Sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific on tsunami debris

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 species of fish, mussels and other sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific Ocean on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, washing ashore alive in the United States, researchers reported Thursday.

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  • Written by By SETH BORENSTEIN , AP Science Writer

Murder case raises question: Do LGBT hate crime laws work?

Each year, for the past three years, LGBT advocacy groups have tallied the killings of more than 20 transgender people in the U.S. Yet state or federal hate crime laws are rarely used to prosecute the slayings.

  • Written by By DAVID CRARY , AP National Writer

Legal loophole in DC creates bizarre pot bazaar

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's hard to justify $45 for an ordinary black cotton T-shirt, but the customer at a store in Washington D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood does so without question. The clerk grabs a clear plastic box containing about one gram of marijuana and drops it into the bag, reciting a practiced line: "Thank you and here's a gift for you to have as a souvenir."


  • Written by By ASHRAF KHALIL , Associated Press

'Devastating': Travel rules leave Iranian-Americans in limbo

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Navy veteran Mohammed Jahanfar has traveled overseas four times in the last year to visit his Iranian fiancee, most recently hoping to complete government paperwork that would allow her to come live with him in the United States.


  • Written by By AMY TAXIN , Associated Press

At least 15 Rohingya fleeing Myanmar die in boat sinking


COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — At least 15 Rohingya Muslims, including 10 children, who were fleeing from recent violence in Myanmar died Thursday when their overcrowded boat capsized in rough weather near shore in the Bay of Bengal, a survivor and police said.