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Marijuana legalization effort begins in California

LISA LEFF, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year. The Marijuana Policy ...

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US-led strikes hit IS group oil sites for 2nd day

RYAN LUCAS, Associated Press   BEIRUT — U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Friday, Step. 26, taking aim for a second consecutive day at a key source of financing that has swelled the extremist group’s coffers, ...

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Appeals court upholds torture-slaying sentence

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld the conviction and sentence of one of the men who kidnapped, tortured and murdered a Knoxville couple in 2007. Letalvis Cobbins claimed his trial was tainted by the drug use and misconduct of former Knoxville Judge Richard Baumgartner. On Friday, ...

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Memphis boy to serve time for killing sister

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis boy who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his sister has been sentenced to serve time in a youth facility until his 19th birthday. WMC-TV (http://bit.ly/1wzw6Vd) reports the sentence was handed down Monday, Sept. 15, in juvenile court. Prosecutors said the boy was 13 when ...

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Tim McGraw, Faith Hill score another hit together

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tim McGraw has a reputation for picking the right songs over the course of his 20-year career, although he says he had some help on his latest hit. His nostalgic country single “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” was clearly a winner after he saw the reaction that ...

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Man dies after walking in front of tractor-trailer

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — A 21-year-old St. Louis-area man is dead after walking into the path of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 55. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Elijah Lebcowitz of Eureka was struck about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Jefferson County after walking in front of a tractor-trailer ...

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