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5 dead and at least 35 hurt as tornadoes ripped through Iowa, officials say

By HANNAH FINGERHUT and MARGERY A. BECK Associated Press GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Five people died and at least 35 were hurt as powerful tornadoes ripped through Iowa, with one carving a path of destruction through the small city of Greenfield, officials said Wednesday. The Iowa ...

Daily marijuana use outpaces daily drinking in the US, a new study says

By CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer For the first time, the number of Americans who use marijuana just about every day has surpassed the number who drink that often, a shift some 40 years in the making as recreational pot use became more mainstream and legal in nearly half of U.S. ...

Florida Sen. Rick Scott joins race to succeed Mitch McConnell as GOP leader

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Rick Scott said Wednesday that he will run for Senate Republican leader when Mitch McConnell steps down from the post, becoming the third Republican in the race. South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the current No. 2 ...