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SEATTLE | Democrats uneasy about potential Howard Schultz bid

SEATTLE —Jan 27, 2019—  For a businessman who grew a small coffee roaster into an inescapable global chain, who ensured that even his part-time workers had benefits and who has given about $150,000 to Democratic campaigns, former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is generating tepid — or even hostile — responses within the party as he … Continue reading SEATTLE | Democrats uneasy about potential Howard Schultz bid

SEATTLE | Police, FBI probe suspected white supremacist attack on DJ

SEATTLE  — The FBI is helping investigate an attack by several suspected white supremacists on a black disc jockey at a tavern in Washington state over the weekend, authorities said Monday. Seven men and one woman were arrested for investigation of assault, hate crimes and other allegations early Saturday in Lynnwood, according to the Snohomish … Continue reading SEATTLE | Police, FBI probe suspected white supremacist attack on DJ

SEATTLE | Washington Supreme Court upholds most of charter school law

SEATTLE  — The Washington Supreme Court upheld most of the state’s charter school law Thursday, eliminating the specter that a dozen schools serving about 3,400 students might have to close. Teachers unions, civil rights groups and others had challenged the charter school law, arguing that using public money to operate alternative, nonprofit charter schools over … Continue reading SEATTLE | Washington Supreme Court upholds most of charter school law

SEATTLE | As Canada legalizes pot, other countries likely to follow

SEATTLE — More than two dozen countries have relaxed their marijuana or other drug laws, and a number could consider legalizing in the not-too-distant future. The South American nation of Uruguay was first to legalize marijuana in 2013. Canada became the second on Wednesday and its size and global standing likely will encourage others to … Continue reading SEATTLE | As Canada legalizes pot, other countries likely to follow

MONTREAL | Jubilant customers light up as pot sales begin in Canada

MONTREAL — Jubilant customers stood in long lines for hours then lit up and celebrated on sidewalks Wednesday as Canada became the world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace. In Toronto, people smoked joints as soon as they rolled out of bed in a big “wake and bake” celebration. In Alberta, a government website that sells pot … Continue reading MONTREAL | Jubilant customers light up as pot sales begin in Canada

TORONTO | Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace

TORONTO— Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country’s easternmost province a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those … Continue reading TORONTO | Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace

TORONTO | Canada is ready to open the door wide to legal marijuana

TORONTO— Tom Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years. He wrote in his high school yearbook that his dream was to open a cafe in Amsterdam, the Dutch city where people have legally smoked weed in coffee shops since the 1970s. Turns out, Clarke didn’t have to go nearly so far … Continue reading TORONTO | Canada is ready to open the door wide to legal marijuana

OLYMPIA, Wash. | Washington state ends ‘racially biased’ death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty Thursday as arbitrary and racially biased, making it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment. Execution was already extremely rare in Washington, with five prisoners put to death in recent decades and a governor-imposed moratorium blocking its use since 2014. But … Continue reading OLYMPIA, Wash. | Washington state ends ‘racially biased’ death penalty