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Thailand makes marijuana legal, but smoking discouraged

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand made it legal to cultivate and possess marijuana as of today, like a dream come true for an aging generation of pot smokers who recall the kick delivered by the legendary Thai Stick variety. The public health minister's plan to distribute 1 million marijuana ...

Justice Department opens probe into Louisiana State Police

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is opening a sweeping civil rights investigation into the Louisiana State Police amid mounting evidence that the agency has a pattern of looking the other way in the face of beatings of mostly black men, including the deadly 2019 arrest of ...

WHO: COVID origins unclear but lab leak theory needs study

LONDON (AP) — An expert group drafted by the World Health Organization to help investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic says further research is needed to determine how COVID-19 first began, including a more detailed analysis of the possibility it was a laboratory accident. That ...

PGA Tour says Saudi-paid players no longer eligible for tour

Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and other PGA Tour members who teed off in the Saudi-funded golf league today are no longer eligible for PGA Tour events under penalties Commissioner Jay Monahan shared soon after the first tee shot was struck. Still to be determined is whether those players are ...

Michigan GOP candidate Kelley charged for Capitol riot role

DETROIT (AP) — Ryan Kelley, one of five Republican candidates for Michigan governor, was charged with misdemeanors today for his role in the 2021 postelection riot at the U.S. Capitol. Kelley, 40, was arrested in western Michigan and awaits a court hearing in Grand Rapids, FBI spokeswoman ...