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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

Legal marijuana industry toasts year of global gains

The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.


FBI: ‘Money mules’ a growing target in online fraud schemes

The email caught the executive at a small company by surprise one morning in 2016. The company’s owner, or so he thought, was requesting a money transfer to pay for …


American man first to solo across Antarctica unaided

An Oregon man became the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance on Wednesday, trekking across the polar continent in an epic 54-day journey that was previously deemed …


Deaths of 2 children raise doubts about U.S. border agency

The deaths of two migrant children in just over two weeks raised strong new doubts Wednesday about the ability of U.S. border authorities to care for the thousands of minors …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

Authorities launch manhunt after killing of police officer

Authorities launched a manhunt Wednesday after they said a gunman shot and killed a police officer during a traffic stop in a small California town.


2 Michigan regulators take plea deals in Flint water case

Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the Flint water scandal pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor Wednesday in exchange for more serious charges being dropped, bringing to six the number …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

Trump signals no end to shutdown: ‘You have to have a wall’

A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall money …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 4:51 p.m.

Trump in Iraq on first visit to troops in troubled region

President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Wednesday, leaving behind a partially shuttered U.S. government to greet American troops helping hold off extremists in a country where …


Inundated by Camp fire survivors, Chico is a ‘city within a city’

Because of its size and proximity to communities destroyed by the fire, Chico was the logical place for many displaced survivors to move. Now, however, the city is struggling to …


Vermont community attempts to make world’s largest s’more

One Vermont community is celebrating the holidays and the winter solstice with a massive bonfire and what they hope will be the world’s largest s’more.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 25, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Cardinal Wuerl, despite stepping down due to abuse scandal, presides over grand Basilica Christmas Mass

Two months ago, Cardinal Donald Wuerl stepped down early from his position as archbishop of Washington, faced with a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation that condemned him for his mixed record …


Camp fire survivors get Christmas pardons

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Christmas Eve granted her a pardon for her 1999 drug conviction, a mercy that made her feel as if the state recognized how far she’s …


Trump: ‘I can’t tell you when’ government will reopen

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that parts of the federal government will stay closed until Democrats agree to put up more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. …


U.S. says 2nd Guatemalan child dies in immigration custody

An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody in New Mexico early Tuesday, U.S. immigration authorities said, marking the second death of an immigrant child in detention this month.


Got gorilla milk? Inside America’s largest stockpile of exotic milks

Stromberg is there to retrieve a breast milk sample for the zoo’s exotic animal milk collection, the largest U.S. repository of its kind.


Warmbiers win $500 million for son’s torture in North Korea

A federal judge in Washington awarded $500 million in damages to the family of Otto Warmbier, an Ohio student who died after being detained in North Korea for more than …


National Christmas Tree will be lit again after donations save it from darkness during shutdown

The National Christmas Tree that sits behind the White House will be reopened to the public on Monday after becoming an unfortunate totem of Washington’s political dysfunction when it went …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Christmas Eve grinch: Gift for homeless man’s son stolen from driveway

On Christmas Eve he planned to take it to his son, so he stayed at his son’s mother’s home in Frayser. It was parked in the driveway, attached to his …


Not very merry: U.S. stocks plunge before Christmas

President Donald Trump’s attacks on the Federal Reserve spooked the stock market on Christmas Eve, and efforts by his Treasury secretary to calm investors’ fears only seemed to make matters …


Court says Justice Ginsburg up and working after surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working as she recuperates from cancer surgery.


Trump tweets he’s alone at White House waiting for Dems deal

President Donald Trump was meeting with his Homeland Security secretary and other officials on Monday to discuss border security issues as a partial government shutdown over his U.S.-Mexico border wall …


Trump assails Fed as the ‘only problem our economy has’

President Donald Trump lashed out at the Federal Reserve on Monday after administration officials spent the weekend trying to assure the public and financial markets that Jerome Powell’s job as …


‘Fix-it’ man Shanahan working to streamline defense spending

The sooner-than-expected departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shifts the focus to President Donald Trump’s appointment of an acting Pentagon chief and plans for a permanent replacement.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Body of girl who died at U.S. border returns to Guatemala

The body of a 7-year-old girl who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol arrived in her native Guatemala on Sunday and was to be driven hours into …


School bus driver shortage creates headaches for districts

School districts throughout the U.S. are struggling to find school bus drivers, a challenge that has worsened with low unemployment and a strong economy.


Six hurt when car crashes into church, shatters stained glass

A car smashed through a church wall in Ohio during Sunday morning services, injuring six people and shattering stained glass.


Documents detail how absentee ballots gathered in NC vote

Affidavits released Sunday by North Carolina’s elections board allege absentee ballots were collected from voters by the man at the center of vote fraud allegations or those working for him.


Missouri governor wants repeal of new redistricting law

Parson believes a repeal-and-replace effort is necessary for a new voter-approved constitutional amendment revising the way Missouri’s legislative districts are drawn.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018, 1:01 p.m.

After criticism, Trump pushes out Mattis sooner than planned

Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resignation, President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed the Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned, an …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall

A top White House official warned Sunday that it’s “very possible” the partial government shutdown stretches into the new year and that how quickly numerous shuttered Cabinet departments and agencies …