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Wyoming holding out as other states legalize marijuana

Nov. 21, 2020 10:10 AM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — In the eight years since Colorado legalized marijuana, it’s been an open question whether Wyoming would someday follow the lead of its southerly neighbor. So far, that hasn’t happened. Lawmakers did legalize hemp and CBD products in 2019. Both lack marijuana’s...

Albuquerque is among finalist locations for Space Command

Nov. 20, 2020 9:52 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque has announced that it is being considered to permanently locate the U.S. Space Command, the latest of 11 unified command under the U.S. Department of Defense. The U.S. Air Force narrowed down its final options to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque,...

FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, a Red Robin restaurant in Tigard, Ore., has closed some tables in order to maintain social distancing between diners per CDC guidelines. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, announced a statewide two-week

Oregon businesses worry about lack of economic backstop

Nov. 16, 2020 5:43 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In March life in Oregon, and across the country, came to a screeching halt. Restaurants only served meals in to-go bags. Long-term care facilities locked their doors in an effort to save their tenants. Playgrounds were childless and classrooms were operated through computer screens....

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Northam has signed two criminal justice reform bills into law and proposed adding $1 million to the state budget to investigate the culture at the Virginia Military Institute after a newspaper article described allegations of racism. The legislature is scheduled to reconvene Monday, Nov. 9, to consider Northam’s proposed budget revisions and other amendments to legislation approved during a special session. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia governor pushes to legalize marijuana

Nov. 16, 2020 2:04 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam is pushing to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Virginia, which could be the first Southern state to do so. Northam announced his support for legalization Monday, saying he wants a responsible approach that promotes racial equity and preserves youth safety....

Montana Advanced Caregivers owner Richard Abromeit talks about different strains of marijuana stored in a refrigerator at the Billings, Mont., medical marijuana dispensary on Nov. 11, 2020. Recreational marijuana initiatives passed in four states this year, from liberal New Jersey to conservative Montana and South Dakota. The results prove how broadly accepted marijuana has become throughout the country and across party lines. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Americans across party lines, regions embrace marijuana

Nov. 16, 2020 9:21 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Bill Stocker could be considered the archetype of a conservative voter: He's a retired Marine and former police officer who voted for President Donald Trump. But he's also among the majority of South Dakota voters who broadly legalized marijuana this month. Stocker, 61, said enforcing...

A supporter of ousted President Martin Vizcarra holds a banner with a message that reads in Spanish,

Peru ouster throws nation's anti-corruption drive into doubt

Nov. 11, 2020 9:03 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — When Peru’s legislature voted President Martín Vizcarra from office this week, they may have done more than just oust a popular leader — they likely put the country’s best chance at making a dent on endemic corruption on hold. The chief of state had emerged as...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020, file photo people listen during a drive-in rally for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Americans pivot from red-hot Trump to Biden's seasoned cool

Nov. 8, 2020 9:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a crystallizing moment at the last presidential debate, Donald Trump and Joe Biden fielded a question about people of color who live alongside chemical plants and oil refineries that seem to be making them sick. As is his way, Biden responded with I've-been-there empathy. He recalled...

People celebrate the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by the historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

AP VoteCast: How did Biden do it? Wide coalition powered win

Nov. 7, 2020 3:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden's White House victory was powered by a broad and racially diverse coalition of voters driven to the polls by fierce opposition to President Donald Trump and anxiety over a surging, deadly pandemic. Both nationwide and in key battleground states across the...

A woman waits to vote at the Cathedral of Praise church on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

AP VoteCast: Trump wins white evangelicals, Catholics split

Nov. 6, 2020 12:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won support from about 8 in 10 white evangelical Christian voters in his race for reelection, but Catholic voters split almost evenly between him and Democratic opponent Joe Biden, according to AP VoteCast. Trump’s strong hold on white evangelical voters...

Editorial Roundup: US

Nov. 4, 2020 7:46 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Nov. 4 The Washington Post on how Election Day 2020 played out across the U.S.: For everyone anxiously awaiting final results in this year’s presidential race, the process feels anything but painless. But there is much to be thankful for...