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Colorado has now made more than $1 billion from pot sales

Colorado, the pioneering state for pot peddling, has now made more than $1 billion in revenue since it legalized marijuana sales in 2014. The Colorado Department of Revenue announced this week that the combined marijuana tax, license and fee revenue had reached $1.02 billion, and marijuana sales alone have exceeded $6.56 billion. “This industry is…

A baby boy has died weeks after being cut from his mother’s womb

A baby cut from his mother’s womb during a brutal attack in April has died, a family spokeswoman said. Yovanny Jadiel Lopez had been in intensive care since his mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, was killed in Chicago. The infant died Friday due to a severe brain injury, Julie Contreras said. The baby’s condition earlier this week…

Robert Kraft pleads not guilty in solicitation of prostitution case in Florida

Robert Kraft pleads not guilty in solicitation of prostitution case in Florida

Robert Kraft entered a plea of not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution and requested a jury trial, according to court documents filed Tuesday in Florida. Kraft, billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, waived his right to an arraignment. He is scheduled to be in a West Palm Beach courtroom the morning…

Stunning reversal in Jussie Smollett case leaves many unanswered questions

Stunning reversal in Jussie Smollett case leaves many unanswered questions

In a shocking reversal, Chicago prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused last month of staging a hate crime against himself and filing a false police report about it. From the beginning the case sparked both outrage and doubt over the 36-year-old “Empire” actor’s claim that he was attacked…

Coal country’s message to Trump: We want jobs of the future

Coal country’s message to Trump: We want jobs of the future

By Heather Long Tyra Johnson grew up in coal country. She was never a miner, but she feels a part of the “tribe.” Her childhood memories are filled with trains laden with coal. They passed right through her hometown of Beattyville, in eastern Kentucky. She recalls how the trains were so loud that the Sunday…

Golfing great Arnold Palmer dead at 87

Golfing great Arnold Palmer dead at 87

Arnold Palmer, known as “the King” for his transformative legacy in golf, died at the age of 87, according to the US Golf Association.

40 dead in ISIS attack on Iraqi Shiite shrine, officials say

40 dead in ISIS attack on Iraqi Shiite shrine, officials say

By Hamdi Alkhshali and Angela Dewan, CNN   At least 40 people were killed and 74 others wounded in an ISIS attack on a Shiite mausoleum in Balad, Iraq, Ministry of Health spokesman Ahmed al-Rideini said Friday. The Thursday night attack follows the truck bombing of a shopping district in the capital, Baghdad, on Sunday, in…