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Rauner signs bill extending medical marijuana program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:51pm

A bill extending Illinois' medical marijuana program by 2½ years has been signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Tim DeChristopher arrested in Boston protest

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:24pm

Tim DeChristopher, the environmental activist who was sent to prison for disrupting a BLM land sale in Utah, was arrested in Boston Wednesday during a protest against a new natural gas pipeline.

Lawmakers OK statewide expansion of needle exchange program

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:20pm

The state House has given final approval to a bill authorizing the statewide expansion of a needle exchange program aimed at reducing the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other diseases.

Marine Corps: 15 drill instructors under investigation

Susanne M. Schafer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:20pm

The Marine Corps is looking into allegations of hazing, assault and physical abuse involving 15 drill instructors at Parris Island training depot in South Carolina, officials said Thursday.

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Layton driver gets probation after teen struck, killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:19pm

The second of two drivers charged in a case involving a teenage girl who was struck and killed in a Layton crosswalk has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.

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New trial granted for Adnan Syed, subject of 'Serial' podcast

Emanuella Grinberg, CNN  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:06pm

A Baltimore judge has ordered a new trial for Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the focus of the first season of the popular "Serial" podcast.

Judge's ruling still awaited on Mississippi gay-marriage law

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:31pm

An attorney said he's "not at all concerned" that a federal judge didn't hand down rulings by the close of business Thursday in two challenges to a Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to gay marriage.

Family of Austin teen killed by police sues city, ex-officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:10pm

The family of a nude, unarmed teen shot dead by an Austin police officer in February is suing the city and the since-fired officer.

CDC: System inadequate to stop amoeba at whitewater center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:00pm

Chlorination and filtration systems were inadequate at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where a rafter became infected with a deadly amoeba, a federal health official said Thursday.

Illinois governor signs bill ensuring schools stay open and providing colleges and social services money for 6 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:50pm

Illinois governor signs bill ensuring schools stay open and providing colleges and social services money for 6 months.

The Latest: Arizona crew deploys fire shelters in safe zone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:40pm

The Latest on a wildfires burning in the U.S. West (all times local):

California governor denies parole for ex-Mexican Mafia chief

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:10pm

Gov. Jerry Brown again blocked parole Thursday for a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement, discounting claims that the double murderer intended to enter the federal witness protection program.

Lawmakers consider boosting funds to defend LGBT rights law

Gary D. Robertson and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:10pm

North Carolina lawmakers took steps Thursday to set aside a half-million dollars for the legal defense of a law limiting protections for LGBT people as a judge sought to streamline a cluster of lawsuits it has inspired.

Utah militia leader accused in bomb attempt staying in jail

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:50pm

A Utah militia group leader who's accused of trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in Arizona and has ties to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy will stay in jail, a judge decided Thursday.

California voters will confront crowded November ballot

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:50pm

California is again testing how much democracy is too much, with voters facing up to 18 ballot questions in November that could end the death penalty, cut into the cost of prescription drugs and free marijuana smokers to legally light up in the nation's most populous state.

Border agency clears employees in 4 shooting incidents

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:40pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection found that employees acted properly when they fired guns in four incidents dating back to 2012 — including two that left two people dead.

'Guacamole-thick' algae causes crisis on Florida coastline

Jennifer Kay and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:30pm

A smelly, "guacamole-thick" muck is fouling a stretch of beaches promoted as Florida's "Treasure Coast," where lawmakers and residents blame the federal government, saying the algae crisis is fueled by freshwater flows controlled by Army officials to protect an erosion-prone dike.

Man seen on video kidnapping woman gets 35 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:30pm

A man seen on surveillance video grabbing a screaming, struggling woman off a Philadelphia street has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

'Vampire trucker' admits to holding women for sexual activity

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:30pm

Just days before he was to go on trial, a long-haul trucker who authorities say is obsessed with vampires admitted in federal court Thursday to holding women as sex slaves.