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Israeli who crossed into Jordan sentenced to 4 months

The Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan - A Jordanian court sentenced an Israeli man on Monday to four months in prison and fined him $1,450 for illegally crossing into the country and possessing drugs, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Konstantin Kotov, 35, crossed into Jordanian territory on Oct. 29. He pleaded guilty to crossing the border into Jordan illegally but pleaded not guilty to the drug possession charge, saying it was meant for personal use. Kotov did not say why he travelled to Jordan and wrongly claimed that having a small amount of marijuana was legal in Israel.

High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations.

Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a half-million acres (200,000 hectares) last year, more than 450% above 2018 levels, so there's intense interest in the rules the U.S. government is creating. Critical comments on the draft have poured in from hemp farmers, processors, retailers and state governments.

High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press

AP News in Brief at 6:04 p.m. EST

The Associated Press

As trial nears, Trump keeps discredited Ukraine theory alive

The theory took root in vague form well before Donald Trump laid claim to the White House in 2016. The candidate’s close confidant tweeted about it. His campaign chairman apparently spoke about it with people close to him.


New Mexico's Bragg arrested on DWI, pot possession charges

Glen Rosales, The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico forward Carlton Bragg Jr. was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of under one ounce of marijuana early Sunday, hours after the Lobos beat Air Force.

Father guilty of manslaughter in death of toddler

Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press

Canada stock index slightly lower to end week

Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Stock markets could decline from record highs as the attention begins to turn to quarterly results, an investment specialist said Friday.

Reds' Bauer skirts arbitration after sour '19 hearing vs CLE

Joe Kay, The Associated Press

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:

Israel frees 2 more Syrians in swap for soldier's remains

Ariel Schalit, The Associated Press

Israel released two more Syrian prisoners back to the occupied Golan Heights on Friday, a second goodwill gesture to Russia for helping find the remains of an Israeli soldier missing for over 35 years.

St. Louis County adopts waiting list for public defenders

Jim Salter, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Getting legal representation will take longer for hundreds of criminal defendants in Missouri’s largest county now that its judicial circuit has instituted a waiting list that supporters say is the only way to reduce the massive caseloads that its overworked public defenders have been handling.

Portugal police add big hashish bust to recent cocaine haul

The Associated Press

LISBON, Portugal - Police in Portugal on Friday announced their second major drug bust in three days, with officials saying they stopped a fishing boat off the country’s Atlantic coast and apprehended 3.5 metric tons of hashish.