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More states looking at relaxing pot laws; Christie opposed in NJ

Nearly three months after Colorado became the first state to allow the recreational use of pot, interest in passing laws to legalize marijuana is spreading across the country. Colorado's windfall in tax revenues -- expected to be beyond $208 million ...

SC wants to require some food stamp recipients to look for jobs

After a public flirtation with requiring food stamps be used only to buy healthier foods, Gov. Nikki Haley's administration has decided to take a different course and require more food-stamp recipients find a job. The S.C. Department of Social Servic ...

McCain joins opposition to Arizona's religious rights bill

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians on grounds of religious objection. The bill, SB1062 -- promoted as providing protections to business owners with strongly hel ...

Detroit bankruptcy plan includes deep pension cuts

Detroit's plan to emerge from bankruptcy this year largely hinges on significant cuts to city workers' pensions and retiree health benefits -- actions vehemently fought by public employee unions -- as well as decreased payments to bondholders, accord ...

Hickenlooper a mile high on prospect of spending marijuana tax revenue

DENVER - Colorado's legal marijuana market is far exceeding tax expectations, according to a budget proposal released Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper that gives the first official estimate of how much the state expects to make from pot taxes. The ...

Heads up same-sex couples: You're about to be married

SEATTLE - Thousands of gay and lesbian domestic partners in Washington state who have not married or legally dissolved their unions by the end of June will have their relationships automatically converted to marriage - courtesy of the state. It's the ...

Will New Amsterdam be the 51st state?

When Frank Sinatra sang "New York, New York," he may have been on to something. A movement is afoot to split New York into two regions - upstate and downstate - to acknowledge the gaping philosophical differences and improve representation. "I've liv ...

Al Roker, weatherman, takes on New York Mayor De Blasio

NEW YORK -- He's been in charge for only about a month, but New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio has already angered one famous city resident: Al Roker, weatherman of NBC and Weather Channel fame, who took off on the mayor on Twitter. Despite 5 to 8 inche ...

NYC Mayor de Blasio pushes liberal agenda

[caption id="attachment_27713" align="alignright" width="300"] (File Photo)[/caption]NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio, delivering one of the most important speeches of his young administration, on Monday outlined his vision for New York and offered a ...

Utah proposal outlines transgender bathroom use

A Utah lawmaker has proposed a bill that would prevent transgender students from using bathroom facilities of their choice, joining a debate playing out in a handful of other states sparked by a California law that broke new ground on transgender rig ...


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