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California regulators issue recreational marijuana rules with weeks to go until legalization

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:27:40 -0500

California regulators have issued temporary rules governing the state's voter-approved recreational marijuana marketplace in anticipation of retail weed sales becoming legal in less than two months.

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Food and Agriculture and Department of Public Health unveiled the emergency regulations Thursday, establishing guidelines for ...

Top-ranked Baltimore officer cleared in police van death

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:38:23 -0500

BALTIMORE (AP) — A police disciplinary board has cleared the highest-ranking Baltimore officer involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose death in custody sparked the city's worst riots in decades.

The three-member panel found Lt. Brian Rice not guilty on all administrative charges on Friday. ...

Andrew Cuomo, N.Y. gov.: Bridge-naming backlash is 'personally hurtful'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:31:32 -0500

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a petition to take his late father's name off a new bridge is "personally hurtful."

The state legislature voted in June to name the new $4 billion Hudson River bridge the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

A petition with 75,000 ...

Red Cross: 1 million Yemenis at risk of cholera outbreak

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:37:42 -0500

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - One million people across three Yemeni cities are at risk of a renewed cholera outbreak and other water-borne diseases following the closing of airports and sea ports by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels, an international aid group said on Friday.

The International Committee of ...

Keystone oil pipeline leaks estimated 210,000 gallons, days before Nebraska expansion ruling

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:11:29 -0500

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, but state officials don't believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems.

State officials and pipeline operator TransCanada Corp. disclosed the leak Thursday, and ...

Fire blazes through Barclay Senior Living Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:10:27 -0500

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A massive fire at a senior living community in Pennsylvania injured at least 20 people and forced dozens more, many of whom were unable to walk, into the cold night air.

Firefighters were still dousing hot spots Friday, even though the inferno was declared under ...

Donald Trump to host NCAA champs; South Carolina women decline invite

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:25:31 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will host college sports championship teams at the White House on Friday, although the South Carolina women's basketball team declined the invitation.

The White House says 18 NCAA teams will attend a reception at the executive mansion.

"We did hear from the White House ...

Charles Grassley, Dianne Feinstein marijuana use not a disqualifier for federal judgeships

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:35:58 -0500

Top senators said Thursday that people who smoked pot a couple of times in their lives shouldn't be denied judgeships, saying it might soon become tough to fill the federal benches if marijuana use is considered disqualifying.

The attitude change came as the Senate Judiciary Committee debated judicial nominees and ...

Ronald Wheeler, alleged AlphaBay spokesman, charged with device fraud over dark-web marketplace

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:11:22 -0500

Federal prosecutors have charged an Illinois man accused of acting as the spokesman for AlphaBay, a dark-web marketplace that facilitated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drug deals and other illegal transactions prior to being seized by authorities earlier this year.

Ronald L. Wheeler III, 24, was arraigned Wednesday ...

Pentagon says retweet calling for Trump to resign was made in error

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:45:03 -0500

The Pentagon said Thursday that a retweet from its official Twitter account calling for President Trump to resign was done in error.

The tweet posted by someone with the Twitter handle @ProudResister reads, "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress. Donald ...

U.S. defends coal at COP23 climate change conference

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:44:06 -0500

BONN, Germany — President Trump remains determined to take the U.S. out of the global Paris climate accord, but that hasn't stopped the U.S. from being a player as the latest U.N. summit on climate change wound down Thursday.

U.S. government officials said Washington will push for a change to World ...

Roy Moore receives backing of Alabama GOP's Steering Committee

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:34:57 -0500

The Alabama GOP announced Thursday it is sticking with Roy Moore in the special election to fill Jeff Session's old seat, pushing back against national Republicans who have called on Mr. Moore to pull the plug on his bid.

The statement of support came a day after the 21 members ...

Hawaiian Airlines holds onto top spot in on-time rankings

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:27:13 -0500

Here are the government's rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for September. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives no more than 14 minutes behind schedule.

1. Hawaiian Airlines, 94.0 percent

2. Delta Air Lines 88.7 percent

3. Alaska Airlines, 86.4 ...

Airlines bump fewer passengers off oversold flights

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:21:37 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) - Airlines are bumping fewer passengers off oversold planes after taking to heart the public anger over a man being violently dragged from his seat earlier this year.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that airlines bumped 2,745 passengers between July and September.

That is about one ...

Uranium One deal informant sued to recoup more than $700K lost in bribes

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:30:00 -0500

A FBI informant who gave the government information about a Russian bribery plot implicated in the sale of U.S. uranium rights tried unsuccessfully last year to recover upwards of $700,000 in bribes he said he was authorized to pay as part of the FBI investigation.

William D. Campbell has emerged ...

Baltimore detective Sean Suiter dies after being shot on duty

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:17:50 -0500

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore homicide detective has died a day after he was shot in the head while conducting an investigation.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a news conference Thursday that 43-year-old Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the department, was pronounced dead shortly after noon.

Suiter was ...

Probe finds more secret VA wait lists in Colorado

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:23:07 -0500

Department of Veterans Affairs clinics in Colorado kept secret wait lists of patients and underreported chronic delays in treatment, according to an investigation Thursday that was the second report this week of failures in VA handling of mental health care.

The VA Inspector General found that the agency's health care ...

Twitter strips blue verification badges from racists amid authentication policy overhaul

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:11:04 -0500

Twitter has released a new set of rules governing how it goes about awarding its blue "verified" badges to users and has begun stripping the accounts that violate its guidelines after coming under fire last week for giving one to Jason Kessler, the white nationalist who organized the infamous "Unite ...

DOJ says New Orleans commits to share information on illegal immigrants

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:43:59 -0500

New Orleans will have its police department share information on immigrants with federal deportation authorities, the Justice Department said Thursday after Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The meeting was arranged by Sen. John Kennedy, one of the state's Republican senators, who had wanted the two sides ...

IRS is building a safe to protect Donald Trump's tax returns: Report

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:30:15 -0500

The Internal Revenue Service is installing a safe to protect President Trump's widely sought tax returns, the outgoing IRS commissioner said in a recent interview.

Mr. Trump's tax returns and those of his predecessors are currently kept "in a locked cabinet in a locked room that nobody's in," but additional ...