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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2014 file photo, authorities remove some of the marijuana plants found growing in a corn field in southeast Terra Bella, Calif. Nearly two months after recreational marijuana became legal in California, less than 1 percent of the state's known growers have been licensed, according to a report released Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, by a pot industry group. (Chieko Hara/The Porterville Recorder via AP, File)
February 19, 2018 - 10:12 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly two months after recreational marijuana became legal in California, less than 1 percent of the state's known growers have been licensed, according to a report released Monday by a pot industry group. The 38-page report from the California Growers Association says 0.78...
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File - In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population in 2017, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth should surge even more during the Trump presidency. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
February 19, 2018 - 8:33 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming years thanks in part to the Trump presidency. Yaakov Katz said...
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FILE - In a Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla, after a shooter opened fire on the campus. Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
February 19, 2018 - 7:55 pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. SCHOOL SHOOTING PUTS PRESSURE ON FLORIDA LAWMAKERS TO ACT The deadly shooting at a Florida high school has put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a...
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File-This Nov. 24, 2015, file photo shows Rev. Jesse Jackson speaking to the media during a vigil for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot and killed Oct. 20, 2014 in Chicago. Jackson says he’s deeply insulted by a Fox News host’s “attack” on Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James. Political commentator Laura Ingraham criticized the three-time NBA champion for his recent comments about social issues, suggesting he should “shut up and dribble.” Jackson says it’s important for James, Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry, Kevin Durant and other NBA players to keep speaking out against injustice and the behavior of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
February 19, 2018 - 5:26 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Monday he's deeply insulted by a Fox News host's "attack" on Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and thanked the basketball All-Star for standing up for what he believes in. Political commentator Laura Ingraham criticized the three-time NBA champion...
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February 19, 2018 - 4:28 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Authorities say a man who shot and wounded a Texas state trooper before a trooper shot him has died. Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Deon Cockrell says 33-year-old Ernest Manuel Montelongo, of San Antonio, died Monday at a hospital. He says the trooper who was wounded...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaks to journalists during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Netanyahu traces his meteoric rise in Israeli politics to his days as a telegenic media superstar who dazzled audiences in both English and Hebrew. But he has also had a rocky relationship with Israel’s notoriously aggressive media, often accusing it of carrying out a "witch hunt" against him. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)
February 19, 2018 - 3:47 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu came to prominence as a star of the media age, an upgrade from older Israeli politicians in his telegenic poise, mastery of message and gift for the sound bite in English and Hebrew. But those skills may have morphed into a darker obsession with controlling the...
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Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 19, 2018 - 3:47 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A prominent psychiatrist is cautioning survivors that they may want to limit the funeral services they attend to close friends after 17 people were fatally gunned down at a Florida high school...
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Men's halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White, of the United States, speaks at a news conference at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
February 19, 2018 - 2:47 pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was expected to be a coronation: snowboarder Shaun White, shredding the halfpipe in an epic performance that won him Olympic gold at Pyeongchang four years after a devastating loss in Sochi and just four months after a nasty fall during practice sent him to a...
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, give a press conference in Amman, Jordan, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Cavusoglu said his country is ready to battle Syrian government troops if they enter an enclave in northern Syria to protect Syrian Kurdish fighters. Syrian state media said pro-Syrian government forces will begin entering the Afrin enclave "within hours," after reaching an agreement with the Kurdish militia in control of the region. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
February 19, 2018 - 1:14 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major Turkish military offensive is underway, saying it would hit back at the troops if their goal is to protect the Kurdish fighters. The warning sets up a potential...
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An Ankara municipality worker fixes the new street sign, "Olive Branch Street" in Turkish, named after Turkey's military operation to drive out the Syrian Kurdish militia of an enclave in northwest Syria, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Municipality workers on Monday took down the street sign for Nevzat Tandogan Street where the U.S. Embassy is located and replaced it with one that reads "Olive Branch Street." (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
February 19, 2018 - 1:00 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 8 p.m. A Turkish minister says reports that Syrian government forces are entering a Syrian Kurdish-held enclave "are false," adding that any move by Damascus to protect the Kurdish militia there would be a "disaster" for the...
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