As pot comes out of black market, regulators face scrutiny

DENVER (AP) — Take a black-market business that relies on cash. Move the business out of the shadows by giving it government oversight. Hire new regulators to keep watch on the business, all without any experience regulating a brand-new industry.

  • Written by By KRISTEN WYATT , Associated Press

North Korea in the spotlight at high-level US-China talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and China began high-level security talks Wednesday focused largely on North Korea, amid outrage in Washington over death of an American college student after his imprisonment in the North.

  • Written by By MATTHEW PENNINGTON , Associated Press

Belgium tightens security after failed Brussels bombing

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium tightened security even more on Wednesday to counter fears that lone attackers could strike anywhere and at any time, a day after a failed bombing by a man shouting "Allahu akbar" at a Brussels train station put the nation on edge.

  • Written by By LORNE COOK and RAF CASERT , Associated Press

Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as first heir

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him first-in-line to the throne and removing the country's counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the line of succession.

  • Written by By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY , Associated Press