San Francisco embraces Amsterdam-style marijuana lounges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary's marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors.

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  • Written by By PAUL ELIAS , Associated Press

50 years ago, the My Lai massacre shamed the US military

MY LAI, Vietnam (AP) — The shudder of artillery fire woke the boy at 5:30 a.m. Three American soldiers appeared at his family's home a couple of hours later and forced the mother and five children into their bomb shelter, a structure almost every rural home had during the Vietnam War, to keep residents safe.

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  • Written by By TRAN VAN MINH and GRANT PECK , Associated Press

Video: Deputy never entered building during school massacre

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Security video shows a Florida sheriff's deputy go toward the high school building while a gunman massacred 17 students and staff members, but he stayed outside with his handgun drawn.

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  • Written by By TERRY SPENCER , Associated Press

Hundreds flee Syrian town in besieged opposition enclave

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of civilians streamed out of two besieged enclaves on opposite sides of Syria on Thursday, crossing on foot and in pick-up trucks and tractors to safety after suffering weeks of shelling and bombardment at Turkish and Syrian government forces.

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  • Written by By PHILIP ISSA , Associated Press