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Along with picnics and barbecues, the Fourth of July brings a less pleasant yearly ritual for many dog lovers: worrying about a family pooch who panics at the sound of firecrackers.

Betsy and Andy Firebaugh of Santa Cruz, Calif., have reason for concern. They live on a mountain ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean — a usually peaceful scene, except at this time of year, when people illegally set off firecrackers at local beaches. The explosive booms send their otherwise happy Australian shepherd — Seamus — into a frenzy.

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Three Kentucky residents are suing Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear, claiming the state’s prohibition of medical marijuana is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Franklin Circuit Court. The suit relies on arguments that haven’t been successful in other states, but the plaintiffs are hoping Kentucky will be different.

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Kentucky's criminal ban on medical marijuana is being challenged in a lawsuit that says its use could help combat the state's opioid addiction woes. 

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Kentucky State Police seized 75 pounds of high-grade marijuana in a traffic stop Tuesday in Lyon County. 

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The Legislature has passed a bill that would bar cities in Tennessee from decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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The Tennessee House of Representatives has voted on a bill that would block efforts by Tennessee cities to decriminalize the use of marijuana.

The Justice Department may step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have voted to legalize its recreational use, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

"I do believe think you'll see greater enforcement of it," Spicer said, during his daily press briefing. He added that the Department of Justice will be looking into the issue further.

For decades the same test has been used to convict drunk drivers.

Police ask a driver to stand on one leg, walk a straight line and recite the alphabet. If the driver fails, the officer will testify in court to help make a case for driving under the influence.

But defense lawyers argue, science has yet to prove that flunking the standard field sobriety test actually means that a person is high, the way it's been proven to measure drunkenness.

So, as attorney Rebecca Jacobstein argued to the Massachusetts high court, the tests shouldn't be allowed in evidence.

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Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are introducing legislation that would allow the use of marijuana for a variety of medical conditions. 

Updated at 10:45 ET Wednesday

While votes are still being counted, some high-profile ballot initiatives already have returned clear results — including a slew of states opting in favor of medical or recreational marijuana, and several more raising the minimum wage.

You can see our full list of key ballot measures here, or check out a sample of the highlights:

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