Giant bong, huggable buds: Marijuana museum opens in Vegas

U.S. 09/20/18, 02:25

A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets.Las Vegas' newest attraction — and Instagram backdrop — is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.Nobody will be allowed to light up at Cannabition when it opens Thursday because of a Nevada ban ...

Relatives: Women killed in Texas more than troubles endured

U.S. 09/20/18, 01:21

Janelle Ortiz dreamed of becoming famous. Melissa Ramirez imagined a day when the street wasn't home and drugs not her preoccupation. Claudine Luera just ached to see her children do better than she had.A framed photo of Melissa Ramirez sits at the end of a makeshift altar in her mother's ...

Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

U.S. 09/20/18, 01:13

A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried. Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies and ...

Women die in flooded van driven by South Carolina deputies

U.S. 09/20/18, 01:08

As South Carolina rivers overflowed from Florence's torrential rain, deputies taking two women to a mental health facility drove into floodwaters that engulfed their van and trapped the women inside, officials said Wednesday.The two deputies worked to free the women, who were being transported Tuesday night as part of a ...

Police: Motive unknown in Wisconsin office shooting

U.S. 09/20/18, 00:37

Authorities say they still don't know why a Wisconsin software company employee went to his office with a pistol and extra ammunition and opened fire on his colleagues, seriously injuring several before he was fatally shot by police.Emergency personnel arrive on the scene of a shooting at a software company ...

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

U.S. 09/20/18, 00:33

Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast. Florence is ...

PHOTOS: For Puerto Rico’s poor, hurricane was heavy blow

U.S. 09/20/18, 00:14

NARANJITO, Puerto Rico (AP) — After Hurricane Maria hit on Sept. 20, 2017, thousands of Puerto Ricans living below the poverty line were pushed to the brink of despair — struggling for food and housing, diapers and medicine.Gilberto Cosme Rodriguez, 73, gets a $320 monthly pension and spends nearly all ...

Maria’s death toll climbed long after rain stopped

U.S. 09/20/18, 00:05

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Disabled and elderly people were discharged from overwhelmed hospitals with bedsores that led to fatal infections. Medical oxygen ran out. People caught lung infections in sweltering private nursing homes and state facilities. Kidney patients got abbreviated treatments from dialysis centers that lacked generator fuel ...

Vigil honors star golfer from Spain who was killed in Iowa

U.S. 09/19/18, 23:28

Teammates and others who knew an Iowa State University student-athlete who was killed this week while playing golf near the campus shared stories about her and lit candles in her memory.Students react during a vigil for slain Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Ames, ...

Judge throws out lawsuit by ex-wrestlers over concussions

U.S. 09/19/18, 22:19

A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers, many of them stars in the 1980s and 1990s, who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma including concussions that led to long-term brain damage.U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant in Hartford ...

Frustration builds as Carolina residents wait to go home

U.S. 09/19/18, 22:19

Exhaustion and frustration are building in the Carolinas as thousands of people wait to go home days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods blamed for at least 37 deaths, including those of two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off ...

Women slain in Border Patrol case endured trying lives

U.S. 09/19/18, 22:19

Janelle Ortiz dreamed of becoming famous. Melissa Ramirez imagined a day when the street wasn't home and drugs not her preoccupation. Claudine Luera just ached to see her children do better than she had.All of these women, bound by difficulties in life, met an eerily similar death: They were shot ...

Former Chicago police commander linked to torture dead at 70

U.S. 09/19/18, 22:19

Former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge, who was accused of torturing suspects in his South Side police district but was never prosecuted for the alleged crimes, has died, a Florida funeral home confirmed Wednesday. He was 70.Burge led a "midnight crew" of rogue detectives accused of torturing more than 100 ...

Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana

U.S. 09/19/18, 22:19

Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana and instead punished him internally by expelling him from the congregation until he repented the following year.A trial begins Monday in the tiny city of ...