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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 …

In Congress, doing ‘nothing’ can mean doing something

Monday, April 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress has been on spring break for two weeks, officially doing nothing. Could be a useful strategy. Sure, lawmakers are clamoring to get at some issues, such as President Barack Obama’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, when …

Texas boy, 4, makes exciting dinosaur find on building site

Sunday, April 12, 2015

MANSFIELD, Texas — Not every kid can say he made the discovery of a lifetime before he started kindergarten. Wylie Brys can. The 4-year-old from southeast Arlington was searching for fish fossils in Mansfield with his dad, Tim, …

Minister says shooting of black man in South Carolina ‘motivated by racial prejudice’

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — The death of a black man shot in the back while fleeing a white police officer was the act of a racist cop, a minister told hundreds who gathered Saturday for the funeral of Walter …

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign to focus on economic security, opportunity

Saturday, April 11, 2015

CHICAGO — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign will center on boosting economic security for the middle class and expanding opportunities for working families, while casting the former senator and secretary of state as a “tenacious fighter” able to …

Penalty phase of marathon bombing trial to start after race

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The second phase of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin on April 21, after the second anniversary of the attack and the day after this year’s race. U.S. District Judge George …

Two women killed during Illinois tornadoes were neighbors, friends

Friday, April 10, 2015

FAIRDALE, Ill. — The two women killed by a devastating tornado system that barreled through northern Illinois shared a friendship, favors and, ultimately, a neighborhood that turned out to be a prime target of a twister that also …

Gap in video record of fatal SC police shooting

Friday, April 10, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dashboard video shows a police officer making a routine traffic stop. Cellphone video shows the officer shooting the fleeing motorist in the back. What remains a mystery is what happened during the minutes in …

Clinton expects to make run for president official Sunday

Friday, April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, according to people familiar with her plans. The first official word that Clinton will seek …

Removal of sanctions against Iran to be phased

Friday, April 10, 2015

PANAMA CITY — The White House pushed back Friday against declarations from Iran’s leaders that any nuclear deal must include an immediate lifting of sanctions, indicating President Barack Obama will walk away from negotiations unless sanctions are removed over time. Obama foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes portrayed the …

Tornado takes toll in Illinois

Friday, April 10, 2015

ROCHELLE, Ill. — At least one large tornado touched down Thursday night in northern Illinois, causing significant damage and prompting reports of more than a dozen people rescued from a collapsed restaurant. The National Weather Service confirmed on …