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CDC Cites Teen’s Death as Evidence of Dangers of Edible Pot

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing chilling new details about a 19-year-old college student who leaped four stories to his death at a Holiday Inn in Denver after eating a pot cookie. The case is Exhibit A in a stern warning about the dangers of edible pot that calls for clearer labels, better education and dosage guidelines that advocate limited portion sizes. “Although the decedent …

Boy Scouts End Gay Leader Ban

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington — The Boy Scouts of America, facing litigation, shrinking membership and sweeping acceptance of gay rights, voted on Monday to lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders and employees. The national organization will no longer allow discrimination against its paid workers or at BSA-owned facilities. But local troops and councils will …

House, Senate Clash Over Highway Bill

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington — House Republicans rebuffed their Senate counterparts Monday over must-pass highway legislation, setting the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial deadline in the midst of the summer driving season. As House members convened for their final days of work before an annual August recess, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy ruled out taking up the Senate’s highway bill, which …

Wheels: Top Marks for What Matters Most

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The pretense is gone. The 2016 Honda Pilot, particularly the Elite all-wheel-drive version used for this column, no longer mimics a rough-stuff sport-utility vehicle. Instead, in what is now its third generation, it is truer to its original …

Nuts and Bolts: 2016 Honda Pilot

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bottom line: You do not have to spend $47,000 to get into the 2016 Honda Pilot family. That’s the fully loaded Elite’s transaction price. You can enter at $29,995 with a Honda Pilot LX. It’s worth a serious look. Ride, acceleration and handling: Top marks in all three. …

Google Car Being Tested for Weird Situations

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Detroit — Google is concentrating its autonomous car testing on the more difficult and unpredictable scenarios that crop up on surface streets more often than on freeways. Speaking at the Automated Vehicle Symposium Wednesday in Ypsilanti, about 30 miles west of Detroit, Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: The Pieces Are the Thing

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Divert a Defender For kids, chess sets are no-brainers. They’ll play with anything that’s available, whether simple or ornate, manufactured or makeshift. The game is the thing. For professional players, it’s another matter. With the ever-present tournament chess clock counting down their allotted time, familiarity …

Tariffs Eliminated On More Than 200 Tech Products

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington — Dozens of countries have agreed to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products — from advanced computer chips to GPS devices, printer cartridges and video-game consoles. The agreement announced Friday marks the World Trade Organization’s first tariff-killing deal in 18 years. The deal is an …

Microsoft Steps Up To Stop Revenge Porn

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Microsoft wants to help victims of revenge porn regain control of their images and privacy. Revenge porn — when someone, usually a spurned ex, shares private and sexual images of another person online without that person’s consent — is on the rise, and Internet companies including Google and …

Consumer Confidential: Cutting the Cable Cord and Embracing a Digital Media World

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I have seen the future, and it doesn’t have cable TV. Our house is undergoing some repairs, so we’ve been staying elsewhere for the past week. I’ve been using my tablet computer for online access to HBO, Showtime and the other premium networks that make up most of …

Coast Guard Admiral Visits CRREL

Sunday, July 26, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Linda L. Fagan, commander of the First Coast Guard District, center, and Robert Davis, director of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, left, discuss “under ice oil detection” and other joint Coast …

Woman Who Died in Texas Jail Mourned

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lisle, Ill. — Family and friends of an Illinois woman found dead in a Texas jail remembered her Saturday as a “courageous voice” for social justice and promised to keep fighting for clarity on the circumstances surrounding her …

Clinton To Testify On Benghazi

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s campaign said on Saturday that she will testify on Oct. 22 before the House select committee investigating her role in connection with the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya — an assertion that was almost immediately challenged by a spokesman for the committee. Clinton campaign …