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Friday August 28, 2015    10:12 AM
For their marriage ceremony this summer, Oregon couple John Elledge and Whitney Alexander decided to augment the standard open bar with a "weed tent." The experience included transportation to and from the event and a budtender to help guests in need of a little guidance.

Because of Oregon Measure 91, the pot tent was completely legal, as long as the couple followed some basic rules, Mark Pettinger of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission said.

"On private property where no liquor license is involved, it is legal," Pettinger said, noting that "there cannot be bartenders and budtenders" at the same event.

"My fiance, John, has been in the medical marijuana industry in Oregon for year

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Wednesday August 26, 2015    08:37 AM
ROANOKE, Virginia: - Two employees of a local CBS affiliate were shot and killed live on air near Roanoke Virginia this morning. They were Adam Ward, 27, a camerman, and Alison Parker, 24, a reporter.

Suspect takes own life (See Update near bottom of page)

A third victim, who was being interviewed at the time of the shooting, was shot in the back and is in hospital.

Becky Coyner with dispatch and records at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office says the suspect is 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II, of Roanoke.

It appears that the suspect fired approximately 8 shots from a semi-automatic pistol. The FBI have joined the investigation.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has said the su

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Tuesday August 25, 2015    09:21 AM
"My father isn’t an issue. He is a person. He is a human being."

When Oahu, Hawaii-based photographer Diana Kim saw her father for the first time in years, he was standing on a street corner, staring at the asphalt below.

He didn't acknowledge her presence.

Kim's father was struggling with mental illness, had been homeless for some time and didn't recognize her. Try as she might, she could not get his attention.

"I could tell it was him by his posture and of course, his face," she told The Huffington Post. "He had a distinct way of standing and walking" -- a gait that family members had told her was similar to her own.

A woman approached Kim and told her that her attempts to g

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Sunday August 23, 2015    11:08 AM
Manzanita, Oregon — The first trip to the coast 5-year-old Golden Retriever Dood will also be his last. This first and last trip will be to attend his owner's wedding,

Cassidy Williams, friend and owner of Dood, said Dood was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer on his skull in July.

Williams said she had plans to get married on Aug. 7 and that her dog Dood had planned to stay with family in Utah while she and her future husband got married on the Oregon Coast.

Because of Dood’s diagnosis, they both decided to change her plans so the Dood could be with them at the wedding.

Williams’ dad canceled his flight and drove Dood from Utah to Manzanita so he could be the ring bearer in th

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Thursday August 20, 2015    06:00 AM
Like any world-class athlete, 18-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky can swim hundreds of meters and make it look easy.

And, a mere 30 minutes later, she can make it look easy again.

The American won back-to-back races in the 1500-meter and 200-meter individual freestyle events at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, earlier this month. And she went right on winning.

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Thursday August 20, 2015    01:02 AM
After a sinkhole swallowed and killed a man as he dozed in his bedroom, another opened in the same suburb, forcing residents to evacuate.

Authorities say a sinkhole opened between two homes in Seffner on Saturday night and the houses have been evacuated as a precaution.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jessica Damico told The Miami Herald the hole was estimated at 3m across and more than 3m deep.

The new hole is about 3km from where Jeff Bush was swallowed up by a hole on the night of February 28 this year.

Bush, 37, was in the bedroom of his home at Seffner, that night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room.

The sinkhole - one of hundr

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Sunday August 16, 2015    08:34 AM
Today marks the 38th anniversary of rock and roll star Elvis Presley’s death. The King was found dead August 16, 1977, at his “Graceland” home in Memphis, Tennesse, at age 42.

Presley became a legend with his baritone voice and songs such as "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes." By the time Presley was 30, he had become the highest-paid singer in the history of the business at the time. In his obituary, the New York Times noted that his "blatant sexuality redefined popular music."


Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi as a twinless twin, and when he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, whe

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Saturday August 15, 2015    09:49 AM
A Michigan mother was stunned when she got a phone call telling her a complete stranger was buying her a new wheelchair accessible van–and it’s all thanks to her son’s essay praising his deserving mom.

Michelle Garn had been struggling to start her van so she could get it to a mechanic for more repairs, even though it was a rust-bucket, 15-years-old, and falling apart.

Since a stroke 13 years ago, the mother of three has been confined to a wheelchair and, lately, has tried to come up with the money for a new vehicle that would accommodate her physical disability.

Her son Brendan had entered an essay contest during National Mobility Awareness Month because first prize was a new, whee

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Tuesday August 11, 2015    09:59 AM
A four-year-old girl made a wish and her mom devised a brilliant plan to make it come true. It would involve a fancy dress, a basket of flowers, and a sign that read: “Can I be your flower girl?”

Don’t worry. Her mother didn’t suggest she stand in the streets–not this clever parent.

Annabelle whispered her wish to Yoko Ono’s “Wishing Tree” at the Smithsonian Institution’s sculpture garden earlier this year. When her mother, Kim Earl, asked what it was, Annabelle told her it was to be a flower girl in a wedding.

The problem was that none of her parents’ friends or relatives were planning weddings anytime soon, but Kim hit on an idea when the family got home to New York.

She took A

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Tuesday August 11, 2015    09:57 AM
Mayli and Brooklyn -- two best buddies, both with spina bifida -- give us a new take on the viral whip and nae nae, with a sweet dance routine in their wheelchairs. And with hair flips, spins, and even a stanky leg -- they turn it out!

The pint-sized divas were born just six months apart with the same diagnosis, ABC News reported, and have become best pals who love to groove.

“We have frequent sleepovers and kitchen dance parties,” Mayli’s mother, Sami Gibson, told the news outlet. “God knew these two were meant to be friends.”

Because her daughter loves to boogie, Gibson started a dance class for children in wheelchairs called Ayita, which is a Cherokee name meaning “first to dance

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