Mich. farmer with 8,000 pot plants gets probation

DETROIT (AP) — A southeastern Michigan farmer recovering from throat cancer was sentenced to probation instead of prison Tuesday for growing thousands of marijuana plants, due partly to many handwritten letters from supporters who described him as a…

Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, June 17, to Sunday, June 23, via Facebook, Tumblr,…

Ex-Ill. GOP official apologizes for loaded email

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A Republican congressional candidate in Illinois says a former GOP official who wrote a derogatory email about her has apologized — via text. Erika Harold said the text from former Montgomery County Republican Party…

NY court: Computer searches can threaten privacy

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal appeals court says authorities may have gone too far in their search of an ex-convict’s computer. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the statement in a ruling Tuesday…

Reaction to court decision on Voting Rights Act

Reactions to Supreme Court ruling Tuesday that halts use of a key provision in landmark Voting Rights Act: ___ “I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today… Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets…
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WKBN video reviewed in case

Warren prosecutors are reviewing video taken by WKBN on Monday that shows the wife of a man charged with pushing a woman out of a window yelling at the woman after a court hearing.…

Eiffel Tower workers on strike, monument closed

PARIS (AP) — France’s Eiffel Tower — normally open 365 days a year — shut down Tuesday because of a strike, leaving tourists at the landmark Paris monument stuck on the ground. The company that manages the tower…

Vermont man indicted on murder charge in stabbing

LITTLETON, N.H. (AP) — A Vermont man charged with stabbing to death a private school trustee in a New Hampshire hotel lobby has been indicted on one count of second-degree murder. Rodney Hill of West Danville told police…

Escaped convict with ties to Zetas caught in Texas

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — Authorities say they’ve apprehended an escaped convict in South Texas who was part of a massive prison break last year in Mexico. U.S. marshals said late Monday they were acting on a tip…

Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 17, to Sunday, June 23: UNITED STATES 1. Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” (Star Trak LLC) 2. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records) 3. Macklemore & Ryan…

Diddy hopes to bring music back to TV with Revolt

NEW YORK (AP) — Diddy had been working on developing a TV network for years. When he was almost shut out of performing on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” around the release of a 2010 album, the rapper-producer…

Biden vows to work for new voting rights law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the Obama administration will do everything in its power to ensure fair voting in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling stopping part of the Voting Rights Act enforcement. Biden…

Judge dismisses Md. ‘joker’ threat case

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A judge is signaling that she will likely dismiss a case against a Maryland man accused of calling himself a “joker” and threatening to shoot his supervisor. Prince George’s County District Court Judge…

Institute: NKorea tunnel work at nuke test site

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. research institute says satellite photos show signs of new tunnel work at North Korea’s underground nuclear test site. U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said Tuesday that it does…

Police: Enhanced security for July 4 in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts police are beefing up security for Boston’s Fourth of July celebration, the first major public gathering since the Boston Marathon bombings. Police are encouraging the public to attend the traditional music and fireworks show…

Former Pa. school official faces jail for sexting

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A former school official accused of sending explicit text messages to boys has pleaded guilty in northeastern Pennsylvania. Former Scranto……

EU provisionally OKs Serbia membership talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday provisionally agreed to open membership talks with Serbia by January at the latest, acknowledging Belgrade’s efforts to improve relations with breakaway Kosovo and push through overall reforms. Ireland’s Deputy Foreign…

Texas prepares to execute 500th inmate

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison. “I remember thinking: We’re really…

Scientists: Tsunami hit East Coast earlier in June

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A storm that blew through earlier this month might have spurred a rare phenomenon for the East Coast: a tsunami. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the tsunami was observed June 13 at…