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Group Ends Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure Drive In Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group has dropped its effort to put a medical marijuana issue on Ohio’s general election ballot. The Ohioans for Medical Marijuana announced Saturday that organizers decided with “a heavy heart” to halt collection of signatures to get on...

Schools preparing for the worst, with active shooter drills

AP Photo/Michael Conroy CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — “Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown. This is a drill.” With those seven words, calmly announced over the intercom system, an eerie silence overtook a bustling elementary school of 650 students in suburban Indianapolis....

The Latest: Pilot who crashed WWII plane was ‘extraordinary’

AP Photo/Julie Jacobson NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the fatal crash of a vintage World War II plane into the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey (all times local): 9:30 a.m. A veteran air show performer who died when a World War II plane crashed into the Hudson...

Spain police nab 7 suspects of large Francis Bacon art heist

MADRID (AP) — Seven people suspected of involvement in stealing five paintings by the Irish-born painter Francis Bacon worth more than 25 million euros ($27.8 million) have been arrested, Spanish police said Saturday. The owner of the artworks reported the theft of the...

AP Analysis: Hopes for peace dim with new Taliban leader

AP Photo/Afghan Islamic Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s government has offered the new Taliban leader a choice: make peace or face the same fate as his predecessor, killed in a U.S. drone strike last week. But Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is a...

US naval, air maneuvers become ‘new normal’ in Asia Pacific

AP Photo/Lolita C. Baldor WASHINGTON (AP) — American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the “new normal” in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Moscow. U.S. moves in recent...
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Michigan bills expand use of driverless cars beyond testing

AP Photo/Tony Avelar LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. auto industry’s home state of Michigan is preparing for the advent of self-driving cars by pushing legislation to allow for public sales and operation – a significant expansion beyond an existing state law that...

2 More Whirlpool Plants In Ohio Installing Wind Turbines

OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. says it’s installing wind turbines to help power two more of its factories in Ohio. The appliance maker based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, says it will spend $13.5 million to bring wind energy to its plants in Ottawa and Marion. Whirlpool...

Italian theater actor and director Giorgio Albertazzi dies

ROME (AP) — Giorgio Albertazzi, a theater and film actor and director famed especially for playing, well into old age, the emperor’s role based on “Memories of Hadrian,” has died in his native Tuscany, Italy. His family and Premier Matteo Renzi’s...
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Chinese developer Wanda opens theme park to take on Disney

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein NANCHANG, China (AP) — China’s largest private property developer, the Wanda Group, opened an entertainment complex on Saturday that it’s positioning as a distinctly homegrown rival to Disney and its $5.5 billion Shanghai theme park...