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Michigan marks 1st day of legal, recreational pot

Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than medical purposes. Read More

New Democratic governors show shift on U.S. charter schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor’s race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country’s highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Read More

Remains of Pearl Harbor sailors return home after 77 years

More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. Read More

Thousands salute Bush funeral train 4141 on final Texas ride

Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush’s remains toward their final resting place in Texas today. Read More

Final farewell to Bush takes on personal, distinctly Texas feel

“The world became a better place because George Bush occupied the White House for four years,” said Bush’s former secretary of state and confidant for decades, James Baker, who concluded his remarks fighting back tears. Read More

Residents return to California town leveled by wildfire

Hundreds of residents were finally allowed back into neighborhoods on the east side of town a month after the blaze killed at least 85 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes. Read More

1 dead and 5 missing after 2 U.S. warplanes crash off Japan

One of two crew members recovered after two U.S. warplanes collided and crashed off Japan’s coast early Thursday is dead and five others remain missing, the U.S. military said. Read More

Border Patrol agent indicted on capital murder charges in Texas

Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said he will seek the death penalty if Juan David Ortiz is found guilty in the September slayings. Read More

Trump on the fringes of presidents’ group at Bush’s service

The nation’s most exclusive fraternity — the presidents club — assembled today to mourn George H.W. Bush, putting on public display its uneasy relationship with the current occupant of the Oval Office. Read More

Sandy Hook father sues authors who promote conspiracy theory

The father of a boy who was killed in the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has filed another defamation lawsuit against conspiracy theorists who accused him of being an actor. Read More

Why Grand Teton National Park officials plan to trap or kill mountain goats

Grand Teton’s mountain goats aren’t native to the park, however. They descended from mountain goats introduced southwest of the park in the 1960s and 1970s. Read More

Maine teen sentenced to 40 years for killing parents

Family and friends disputed the notion that the parents, Alice and Antonio Balcer, were anything less than loving and supportive to Andrea and Christopher. Read More

Beef recall expands to 12M pounds after more than 200 get sick

An Arizona company is expanding the scope of its recall of raw beef that could be contaminated with salmonella, federal officials said today. Read More

National GOP campaign arm reports ‘cyber intrusion’

The National Republican Congressional Committee said today that it was hit with a “cyber intrusion” during the 2018 midterm campaigns and has reported the breach to the FBI. Read More

George H.W. Bush saluted by CIA comrades; service dog Sully comes, too

George H.W. Bush’s flag-covered casket today, joining members of the public who had lined up before dawn to pay respects to the 41st president in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. Read More

White House hails China trade truce as skeptics raise doubts

The Trump administration is celebrating the 90-day truce it reached in its trade war with China as a significant breakthrough despite scant details, a hazy timetable and widespread skepticism that Beijing will yield to U.S. demands anytime soon. Read More

To keep healthy, Harvard professor suggests ‘6 french fries’ per serving

If french fries come from potatoes, and potatoes are a vegetable, and vegetables are good for you, then what’s the harm in eating french fries? Plenty, say experts and nutritionists, including Eric Rimm, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, who called potatoes “starch bombs.” Read More



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