LOS ANGELES (AP) - Potheads have for decades celebrated marijuana on April 20. But the once counter-culture celebration now is appealing even to button-down Corporate America. No, Hallmark doesn't yet have a card to mark "420." But Lyft and Carl's Jr. are among the businesses outside the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry using the holiday to roll out marketing and social media messaging aimed at cannabis consumers.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City is using science and technology to sustain the DNA of a tree symbolizing hope 24 years after the deadliest act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil. As part of an annual remembrance of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing, civic leaders on Friday plan to transplant a tree that was cloned from a scarred American elm that lived through the blast. They hope the younger elm will replace the nearly 100-year-old "Survivor Tree" once it dies.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A suspect accused of fatally stabbing an Oklahoma man near Bushmaster Park in Flagstaff last month has pleaded not guilty. The Arizona Daily Sun reports 27-year-old Phelan Connally of Flagstaff entered his plea Monday. Connally reportedly called in the stabbing of Jason Kent Hart to Flagstaff police after the March 29 incident. Court documents show Connally got into an altercation with Hart in a wooded area east of Flagstaff. Authorities say the 39-year-old Hart died at the scene.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana as fossil-fuels interests there are fighting the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants. A lobbying disclosure report for Pruitt filed Thursday provides little insight into what he's doing in Indiana, but several clues point to work on behalf of the coal industry. Before serving as EPA administrator, Pruitt was the attorney general of Oklahoma.
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