GOP lawmakers create hurdles for citizen ballot initiatives

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas voters have been active in recent years, passing ballot initiatives that legalized medical marijuana, raised the minimum wage and expanded casino gambling. ...

Business Highlights

___ S&P 500 notches 3rd straight weekly gain after wobbly day Wall Street finished a milestone-setting week on a downbeat note Friday after a late flurry of sel...

Governor to sign bill creating legal framework for pot sales

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor plans to sign a bill in coming days to set up a legal framework for recreational marijuana sales, a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Friday. ...

APNewsBreak: California launches anti-illegal pot campaign

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marijuana shoppers are going to be getting a message from California regulators: Go legal. Aiming to slow illegal pot sales that are undercutting the nation's larg...

2 Wisconsin brothers charged in shooting death of boy, 5

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin brothers were charged Thursday in the shooting death of a 5-year-old boy who picked up a loaded handgun when one of the men left the weapon on a bed and went to ligh...

House would block Feds from interfering with state pot laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The bipar...

Booker vows to pursue clemency for nonviolent drug offenders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker says if he's elected, he plans to use the powers of the office to pursue clemency for what his campaign estimates is more than 17,000 pr...

The Latest: New York lawmakers OK farmworker rights bill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Legislature as it works toward adjournment (all times local): 10 p.m. Lawmakers in Albany have voted to give fa...

Lawmakers set to OK emission cuts, farmworker rights

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would adopt the nation's most aggressive carbon emission reduction goals and give new rights to farmworkers under proposals moving through the state Legislature Wednesday....

Push to legalize recreational pot fails in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York has failed after state leaders did not reach a consensus on several key details in the final days of the legislative session. ...

Netflix's first Arabic original sparks backlash on home turf

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Netflix's first Arabic original series has sparked a conservative backlash on its home turf of Jordan. In a Netflix statement, the show's writer Bassel Ghandour ...

Phoenix police chief promises change amid civil rights claim

PHOENIX (AP) — Police Chief Jeri Williams promised change in her department after being booed by some of hundreds of people gathered to discuss a videotaped police encounter that has caused a national...

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Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2019. There are 195 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 19...

Marijuana industry aims at environmental, ethical goals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alliance of large marijuana businesses has a message for the public: We're good corporate citizens. The 45-member Global Cannabis Partnership that includes Cano...

Police say video depicts shoplifting preceding heated clash

PHOENIX (AP) — Police released surveillance video Tuesday aimed at backing up their assertion that adults and not just a child were shoplifting before a videotaped encounter during which Phoenix offic...