In this June 11 photo, Damian Riniker, right, a marijuana reform advocate with the group NORML, stands by while a passerby signs a petition to get a pot club initiative on the ballot in the next election, in Denver.

Legal weed sparks debate: Why not allow pot clubs?

DENVER — Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can’t use it in public. Or in a… Continue reading

In this June 11 photo, Damian Riniker, right, a marijuana reform advocate with the group NORML, stands by while a passerby signs a petition to get a pot club initiative on the ballot in the next election, in Denver.

Killer appears to have been ‘homegrown extremist’

ORLANDO, Fla. — The gunman whose attack on a gay nightclub left 49 victims dead appears to have been a “homegrown extremist” who espoused support… Continue reading

Jermaine Towns, left, and Brandon Shuford wait down the street from a multiple shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday morning. Towns said his brother was in the club at the time. A gunman opened fire at a nightclub in central Florida, and multiple people have been wounded, police said Sunday.

50 slain in Orlando nightclub, worst mass shooting in US history

ORLANDO, Fla. — A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50… Continue reading

Jermaine Towns, left, and Brandon Shuford wait down the street from a multiple shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday morning. Towns said his brother was in the club at the time. A gunman opened fire at a nightclub in central Florida, and multiple people have been wounded, police said Sunday.

State considers permanent ban on ohia transport

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — State officials are set to consider whether an emergency quarantine put into effect last summer to prevent the spread of a… Continue reading

Obama marks Memorial Day at Arlington

ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama challenged Americans on Memorial Day to fill the silence from those who died serving their country with love and… Continue reading

In this May 23 photo provided by NOAA Northwest Fisheries, an automated laboratory that will analyze seawater for algae species and toxins is lowered by researchers into the Pacific about 13 miles from La Push, Washington. After a massive toxic algae bloom closed lucrative shellfish fisheries off the West Coast last year, scientists are now turning to the new tool, dubbed "a laboratory in a can, that could provide early warning of future problems. It is expected to provide real-time data on concentrations of six species of microscopic algae and toxins they produce, including domoic acid.

Ocean ‘robot’ to help identity toxic algae off Washington

SEATTLE — After a massive toxic algae bloom closed lucrative shellfish fisheries off the West Coast last year, scientists are turning to a new tool… Continue reading

In this May 23 photo provided by NOAA Northwest Fisheries, an automated laboratory that will analyze seawater for algae species and toxins is lowered by researchers into the Pacific about 13 miles from La Push, Washington. After a massive toxic algae bloom closed lucrative shellfish fisheries off the West Coast last year, scientists are now turning to the new tool, dubbed "a laboratory in a can, that could provide early warning of future problems. It is expected to provide real-time data on concentrations of six species of microscopic algae and toxins they produce, including domoic acid.
In this file photo taken in November 2014, Juneau photographer Mark Kelley reads to students in teacher Kitty Eddy’s K-1 Tlingit Language and Culture Classroom from his recently released book titled “Once Upon Alaska: A Kids Photo Book” at Harborview Elementary School.

Teaching kids to read: Portland public schools reject usual reading approach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Public Schools, searching for a new way to teach young students to read and write after years of struggle, has… Continue reading

In this file photo taken in November 2014, Juneau photographer Mark Kelley reads to students in teacher Kitty Eddy’s K-1 Tlingit Language and Culture Classroom from his recently released book titled “Once Upon Alaska: A Kids Photo Book” at Harborview Elementary School.
In this May 9 photo, Earl Wineck, 88, poses for a photo at the Alaska Veterans Museum in Anchorage. Wineck, who scanned the skies over Alaska for Japanese warplanes during World War II, supports President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima later this week.

Obama’s Hiroshima visit stirs differing views across Pacific

TOKYO — Two very different visions of the hell that is war are seared into the minds of World War II survivors on opposite sides… Continue reading

In this May 9 photo, Earl Wineck, 88, poses for a photo at the Alaska Veterans Museum in Anchorage. Wineck, who scanned the skies over Alaska for Japanese warplanes during World War II, supports President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima later this week.

Risks in climbing Everest in focus as 3 die, 2 go missing

KATHMANDU, Nepal — An Indian climber has died while being helped down Mount Everest, just a couple of days after a Dutch and an Australian… Continue reading

Ted Cruz ends his bid for Republican presidential nomination

INDIANAPOLIS — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, eliminating the biggest impediment to Donald Trump’s march to the Republican nomination.The conservative tea… Continue reading

Trump virtually clinches nomination

INDIANAPOLIS — In a stunning triumph for a political outsider, Donald Trump all but clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a resounding victory in… Continue reading

China passes law tightening controls on foreign nonprofits

BEIJING (AP) — China passed a law Thursday tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by subjecting them to close police supervision, a move officials say… Continue reading

Casualties mount from airstrikes in Syria’s largest city

BEIRUT — Airstrikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the past 24 hours in Aleppo, including dozens at a hospital in a rebel-held… Continue reading

Biden presses Iraq to not let political chaos upend gains

BAGHDAD — Vice President Joe Biden pressed Iraq on Thursday not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic State group… Continue reading

Suspected midrange N. Korean missiles fail, says S. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number… Continue reading

In this Friday, April 22, 2016 photo, Daniel Kaneshiro, a pastor at First Assembly of God church, talks to The Associated Press inside a dome-shaped shelter at the church in Honolulu. The church is looking into an unexpected solution to state's homeless crisis: they're planning to erect Alaska-made igloos to house homeless families. The snow-inspired dome-shape structures would appear at first glance to be a misfit among the island state's palm trees and sandy beaches, but their bright fiberglass exterior reflects the sun, shading those inside. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Hawaii church deploying igloos to house the homeless

HONOLULU — A church in Hawaii looking to address the state’s ongoing homelessness crisis has settled on a solution that on first look appears better… Continue reading

In this Friday, April 22, 2016 photo, Daniel Kaneshiro, a pastor at First Assembly of God church, talks to The Associated Press inside a dome-shaped shelter at the church in Honolulu. The church is looking into an unexpected solution to state's homeless crisis: they're planning to erect Alaska-made igloos to house homeless families. The snow-inspired dome-shape structures would appear at first glance to be a misfit among the island state's palm trees and sandy beaches, but their bright fiberglass exterior reflects the sun, shading those inside. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Brother, others related to San Bernardino shooters arrested

LOS ANGELES — Three people closely tied to the couple responsible for the San Bernardino terror attack were arrested Thursday in an alleged marriage fraud… Continue reading

In this April 26, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a rally at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Ind. Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are having a tough time attracting establishment Republican donors even as they intensify their efforts to derail the nomination of billionaire Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Former Speaker Boehner on Cruz: ‘Lucifer in the flesh’

FORT WAYNE, Indiana — Former House Speaker John Boehner unloaded on Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz during a talk to college students, calling the Texas… Continue reading

In this April 26, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a rally at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Ind. Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are having a tough time attracting establishment Republican donors even as they intensify their efforts to derail the nomination of billionaire Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight raises his fist after talking about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign stop at Old National Events Plaza, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Evansville, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Abroad, Trump seen as a danger

BRUSSELS — The world is fascinated by Donald Trump, just as blindsided as many Americans are about his rise and nearly at a loss to… Continue reading

Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight raises his fist after talking about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign stop at Old National Events Plaza, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Evansville, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
FILE- In this Oct. 12, 2012, file photo, nearly 100 confiscated illegal firearms rests on a table before a news conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance in New York. While the vast majority of guns used in crimes were originally sold legally, what happens with such weapons after their initial sale is difficult to track and even harder to prevent: criminals getting guns from friends and family, or on the street. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Tracking the flow of guns used in crime is inexact science

SMYRNA, Ga. — Adventure Outdoors is an 80,000-square-foot store with walls lined with long guns, cases packed with handguns and aisles jammed with all the… Continue reading

FILE- In this Oct. 12, 2012, file photo, nearly 100 confiscated illegal firearms rests on a table before a news conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance in New York. While the vast majority of guns used in crimes were originally sold legally, what happens with such weapons after their initial sale is difficult to track and even harder to prevent: criminals getting guns from friends and family, or on the street. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)