• Australia commits to legal growing of medicinal marijuana

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian lawmakers committed on Wednesday to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.

  • Feds plan outreach to New Mexico youth in opioid fight

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are citing a rise in drug overdose deaths in New Mexico as the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration release a documentary aimed at educating high schoolers on the dangers of opioids.

  • An unidentified man walks past a Confederate monument in Linn Park in downtown Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. A legislative committee is considering a proposal that would make it more difficult for local officials to remove Confederate memorials like the obelisk, which the city park board has voted to take down. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

    Bill would stop removal of Confederate, historic markers

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Confederate monuments first erected after the Civil War to honor Southern soldiers have increasingly been targeted by civil rights activists who say they are offensive to blacks and should be taken down. An Alabama legislator wants to make sure that doesn’t happen without state lawmakers’ approval.

  • AP Source: Ole Miss football cited in 13 of 28 violations

    Mississippi’s football program was cited by the NCAA in nearly half of the 28 rules violations levied against the school in the Notice of Allegations the university recently received, said a person with knowledge of the investigation.

  • Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel poses near the damaged menorah outside the Chabad Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The menorah has been damaged three times in less than a year, most recently on Feb. 7. (AP Photo/David Mercer)

    U of Illinois menorah damaged for a third time

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A 9-foot-tall menorah at a University of Illinois Jewish student center has been damaged for a third time in less than a year, police said Tuesday, and the center’s rabbi believes school leaders need to take a stronger stand against the vandalism.

  • Kim Davis obeying orders in gay marriage case, judges rules

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge ruled that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has obeyed his orders in the months since she spent five nights in jail for refusing to license same-sex marriages.

  • Lawsuit alleges Tennessee has ‘hostile sexual environment’

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a group of women alleges that the University of Tennessee has violated Title IX regulations and created a “hostile sexual environment” through a policy of indifference toward assaults by student-athletes.

  • In this Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, LL Cool J attends the 20th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. LL Cool J's childhood was scarred by his parents' separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a stable family life and love of music. But the couple kept a secret from both LL Cool J and his mother: She was adopted, as the hip-hop artist and actor learns in PBS' "Finding Your Roots." The episode, which also traces Sean "Diddy" Combs’ ancestry, airs Tuesday, Feb. 16, on PBS stations. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    LL Cool J learns family secret in ‘Finding Your Roots’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — LL Cool J’s childhood was scarred by his parents’ separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a loving home and appreciation of music.

  • In this photo provided by Turkish Islamic aid group IHH, a displaced Syrian boy eats at a temporary refugee camp in northern Syria, near Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Turkey was under pressure from the EU to open its border to up to 35,000 Syrians who have massed along the frontier in the past few days fleeing an onslaught by government forces and intense Russian airstrikes  in Aleppo. (IHH via AP)

    The Latest: MSF says 23,000 flee Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):

  • This Oct. 12, 2015 photo provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows an alligator in the kitchen of a Wendy's Restaurant in Loxahatchee, Fla. Florida wildlife officials say that 24-year-old Joshua James threw a 3.5-foot alligator through a fast-food restaurant's drive-thru window in October. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, bail was set at $6,000. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via AP)

    Fries with that? Man accused of tossing gator at drive-thru

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly weapon.