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Study: Pot trumps cigarette smoking for many college kids ... Big decision for a KY county clerk ... Final appeals

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 1, 2015 at 12:50 a.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — Pot smoking has become more of habit for U.S. college students than cigarette smoking is. That's what researchers at the University of Michigan are saying. Their study says pot supplanted cigarettes last year as the smoke-able substance of choice among full-time undergraduates who light up regularly. Just under 6 percent of full-time students surveyed said they had used marijuana at least 20 times in the previous 30 days. By contrast, 5 percent of those surveyed indicated they had smoked cigarettes that often.

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — When a Kentucky council clerk arrives for work Tuesday morning, she'll have to decide whether to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples or possibly be fined or even hauled off to jail. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who argued that issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples goes against her religion.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is considering final appeals from a man scheduled to be executed Tuesday in Missouri for kidnapping, raping and stabbing to death a 15-year-old girl. Investigators say 50-year-old Roderick Nunley randomly targeted Ann Harrison as she waited for a school bus in Kansas City in 1989. And a co-defendant was executed last year. But Nunley's attorneys have filed three appeals before the high court, one arguing that execution amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

ATLANTA (AP) — A police officer is in critical condition and a homeowner has been shot in the leg following an emergency call in DeKalb County, Georgia. Police were responding to a call of a suspicious person Monday night, but authorities say they went to the wrong house. Now, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is being called in to look into what the local police chief is calling a complicated shooting. The homeowner's dog was killed.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man sentenced to life without parole for marijuana-related offenses is expected to be released from prison Tuesday. Police say Jeff Mizanskey conspired to sell 6 pounds of pot to a dealer connected to Mexican drug cartels. He was sentenced and convicted as a persistent drug offender under Missouri law. But Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey's sentence in May.

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