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Marijuana

Oregon man accused of shipping marijuana in fake boulders

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Police say an Oregon man shipped more than $1 million worth of marijuana to another state via UPS last week, packing the drugs inside of artificial boulders he made himself. The Eugene Register-Guard reports that Curran Millican Manzer, 36, of Waterville, Oregon, made shipments to another state where marijuana is illegal....

Science

New York to fund research on hemlock pest predators

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A million-dollar lab aimed at protecting hemlock trees from an invasive insect is being created on the Cornell University campus. The Department of Environmental Conservation says the lab will get $500,000 from the state and will be headed by Cornell entomologist Mark Whitmore. It will be dedicated to researching and rearing...