Thousands honor soldiers on 100th year of Gallipoli battle

Members of historical Turkish military band, Mehter, perform during the Turkish International Service at Mehmetcik Abide in the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, Friday, April 24, 2015. As world leaders gather with the descendants of the fighters in Gallipoli, the memories of one of the most harrowing campaigns of the 20th century have come surging back to life. The doomed Allied offensive to secure a naval route from the Mediterranean to Istanbul through the Dardanelles, and take the Ottomans out of the war, resulted in over 130,000 deaths on both sides. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)GALLIPOLI, Turkey (AP) — As dawn broke, families of soldiers, leaders and visitors gathered near former battlefields, honoring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I on the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion.



US Olympic hero Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender

US Olympic champion turned reality TV star Bruce Jenner came out as transgender, saying: "For all intents and purposes, I'm a woman."In a highly anticipated, two-hour TV interview -- hailed by transgender rights' campaigners and his own Kardashian-linked family -- the 65-year-old said he had wrestled with his sexual identity since he was a kid. "I've always been confused about my gender identity since I was this big," he told ABC's celebrity interviewer Diane Sawyer. Supposed telltale signs, based on paparazzi photos from the streets of Los Angeles, include shaved limbs, long hair worn in a ponytail and what appears to be a sports bra under a T-shirt. He stressed the difference between gender identity and sexuality.



Washington governor signs medical marijuana overhaul

A production assistant collects a Cannabis plant in a state-owned agricultural farm in Rovigo(Reuters) - Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a bill that will overhaul the state's medical marijuana market, reconciling the long unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry. While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, voters in Washington state and Colorado approved recreational cannabis use in landmark votes in 2012 that ushered in licensed and taxed retail stores offering a range of products to adults. "Today, after tremendous hard work and compromise by legislators on both sides of the aisle, I signed a bill that will create a medical marijuana system that works for Washington." The bill will remove collective gardens that supply medical dispensaries starting next year, in favor of four-person "cooperatives." Some existing collectives will be allowed to continue operating however, if granted a license on the basis of factors such as the applicant's tax history. It will also establish a voluntary database of medical patients and let authorized patients possess three times the amount of marijuana allowed by the recreational-use law.



Flight runs into pressurization issues, passengers evaluated

DENVER (AP) — Officials say a Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Las Vegas to Milwaukee was diverted to Denver Friday night after reporting "pressurization issues."
Police arrest man over drone landing at Japan PM office

Media crowds the vehicle which carries Yasuo Yamamoto, who admitted to landing a drone on the roof of the prime minister's office, in front of Obama Police Station in Obama, Fukui prefecture, western Japan Saturday, April 25, 2015. Japanese police arrested the man, officials said Saturday. Tokyo metropolitan police said the man turned himself in late Friday in Fukui police in western Japan. (Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITTOKYO (AP) — Japanese police arrested a man who admitted to landing a drone with low level radioactive sand on the roof of the prime minister's office to protest the government's nuclear energy policy, officials said Saturday.





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