COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - With fewer than 4,000 approved patients, the nascent medical marijuana business in Illinois is off to a slow start. Yet it hasn't kept away a cadre of cannabis entrepreneurs who once relied on guns, badges, tough drug laws and lengthy prison sentences to fight the drug.
MADRID (AP) - About 35 African migrants, including at least one rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat, are among the top prize winners of Spain's Christmas lottery, according to the owner of the lottery agency that sold more than 1,000 tickets that shelled out 400,000 euros ($438,000) each.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An atheist group questioned Thursday whether a Republican legislator improperly used state resources to produce a Christmas greeting video in which he encourages people to become Christians and quotes Bible verses.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former juvenile delinquent fatally shot an armed robber who broke into his apartment through a bathroom window and accidentally shot and killed his visiting teenage brother and his housemate while exchanging shots with the intruder, a district attorney said Wednesday.
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A retired police detective is being hailed as a hero for engaging in what authorities called a "life-and-death struggle" to apprehend a robbery suspect at a crowded suburban shopping mall.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Protesters blocked access to a terminal and caused significant holiday traffic delays at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday during a Black Lives Matter rally that also briefly shut down part of the nation's largest mall.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two constables who handcuffed a woman and dragged her out of her home by her legs over an unpaid parking ticket have been sentenced to probation by a judge who said she considered jailing them because of their lack of remorse.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than half of the felony counts Pacific Gas and Electric Co. faced from a natural-gas explosion that killed eight people near San Francisco were dismissed on Wednesday by a federal judge who said that some of the alleged offenses were too similar.
HELSINKI (AP) - Most kids learn that Santa Claus comes from the North Pole, but children in Scandinavia are taught he lives a bit further south. Where exactly is a matter of much debate, with businesses in Finland, Sweden and Norway competing to cash in on the cachet that comes with claiming Santa's hometown.