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Ohio's marijuana proposal was lambasted for creating a cartel. But pot cartels could work.

Ohio's marijuana legalization ballot measure lost big on Tuesday night. About two-thirds of the state's voters said no to the proposal. And the loss seems to be the result of one issue: The measure would have given wealthy campaign contributors exclusive rights to commercially grow pot in the state.<p>…

Cannabis

DEA chief: medical marijuana is "a joke." Science: no, it's not.

More than 100,000 people have called on President Barack Obama to fire the new Drug Enforcement Administration chief after he called medical marijuana "a joke."<p>When the new DEA chief took office, marijuana policy reformers hoped for someone a bit friendlier to their cause. But Chuck Rosenberg seems …

Cannabis

Here's How to Make Super-Cool Magnetic Slime in Your Own Kitchen

Try this one at home.<p>There are plenty of science experiments you can't safely try from the comfort of your own home, so it's pretty exciting when you …

Kids

Scientists have figured out how to program living cells

Imagine a future where you can be injected with bacteria carrying designer DNA that releases cancer-fighting drugs when it finds a tumor in your body.<p>…

E.coli

Supercar Mad Scientist Christian Von Koenigsegg Explains Why Gravity Doesn't Make Sense

Christian Von Koenigsegg is a lucky man. His unconventional ideas about automotive engineering—pioneering FlexFuel, camless engines and gearless …

Japanese scientists have created artificial skin that can grow hair and sweat

According to a study published in the aptly titled journal <i>Science Advances</i>, scientists at Japan’s RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology successfully …

How Long Does Sex Normally Last?

If you’re a non-scientist, you might have once asked yourself, propped against the bedhead after disappointingly quick intercourse, how long does sex …

Sit Up Straight! How Good Posture Benefits Your Health

Unless you are a ballet dancer or in the military — occupations where poor posture is readily noticed — you probably don't pay much attention to your …

Apple stores may be getting rid of plastic bags and going green

If you're a fan of Apple's instantly recognizable white drawstring bags, you better start hoarding them. The company may soon begin phasing out all …

Sustainability

Smog closes dozens of schools in east Malaysia

The particularly bad smog hovering over east Malaysia's state of Sabah has forced 77 schools to close this week.<p>The closure will affect 9,365 …

At least 22 members of ISIS cell linked to Brussels, Paris attacks believed still at large

Security services in Europe reportedly are searching for at least 22 homegrown jihadists with ties to the ISIS cell that carried out last month's terror attacks in Brussels, as well as last November's coordinated assaults in Paris.<p>The Wall Street Journal, citing court documents, as well as …

Destruction, razed monastery left behind by IS in Syria town

QARYATAIN, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops fired their guns in celebration amid smoldering buildings inside the town of Qaryatain on Monday, hours after …

Five-year-old becomes latest Ebola victim in Liberia

A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia just months after the country had been declared free of the disease, according to health officials.<p>The five-year-old son of a 30-year-old woman who died on Thursday has now been taken to a treatment centre in Monrovia, Tolbert Nyenswah, the …

Kashmir gets its first female chief minister

Mehbooba Mufti of People’s Democractic party takes oath of office, ending stalemate over formation of new state government<p>Mehbooba Mufti, the leader of the pro-India Peoples’ Democratic party, has become the first female chief minister of India-controlled Kashmir.<p>Mufti took took the oath of office …

Vietnam Seizes Chinese Ship for 'Illegal' Entry in South China Sea

BEIJING — Vietnam detained a Chinese ship for “illegally” entering its waters, state media reported, amid continued territorial tensions in the South China Sea.<p>The vessel was “carrying three Chinese sailors and 100,000 liters of oil [26,000 gallons] without clear origin” and it “illegally entered …

China

American man with 'great acrobatic skill' becomes Japan’s first paid foreign ninja

An American has found fame in Japan – after being hired to become the nation’s first salaried foreign ninja.<p>Chris O’Neill, 29, is the only foreigner among a new seven-strong ninja squad hired by a local tourism body in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, to promote its ninja heritage.<p>O’Neill, who is …

British doctor denies report that he doped 150 sports stars

<b>(CNN) —</b> A British doctor accused of doping 150 elite athletes is denying the allegations against him, claiming they are "false and very misleading."<p>Mark Bonar was the subject of an investigation by The Sunday Times, which reported that he provided sports stars with banned performance-enhancing …

Gunfire rattles Congolese capital after disputed polls

Gunbattles rocked the capital of the Congo Republic on Monday, shattering a relative calm that had followed President Denis Sassou Nguesso's re-election in a disputed poll last month.<p>Fighting erupted in the southern part of Brazzaville, with heavy fire in opposition bastions between troops and …

GOP Congress' Work Incomplete: Stalled Bills, No Court Nominee

Congress increasingly is being defined by what it's not doing this election year.<p>The Senate returns this week with a strong majority of Republicans saying no to any consideration of President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court. No hearings, no vote and, for some lawmakers, not even a …

Terror Group Gives Details of Easter Attack, Vows to Kill Christians

The brutal Taliban faction that claimed responsibility for the deadly Easter Sunday attack in Pakistan has identified the suicide bomber to NBC News, provided exclusive details of his training, and vowed to keep killing Christians and other religious minorities.<p>In an interview, a spokesman for …

Last Dutch holocaust survivor Jules Schelvis dies aged 95

The last holocaust survivor in the Netherlands has died. Jules Schelvis, who had been imprisoned in six different death camps throughout the war, died at his home aged 95.<p>Most of his family were among the 34,000 Dutch jews to have been murdered by the Nazis.<p>Schelvis helped to document Nazi crimes …

Pentagon sends two Libyans held at Guantanamo Bay to Senegal

The Pentagon has transferred two Libyan detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Senegal, Defense Department officials said Monday, the latest step in President Obama’s accelerating effort to close the prison before he leaves office.<p>Salem Abdu Salam Ghereby and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker …

Iceland's PM says he won't resign in Panama Papers scandal

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's prime minister told parliament Monday he will not resign even as thousands of angry protesters demanded he step …

Scientists not happy with SeaWorld decision to stop breeding killer whales

There's one last orca birth to come at SeaWorld, and it will probably be the last chance for research biologist Dawn Noren to study up close how female killer whales pass toxins to their calves through their milk.<p>While SeaWorld's decision last month to end its orca breeding program delighted animal …

Syria's cease-fire appears to be collapsing

It's said that spring heralds a time of renewal, but it could mark the end for Syria's fragile cease-fire.<p>The last few days have brought fresh skirmishes that threaten to derail the tenuous, U.N.-brokered "cessation of hostilities" between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and …

Middle East

Prosecutors in Freddie Gray case seek testimony from another officer | Reuters

(Reuters) - Maryland prosecutors want to force a second police officer charged in the death of a black detainee to testify against another officer, a court filing made available on Monday said.<p>A girl writes on the sidewalk near North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, Maryland May 1, 2015. …

Justice

Crow war chief who walked 'in 2 worlds' dies at 102

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Joseph Medicine Crow walked in "two worlds" — white and Native American — and made his mark on each.<p>Medicine Crow, who died …

BP to pay US government $20.8 billion for Gulf oil disaster

A federal judge has approved BP’s $20 billion settlement over its 2010 oil spill, the <i>Associated Press</i> reports. First reached in October, the final settlement amount accounts for civil claims against the company set forth by the Department of Justice and five Gulf states. US Attorney General Loretta …

Scientists Discover a Rare Planet That Has 3 Stars

Scientists have discovered a planet outside of Earth’s solar system that boasts a rare three stars, new research shows.<p>The planet, called KELT-4Ab, …

Astronomy