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Medical marijuana advocates continue push for new legislation in Utah

Stay tuned for medical cannabis ballot initiative

Utah advocates for medical cannabis have all but given up on state lawmakers making the kind of...

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Appeals court deals blow to Trump administration travel ban

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination,” a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority...


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GOP senators say tough report complicates health care bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans senators conceded Thursday that a scathing analysis of the House GOP health care bill had complicated their effort to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law. “It makes everything harder and more difficult,” Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said of a Congressional...


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Citing CBO Report, Critics Decry GOP Bill’s Potential Fallout In California

Though the budget analysis released Wednesday on the GOP health care bill didn’t address California specifically, both the state’s Medicaid program and its individual market could be seriously harmed if the legislation passes, according to legislators, consumer advocates and other critics. “I feel...


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NOAA Forecasts Busy Hurricane Season for Atlantic

Less than a year after Hurricane Matthew raked the East Coast, killing 34 people and causing $10 billion in damage in the U.S. alone, coastal areas are once again preparing for the onset of the Atlantic hurricane season. This year, forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...


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US home equity is back, so why aren't more people borrowing?

Consumers-Not Tapping Home Equity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alicia Johnson and her husband wanted to renovate their home last fall but ran into a roadblock: When they tried to refinance their mortgage and borrow against their equity, five banks said no. Problem was, the Johnsons’ mortgage covered their home in Christiansburg, Virginia, and...


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House Speaker: Lawmakers will meet new debt deadline

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is assuring investors that Congress will meet a new deadline to increase the government’s borrowing cap and avert an economy-quaking default on U.S. obligations. Ryan says, “The debt ceiling issue will get resolved.” He spoke a day after Treasury Secretary...


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US: More than 100 civilians killed in Iraq bombing in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. bomb that dropped on a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul set off explosive materials that had already been placed inside by Islamic State fighters, causing the structure to collapse and killing more than 100 civilians, a U.S. military investigation concluded Thursday. The...


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Senate panel OKs new sanctions on Iran; nuclear deal remains

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved bipartisan legislation that would authorize the president to levy new penalties on Iran while keeping the landmark nuclear deal in place. Lawmakers voted 18-3 on Thursday to pass the bill. The legislation would impose mandatory...


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Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad

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WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a glimmer of hope for America’s ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade, according to a U.S. survey of beekeepers released Thursday. Beekeepers lost 21 percent of their colonies over last winter, the annual Bee Informed Partnership survey...


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23 million more uninsured with GOP health bill, analysts say

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The health care bill Republicans recently pushed through the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance and confront others who have costly medical conditions with coverage that could prove unaffordable, Congress’ official budget analysts said Wednesday....


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