Pot holiday traces roots to 5 California high school stoners

 SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot's enduring and universal slang for smoking.

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  • Written by By PAUL ELIAS , Associated Press

First the chlorine, then chaos and death in Syria attack


BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of the Syrian town of Douma were packed into underground shelters amid bombardment when the gas began to spread. Suddenly, panic ensued.

  • Written by By SARAH EL DEEB , Associated Press

'It smells like death:' Alabama endures NYC 'poop train'


PARRISH, Ala. (AP) — A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet — and the "poop train" is just the latest example of the South being used as a dumping ground for other states' waste.

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  • Written by By JEFF MARTIN and JAY REEVES , Associated Press