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Marijuana Products Under Bob Marley’s Estate to Launch Next Year

iStock Editorial/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The late reggae artist Bob Marley famously spoke of the creative powers of “the herb” — and now his family is launching a marijuana brand, which will sell cannabis and related products.

Marley’s estate and cannabis-focused private equity firm Privateer Holdings announced on Tuesday the launch of Marley Natural, a company based in New York City.

The company will have three categories of products by the end of 2015 — heirloom cannabis, topicals and accessories.

Tahira Rehmatullah, Marley Natural’s general manager, said the cannabis will be available in states where it’s legal in the U.S.

“Laws are changing rapidly, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on them,” she said.

The topicals, which will be more widely available, will include lotions, sun-repair creams and lip balms that are infused with cannabis and Jamaican botanicals.

The accessories will include vaporizers and some limited edition products that Marley himself enjoyed, like a bamboo bubbler and coconut chalice, Rehmatullah said.

Rehmatullah, a Yale MBA grad like the founders of Privateer Holdings, said prices aren’t available yet for Marley Natural, but the company is positioned as a “premium cannabis brand.”

“The focus of the brand is for this to be a mainstream product for mainstream consumers,” she said, with “strong” packaging and an emphasis on responsibility. “We want to offer a high quality product that’s safe for consumers. We’re hoping this will add a new professional level to the cannabis industry.”

She declined to detail the terms of the deal between Marley’s estate and Privateer Holdings.

A critic of the venture is Kevin Sabet, professor at the University of Florida and a former White House senior drug policy advisor.

“This is Big Marijuana at its worst,” Sabet told ABC News. “This is further evidence that legalizing marijuana isn’t about getting people out of jail or letting adults smoke in their home: it’s about today’s corporate CEO’s making millions. This is very troubling, but it confirms our biggest fears about Big Marijuana.”

The Marley family had been thinking about a venture for a long time as they have been approached by other people interested in the cannabis business, Rehmatullah said.

“When they heard about Privateer Holdings, they came to us,” she said.

Privateer’s most significant investment, also undisclosed, has been in Leafly.com, a site that acts like Yelp to review cannabis and dispensaries.

The most active family members from the Marley estate in this venture have been Cedella Marley, his daughter; Rita Marley, his widow; and Rohan Marley, his son, Rehmatullah said. The family members will be actively involved, but they don’t have titles in the company yet.

Rohan Marley and Marley’s estate has started other ventures, including House of Marley audio products and Marley Coffee, which shares the same Lion logo as Marley Natural.

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Findlay Man Accused Of Murdering Son Wants Body Exhumed

11/18/14 – 10:29 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his young son is asking the body be exhumed for further examination. The Courier’s Ryan Dunn explains…

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Jerrod Hartman is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Wednesday morning. There’s no word on if the request will be ruled on then. Hartman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the case.

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Americans Killed at Synagogue Include Grandson of Prominent Boston Rabbi, Kansas City Native

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Three Americans were among four killed in a brutal synagogue attack in Jerusalem Tuesday — including a Kansas City-born rabbi and the grandson of a prominent American Jewish leader.

Two Palestinians armed with knives and a gun ran into the synagogue and attacked worshipers during morning prayers.

Kalman Levine, also called Cary William Levine, originally from Kansas City, Missouri, was among the Americans killed. He devoted himself to religious study after moving to Israel, according to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

His son, Rabbi Yerachmiel Levine, eulogized his father by recounting how he would read the Torah all day.

“My father would study [Torah] all day long and would return home at night only to learn some more until he would fall asleep in his chair,” Yerachmiel Levine said, according to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Abba [Father], you were in the middle of saying the Shema [prayer] when your soul left your body and the terrorists came and murdered you.”

Levine’s former brother-in-law, Shimon Kraft, said Levine moved to Israel in 1982 and “never came back.”

“It’s a rough day for all of us,” said Kraft, now based in Los Angeles. “The Kansas City Jewish community is a small one.”

Kraft said he knew Levine, 55, since they were 7 years old and both in the first class of a Hebrew day school in 1966.

Kraft said Levine lived in a “safe neighborhood” and had not talked about being worried for his safety.

“He got killed in the same place he prayed every day for years,” said Kraft. “When you live there, you don’t think it’s going to happen in your neighborhood.”

According to Kraft, Levine had remarried since they were brother-in-laws and had nine children and five grandchildren.

Another attack victim, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, immigrated to Israel from America in 1990, according to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was the grandson of a prominent Boston rabbi Joesph Soloveichik and the son of Rabbi Isadore Twersky, the founder of Harvard’s Center for Jewish Studies.

Twersky lived next door to the synagogue where he was killed and was married with five children, Israeli officials said. He was the dean of an English-language school for Jewish students called Yeshivas Toras Moshe, according to the school’s website.

The third American victim was identified as Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, 43. According to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kupinsky worked in computers and regularly prayed at the synagogue where he was killed. Kupinsky was married with five children aged 5 to 16, according to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Home Depot Profits Build Despite Data Breach

iStock Editorial/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Home Depot announced on Tuesday that its profits rose nearly 14 percent in the third quarter.

The world’s largest home improvement retailer said sales were up 5.4 percent from the same time period last year, increasing from $19.47 billion in 2013 to $20.5 billion.

“During the quarter we saw strong performance across all geographies led by growth in transactions and continued strength in the core of the store,” Home Depot CEO and president Craig Menear said in a statement. “I would like to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication to our customers, and I would like to thank our customers for their continued confidence in The Home Depot.”

The better than expected report came after Home Depot revealed a massive data breach in September. The company estimates costs related to the breach will amount to approximately $34 million for the year.

Despite the added costs, Home Depot expects its sales to grow 4.8 percent for the year and its earnings per share to increase to $4.54.

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Suicide Attack Targets Foreign Compound in Kabul

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A suicide attacker driving a small truck packed with explosives targeted a foreign compound in the eastern part of Kabul Tuesday.

The attacker, acting in the guise of a construction materials delivery person, detonated the explosives at the entrance of the compound, killing two Afghan private security guards and injuring a foreign national.

After the explosion, two additional suicide attackers armed with small arms tried to enter the compound but they were both killed by other guards on duty.

Taliban were quick to take responsibility for the attack in a statement, saying their target was a compound run by foreign intelligence.

In the last few days, there’s been an increase in the number of suicide bombings and other types of explosions in Kabul.

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Suicide Attack Targets Foreign Compound in Kabul

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A suicide attacker driving a small truck packed with explosives targeted a foreign compound in the eastern part of Kabul Tuesday.

The attacker, acting in the guise of a construction materials delivery person, detonated the explosives at the entrance of the compound, killing two Afghan private security guards and injuring a foreign national.

After the explosion, two additional suicide attackers armed with small arms tried to enter the compound but they were both killed by other guards on duty.

Taliban were quick to take responsibility for the attack in a statement, saying their target was a compound run by foreign intelligence.

In the last few days, there’s been an increase in the number of suicide bombings and other types of explosions in Kabul.

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Russia Launches Mysterious Object into Space

Purestock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Western space agencies are tracking a mysterious object that was reportedly launched into space by Russia — and in turn has launched speculation about what the Kremlin could be pursuing.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been following the puzzling object’s maneuvers under the designation 39765.

Little is known about the object other than the fact it was part of a Russian rocket launch in May that sent three satellites to join a military constellation and was originally classified as space debris, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the story.

Experts have weighed in, saying the piece could be anything from space junk to the revival of a satellite destroyer program.

“I have no idea what it is!” Patricia Lewis, a space security expert at the think-tank Chatham House told The Washington Post.

However, if it is indeed a revival of Russia’s anti-satellite weaponry program, Lewis told the newspaper it could have huge repercussions if used.

“Imagine if you were having a Katrina episode and all of your satellites suddenly got jammed,” she said.

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Russia Launches Mysterious Object into Space

Purestock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Western space agencies are tracking a mysterious object that was reportedly launched into space by Russia — and in turn has launched speculation about what the Kremlin could be pursuing.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been following the puzzling object’s maneuvers under the designation 39765.

Little is known about the object other than the fact it was part of a Russian rocket launch in May that sent three satellites to join a military constellation and was originally classified as space debris, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the story.

Experts have weighed in, saying the piece could be anything from space junk to the revival of a satellite destroyer program.

“I have no idea what it is!” Patricia Lewis, a space security expert at the think-tank Chatham House told The Washington Post.

However, if it is indeed a revival of Russia’s anti-satellite weaponry program, Lewis told the newspaper it could have huge repercussions if used.

“Imagine if you were having a Katrina episode and all of your satellites suddenly got jammed,” she said.

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Russia Launches Mysterious Object into Space

Purestock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Western space agencies are tracking a mysterious object that was reportedly launched into space by Russia — and in turn has launched speculation about what the Kremlin could be pursuing.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been following the puzzling object’s maneuvers under the designation 39765.

Little is known about the object other than the fact it was part of a Russian rocket launch in May that sent three satellites to join a military constellation and was originally classified as space debris, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the story.

Experts have weighed in, saying the piece could be anything from space junk to the revival of a satellite destroyer program.

“I have no idea what it is!” Patricia Lewis, a space security expert at the think-tank Chatham House told The Washington Post.

However, if it is indeed a revival of Russia’s anti-satellite weaponry program, Lewis told the newspaper it could have huge repercussions if used.

“Imagine if you were having a Katrina episode and all of your satellites suddenly got jammed,” she said.

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Winter Weather Causing Areas To Avoid On Roadways This Morning

11/18/14 – 6:36 A.M.

Hancock and Seneca Counties are under Level 1 Road Alerts, meaning roads are icy and snow covered. You’re urged to drive with extreme caution.

There are a couple of trouble spots on area roads you’ll want to avoid. Hancock County Road 236 near State Route 613 is impassable due to blowing snow and ice on the road. County crews are working to clear the roadway.

Also this morning the Railroad Crossing on County Road 99 by Ball Metal on Findlay’s northside is malfunctioning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says CSX has been notified, but it’s a good idea to stay away for now as there is no word on when the gates will be fixed.

 

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