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California bill to curb medical marijuana passes key hurdle

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:15
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A measure to regulate California's chaotic medical marijuana industry passed a key legislative hurdle on Tuesday, in a move that could lay the groundwork to tax and control recreational use of the drug if it ultimately becomes legal. U.S. states are increasingly moving to remove curbs on marijuana following landmark voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational purposes. Many more states allow medicinal…
SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:15
JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153…
Letterman welcomes successor Colbert for first time since announcing retirement
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:15
April 22, 2014: In this photo provided by CBS, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, left, joins host David Letterman on the set of 'The Late Show with David Letterman.' This was Colbert's first visit to the show since CBS announced that he will succeed Letterman as host when he retires in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeffrey R. Staab) NEW YORK – Stephen Colbert, who will take over for a retiring David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" next year,…
Quentin Tarantino loses first round of script lawsuit with Gawker
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:16
Oscar winning screenwriter and director Quentin Tarantino says he is still working on the script for the Western. STORY HIGHLIGHTSLinks to an unproduced movie script were posted in JanuaryThe famed director and writer filed suit against one of the more popular websites that posted linkJudge rules that Tarantino didn't show there was a copyright infringementTarantino reportedly is revising the script and might move ahead with making the film
Death toll from Ebola outbreak goes up to 142
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:16
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Fail: NYPD Photo Contest on Twitter Triggers Huge Backlash
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:16
A seemingly innocuous call to action by the New York City Police Department backfired in extraordinary fashion Tuesday. In a tweet, the NYPD asked Twitter users to share pictures of them posing with a police officer with the hashtag "myNYPD." The original tweet may give a sense of what the NYPD wanted: The responses came fast and furious — but they were likely not what the police department had in mind. In a flurry of…
Dutch Police Hint at Criminal Activity in Women's Disappearance
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:16
Two Dutch women who disappeared earlier this month in Panama are unlikely to have gotten lost in the mountainous region, Dutch police said on Tuesday, raising the possibility three weeks into the search that the two may have been the victims of a crime. Kris Kremers, 21, and Lisanne Froon, 22, were hiking near the town of Boquete on April 1 when they were last seen, police said. The area is known to be a…
If It Quacks Like a Duck, It Might Be a Whale
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:16
A mysterious duck-like sound recorded in the ocean around Antarctica has baffled scientists for decades, but the source of the sound has finally been found, researchers say. For more than 50 years, researchers have recorded the so-called "bio-duck" sound in the Southern Ocean. Submarine crews first heard the oceanic quack, which consists of a series of repetitive, low-pitched pulsing sounds, in the 1960s. "In the beginning, no one really knew what it was," said Denise…
Sub Captures Images of 'Largely Unknown' WWII Wreck on 70th Anniversary
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:16
The carnage was far greater than the famed invasion on Utah Beach, and yet full details about the attack on American vessels off the coast of England during WWII weren’t made public for decades. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Exercise Tiger — a D-Day rehearsal that left 749 soldiers and sailors dead when German torpedo vessels sunk two U.S. ships — an unmanned sub was sent to take the first high-definition sonar images…
Syria's Foreign Fighters Use Social Media As Recruitment Tool
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:16
A new video posted on YouTube claims to show a British jihadist in Syria touring a militant base and unveiling the austere living conditions of extremist fighters there. “We wanted to show you the basic living of the brothers in this base,” says the man in the video with a distinct English accent. He wears a balaclava to mask his face and identifies himself using the nom de guerre, Abu Abdullah. The video offers a…
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