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Australia commits to legal growing of medicinal marijuana

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian lawmakers committed on Wednesday to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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2 college faculty fired in scandal over freshman retention

A plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail has erupted into a scandal, faculty firings and a demotion at Mount St. Mary's University after the Catholic school's president reportedly likened the students to baby rabbits that should be killed.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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Kurds attack Syrian air base held by insurgents

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters backed by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, activists and a rebel commander said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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Key developments following North Korea's rocket launch

 

North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket has drawn sharp condemnations and threats of new sanctions. World leaders say Sunday's launch violated a U.N. ban on Pyongyang's use of ballistic missile technology. North Korea says the launch of a new Earth observation satellite, the Kwangmyongsong 4, or Shining Star 4, is part of a peaceful space program.

A look at the latest developments on Wednesday:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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AP Exclusive: Iranian drone first over US carrier since 2014

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier last month was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014, according to a U.S. Navy report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent Congress his final budget on Tuesday, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives, from a new war on cancer to combating global warming to fighting growing threats from Islamic State militants.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016

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US Army study: Iraq's Mosul dam at 'higher risk' of failure

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Mosul Dam has long been branded the world's most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That prospect is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic State group captured the dam briefly in 2014, according to a new report by U.S. Army engineers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016

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Md. legislature overrides veto on felon voting

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly on Tuesday overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill with the help of a lawmaker who was allowed to vote twice: once as a member of the House and again as a senator.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016

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