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Illinois May Soon Decriminalize Low-Level Marijuana Possession

Efforts toward legalizing marijuana in Illinois, where a medical marijuana pilot program was approved last year, could be on the verge of another big step forward.<p>A vote by the full state House of Representatives on a proposal that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana …

Uruguay Considers Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Cocaine Addicts In Prison

NEW YORK -- Uruguay is considering using medical marijuana to treat prison inmates addicted to a crude and cheap form of cocaine, one of the country's top health officials said Thursday at the United Nations.<p>The South American country made headlines last year when it became the first in the world …

Maryland Steps Closer to Decriminalizing Marijuana

The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, though differences with a Senate bill remain.<p>Read more here.

Meteorite hits moon in largest lunar impact ever recorded - video

Rock travelling at 61,000 km/h punched a crater 40 metres wide and produced a flash that could be seen from Earth<p>Published: 24 Feb 2014<p>The meteorite is providing invaluable information to help protect against larger rocks that might pose a serious threat to Earth<p>Published: 30 Dec 2013<p>With …

Marijuana research hampered by access from government and politics, scientists say

Millions of ordinary Americans are now able to walk into a marijuana dispensary and purchase bags of pot on the spot for a variety of medical ailments. But if you’re a researcher like Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist who studies post-<br>traumatic stress disorder, getting access to the drug isn’t nearly so …

Poll: 68 Percent More Likely to Turn Out If Measure to Legalize Pot Is on the Ballot

A new poll, con­duc­ted by a Demo­crat­ic and Re­pub­lic­an polling firm in part­ner­ship with George Wash­ing­ton Uni­versity, sug­gests voters …

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Senate advances plan to distribute limited strain of marijuana

TALLAHASSEE — While the Florida House of Representatives moves to decriminalize a noneuphoric strain of marijuana, the Senate advanced an alternative …

Turkey shoots down Syrian warplane, Prime Minister Erdogan says

Turkey shot down a Syrian fighter jet Sunday after the warplane strayed into its airspace, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.<p>"Our F-16s went up in the air and shot that plane down. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, then from now on, our slap will be hard," Erdogan told supporters at a …

Judge Strikes Down FAA's Ban On Commercial Drones

The first major victory in domestic drone court.<p>In the above video, a drone piloted by Austrian Raphael "Trappy" Pirker flew over, and filmed, the University of Virginia's medical school campus. Pirker sold the video to an advertising company, which prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to …

Bangladesh accused of crimes against humanity | US & Canada

<b>Dhaka, Bangladesh</b> <b>-</b> Allegations of murder, torture and forced disappearances are being levelled at Bangladesh's government in a case under review by the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.<p>With violence escalating around the widely criticised January 5 election, European …

Best space images of the month

Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured during a memorable month in space – from cosmic collisions to soaring satellites.<p>Watch Colin Legg's footage of the Moon Saturn occultation.

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Machu Picchu streakers at rock bottom as authorities enforce cover-up

It has survived five centuries of conquest, earthquakes, landslides and mass tourism. But Peruvian authorities fear that Machu Picchu is facing a new threat: streakers.<p>Guards at the vast Inca citadel have been ordered to step up surveillance after a spate of stripping. Late last year, two male …

Twin Nigeria blasts kill at least 50 in Maiduguri

<b>Two explosions targeting a busy market in the town of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria have left at least 50 people dead, the Red Cross says.</b><p>Hospital sources say many of the victims were children.<p>Maiduguri is the headquarters of a military force fighting against the Boko Haram Islamist group, which …

UN using drones to monitor Congo border, fleet to grow this spring

The United Nations’ peacekeeping forces may have boots on the ground in the war-torn region of the Congo, but they also have eyes in the sky.<p>The UN’s stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has employed a pair surveillance drones since the end of last year to monitor the …

Seen From Space: Ice Covers 80 Percent of Great Lakes

A deep freeze has settled in over the Great Lakes this winter and a new image released by NASA shows the astonishing extent of the ice cover as seen from space.<p>NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the lakes on the early afternoon of Feb. 19. At the time, 80.3 percent of the five lakes were …

16-Year-Old Girl's Invention Could Change the World

Ann Makosinski was just 16 when she won a local science fair with her invention, a flashlight powered solely by hand heat. One Google science fair …

Alleged Meth Cooker Arrested While Wearing Breaking Bad T-Shirt

Since 2008, it’s been difficult to mention real-life meth dealers without including the phrase “just like in <i>Breaking Bad</i>.” Now an Illinois man has …

J.R. Martinez Returns to Middle East for the First Time Since War Injury: 'It Was Intense'

It’s been 11 years since <i>Dancing with the Stars</i> champ and injured Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez has been back to the Middle East after a land-mine …

Fan Fantasy: 8 Times That '70s Show's Jackie and Kelso Were the Cutest TV Couple Ever

On Thursday night, <i>That ’70s Show</i> fans found out dreams do come true. TV couple Jackie Burkhart and Michael Kelso are getting married in real …

Philip Seymour Hoffman Died from Mix of Heroin, Cocaine and More Drugs

Philip Seymour Hoffman died from acute mixed drug intoxication, the New York City medical examiner’s office announced Friday.<p>Heroin, cocaine, …

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Boston Marathon bombing: Tsarnaev's defence team want charges thrown out

Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are seeking to have multiple charges against him dismissed.<p>In a court filing late on Friday his lawyers said some charges were repetitive and that the number could sway jurors weighing whether to find him guilty and sentence him to …

Ukraine Says Thousands of Russian Troops Have Crossed Border

Ukraine accused Russia of sending 6,000 additional troops into Crimea Saturday, deepening a crisis in which both sides accused each other of trying to destabilize the region.<p>Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk urged Moscow to cease what it called provocative actions, echoing a warning by …

Knife-Wielding Attackers In Chinese Train Station Leave 27 Dead, 109 Injured

Approximately 27 people are dead and 109 people were wounded in the attack.<p>Witnesses said that the men began to hack passers-by with large knives shortly after 9 p.m. on Saturday night, according to the South China Morning Post.<p>The police then shot several of the suspects, according to state news …

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