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Pro-pot backers send draft of ballot question to state

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOSTON — A group hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts has submitted a draft of a proposed ballot question to the state attorney general’s office. Bay State Repeal said the question would let adults 21 or older grow and buy the drug while taking steps to ban sales to minors, including undercover sting operations at stores that sell pot. Those who provide marijuana to minors — …

Oklahoma volunteer deputy who shot suspect disputes claim he lacked training

Friday, April 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP)— A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa went on national television Friday to counter criticisms of his qualifications. Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC’s “Today” show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy …

Iraqi officials report Saddam deputy believed killed in Tikrit

Friday, April 17, 2015

BAGHDAD — He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the “king of clubs” on the U.S. military’s deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives. Now, officials say they believe government forces killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri near Tikrit, where …

Obama to remove Cuba from terror list

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced Tuesday, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries. The terror designation has …

Congress to have say on Iran deal

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bowing to pressure from Republicans and his own party, President Barack Obama on Tuesday relented to a compromise empowering Congress to reject his emerging nuclear pact with Iran. The rare and reluctant agreement between the president …

Nine of 10 ex-teachers jailed in Atlanta test-cheating case

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests were sentenced to jail time Tuesday, and the judge called the cheating scandal …

Yemen al-Qaida: Top cleric killed

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s al-Qaida branch announced on Tuesday that its top cleric, a Saudi-national who has had a $5 million bounty on his head, has been killed, allegedly in a drone attack. Al-Qaida said in a statement …

Hope dwindles for rescue of schoolgirls in Nigeria

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

LAGOS, Nigeria — They have been gone a year now, the hundreds of girls abducted by Islamic militants from their school in northeastern Nigeria. And while the cry to “Bring Back Our Girls” remains a worldwide cause, the …

Rubio announces White House bid

Monday, April 13, 2015

MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio entered the presidential race Monday by offering the nation a younger generation of leadership that breaks free of ideas “stuck in the 20th century,” a jab at both Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton …

Life, 30 years for ex-Blackwater guards in Iraq killings

Monday, April 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — Rejecting pleas for mercy, a federal judge on Monday sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 …

Okla. deputy charged in man’s death

Monday, April 13, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Prosecutors charged a reserve sheriff’s deputy with manslaughter Monday in the death of a man who was fatally shot as he lay on the ground at the officer’s feet — a shooting that was certain …

Arias gets life without parole in 2008 murder

Monday, April 13, 2015

PHOENIX — The nearly seven-year legal saga of Jodi Arias ended Monday as a judge sentenced her to life in prison for killing her ex-boyfriend, and the victim’s sisters unleashed their pain over the 2008 murder that captivated …

Russia OKs sale to Iran of missile defense system

Monday, April 13, 2015

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin on Monday sanctioned the delivery of a highly capable Russian air defense missile system to Iran, a game changer move that would significantly bolster the Islamic republic’s military capability and fuel Israel’s concerns. …