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Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

By John O’Connor AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation that makes the state the 11th to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use and the second to approve it through the ...

Calls increase for Democrats to face climate change in Miami

By Curt Anderson and Ellis Rua The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Rising sea levels could threaten the very existence of Miami and much of the rest of South Florida, and Democrats are facing calls to confront climate change squarely during this week's presidential debates in the low-lying ...

Bikers bid goodbye to 7 motorcyclists killed in crash

By Lisa Rathke and Patrick Whittle The Associated Press COLUMBIA, N.H. (AP) — A long-planned Blessing of the Bikes ceremony for motorcycle enthusiasts became a scene of mourning and reflection Sunday as about 400 people paid tribute to seven bikers killed in a devastating collision with a ...

Hawaii crash claims 9 men, 2 women, most in their late 20s

By Audrey McAvoy and Andrew Selsky The Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Casey Williamson's love of adventure led him to winter snowboarding in Vail, Colorado, and summer skydiving in Moab, Utah. A year-and-a-half ago, he found his way to Hawaii, where he could skydive year-round. On ...

In Mideast, Pompeo seeks a global coalition against Iran

By Darlene Superville The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday he wants to build a global coalition against Iran during urgent consultations in the Middle East, following a week of crisis that saw the United States pull back from the brink of a ...

W.Va. lawmakers find compromise on education reform, charter schools

By Steven Allen Adams Staff Reporter CHARLESTON — The third time could be the charm with the passage of the House of Delegate’s education omnibus which allows for three charter schools every three years after three groups — the House, the Senate and the governor — came to an ...

Animated videos: Boy Scouts’ new tactic to fight sex abuse

By David Crary AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Under financial pressure from sex-abuse litigation, the Boy Scouts of America are seeking to bolster their abuse-prevention efforts with a new awareness program featuring cartoon-style videos that will be provided to more than 1.2 ...

AP-NORC poll: Asteroid watch more urgent than Mars trip

By Marcia Dunn and Emily Swanson The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll ...

Franchise fatigue continues with ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Shaft’

By Lindsey Bahr AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brand familiarity isn't everything when it comes to attracting audiences to the multiplex, and Hollywood is learning that lesson the hard way this summer with a slew of underperforming sequels and reboots. That so-called franchise fatigue ...

2020 race brings free college back to the national stage

By Collin Binkley AP Education Writer After receding from the national stage, the free college movement is resurfacing as a central rallying point for Democrats as they set their sights on the White House. At least 18 of the party's 23 presidential contenders have come out in support of ...

Tens of millions without power in South America blackout

By Paul Byrne and Luis Andres Henao The Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay on Sunday in what the Argentine president called an "unprecedented" failure in the ...

CEO: Boeing made mistake in handling warning problem

PARIS (AP) — The chief executive of Boeing said the company made a "mistake" in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in its 737 Max jets before two crashes killed 346 people, and he promised transparency as the aircraft maker works to get the grounded plane back in flight. Speaking ...

LAPD investigates officer’s actions in Costco shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department is gathering evidence and video footage in an administrative investigation into an off-duty officer who shot and killed a man authorities say attacked him inside a Southern California Costco Wholesale warehouse store. Authorities remained ...

Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks

By Ellen Knickmeyer The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reaching out to wary foreign leaders to frame alleged Iranian attacks in a Middle East oil shipping route as a problem for the world at large, especially for Asian countries vitally dependent on ...

Massive protests draw apology from Hong Kong leadership

By Chrisopher Bodeen and Elaine Kurtenbach The Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day apology from the city's top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from ...

Bill mandates valedictorians in Ohio school districts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require school districts in Ohio to name a valedictorian and a salutatorian. The House bill introduced by Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani, of Miamisburg, comes after Mason High School in southwestern Ohio ...

Alabama orders ‘chemical castration’ of some child molesters

By Kim Chandler The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some Alabama sex offenders who abuse young children will have to undergo "chemical castration" while on parole, under a new law, but the requirement has prompted legal concerns and appears to be rarely used in some states that ...

Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty

By Nick Perry The Associated Press CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May. The courtroom ...

Middle East attack jolts oil-import dependent Asia

By Foster Klug The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The blasts detonated far from the bustling megacities of Asia, but the attack this week on two tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz hits at the heart of this region's oil-import-dependent economies. While the violence ...

Federal agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired

By Kevin Freking and Darlene Superville The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog agency recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway , for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity ...