• Willie Nelson will launch own brand of weed, chain of marijuana stores in US - including Colorado

    New York Daily News
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Country music legend Willie Nelson is launching his own brand of weed and a chain of marijuana stores across the country. The 81-year-old longtime cannabis enthusiast plans to open up shops in states, including Colorado, where pot is legal starting in 2016, he told the Daily...

  • Wiggly words on immigration policy from 2016 GOP contenders

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it's becoming even clearer that immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics. Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus...

  • Mystery of California hilltop piano solved

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — For a couple of days this week, a Southern California hilltop was alive with the sound of — mystery. Hikers venturing to Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains found a battered upright piano, sitting on a graffiti-scrawled concrete slab with a panoramic...

  • Oregon's pink chicken mystery solved; owner explains

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mystery of Portland's pink chickens is solved. Multnomah County Animal Services says the birds' owner told the agency he used food coloring, beet juice and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, then released them to "make people smile." Owner Bruce Whitman of...

  • Co-pilot appeared healthy, but may have hidden illness

    The Associated Press
    Yesterday

    MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he...

  • Pro rodeo cowboy Gill, passenger hurt in Texas plane crash

    The Associated Press
    Yesterday

    STEPHENVILLE, Texas — A professional rodeo cowboy and his fiancee have been seriously hurt when their single-engine plane crashed after takeoff from North Texas on a flight to the Houston area. The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened Friday after the Piper Saratoga II...

  • Semi plows into unfinished Texas interstate bridge; 1 killed

    The Associated Press
    Yesterday

    SALADO, Texas — A tractor-trailer slammed into construction beams along a major interstate in Central Texas on Thursday, killing one person and halting traffic in both directions for several hours, authorities said. The truck hit a beam being used to build a bridge across Interstate...

  • From new logos to New Coke: when corporations make mistakes

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was a tempest in a coffee cup. Mega coffee chain Starbucks wanted to spark a conversation about race when it asked baristas to write "Race Together" on customers' cups as part of a broader effort, but people standing in line for their morning java were not amused....

  • Oil council: Shale won't last, Arctic drilling needed now

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study submitted Friday. The U.S. has...

  • Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

    Yesterday

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure:...

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