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February 26, 2015

Pot on the Potomac

Washington D.C. became the latest and strangest frontier in the marijuana-legalization movement. It’s now O.K. for adult residents to possess 2 oz. of pot, grow up to six plants in homes and share their bounty with others

How to Parent Like a German

How German parents place a high value on independence and responsibility — and why Berlin doesn’t need a “free range parenting” movement

ISIS Executioner Identified

The ISIS fighter who appeared in a series of videos and was nicknamed “Jihadi John” has been named by the BBC as Mohammed Emwazi, from London

Conservatives Aim to Take Tips From Obama Playbook

Conservative organizers hope to overcome a crucial shortfall in digital savvy and voter reach ahead of the 2016 election by taking a page out of President Obama’s winning campaign playbook. Organizers pointed to several Democratic outreach strategies as effective models

Pasco Police Officers Fired 17 Shots at Man

Seventeen shots were fired by three police officers at a Mexican man in a Washington state shooting earlier this month, with five or six bullets striking him before he died, a member of the police investigative team said Wednesday

America’s Next Top Model Alum Dead in Apparent Homicide

Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Mirjana Puhar was found dead in a Charlotte, N.C., apartment on Tuesday. She was 19. Puhar was one of three victims, including her boyfriend, Jonathan Alvarado, 23, and Jusmar Gonzaga-Garcia, 21

Facebook Improves Suicide Prevention Support

Facebook is going to give timelier help to users who post updates suggesting thoughts of suicide, the social-networking giant announced. In the future, posts appearing to be suicidal will trigger a series of notifications

Emma Thompson Reconsiders Taxes After HSBC Scandal

Actress Emma Thompson won’t pay taxes until those implicated in the HSBC tax-evasion scandal go to prison, according her husband Greg Wise. The U.K. customs department decided not to prosecute anyone after leaks detailed misconduct in HSBC’s Swiss subsidiary

Scientists Find New Supermassive Black Hole

A team of astronomers has discovered a black hole of almost unimaginable proportions. At 12 billion times more massive than the sun, it challenges current cosmological thinking. The enormous object was formed 900 million years after the Big Bang

Mexican Singer Ariel Camacho Dies at 22

Mexican singer Ariel Camacho died in a car crash Wednesday on a highway outside Sinaloa, Mexico. The 22-year-old was on the road promoting a deluxe edition of his latest album El Karma, when he was involved in a collision

Lindsay Lohan Skimped on Community Service, Judge Rules

Lindsay Lohan is still on the hook for 125 out of the 240 total hours of community service she was ordered to complete, a California judge ordered on Wednesday. “There were things she did that didn’t qualify as community service,” said a city attorney

Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and More Win at the Brit Awards

The U.K.’s Brit Awards nominees were full of big contenders for British and international artists alike, and with performances by the likes of Taylor Swift and Sam Smith, the night was full of great moments. Ed Sheeran snatched up two of the biggest awards of the night

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