Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/599112e367654cea94c56432bba87267/rand-paul-1st-major-party-candidate-court-pot-donors Paul’s fundraiser at the Cannabis Business Summit — tickets started at $2,700, the maximum donation allowed for the primary contest — came as […]

The US is to deploy heavy weapons – including tanks, armoured vehicles and artillery – in a number of European nations, amid Nato concerns over Russia’s role in Ukraine. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33238004 US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said the equipment would be placed in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. Nato has vowed to boost military […]

France summoned the U.S. ambassador Wednesday to respond to the revelations by WikiLeaks that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on three successive French presidents and other top officials. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7b487071205543d9a96e60fe795a3bd0/french-president-calls-us-spying-revelations-unacceptable The release of the spying revelations appeared to be timed to coincide with a final vote Wednesday in the French Parliament on a bill allowing […]

The FBI assured Congress in an unusual, secret briefing that its plane surveillance program is a lawful operation with high-definition cameras and said it has tracked cellphones from the sky. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1240a8a42edf4a86aff72a0246525a95/fbi-surveillance-flights-book-rarely-track-phones The FBI refused to openly answer some questions about its planes, which routinely orbit major U.S. cities and rural areas. Although the FBI has […]

Nestle India said it will destroy instant noodles worth 3.2 billion rupees ($50 million) following a sales ban imposed by Indian food safety authorities for unsafe levels of lead. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a328bb2e690c415291099cfd05b4d24d/after-lead-scare-nestle-india-destroy-50m-noodles India’s food safety panel banned the noodles earlier this month after tests conducted across the country found that Nestle’s Maggi noodles contained lead at levels […]

When honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/cc69852ef58b424b976e008039cbf3f7/epa-plans-temporary-pesticide-restrictions-while-bees-feed A federal rule to be proposed Thursday would create temporary pesticide-free zones when certain plants are in bloom around bees that are trucked from farm to farm by […]

Al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns that they might retaliate if airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition continue to target them, the leader of the group said in an interview with an Arab TV station. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1b384894b25744f0a29889c520c55568/syrias-al-qaida-chief-says-no-plans-attack-west The Syrian known as Abu Muhammed al-Golani, who heads the Nusra Front, said […]

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