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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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Zynga reports 2nd quarter loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) on Thursday reported a loss of $26.9 million in its second quarter.

August 06, 2015 | | Nation


Shackling video ignites debate

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The boy sat in a chair, the sound of his whimpering interrupted briefly by the clank of metal handcuffs closing around his ...

August 04, 2015 | | Nation


GOP debate field is set: Trump, Bush in; Santorum, Fiorina out

CLEVELAND (AP) - Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will be front and center in the Republican Party's leadoff presidential debate, scoring the top spot in Thursday ...

August 04, 2015 | | Nation


Utah group to start Scout troop welcoming gay leaders

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Days after the Boy Scouts of America lifted a blanket ban on gay leaders, a Utah group that pressed for the ...

August 04, 2015 | | Nation


CVS earnings rise despite no tobacco fix

NEW YORK (AP) - Pricey specialty drugs helped CVS Health cope with tobacco withdrawal and top analyst expectations in the second quarter.

August 04, 2015 | | Nation


Hollywood takes on troubled minds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The 1941 film "The Wolf Man" presents Larry Talbot's transformation from man to wolf as a form of schizophrenia. So little ...

August 04, 2015 | | Nation


Tax filing problems could jeopardize health aid for 1.8M

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 1.8 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law now have issues with their ...

August 04, 2015 | | Nation


FDA lays out extra steps to clean scopes linked to outbreaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials laid out extra safety measures that hospitals can take to clean specialized medical scopes that have been linked to sometimes ...

August 04, 2015 | | Nation


Ex-broadcaster sues Fox Sports over firing

DALLAS (AP) - Former college football television analyst Craig James on Monday filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


SUVs, help drive strong sales

DETROIT (AP) - More Americans are buying cars that say "look at me."

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Kraft recalls cheese slices: Choking risk

NEW YORK (AP) - The Kraft Heinz Co. is voluntarily recalling about 36,000 cases of Kraft Singles cheese products because some of the packaging film ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Misery deepens for those in Puerto Rico who can’t leave

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Most tables are empty at Walter Martin's coffee shop in San Juan's colonial district. His brow is furrowed ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Father admits killing 10-year-old son

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man admitted Monday that he killed his 10-year-old son, saying he beat the boy in a fit of rage, then wrapped ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Report: 2 dead, 15 hurt after tent collapse

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) - A circus tent collapsed when a severe storm raked a northern New Hampshire fairground Monday, killing two people and injuring 15 ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Prosecutor says police officers unlawfully opened fire in death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A "paramilitary response" by police in New Mexico unnecessarily escalated an encounter last year that ended when two officers unlawfully opened ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


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