A bright ultraviolet light has shown upon marijuana in 2014, a watershed year for the plant, and a lot of it has centered around Colorado.

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Will the death penalty get an overhaul?

McALESTER, Okla. – Oklahoma’s last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as “a bloody mess.”

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April and other troubling ones this year in Arizona and Ohio gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that...

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