Senate-backed medical marijuana bill advancing in House

BATON ROUGE — Only a year after a medical marijuana proposal stalled in its first hearing before state lawmakers, a bill that could get medical-grade pot to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy is nearing final passage.

The House Health and Welfare Committee approved the proposal Wednesday, sending it to a vote before the full House. The Senate already has passed the measure.

Carter says US flights, sea missions in Pacific will go on

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says China's campaign to build artificial islands in the South China Sea is uniting other countries in the region and spurring calls for the U.S. to get more involved there.

And here's what Carter is saying about recent Chinese complaints about American military flights over the islands: "There should be no mistake, the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows."

Court orders State Dept. to release Clinton emails monthly

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has ordered the State Department to release batches of Hillary Rodham Clinton's email correspondence from her time as the nation's top diplomat every 30 days starting on June 30.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras also laid out completion targets for the agency to meet, as it begins unveiling the 55,000 pages of emails sent from the personal email address that Clinton used while serving as secretary of state.

Blatter: FIFA to root out corruption, regain soccer's trust

ZURICH — While accepting the trust of world soccer has to be regained, FIFA President Sepp Blatter responded to the arrest of top officials on Wednesday by insisting it showed his efforts to eradicate corruption were working.

The deepest crisis in FIFA's 111-year history is threatening Blatter's bid to win a fifth, four-year term in a contest against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan on Friday, with European soccer leaders trying to delay the election.

Deputies: Man arrested for 3rd DWI; had young son in car

LAKE CHARLES — The Calcasieu Parish sheriff's office says a 37-year-old man with his 5-year-old son in his car was arrested after he was so drunk he was falling asleep while a deputy spoke with him.

The sheriff's office said in a news release issued Tuesday that Miguel Mesa II, 37, was stopped after a deputy saw his car swerving side to side and crossing the center lane.

Deputies say Mesa admitted to drinking before he got into his car. They also say he was unable to perform a field sobriety test due to his impairment.

Calcasieu sex offender dispute

The state Supreme Court has been asked to weigh whether a sex offender who was found guilty as a juvenile is required to list his sex offender status on his driver’s license or state-issued identification card.

The question arose out of a case in