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Battle over legal marijuana: a monumental moment for states’ rights

West Hollywood is painted with rainbow flags. Known as “The Creative City,” this counterculture hub is set in rolling hills, thrumming with thrift stores, vegetarian restaurants, and, since Jan. 1, four dispensaries selling recreational cannabis. The most populous state in the union, with 39 million people, started allowing legal recreational pot sales three days before the Justice Department threatened to step up enforcement of federal prohibition.  As people waiting in a line outside West Hollywood’s MedMen brush off a rainstorm, Iain McDonald, an actor and Lyft driver from Australia, says he’s puzzled…

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Why Amazon’s guessing game is PR genius

It’s city versus city in the ultimate public battle to woo Amazon, and the very public courtship process may be one of Amazon’s most genius moves yet, according to experts. “They are playing a game that no one else was playing before,” said Andy Levine, president and chief creative officer at Development Counsellors International, a marketing firm. “That’s the one thing about Amazon. They’re not afraid to change the rules.” On Thursday, four months after Amazon set off the feeding frenzy of proposals, the online retailer announced it had whittled…

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Here’s what the final 20 cities offered Amazon for HQ2 – CNET

Amazon’s headquarters are in Seattle. It’s searching for a place to put a second headquarters.  Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon has whittled down 238 applicants to 20 finalists across North America for its second headquarters. During the bidding process, which began in early September last year, cities across the continent made a mad dash to entice Amazon to come to town, some with bizarre acts of grandeur. Tucson, Arizona, sent a giant cactus to Amazon, while the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, said he bought 1,000 items on Amazon.com and left…

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Foreign lobbyists rush to register in shadow of Mueller probe

WASHINGTON — The data firm whose work for Donald Trump’s campaign attracted the interest of Robert Mueller’s investigators recently filed paperwork showing it had helped spread negative information about Qatar, the Gulf nation targeted by the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates in a bitter propaganda battle. The parent company of Cambridge Analytica filed documents with the U.S. Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Unit disclosing $333,000 in payments by the UAE for a 2017 social media campaign linking the Qataris to terrorism. In June the Trump administration endorsed the aggressive…

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Deputy fatally shoots 16-year-old in Ohio courtroom

An Ohio sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a 16-year-old boy at a court appearance Wednesday during an altercation involving the teen and family members, officials said. Joseph Haynes, 16, was struck by a single shot in a courtroom at a Franklin County courthouse in Columbus where he was appearing for a hearing involving a menacing with a firearm charge and an electronic monitoring device, said Franklin County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rick Minerd. “At some point as the hearing was concluding there was an altercation that ensued involving the deputy and some…

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In with the old: New president unlikely to transform Mormon church

Russell M. Nelson, the new leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, isn’t expected to move the church in major new directions, church members and activists said Tuesday. Nelson, 93 — a world-renowned heart surgeon who was president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and of the Utah State Medical Association before he started moving up in the church’s leadership — signaled a stay-the-course philosophy when he was announced Tuesday as the successor to President Thomas S. Monson, who died Jan. 2 at age 90. “If you…

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What was that?! Meteor swipes USA and Canada shaking homes as it explodes in fireball

The meteor was seen across the region in places such as Ohio, Michigan and Ontario at about 8pm local time and registered a 2 magnitude tremor about 4 miles east of Saint Clair Shores in Eastern Michigan, the United States Geological Survey said on its website. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed it was not a meteorological event but more likely a meteor. “The NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor,” the NWS in Detroit said on Twitter. The meteor…

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My guns or my ganja? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The federal government says grass and guns don’t mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana — and the strongly pro-gun-rights administration of President Donald Trump — in a potentially uncomfortable position. As gun-loving Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to operate a medical marijuana program, with the first dispensary on track to begin sales next month, authorities are warning patients that federal law bars marijuana users from having guns or ammunition. “They’re going to have to make a choice,” said John T. Adams, president of…

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A Man Is Holding a 10-Year-Old Boy Hostage and Firing at Officers, Police Say

Authorities outside Cincinnati say a man is holding a 10-year-old boy hostage at an apartment complex and has been shooting at officers More (WEST CHESTER, Ohio) — Authorities outside Cincinnati say a man is holding a 10-year-old boy hostage at an apartment complex and has been shooting at officers and their vehicles. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says no one has been hurt since the hostage situation began early Saturday after midnight. He says there was an altercation inside an apartment and that a man who doesn’t live there stayed…

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Left vs. Right: State pols set to battle over voter rights, guns and unions

New year, new fights. As state legislatures across the country prepare to go into session, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are primed to tackle — and clash over — specific solutions to new problems and old troubles that haven’t been dealt with. Progressive legislators are focused on legalizing marijuana and passing gun control, while conservative lawmakers are prioritizing measures dealing with reining in unions and immigration. Here’s a look at the coming wars in U.S. Statehouses. On the left… Workers’ rights: With many states raising their minimum wage…

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