More than two dozen countries have relaxed their marijuana or other drug laws, and a number could consider legalizing in the not-too-distant future. The South American nation of Uruguay was first to legalize marijuana in 2013. Canada became the second on Wednesday and its size and global standing likely will encourage others to follow. Here's a look at other nations that could be influenced by Canada's legalization:
Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press | PostedOct 17th - 4:02pm
The Trump administration has again decided not to brand China a currency manipulator. But the U.S. is targeting China and five others for special monitoring for what the administration says are practices that are worsening America's trade deficit.
James Nord, Associated Press | PostedOct 17th - 3:29pm
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is considered a favorite to become South Dakota's first female governor after she easily won the deep red state's June Republican primary. But Billie Sutton, a state senator and former professional rodeo cowboy who was paralyzed in a 2007 rodeo accident, has mounted a spirited challenge to be the state's first Democratic governor elected in over 40 years.
President Donald Trump presented the nation's highest military honor Wednesday to an 80-year-old retired Marine sergeant major who five decades ago "fought with unmatched bravery" at the beginning of one of the Vietnam War's longest and bloodiest battles.
A trucker from Missouri who was beaten at an Idaho truck stop last month is still recovering from his injuries, and his employer has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his attacker.
Scott McFetridge, Associated Press | PostedOct 17th - 1:03pm
Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, now at $900 million. It could happen as soon as Friday night, when the next drawing is held, leaving most of us disappointed but some lucky winner beset by a host of questions.
Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press | PostedOct 17th - 12:39pm
With the GOP tax plan contributing to rising federal deficits, Democrats are warning that Republicans will seek cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to balance budgets if they keep control of Congress in the November election.
Jim Mustian, Associated Press | PostedOct 17th - 12:29pm
A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida stole an elderly woman's identity and used it to bid millions of dollars on famous paintings and defraud the renowned Sotheby's auction house, federal prosecutors allege in court filings.