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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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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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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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Malaysia to pay US firm up to $70M if it finds missing plane

This undated handout picture released Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 by the company Ocean Infinity shows the vessel ‘Seabed Constructor’ which has been dispatched to the southern Indian Ocean to search for the wreckage of the missing plane, MH370. Malaysia’s government said Wednesday it will pay U.S. company Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it can find the wreckage or black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within three months, in a renewed bid to solve the plane’s disappearance nearly four years ago. (Ocean Infinity via AP) PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP)…

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MH370 hunt to resume with up to $70M reward for wreckage

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Malaysia’s government said Wednesday it will pay U.S. company Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it can find the wreckage or black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within three months, in a renewed bid to solve the plane’s disappearance nearly four years ago. Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said there was an 85 percent chance of finding the debris in a new 9,653 square mile area — roughly the size of Vermont — identified by experts. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that vanished is seen…

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Too soon to blame romaine lettuce, CDC says

It’s still too early to blame romaine lettuce for an outbreak of E. coli sickness that’s affected at least 57 people in Canada and the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. No new cases have been diagnosed since early December, but that doesn’t mean the outbreak is over, said Ian Williams, chief of the CDC’s Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch. Escherichia coli bacteria magnified 7000 times PASIEKA / Getty Images/Science Photo Library And acting too soon to blame one particular crop might leave people at risk in…

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Too soon to blame romaine for E. coli outbreak, CDC says

It’s still too early to blame romaine lettuce for an outbreak of E. coli sickness that’s affected at least 57 people in Canada and the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. No new cases have been diagnosed since early December, but that doesn’t mean the outbreak is over, said Ian Williams, chief of the CDC’s Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch. Escherichia coli bacteria magnified 7000 times PASIEKA / Getty Images/Science Photo Library And acting too soon to blame one particular crop might leave people at risk in…

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Warmer temps coming following weekend’s deep freeze in Northeast

BOSTON — The blast of arctic air that engulfed portions of the East Coast broke cold temperature records from Maine to West Virginia and stunned sea turtles in Florida — although a warm-up is coming Monday. Burlington, Vermont, and Portland, Maine set records, with Burlington falling to minus 20, beating a 1923 record by a degree, and Portland recording minus 11, also a degree below a 1941 record. The National Weather Service said Worcester, Massachusetts, which fell to minus 9, and Providence, Rhode Island, which dropped to minus 3, also…

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Malaysia OKs new search by private company for missing plane

FILE – In this March 6, 2016, file photo, well wishes are written on a wall of hope during a remembrance event for the ill fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Malaysian government has approved a new attempt to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File) More KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government said Saturday that it has approved a new attempt by a private company to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nearly…

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Where is MH370? New hunt begins for missing airliner

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s government said Saturday that it has approved a new attempt to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nearly four years after the plane’s disappearance sparked one of aviation’s biggest mysteries. The U.S.-based company Ocean Infinity dispatched a search vessel this past week to look in the southern Indian Ocean for debris from the plane, which disappeared March 8, 2014, on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members. The governments of Malaysia, China and Australia called off…

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