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DEA laments that ‘media attention’ is making it tough to put people in jail for pot

Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 7:36 a.m.

In this Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, photo, an officer conducts a field sobriety test on a driver suspected of driving while impaired. (Bill Alkofer / Associated Press)
In the Drug Enforcement Administration’s annual survey of the nation’s law enforcement agencies, heroin remained the top concern in 2016 – head-and-shoulders above all other illicit drugs – while marijuana was a drug of negligible concern. Only 4.9 percent of law enforcement respondents named it their top drug of concern, down slightly from 6 percent last year.

American Dream? Odds plunge that children will earn more than their parents

Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 5:36 a.m.

Rising income inequality has eroded the ability for American children to grow up to earn more than their parents, according to groundbreaking new research from a superstar team of economists that carries deep implications for President-elect Donald Trump’s policy agenda.

Guitarist/singer Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dies

Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 10:49 p.m.

Members of the rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Greg Lake, left, Keith Emerson, center, and Carl Palmer, are seen Sept. 30, 1972, after an award ceremony in London. Greg Lake, the prog-rock pioneer who co-founded King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died. He was 69. (PA file via Associated Press)
LONDON – Musician Greg Lake co-founded both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer – bands that helped define the sprawling, influential but often-maligned genre known as progressive rock. Lake, who died of cancer at 69, was instrumental in bringing classical influences, epic length, mythic scope and 1970s excess into rock `n’ roll, winning millions of fans before punk swept in and spoiled the party.

Alabama executes man who killed clerk in 1994

Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 9:26 p.m.

A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk has been put to death in Alabama, hours after the state’s execution plans were twice put on temporary hold by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Russia says Aleppo combat suspended, residents say no let-up

Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 6:44 p.m.

Turkish women from pro-Islamic groups hold painted dolls depicting dead Syrian babies as they protest against the war in Aleppo, Syria, in Istanbul, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Aleppo shakes with explosions and gunfire day and night in both the government and rebel sides. (Emrah Gurel / Associated Press)
Russia said the Syrian army was suspending combat operations in Aleppo late Thursday to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and fighters reported no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign on the opposition’s ever-shrinking enclave.

Trump meets with Ohio State victims, taking on somber duty

Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 3:45 p.m.

In the midst of his Cabinet deliberations, President-elect Donald Trump flew to Ohio Thursday to meet with victims and families after the latest U.S. outbreak of violence, a somber duty that became all too familiar to his predecessor.

Leading cancer group calls on GOP to slow Obamacare repeal push

Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 2:56 p.m.

One of the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations Thursday urged congressional Republicans not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without first offering a replacement, joining the growing list of voices urging the GOP to slow its Obamacare repeal push.

Carrier factory union chief standing ground against Trump

Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 2:54 p.m.

In this Dec. 1 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence wave as they visit to Carrier factory in Indianapolis, Ind. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
A local union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter stood his ground Thursday, maintaining the president-elect gave false hope to hundreds of workers by inflating the number of jobs being saved at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis.

Rights group, worried about HIV, urges Philippines action

Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 2:32 p.m.

A human rights group says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men.

U.S. military official warns of North Korean nuclear capabilities

Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 2:21 p.m.

In this Oct. 16 file photo, a man watches a TV news program showing a file image of a missile launch conducted by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press)
North Korea now has the capability to launch a nuclear weapon, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, adding that while the U.S. believes Pyongyang can mount a warhead on a missile, it’s not clear that it can hit a target.

Ohio House committee votes to pass 20-week abortion ban

Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 1:49 p.m.

Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill that Republican lawmakers hoped to pass Thursday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 12:44 p.m.

In this Feb. 20, 1962, photo made available by NASA, astronaut John Glenn pilots the “Friendship 7” Mercury spacecraft during his historic flight as the first American to orbit the Earth. Glenn, who later spent 24 years representing Ohio in the Senate, has died at 95. (NASA / Associated Press)
John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

House passes stopgap measure as senators raise objections

Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 11:43 a.m.

A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, the House easily passed a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running through the end of April. The legislation’s fate in the Senate remained uncertain due to strident opposition from coal-state Democrats.

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