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Northern California still contemplating separation from south

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas. The idea of forming their ...

Colorado lawmakers plan to boost marijuana profits

DENVER (AP) — The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn't agree with the move and may try to stop it, if isn't ...

De Blasio's next big push: affordable housing

[caption id="attachment_27713" align="alignright" width="300"] (File Photo)[/caption]NEW YORK (AP) — Now that state lawmakers have closed a budget deal to fund prekindergarten in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is ready to turn to the next items ...

CA Gun Control Legislator Arrested for Gun Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gun-control groups said Thursday they were trying to find a new legislative leader to champion firearms restrictions after one of their most outspoken supporters was charged in a federal gun-trafficking case. People on both ...

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 ...


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