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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 …

Investigation details hundreds of perimeter breaches at US airports

Friday, April 10, 2015

Several hundred times over the last decade, intruders have hopped fences, slipped past guardhouses, crashed their cars through gates or otherwise breached perimeter security at the nation’s busiest airports — sometimes even managing to climb aboard jets. One …

Obama to meet with Raul Castro in Panama

Thursday, April 9, 2015

PANAMA CITY — Turning the page on a half-century of hostility, President Barack Obama signaled Thursday he will soon remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, boosting hopes for improved ties as he prepared …

Group claiming ties to Islamic State blacks out French TV network channels

Thursday, April 9, 2015

PARIS — Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group simultaneously blacked out 11 channels of a French global TV network and took over its website and social media accounts on Thursday, in what appeared to be the …

Developer shoots 3 dead in Milan court

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MILAN — A real estate developer on trial for fraudulent bankruptcy fired 13 shots inside the Milan Tribunal on Thursday, killing his lawyer, a co-defendant and a judge, eluding court security before being captured 25 kilometers away. The …

Rebels take Yemen city Iran denounces Saudi-led bombing

Thursday, April 9, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Shiite rebels and allied troops overran the capital of an oil-rich Yemeni province in a heavily Sunni area on Thursday, making significant territorial gains despite Saudi-led airstrikes, now entering their third week. Iran, which is …

Cruiser video shows lead-up to SC shooting

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The traffic stop starts like any other: an officer pulls over a motorist, walks up to the driver’s side window and asks for license and registration. What happened minutes later appears to take place …

Solarize Mass program delayed for Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland

Thursday, April 9, 2015

There will be a three-month delay for residents in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland who have signed up to install solar-electric panels on their homes. Negotiations fell through with the installer the chosen through the cooperative Solarize Mass photovoltaic program. “Unfortunately, it was not possible to partner with an …

Iran, US step up presence in Yemen

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Iran dispatched a destroyer and another naval ship to waters off Yemen on Wednesday, raising the stakes amid a Saudi-led air campaign targeting Iranian-backed Shiite rebels fighting forces loyal to the country’s embattled president. The …

SC shooting witness heard no warning

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — An eyewitness whose cellphone video put a South Carolina police officer in jail on a murder charge said Wednesday that he did not hear the white officer give any warning before he fired eight …

Afghan soldier kills US serviceman, injures several

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier shot and killed a U.S. soldier and wounded several others Wednesday before being shot dead, the first so-called “insider attack” to target NATO troops since they ended their combat mission at the …