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Alaska quietly becomes 3rd state to legalize marijuana

Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana. But the historic day passed with little public acknowledgement in a state with a savvy marijuana culture that has seen varying... Read more »

Published Feb. 24, 2015

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Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics

Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows. Read more »

Published Feb. 24, 2015

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Police: Alzheimer's patient, 87, kills roommate at facility

In a case that sheds light on the difficulty of caring for sufferers of an unpredictable disease, an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient faces a homicide charge after the deadly beating of a fellow... Read more »

Published Feb. 24, 2015

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Bill Cosby's lawyers to ask judge to dismiss defamation suit

Bill Cosby's lawyers said Tuesday they will ask a federal judge to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing him of decades-old sexual offenses. Read more »

Published Feb. 24, 2015

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Man convicted in deaths of 'American Sniper' author, friend

A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the "American Sniper" author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and... Read more »

Published Feb. 24, 2015

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Forensics exhibition shows how science can make dead speak

For all of us, death is the end. For forensic scientists, it's also a beginning. Read more »

Published Feb. 24, 2015

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In Ireland, pilgrims and tourists on St. Patrick's mountain

Shrouded in mist, the sacred mountain rises above the countryside, majestic, mysterious and a little foreboding. Read more »

Published Feb. 24, 2015

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For Americans, Puerto Rico is an easy beach getaway

Sometimes you just need a quick trip to the beach. But as an American without a passport — mine had been stolen — I had limited options for an easy but interesting getaway. Read more »

Published Feb. 24, 2015

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Meaning of 4 words at center of Supreme Court health law fight

The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the... Read more »

Published Feb. 23, 2015

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Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing... Read more »

Published Feb. 23, 2015

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After the Oscars, diversity remains a topic of discussion

What was missing from the Academy Awards turned out to be the issue that could not be ignored on the night trophies were handed out. Read more »

Published Feb. 23, 2015

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Pace of new US measles cases slows a bit, officials report

The number of U.S. measles cases this year has risen to 154, with new cases scattered across five states, although the pace seems to have slowed. Read more »

Published Feb. 23, 2015

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Disney animators win Oscar 2 years in a row

The Walt Disney Co. proved Sunday that its power doesn't only come from Pixar. Read more »

Published Feb. 23, 2015

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Families of 3 missing UK girls believed to be headed to Syria urge 'Please come home!'

The families of three missing British schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group have issued emotional public appeals urging them to come home, as police... Read more »

Published Feb. 23, 2015

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Photo gallery: 'Birdman' takes flight at an Oscars punctuated by politics

The long take of "Birdman" has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past, took Hollywood's top honor in a ceremony... Read more »

Published Feb. 23, 2015

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Fearing Ebola, N. Korea bars tourists from capital marathon

Further restricting travel to the already isolated country, North Korea barred foreigners from one of its most popular tourist events — the annual Pyongyang marathon — because of concerns over the Ebola virus, travel... Read more »

Published Feb. 23, 2015

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List of 87th Academy Award winners

A list of winners at Sunday's 87th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Read more »

Published Feb. 22, 2015

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Disney hikes ticket prices at US theme parks

The Walt Disney Co. raised ticket prices to attend Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its U.S. theme parks, effective Sunday. Read more »

Published Feb. 22, 2015

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President Obama says he's committed to working with governors

President Barack Obama told dozens of the nation's governors Sunday night that they probably wouldn't agree on all issues, but said he expected they'd find more in common than sometimes is assumed. Read more »

Published Feb. 22, 2015

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And the winner is ... Suspense builds for 87th Oscars

The Oscar movies this year may be small, but they're packing a lot of drama. Read more »

Published Feb. 22, 2015

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Ray Bradbury home's demise has LA re-examining its history

It was the house where Ray Bradbury wrote "Something Wicked This Way Comes," and when the bulldozer came to knock it down literary scholars and preservationists were aghast. Read more »

Published Feb. 22, 2015

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As time wanes, a bucket list becomes less adventurous

On a recent Sunday, a couple of hours before their kids were supposed to come over, Robert "Smitty" Smith called his wife to his bedside and told her, "I'm sorry. I don't think I can make it." Read more »

Published Feb. 22, 2015

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AP Interview: Liberia leader urges help in post-Ebola phase

Liberia's leader on Sunday urged the United States and other countries to keep up their support to the West African nation as it recovers from the Ebola epidemic and refocuses attention on... Read more »

Published Feb. 22, 2015

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Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse. These three mothers — all of them educated,... Read more »

Published Feb. 22, 2015

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Andean culture frustrates organ transplants in Bolivia

For seven years, Maria Ramos battled bouts of depression as she underwent thrice-weekly dialysis treatments to keep her alive, her ambition of becoming a schoolteacher a seemingly unattainable dream. Read more »

Published Feb. 21, 2015

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