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As legal marijuana spreads, states struggle with drugged driving

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Washington State Patrol Sgt. Mark Crandall half-jokingly said he can tell a driver is under the influence of marijuana during a traffic stop when the motorist becomes overly familiar and is calling him “dude.” The truth in the joke, Crandall said, is that attitude and speech patterns can be effective markers for drugged driving. And, according to legalization advocates and some in law enforcement, they can be more reliable than … 0

US stocks surge, snapping 6-day losing streak

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances. While the surge came as a relief to many, Wall Street professionals warned that more rough days lie ahead, in part because of … 0

Man carefully planned live TV shootings

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

MONETA, Va. — He planned it all so carefully — a choreographed execution of two former colleagues, broadcast live to a horrified television audience, and also recorded by him and then shared worldwide across social media. Vester Lee Flanagan’s own video shows him approaching WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, gun … 0

Gunmen in Afghan uniforms kill 2 US troops

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two men wearing Afghan security force uniforms opened fire Wednesday inside a military base in southern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers before being shot dead themselves, officials said. NATO offered few details about the shooting in Helmand province, which appeared to be the latest so-called … 0

Feds warns Montana it faces cutoff of abuse program funding

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state does not start providing the public with mandatory details about children who die from abuse and neglect. The Montana Department of … 0

Young Lebanese activists challenge old political class

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BEIRUT — First they egged the prime minister’s building. Then they dumped some of the garbage piling up on Beirut’s streets outside the home of the environment minister, furious the government couldn’t get its act together to find … 0

US stocks extend losses as early rally fades

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Just when it looked as if the bleeding had stopped, it started up again. A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 … 0

Gay, straight couples adding Justice Kennedy’s words to vows

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emily Smith and Jillian Levine had already chosen a venue, booked a band and written the first draft of the ceremony for their wedding when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay couples nationwide have a … 0

Los Angeles projects $161M surplus for 2024 Olympics

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Anxiety over taxpayer costs helped cripple Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid, but organizers in potential stand-in Los Angeles disclosed a budget Tuesday that shows the city holding a $161 million surplus after staging events from Santa Monica beaches to the Hollywood Hills. Los Angeles, which hosted … 0

Man killed by deputy at Penn. courthouse after knife attack

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The Coatesville, Pa., man arrested in March for climbing over a White House wall was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff at the Chester County courthouse Tuesday after he came in wielding a knife and slashed another deputy sheriff, police said. Curtis Smith, 34, of … 0

US economy is buffer against stock losses

Monday, August 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Am I safe? That’s the question many Americans asked Monday amid a wild roller coaster ride on the stock market. The answer may still be at least a few days off. The Dow Jones industrial average was off more than 1,000 points at Monday’s turbulent open, … 0

Rival Koreas find a way to avoid disaster, reach deal

Monday, August 24, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — After 40-plus-hours of talks, North and South Korea on Tuesday pulled back from the brink with an accord that allows both sides to save face and avert the bloodshed they’ve been threatening each other … 0

Second cancers are on the rise

Monday, August 24, 2015

Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before. When doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a … 0