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Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects.

For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.

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The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development.

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Christopher Lane, shown here in an undated photo, was attending school in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship when he was gunned down.AP/Essendon Baseball Club

OKLAHOMA CITY – A fourth person was charged Monday in the death of an Australian baseball player who was fatally shot as he jogged in a southern Oklahoma neighborhood last summer.

Oddesse Barnes, 22, of Duncan, was charged with accessory after murder in the death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane of Melbourne, according to the Stephens County District Attorney's Office.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana starting in October.

Maryland is now the 17th state in the U.S. to decriminalize marijuana. The Democratic governor says the law should improve public safety by freeing police officers to focus on more serious threats.

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The Maryland State's Attorneys Association sent O'Malley a letter Friday, urging him to veto the measure.

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Three men are behind bars after Shreveport police raided a hotel room Thursday afternoon and found pounds of marijuana and hash, and dozens of vials of hashish oil.

Police said information from an ongoing investigation led them to the hotel, in the 4900 block of Monkhouse Drive, search warrant in hand. There, they found about six pounds of high-grade marijuana, two pounds of hash and 10 ounces of hashish oil.

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Three men are behind bars after Shreveport police raided a hotel room Thursday afternoon and found pounds of marijuana and hash, and dozens of vials of hashish oil.

Police said information from an ongoing investigation led them to the hotel, in the 4900 block of Monkhouse Drive, search warrant in hand. There, they found about six pounds of high-grade marijuana, two pounds of hash and 10 ounces of hashish oil.

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DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) -

Six Donaldsonville men were taken to Prevost Hospital Thursday evening after smoking a synthetic marijuana drug called "Happy 2", according to Ascension Parish Chief Tony Bacala.

Four men are currently being treated. Two have been released.

Narcotics Detectives are currently on the scene investigating this case.

Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division at (225) 621-8355 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP.

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An Orange County Sheriff's deputy, left, escorts a mother and her child across a street after a vehicle crashed into a day care center, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Winter Park, Fla. At least 15 people were injured, including children. (AP Photo/John Raoux)The Associated Press

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Four-year-old Lily Quintus loved princesses, "Star Wars" and ranch dressing — on everything — said her mother whose pleas and those of others were answered when a driver police say caused the crash that killed the girl at her Florida day care surrendered to authorities.

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DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) -

Six Donaldsonville men were taken to Prevost Hospital Thursday evening after smoking a synthetic marijuana drug called "Happy 2", according to Ascension Parish Chief Tony Bacala.

Four men are currently being treated. Two have been released.

Narcotics Detectives are currently on the scene investigating this case.

Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division at (225) 621-8355 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP.

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  • The Florida Highway Patrol had previously called Robert Alex Corchado, 26, a "person of interest" in the Wednesday afternoon crash. Early Thursday, spokeswoman Wanda Diaz said in a statement that Corchado was driving the Dodge Durango that struck a convertible, which jumped a curb and smashed into the KinderCare building. (Courtesy: Orange County Corrections)

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  • The Florida Highway Patrol had previously called Robert Alex Corchado, 26, a "person of interest" in the Wednesday afternoon crash. Early Thursday, spokeswoman Wanda Diaz said in a statement that Corchado was driving the Dodge Durango that struck a convertible, which jumped a curb and smashed into the KinderCare building. (Courtesy: Orange County Corrections)

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