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Legal Marijuana goes on sale in Washington

katu.com

katu.com

Washington became the second state Tuesday to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor’s note as customers eager to be the first to buy pot lined up outside stores.

People began purchasing marijuana at 8 a.m. at Bellingham’s Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two stores in the city north of Seattle that started selling pot as soon as it was allowed under state regulations. Several dozen people waited outside before the store opened.
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Starbucks bringing back Cake Slices

Starbucks/New York City

Starbucks/New York City

Starbucks is learning that people really like their sliced cake loaves.

The Seattle-based coffee company says it will start bringing back its cake slices in response to customer feedback. The company had been getting rid of the slices that came in banana, iced lemon and pumpkin flavors as part of a staggered rollout of its pricier new baked goods. In their place, Starbucks offered what looked like miniature loaves that cost $2.45, an increase of 20 cents.
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Health Care Site fails Americans again on Final Push

ESR Graphic

ESR Graphic

A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama’s health care law, with more than 100,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.

Supporters of the overhaul fanned out across the country in a final dash to sign up uninsured Americans.
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Denver, Seattle rooting for Pot Bowl?

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Twitter Image

If all goes as oddsmakers have predicted, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will win the conference championship games on Sunday and gear up for what will be a Super Bowl for the ages.

Not because of the talents that will be going head to head, but the first ever Marijuana Bowl? That’s something you don’t hear every day.

These two teams represent the major cities in Colorado and Washington, the only states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said that if this ends up being the matchup for the Super Bowl, it will be featuring “the two most pro-cannabis-legalization cities in the US.” He joked that the game should be renamed “The Super Oobie Doobie Bowl.”
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Obama declares Health Care Law is working

AP

AP

Seeking to regroup from his health care law’s disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisted that the sweeping overhaul is working and warned Republican critics that he would fight any efforts to strip away its protections.

“We’re not repealing it as long as I’m president,” Obama said during a health care event at the White House. “If I have to fight another three years to make sure this law works, then that’s what I’ll do.”
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President Barack Obama begins his second term straining to maintain a good relationship with Egypt, an important U.S. ally whose president is a conservative Islamist walking a fine line between acting as a moderate peace broker and keeping his Muslim Brotherhood party happy with anti-American rhetoric.

The White House last summer had hoped to smooth over some of the traditional tensions between Washington and the Brotherhood, a party rooted in opposition to Israel and the U.S., when Egypt overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak and picked Mohammed Morsi as its first democratically elected leader.
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Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage Wednesday, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed.

The action comes a day after a federal appeals court declared California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples. View full article »

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President Obama is pushing Senate Democrats to use a critical year-end spending bill as political leverage to gain Republican backing for his calls to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits due to expire at the end of the year.

An administration official said the president called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., over the weekend and urged him not to let Congress pass the massive $1 trillion spending package and go on vacation until an agreement is reached on the tax cuts and the unemployment benefits. View full article »

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Marking the final departure of U.S. forces from Iraq after abandoning a security framework that called for an ongoing military presence there, President Obama said Monday the United States is prepared to help Iraq’s national security — not with troops but through training and trade.

Appearing in Washington with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at his side, Obama said of the U.S. war to liberate the country and tamp down an al Qaeda insurgency: “Those days are over.” View full article »

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