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Pot debates continue even where it's legal to grown, use marijuana

DENVER (AP) - Recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado and Washington, but debates over the drug are far from over. Here's a look at debates emerging in the states where the drug is already legal without a doctor's recommendation:

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Use of public assistance cards OK at pot shops

DENVER (AP) - Saying some neighborhoods have more pot shops than banks, Colorado Democrats on Wednesday rejected a proposal to ban the use of public assistance cards to obtain cash at marijuana-shop ATMs.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Gay marriage rulings build momentum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - In less than a month, two federal judges have struck down state bans on gay marriage for the same reason, concluding that they violate the Constitution's promise of equal treatment under the law.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels; tall buildings disappear in haze

BEIJING (AP) - Beijing's skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog Thursday as the capital saw the season's first wave of extremely dangerous pollution, with the concentration of toxic small particles registering more than two dozen times the level considered safe.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOODEN BOX AT GOODWILL CONTAINED DOG ASHES: TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The ashes of Onyx, a 165-pound rottweiler, were returned to her owner Wednesday, ending the mystery of a box purchased for $2.99 from a Puyallup Goodwill.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Billionaire hides $25M from IRS; gets praised by judge for donations

CHICAGO (AP) - The billionaire businessman behind Beanie Babies learned Tuesday that he won't go to prison for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities, and the judge who gave him two years' probation instead went to great lengths to praise his charitable giving.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


South Dakota business aims to combine bullets and beer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Bullets and beer long have been part of the lore in Deadwood, the western South Dakota gambling town where Wild Bill Hickok met his demise during an 1876 poker game.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Texas school district closed amid water dispute, $58K overdue bill

LA VILLA, Texas (AP) - Schools are closed in a one-stoplight South Texas town after the city shut off their water amid a dispute over the bill.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Judge gives Chicago 6 months to OK gun sales law

CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago, which has fought for decades to keep guns out of the hands of its residents, now must craft an ordinance within 180 days that will allow gun stores to open there, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Hotline fields 17 calls on Utah fertility clinic

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The suspect is dead, the fertility clinic where he reportedly replaced a customer's sperm with his own no longer operates, and the clinic left behind no records that might show the extent of the scandal, the University of Utah said Tuesday.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

MAN FINED AFTER PACKERS-BEARS STUN GUN BET: JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man was fined $250 after allegedly using a stun gun on his wife after she lost a bet on a Packers-Bears game.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


YouTube video of pot plants leads to arrest

CLINTON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man faces numerous drug charges after police say he posted a YouTube video of himself giving a tour of what he calls his marijuana garden.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Funeral held for teen who had aging disorder

SHARON, Mass. (AP) - Hundreds of people, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, attended the funeral Tuesday of a Massachusetts teenager whose battle with a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process inspired professional athletes and spurred medical research.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Vigil follows New Mexico school shooting

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Pregnant, brain-dead woman's husband sues

DALLAS (AP) - The fate of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman and her fetus likely will be decided in a courtroom after the woman's husband sued the hospital keeping her on life support against his wishes.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


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Pot industry’s bank bid rejected by regulators

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado credit union is hoping a federal judge will intervene to let the booming marijuana industry move its finances from cash-stuffed suitcases ...

July 31, 2015 | | Nation


Paychecks grow at record- slow pace in second quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't ...

July 31, 2015 | | Nation


New York village makes ransom payments to keep computers running

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A village in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 last year to keep its computers running after ...

July 31, 2015 | | Nation


Yahoo tries to get more fashionable

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is buying style-tip specialist Polyvore in its latest attempt to become a more fashionable place to advertise.

July 31, 2015 | | Nation


Dad of toddler found decomposed in crib was awarded sole custody

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who told police he put bags of garbage in his young daughter's room to mask the smell of her decomposing ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


‘Teen accused of suffocating her newborn son, then going shopping

NEW YORK (AP) - A teenage girl suffocated her just-born baby boy before putting his body in a shopping bag, then going on a trip to ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


Man steals SUV with baby in it, leads police on long chase

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky State Police trooper feared the worst as he climbed into the crashed SUV, stolen 48 miles away, and saw the ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


Kidnapping suspect’s sister files claim against FBI

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The sister of a man killed in the Idaho wilderness after he was suspected of kidnapping a teen girl and killing her ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


Utah reconsiders canyon name

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The renewed national scrutiny of the Confederate flag has officials again considering changing the name of Utah's Negro Bill Canyon ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


Facebook test is next for giant Internet service drone

MENLO PARK . (AP) - Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


FDA warns of drug name mix-ups

NEW YORK (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that some doctors and pharmacies are getting confused by the similar names of an antidepressant ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


Beaches remain open despite oil slick

GOLETA. (AP) - Beachgoers were warned to avoid tar balls on Thursday along the Santa Barbara shoreline as the Coast Guard sought the source of a ...

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


Quality behind average vehicle age reaching record 11.5 years

DETROIT (AP) - In the age of Apple's CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks.

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


Facebook 2Q results soar as user base, mobile ads grow

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is attracting advertising dollars to where its users are - on mobile devices.

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


Teens adrift near limit for survival at sea

TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) - Crews pushed the limits of an ever-expanding search zone Wednesday for two teens missing at sea and potentially nearing the boundaries of ...

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


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