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Nevada regulators mull expedited marijuana supply licensing

Due to overwhelming demand, Nevada regulators consider expedited marijuana supply licensing CARSON CITY, NV/July 13, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Following an overwhelming demand for recreational marijuana, Nevada regulators are set to vote Thursday on emergency rules that would expedite licensing for pot distributors. Dozens of retailers started selling recreational marijuana on July 1 but a unique … Continue reading Nevada regulators mull expedited marijuana supply licensing

Hell and high water: Northern California is besieged again

North California is besieged again and again OROVILLE, CA/July 10, 2017 (AP)(STL News) — Five months ago, it was fears over flooding. Now it’s flames. When Chuck Wilsey was ordered to flee over the weekend as a wildfire roared near his ranch home in Oroville, he was ready. He started keeping his truck and camper … Continue reading Hell and high water: Northern California is besieged again

US marks Independence Day with pomp, dazzle, hot dog contest

NEW YORK/July 4, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Americans are celebrating their country’s 241st birthday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating. Tuesday’s festivities stretch from a baseball home run derby in London to a picnic at the White House to a Utah ski town where residents initially weren’t even … Continue reading US marks Independence Day with pomp, dazzle, hot dog contest

White House: Trump backs repeal-only health bill as ‘option’

WASHINGTON/July 3, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump is pressuring wavering senators to back a Republican bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law but is holding open a repeal-only option if Republicans can’t reach agreement over the July 4 recess, Trump’s top legislative aide says. Marc Short, the White House’s … Continue reading White House: Trump backs repeal-only health bill as ‘option’

Tourists, locals buy Nevada’s legal recreational marijuana

LAS VEGAS, NV/July 1, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Cheers and long lines of tourists and locals alike greeted the first day of sales of recreational marijuana on Saturday as Nevada became the fifth state with stores selling pot to the public in a market that is expected to outpace all others in the U.S. thanks to … Continue reading Tourists, locals buy Nevada’s legal recreational marijuana

Travel ban, church-state case await action by Supreme Court

WASHINGTON/June 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Before taking their long summer break, the Supreme Court justices are poised to act on the Trump administration’s travel ban and a separation of church and state dispute involving a Missouri church playground. But something could overshadow rulings in those high-profile cases: If Justice Anthony Kennedy were to use the … Continue reading Travel ban, church-state case await action by Supreme Court

Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town

MADRAS, OR/June 23, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) Solar Eclipse — Just before sunrise, there’s typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon’s second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light. But on Aug. 21, local officials expect this lookout point just outside the small town of Madras to … Continue reading Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town

Japan investigates delay in reporting US Navy ship collision

TOKYO/June 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Japan’s coast guard is investigating why it took nearly an hour for a deadly collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship to be reported. A coast guard official said Monday they are trying to find out what the crew of the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal was doing before … Continue reading Japan investigates delay in reporting US Navy ship collision