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No welfare for weed under House bill

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The House passed a bill Tuesday night that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal.

Miley Cyrus date barely makes court appearance

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A massively famous celebrity meets a young homeless man in Hollywood and introduces him to an audience of millions. Then, just when it looks like the man is going to triumph, his dark past comes back to haunt him.

Sony forecasts $2 billion loss, cites weak mobile

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Sony expects its annual loss to swell to more than $2 billion after writing down the value of its troubled mobile business.

Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa.

Benghazi select committee holding 1st open hearing

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The House Select Committee on Benghazi gets its public debut Wednesday, two years after militants in the eastern Libyan city killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, and four months after Republicans launched their special investigation.

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.

Cuts to food stamps will only hit four states

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

An Associated Press review finds that cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed.

Obama: Ebola one day, extremist threat the next

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is consulting Wednesday with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants.

Airstrikes on central Syrian city kill nearly 50

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Activists say that Syrian government airstrikes have killed nearly 50 people in a rebel-held city this week.

Quotations in the News

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

"To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president." — Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on whether American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East.

Man drives across US, confesses to 1997 homicide

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A cold case homicide has been solved after a man, apparently racked with guilt, drove across the country to confess killing an Arizona woman with a flashlight more than 15 years ago.

Big break in ambush probe: suspect's abandoned SUV

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Authorities say a heavily armed survivalist with a vendetta against law enforcement is the suspect in an ambush that killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a heavily forested region of northeastern Pennsylvania. State police have warned the public that 31-year-old Eric Frein of Canadensis is dangerous, saying he's talked about committing mass murder. One local school district has closed Wednesday because of safety concerns for students and staff.

Billionaire's house arrest sends stocks crashing

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The arrest of a Russian billionaire has sent shares in his holding company into a tailspin.

Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale.

Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The remnants of Tropical Storm Odile barreled toward Arizona on Wednesday and threatened to swamp some areas with 5 inches of rain in the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the last two weeks.

APNewsBreak: 'Easy Rider' bike going to auction

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale.

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A scholar from China's Muslim Uighur minority community who often criticized the country's ethnic policies went on trial Wednesday on separatism charges in the far western region of Xinjiang.

China leader inaugurates Sri Lankan port project

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Sri Lanka inaugurating a $1.4 billion port city being built on an artificial island near the island nation's capital.

Experts: Mystery fireball was Russian satellite

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

People from New Mexico to Montana saw the bright object break apart as it moved slowly northward across the night sky. Witnesses described it as three "rocks" with glowing red and orange streaks.

Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.