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Thailand's new Cabinet sworn in, ending rule by army junta

Jul. 16, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. King Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the swearing-in of the 36-member Cabinet, during which they pledged...

Police say man arrested on drug, gun charges after explosion

Jul. 13, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

GATES, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a western New York man has been arrested on drug and gun charges after a solvent used to extract plant oils exploded in his refrigerator. Police and firefighters responded to the scene of an explosion in Gates Friday afternoon and found that the blast had blown out two windows...

Competition to grow medical marijuana in Utah heats up

Jul. 12, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NEPHI, Utah (AP) — The wide metal barn on the Utah alfalfa farm owned by Russell and Diane Jones will host their youngest son's wedding next month. By September, they hope the structure will be full of marijuana plants. The Joneses are fourth-generation farmers, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

A Capitol offense? Cannabis found in Statehouse flower beds

Jul. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Almost three dozen cannabis plants have been found growing in the flower beds in front of the Vermont Statehouse, police said Friday. A visitor to the Statehouse alerted police to what turned out to be 34 plants found by officers this week among the cultivated flowers that line the...

LA police chief aims to wipe out minor warrants for homeless

Jul. 11, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said he is working to eliminate thousands of homeless people's old warrants for minor offenses in the coming weeks as part of a solution to help get people off the streets. "This is a humanitarian crisis of our generation," Moore said Wednesday in a...

US growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years

Jul. 11, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the U.S., while it still considers it illegal and dangerous. Scientists have asked for weed...

California man sentenced for keeping 15-year-old captive

Jul. 10, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One of two men charged with imprisoning a 15-year-old girl in a metal box at their Northern California marijuana farm was sentenced Wednesday to 31 years in federal prison. The girl, who had run away from home, was sexually abused by both men and required to help prepare the...

Thai leader names new Cabinet with military colleagues

Jul. 10, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday officially named his new Cabinet, a mix of members of the military government he headed after leading a 2014 coup and key politicians who helped him assemble a majority in the House of Representatives after March elections. Prayuth will be...

Man gets life in prison for distributing meth in Tennessee

Jul. 10, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man has been sentenced to life in prison for distributing large amounts of methamphetamine. The U.S. attorney's office in Jackson, Tennessee, said in a news release Tuesday that 58-year-old Rolando Lopez and several other co-defendants trafficked...

Jay-Z partners with cannabis company as brand strategist

Jul. 9, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay-Z is heading into the legal marijuana industry as a chief brand strategist in partnership with a California cannabis product company. The rapper said in a statement Tuesday that he entered a multiyear deal with San Jose, California-based Caliva. His role will consist of driving...