deadly tornadoes sifted through what remained of their homes and possessions Wednesday, even as forecasters warned of another round of powerful storms on the horizon. The twisters were among up to 29 that were … Continue reading Residents take stock after night of tornadoes in central US

Special counsel named to probe Trump-Russia ties

WASHINGTON/May 17, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Besieged from all sides, the Trump administration appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday evening as a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into allegations Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign collaborated to influence the 2016 presidential election. The appointment came as Democrats insisted ever more loudly that someone outside … Continue reading Special counsel named to probe Trump-Russia ties

US: Syria is burning bodies to hide proof of mass killings

WASHINGTON/May 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The United States accused Syria on Monday of executing thousands of imprisoned political opponents and burning their bodies in a crematorium to hide the evidence. The allegation could test the Trump administration’s willingness to respond to atrocities, other than chemical weapons attacks, that it blames on President Bashar Assad’s government. … Continue reading US: Syria is burning bodies to hide proof of mass killings

North Korea says new long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

SEOUL, South Korea/May 14, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — North Korea said Monday the missile it launched over the weekend was a new type of long-range ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. North Korean propaganda must be considered with wariness, but if confirmed, the claim marks another big step forward in the country’s escalating … Continue reading North Korea says new long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

Obama starts defining his new role in the age of Trump

WASHINGTON/May 9, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Former President Barack Obama is starting to define his new role in the age of Donald Trump. After dropping out of sight for a pair of glamorous island getaways, Obama is emerging for a series of paid and unpaid speeches, drawing sharp contrasts with Trump even as he avoids saying … Continue reading Obama starts defining his new role in the age of Trump

US interior secretary starts Utah red rocks monuments review

SALT LAKE CITY/May 7, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will start a four-day Utah trip Sunday to assess whether 3.2 million acres of national monuments in the state’s southern red rock region should be scaled down or even rescinded. The re-evaluation of the new Bears Ears National Monument on sacred tribal lands … Continue reading US interior secretary starts Utah red rocks monuments review

Delta apologizes after California family booted from flight

LOS ANGELES/May 5, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Delta Air Lines is offering refunds and compensation to a California family that says they were forced off a plane and threatened with jail after refusing to give up one of their seats on a crowded flight. A video of the April 23 incident was uploaded to YouTube on … Continue reading Delta apologizes after California family booted from flight

Trump makes return to NYC fresh off health vote win

NEW YORK/May 4, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Donald Trump turned his first trip home as president into a victory lap on Thursday, returning to the city that has largely opposed him while celebrating House passage of legislation undoing much his predecessor’s health law. Trump only received 18 percent of the vote in New York in November’s … Continue reading Trump makes return to NYC fresh off health vote win

Groups sue to stop Trump from renewing offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska/May 4, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Environmental and Alaska Native groups sued Wednesday to maintain a U.S. ban on oil and gas exploration in most of the Arctic Ocean and select areas of the Atlantic after President Donald Trump took steps to put the waters back in play for offshore drilling. The drilling ban was … Continue reading Groups sue to stop Trump from renewing offshore drilling

N Korea issues direct criticism of China amid nuke dispute

SEOUL, South Korea/May 4, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — North Korea has issued a rare direct criticism of China through a commentary saying its “reckless remarks” on the North’s nuclear program are testing its patience and could trigger unspecified “grave” consequences. China, North Korea’s largest trading partner and main benefactor, suspended imports of North Korean coal in … Continue reading N Korea issues direct criticism of China amid nuke dispute

AP source: Yates to testify on warning White House on Flynn

WASHINGTON/May 2, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Former acting attorney general Sally Yates is expected to testify to Congress next week that she expressed alarm to the White House about President Donald Trump’s national security adviser’s contacts with the Russian ambassador, which could contradict how the administration has characterized her counsel. Yates is expected to recount in … Continue reading AP source: Yates to testify on warning White House on Flynn

Tornadoes leave trail of destruction in East Texas

CANTON, Texas/April 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Severe storms including tornadoes have swept through several small towns in East Texas, leaving a trail of overturned vehicles, mangled trees and damaged homes. Authorities believe as many as five people were killed and dozens injured, though they were still assessing the damage from the storms that swept through … Continue reading Tornadoes leave trail of destruction in East Texas

Hollywood agent and producer Sandy Gallin dies at 76

NEW YORK/April 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Sandy Gallin, an agent and talent manager who guided the careers of such luminaries as Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Cher and Nicole Kidman, as well as being a TV, movie and Broadway producer, has died in Los Angeles. He was 76. Gallin died Friday after a long battle with … Continue reading Hollywood agent and producer Sandy Gallin dies at 76

UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visit

BERKELEY, CA/April 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The University of California at Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the university if it doesn’t find a proper time and venue for the conservative pundit to speak next week. Harmeet Dhillon, who represents the Berkeley College Republicans, said in letters … Continue reading UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visit

Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

WASHINGTON/April 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Trump’s GOP allies control Congress, but they’ve been unable to send him … Continue reading Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress