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Kansas rejects marijuana advocacy group’s bid to adopt a highway

The marijuana legalization group Fire It Up Kansas was denied the ability to adopt a highway because, they allege, of their group’s beliefs. “We don’t see any reason for the rejection, other than we like to tell the truth about cannabis,” said founder Mike Golden. State officials say that it’s…

U.S. stocks rally after Larry Summers’s withdrawal of Federal Reserve candidacy

US stocks Monday followed global markets higher, rallying on Larry Summers’s withdrawal as a candidate to lead the US Federal Reserve. Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 148.37 (0.96 percent) to 15,524.43 The broad-based S&P 500 shot up 15.68 (0.93 percent) to 1,703.67, while the tech-rich…

Dispute over Immanuel Kant reportedly at heart of Russian shooting

Russian authorities in the port city of Rostov-on-Don say that, over the weekend, an argument about the German philosopher Immanuel Kant ended in gunplay. According to a police spokeswoman, Viktoria Safarova, the men were waiting in line to buy beer on Sunday when they struck up a conversation about the…

Titanic bandmaster’s violin to go on display in Northern Ireland

The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the liner sank beneath the waves is to go on display at a museum marking the tragedy in Northern Ireland, officials said Monday. The instrument belonging to Wallace Hartley was found strapped to his body after he drowned with some…

Thousands flee as volcano erupts in Indonesia

Nearly six thousand people have fled their homes on Indonesia’s Sumatra island after a huge volcanic eruption at the weekend, officials said, as the volcano belched out more smoke Monday. Mount Sinabung in the Karo district of North Sumatra province erupted before dawn on Sunday, spewing rocks and red-hot ash…

Berlin Zoo wins trademark battle over the name of beloved polar bear

Berlin Zoo will keep the rights to the name of Knut, the cuddly polar bear that captured hearts worldwide and devastated fans when he died, an EU court ruled Monday. The Luxembourg ruling was a victory over Knut IP Management Ltd of Britain, which had sought the trademark for “Knut…

Indian police interrogate man suspected of raping 4-year-old girl

Indian police on Monday were interrogating a school bus cleaner after his arrest on suspicion of raping a four-year-old in the vehicle on the outskirts of Mumbai earlier this month. The 26-year-old was arrested at the weekend after the girl told her parents of the incident more than a week…

Female Afghan police chief Nigar dies after being shot in the neck

The top policewoman in Afghanistan’s restive south died Monday after being shot by assassins, just months after her predecessor was gunned down, in the latest attack to highlight the threat to women in public life. Nigar, who only used one name, was shot on the street in Lashkar Gah, the…

Popularity of bodybuilding is bulging in China

Their bronzed bodies rippling with tension, gaggles of Chinese bodybuilders preened and performed press-ups backstage before competing for one of the country’s biggest prizes in their discipline. More than 100 men competed at a Bodybuilding Grand Prix this weekend for a top prize worth 80,000 yuan ($13,000). They included at…

Somalia’s ‘New Deal’ to drive recovery from civil war

International donors met Monday to approve a “New Deal” for Somalia to drive its economic and political recovery after two decades of bloody civil war. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud faced one of “the most difficult challenges in the world”, EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton said as they went into…

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