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NEVADA

Recreational sales of marijuana begin

LAS VEGAS — Nevada on Saturday became the fifth state in the United States with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes. It is eventually expected to outpace any other in the nation, thanks to the millions of tourists who flock to Las Vegas. People began purchasing marijuana just months after voters approved legalization in November. It marked the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales in the country. (AP)

ILLINOIS

Alleged kidnapper of student charged

CHAMPAIGN — A man has been charged with kidnapping a visiting University of Illinois scholar from China who authorities believe to be dead after she disappeared three weeks ago. Brendt Allen Christensen, 28, of Champaign, a graduate student in physics, was charged Friday and is in federal custody pending a Monday court appearance. Yingying Zhang, 26, disappeared June 9, weeks after arriving at the Urbana-Champaign campus. (AP)

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PENNSYLVANIA

Fisherman accused in death of his wife

ERIE — A commercial fisherman has been charged with killing his wife, who he said fell into Lake Erie. Christopher Leclair, 48, is jailed on a charge of criminal homicide in the presumed death of his wife, Karen, whose body has not been found. Leclair said his wife fell overboard during a trip June 11. Police said video showed he got on the boat with his wife the day before, and returning hours later without her. (AP)

CALIFORNIA

Plane crash-lands on busy highway

LOS ANGELES — The pilot of a small plane told air traffic controllers the aircraft lost an engine before crashing on a busy freeway near a Costa Mesa airport and exploding into flames Friday. The pilot and his fiancé were injured. (AP)