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Legal marijuana in Washington state: How it works

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:38
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's first recreational marijuana stores began opening for business Tuesday, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot. Some questions and answers about the industry:

Legal marijuana in Washington state: How it works

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:38
Washington state's first recreational marijuana stores began opening for business Tuesday, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot. Some questions and answers ...

Democrats Push Bill to Reverse Supreme Court Ruling on Contraceptives

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:36
The legislation, which faces long odds in the House, would ensure that women have access to insurance coverage for birth control even if they work for businesses that have religious objections.






Can Isis jihadists rule seized territory?

BBC World News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:35
Can Isis-led Sunni rebels rule the lands they have seized?
Categories: BBC World News

House Republican proposes $10.9 billion transport funding extension

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:32

U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Camp questions outgoing acting IRS Commissioner Miller during a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp on Tuesday unveiled a $10.9 billion plan to extend U.S. transportation funding through May 31, 2015, a measure that would avert an August slowdown of funding for construction projects. With the Highway Trust Fund rapidly dwindling, the U.S. Department of Transportation is planning to sharply reduce the amount of federal money it distributes to states to fund road, bridge and rail construction projects on Aug. 1. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has said this would result in a 30 percent reduction in available transportation funds, causing delays in projects and layoffs of hundreds of thousands of construction workers.


4 injured, including baby, in I-95 crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:31

4 injured, including baby, in I-95 crashAuthorities say four people, including a 7-month-old child, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on I-95 in Southwest Philadelphia.


Acura to recall vehicles in U.S. over defective headlights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:29
(Reuters) - Acura, the luxury division of Japanese automaker Honda Motors Co Ltd, said it would recall 14,078 model-year 2013-2014 ILX vehicles to replace their halogen projector beam headlights. The car manufacturer said if a vehicle is parked with the engine running with the low-beam headlights on for a long time, the headlights could melt plastic components, resulting in a fire. There was one fire reported but there were no related crashes or injuries, Acura said in a statement. (http://bit.ly/1vYgOVd) Last week Honda expanded to the state of California its U.S. ...

'Free the weed': Scenes from Washington pot sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:26

Julian Rodriguez, right, of Everson, Wash., holds his two-gram packet of recreational marijuana outside Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales. At left is Tom Beckley, the owner of the store. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)As employees worked frantically to prepare the shelves and assess their inventory at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Washington, 22-year-old Zoe Wainwright was among the dozens in line early Tuesday waiting for legal marijuana sales to begin.


White Pass - 7/8/2014 3:49:59 PM

White Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:14
White Pass US12
7/8/2014 3:49:59 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Satus Pass - 7/8/2014 3:41:01 PM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:14
Satus Pass US97
7/8/2014 3:41:01 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Stevens Pass - 7/8/2014 3:42:51 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:14
Stevens Pass US2
7/8/2014 3:42:51 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Blewett Pass - 7/8/2014 3:41:19 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:14
Blewett Pass US97
7/8/2014 3:41:19 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Snoqualmie Pass - 7/8/2014 3:42:29 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:14
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
7/8/2014 3:42:29 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
Refer to conditions and weather column for current restriction information

Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
Rock blasting scheduled Tuesday, July 8 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Extended closures scheduled Wednesday and Thursday from 8 p.m. lasting two or more hours. During rock blasting closures, crews will close I-90 in both directions from Gold Creek (milepost 56) to Price Creek (milepost 61). During blast closures there are no services eastbound past mp 53 at the summit or westbound past mp 70 near Easton. I-90 is closed to bicycles between Hyak (Exit 54) and Stampede Pass interchange (exit 62)

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Jury in NY acquits ex-hedge fund founder's brother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:13

Rengan Rajaratnam, left, exits Manhattan federal court in New York with his attorney Daniel Gitner Tuesday, July 8, 2014 after he was acquitted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Prosecutors had alleged that Rajaratnam, 43, joined with his brother, Raj Rajaratnam, to cheat in the stock market in 2008 on the securities of two technology companies. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of an imprisoned ex-billionaire hedge fund founder was acquitted of conspiracy on Tuesday, handing Manhattan prosecutors their first loss after dozens of insider trading convictions in prosecutions that relied heavily on wiretaps and the testimony of those who pleaded guilty.


Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:11
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iraq said the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents.

Obama urgently asks $3.7 billion for border crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:09

FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for tickets at the bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. Tackling what he has called a humanitarian crisis, President Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border, straining immigration resources and causing a political firestorm in Washington. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama appealed to Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border, where unaccompanied children have been showing up by the thousands in a human drama that's causing a political storm in Washington and beyond.


VIDEO: Why 30 orange cars drove 17,400 miles

BBC World News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:08
Dutch fan Ralph van Houten took the long way to Brazil, driving 28,000 km from New York to Rio in a convoy of 30 orange painted cars and motorbikes.
Categories: BBC World News

NY jury acquits ex-hedge fund founder's brother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:08

Rengan Rajaratnam, left, exits Manhattan federal court in New York with his attorney Daniel Gitner Tuesday, July 8, 2014 after he was acquitted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Prosecutors had alleged that Rajaratnam, 43, joined with his brother, Raj Rajaratnam, to cheat in the stock market in 2008 on the securities of two technology companies. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of an imprisoned ex-billionaire hedge fund founder has been acquitted of conspiracy.


Sterling appears in court for Clippers sale trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:08

Shelly Sterling, the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse for a trial over the $2 billion Los Angeles Clippers sale on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling, fighting his wife's planned $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, arrived in court Tuesday to give testimony but sat stolidly as a psychiatrist testified that he's mentally incapable of handling financial affairs.


American women targeted as Malaysia becomes Internet scam haven: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:08
By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Hundreds of American women are being ensnared by Internet scammers based in Malaysia, with some losing over a quarter of a million dollars, as the country becomes an epicenter for online crime perpetrated by Africans, U.S. officials say. The mostly Nigerian conmen, who enter Malaysia on student visas, take advantage of the country's good Internet infrastructure to prey on lonely, middle-aged women, wooing them on dating websites before swindling their savings, they said. The scams are more sophisticated than most Nigeria-based operations - which most Internet users have experienced at some time either via email or advertising - helped by Malaysia's advanced banking system, which allows perpetrators to quickly set up accounts and receive international transfers. U.S. officials say Malaysian police lack the resources and expertise to tackle the problem and have yet to launch a single prosecution of a case involving a U.S. victim.