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Poll: US split on legal pot, against online bets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Americans are split over whether marijuana should be legalized for recreational use, according to a poll released Thursday. But the same poll finds them solidly opposed to online gambling. The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll finds...
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Syrian rebels claim massive Aleppo hotel bombing

This Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo provided by the anti-government activist group Coordination Committee of Khalidiya Neighborhood in Homs, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows green buses carrying Free Syrian Army fighters leaving Homs,...

Putin oversees Russian nuclear forces exercise

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has overseen a military exercise involving Russia’s nuclear forces amid escalating tensions over Ukraine. Putin said the exercise had been planned back in November. He was speaking Thursday in televised remarks from the Defense...
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Pro-Russians to hold referendum in east Ukraine

A man guards a road intersection as pro-Russian activists strengthen the barricades in front of the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin told...

Ousted Thai PM indicted over rice subsidy scheme

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s anti-graft commission indicted ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday on charges of dereliction of duty in overseeing a widely criticized rice subsidy program, a day after a court forced her from office. Yingluck was accused...

New Anne Frank play opening in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Seeking to engage a new generation with the tragic story of Anne Frank, a major new play based on the Jewish teenager’s diary opens Thursday in Amsterdam. It’s the first time a theatrical production has been forged directly from Frank’s...

Ousted Thai PM indicted over rice scheme charges

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s anti-graft commission has indicted ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over charges of dereliction of duty in overseeing a contentious rice subsidy program. National Anti-Corruption Commission chief Panthep Klanarongran says it voted...

Ousted Thai PM indicted over rice scheme charges

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s anti-graft commission has indicted ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over charges of dereliction of duty in overseeing a contentious rice subsidy program. National Anti-Corruption Commission chief Panthep Klanarongran says it voted...

Syrian TV: ‘Huge explosion’ levels Aleppo hotel

BEIRUT (AP) — A “huge explosion” Thursday in northern Syria leveled a hotel that government troops used as a military base, along with several other buildings in a government-held area, state television and activists reported. Syrian state television said the...
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Oscar Pistorius defense calls anesthetist

Oscar Pistorius is seated in a courtroom at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. A man who lives next to the house where Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend has testified at the athlete’s murder trial about the night of the killing, saying he...