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Congressional deal upends pot legalization in DC

Congressional deal upends pot legalization in DC

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Congressional spending deal will block the District of Columbia from legalizing marijuana through next September. Top lawmakers reached the sweeping deal Tuesday, a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill funding every government agency through Sept. 30, 2015. The bill also contains dozens of policy provisions. Among them is a prohibition on using […]

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More US embassies warn of post-CIA report violence

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – At least six U.S. embassies in the Mideast, Asia and Europe are now warning of possible anti-American demonstrations and attacks after the release of a Senate report outlining harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA on terror suspects. In identical notices to Americans, the embassies in Egypt, Sweden and the Netherlands issued […]

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After 12 days at sea, boater found safe off Hawaii

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

HONOLULU (AP) – A 67-year-old boater missing at sea for 12 days is on his way to shore after being found uninjured 64 miles south of Honolulu. The Coast Guard says Ron Ingraham was weak, hungry and dehydrated when a Navy ship reached him Tuesday. The agency said Wednesday that he’s aboard a cutter that’s […]

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Congress relaxes whole grain standards for schools

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line. A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn’t allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama, as House Republicans had sought. But it would ease standards that require more whole grains in school […]

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Massive $1.1 trillion spending bill unveiled

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government faces its first test in the House, where conservatives are unhappy because it fails to challenge President Barack Obama’s immigration policy. Many Democrats are displeased because it weakens the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulation of risky financial instruments. Another provision drawing fire would […]

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Mazda expands US air bag recall to nationwide

Mazda expands US air bag recall to nationwide

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

TOKYO (AP) – Mazda is expanding its U.S. recall for Takata air bags that may explode to the entire country, following Japanese rival Honda in the decision. Mazda said Wednesday it will officially notify the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration soon, but was still compiling details including the exact vehicle numbers requiring recall. NHTSA […]

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Hayden defends terrorism-era interrogation tactics

Hayden defends terrorism-era interrogation tactics

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the CIA during President George W. Bush’s second term says “I didn’t lie” to Congress about harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects. Retired Gen. Michael Hayden does say the intelligence community labored after Sept. 11, 2001 to repel further attacks against the U.S. Hayden tells NBC’s “Today” show he advocated […]

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Obama announcing $1B for early childhood education

Obama announcing $1B for early childhood education

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is following up on his promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children. He’s announcing a $1 billion public-private investment in programs for the nation’s youngest learners. Obama will join a daylong summit at the White House on Wednesday to announce the investment in early […]

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Senate report: Harsh tactics didn’t net bin Laden

Senate report: Harsh tactics didn’t net bin Laden

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate report says harsh CIA interrogations did not lead to the killing of Osama bin Laden. After Navy SEALs killed bin Laden in 2011, top CIA officials secretly told lawmakers that information gleaned from brutal interrogations played a key role in what was one of the spy agency’s greatest successes. Then-CIA […]

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Reaction to Senate report detailing CIA treatment of detainees after 9/11 includes call for prosecutions

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the 9/11 terror attacks is generating strong reactions in the U.S. and around the world. That includes a call from a U.N.’s human rights and counterterrorism official that CIA officers and other U.S. government officials be […]

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