Supporters of marijuana legalization in North Dakota have submitted more than 18,000 signatures to the secretary of state in support of a measure that would fully legalize the drug, well above the 13,452 signatures required to put the question on the November ballot.
MAE SAI, Thailand - Divers compared it to mountain climbing, but in tight, pitch-black spaces and buffeted by swirling floodwaters, towing a child. They had to guide their charges through passages as narrow as a couple of feet, weighed down by bulky equipment. A diver in front led the way, with a boy tethered to him and another diver following behind.
MAE SAI, Thailand - Relief has given way to anxiety around the site of a vast cave complex where a soccer team of 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach remain trapped after 11 days, as rescuers deliberate the best way to extract them before severe storms hit. The boys were being given rudimentary diving lessons Wednesday, even though none of them knows how to swim. Though water levels have receded, volunteer divers who have spent hours deep in the cave complex say currents remain strong, and even they have to hold on to ropes to haul themselves out.
Twelve members of a boys' soccer team in Thailand and their coach have been found alive nine days after the group was trapped in a cave in the northern part of the country.
WASHINGTON - The Senate passed its version of the $428-billion farm bill Thursday, June 28, setting up a bitter fight against the House over food stamps, farm subsidies and conservation funding. The vote was 86-11, an overwhelming majority that reflected a bipartisan desire to rush relief to farmers confronting low food prices, rising suicide rates and an array of other troubles. But the lopsided vote belied the challenges that may await when lawmakers meet later this summer to reconcile the gaping differences between the House and Senate bills.
WASHINGTON - Conservatives on the Supreme Court said Wednesday it was unconstitutional to allow public employee unions to require collective bargaining fees from workers who choose not to join the union, a major blow for the U.S. labor movement. The court in a 5-to-4 decision overturned a 40-year-old precedent and said compelling such fees was a violation of workers' free speech rights. The rule could force the workers to give financial support to public policy positions they oppose, the court said.
Last fall, the CEO of San Francisco-based Dignity Health received an email out of the blue. It was from a 16-year-old Girl Scout named Shelby O'Neil. With all due respect, she wrote, the company's "Human Kindness" commercial had a glaring flaw: it depicted the casual use of a disposable plastic straw to blow out a birthday candle.
Koko, a beloved gorilla that learned to communicate with humans and then stole their hearts, has died. The Gorilla Foundation said the 46-year-old celebrity ape - a western lowland gorilla - died in her sleep this week at the organization's preserve in Northern California. The Gorilla Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to protect the species and their habitats, said in a statement that Koko will be remembered "as the primary ambassador for her endangered species."
WASHINGTON - A federal judge ordered Paul Manafort to jail Friday over charges he tampered with witnesses while out on bail - a major blow for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman as he awaits trial on federal conspiracy and money-laundering charges next month. "You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago," U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Manafort. "The government motion will be granted, and the defendant will be detained."
Less than two weeks after a pilot whale died off Thailand with 80 plastic bags in its stomach, three major companies - SeaWorld, Ikea and Royal Caribbean - have vowed to remove plastic straws and bags from their properties.