FORGOT ABOUT THAT JOINT? VEGAS AIRPORT LETS PEOPLE DUMP POT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — What happens in Vegas really can stay in Vegas. Tourists catching a flight out of Sin City can now dump their leftover legal marijuana in metal containers set up at the airport. The 10 green bins dubbed “amnesty boxes” prevent federal transportation agents from finding pot on passengers during security screenings. The drug is legal in Nevada but still banned by the U.S. government. The containers were installed following a county ban on marijuana possession and advertising at McCarran International Airport, aiming to keep it in compliance with federal law. They are bolted to the ground and designed so marijuana and prescription drugs can only be dropped in, not taken out. A contractor, not police, will initially empty the boxes multiple times per week and then adjust the schedule as usage patterns develop.
UNDATED (AP) —The South Korean women’s curling team became a global sensation. And they had no idea. The team known as the “Garlic Girls” after their hometown of Uiseong, known for its prolific garlic production, came into the Pyeongchang Games as underdogs. Very few believed they would win a medal. Although they lost in the gold medal match to Sweden, they have earned worldwide attention as well as silver medals for their fierce talent and sparkling personalities. But they didn’t know that. Their coach shielded them from publicity and the women agreed to turn off their phones before the Games. So they had no idea they were superstars.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Flag Day ceremony in Mexico has gone awry, with troops flying the country’s red, white and green “tri-color” upside down. Local media show images of the giant flag fluttering over Mexico City’s Campo Marte parade ground with its iconic eagle inverted. President Enrique Pena Nieto acknowledged the gaffe, but he added that: “Upside down or right side up, backward or forward, the flag is a symbol that gives us a sense of identity, of belonging, of pride in being Mexicans.”
67-YEAR-OLD ALBATROSS SEABIRD GIVES BIRTH
HONOLULU (AP) — A renowned 67-year-old bird is a mother again. Hawaii News Now reported the albatross named Wisdom is the world’s oldest known wild breeding bird. Officials said Wisdom welcomed her new chick Feb. 6 at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Midway Atoll and Battle of Midway National Memorial are home to more than 3 million seabirds. The birds return each year to rest, lay eggs and raise chicks. Wisdom and her mate welcomed their last chick in 2017. Scientists believe Wisdom has successfully raised more than 30 chicks.