Friday, January 30, 2015

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Jamaica's Senate on Friday started debating a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island where the drug has long been pervasive but prohibited.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The sons of a woman who died after smoke filled a Washington subway train are suing the Metro transit agency for $50 million.
DENVER (AP) - Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs.
NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio couple who reported a break-in say the burglar apparently was in no hurry because he or she took time to feed their dog bologna, make a pot of coffee and smoke some cigarettes.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Each year around this time, NASA honors fallen astronauts, including the 17 men and women killed in three separate wintertime accidents in the sky and on the earth.
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for playing a role in a sophisticated insurgent attack that killed 31 people in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai Peninsula. El-Sissi, a former army chief, cut short a trip to Ethiopia to return to Cairo Friday, as state television broadcast the arrival of the bodies of slain soldiers in coffins draped with Egyptian flags.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California appeals court on Friday upheld a jury's decision that the promoter of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts was not responsible for his death.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Lawmakers in Washington state - home to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks - may legalize gambling on fantasy football by classifying fantasy sports as games of skill.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations says his country soon will ask the world body's member states to formally recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - One day's Michigan Lottery drawings had some people seeing double.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Jamaica's Senate on Friday started debating a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island where the drug has long been pervasive but prohibited.
BEIRUT (AP) - The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique.
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) - Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - An important deadline loomed Friday for tens of thousands of people in the Dominican Republic who were born in the country but are not considered citizens because they are the descendants of migrants, mostly from neighboring Haiti.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's military confirmed that it shot down over the Caribbean Sea a small civilian plane believed to be carrying drugs.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - The U.N. secretary-general Friday urged African leaders not to cling to power.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed.
PARIS (AP) - It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation's deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an 8-year old Muslim boy proclaimed, "I am with the terrorists," the alarm bells sounded at full strength.
BEIJING (AP) - E-commerce giant Alibaba pledged Friday to do more to fight online sales of counterfeit goods, quickly settling a public dispute with a Chinese regulator after the value of its U.S.-traded shares plunged.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations says his country soon will ask the world body's member states to formally recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - The chairman of a commission inquiry into the conflict in South Sudan says the African Union has postponed releasing a report which is expected to reveal those responsible for atrocities committed in the violence.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico will cut government spending by $8.4 billion this year because of a drop in revenues due to declining oil prices.
BERLIN (AP) - German automaker BMW says it has fixed a security flaw that made 2.2 million of its vehicles vulnerable to break-ins.
MOSCOW (AP) - The chief of Russia's General Staff says the military will receive 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles this year, maintaining a high tempo of modernization despite the nation's economic downturn.
PARIS (AP) - It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation's deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an 8-year old Muslim boy proclaimed, "I am with the terrorists," the alarm bells sounded at full strength.