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  • Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive...

  • Final arguments unfold at ex-governor's trial

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife has boiled down to this: Did they knowingly trade special favors for the $165,000 in loans and gifts they admit they took from a dietary supplements promoter? If so, they could be convicted of bribery...

  • Slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake auctioned

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375. The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles. With the box...

  • Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

    Updated: 10 min ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its...

  • McConnell campaign manager resigns

    Updated: 10 min ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn't want to become a distraction as McConnell tries to win a tough...

  • Judge OKs Portland police use-of-force reforms

    Updated: 26 min ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge accepted a settlement on Friday between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Portland on reforms intended to improve the way police deal with mentally ill people. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon said he wants annual progress...

  • El Salvador detains US man sought in abuse case

    Updated: 41 min ago

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in El Salvador says Salvadoran authorities have detained a U.S. man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl for several years in the state of New Jersey and have sent him back to face charges. The embassy says in a statement Joseph...

  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    Updated: 41 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA's outside scientific advisers that the...

  • Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

    Updated: 56 min ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics statewide in a victory for opponents of tough new anti-abortion laws sweeping across the U.S. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with...

  • California schools chief to appeal tenure ruling

    Updated: 56 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's schools chief said Friday that he will seek an appeal of a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for teachers. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said he has no authority to challenge the ruling by a Los Angeles...

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