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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 …

Blunt Message, Warm Regards

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Nairobi, Kenya — President Obama mixed blunt messages to Kenya’s leaders on gay rights, corruption and counterterrorism Saturday with warm reflections on his family ties to a nation that considers him a local son. He foreshadowed a focus …

Turkey Ends Truce of More Than 2 Years

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Beirut — Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militants in northern Iraq early Saturday, expanding and complicating the air war launched by Turkey against the Islamic State in Syria the day before. The strikes targeted weapons-storage facilities and camps belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, at its …

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Wisconsin Town Says Goodbye To Marine Slain in Tennessee Grantsburg, Wis. — A small Wisconsin town said goodbye on Saturday to a Marine killed in the recent attack on a Navy-Marine reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn. A dozen members of a Marine Corps honor guard stood watch as …

Checks Failed on Theater Shooter

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lafayette, La. — John Russell Houser was deeply troubled long before he shot 11 people in a movie theater in Louisiana, but decades of mental problems didn’t keep him from buying the handgun he used. Despite obvious and …

Another Day, Another Massacre

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Another day, another massacre, and once again it’s a gunman targeting strangers in a public place for no obvious reason. Each of these mass shootings, or rampage shootings, or “active shooter” events, has its special element of horror, whether it’s racism, or misogyny, or sheer randomness. In this …

A First Among U.S. Presidents

Friday, July 24, 2015

Nairobi, Kenya — President Obama arrived Friday in Kenya, the ancestral homeland that has waited impatiently for a visit from the U.S. president since he was first elected to office. Air Force One touched down just after 8 …

New Inquiry Into Clinton Emails fuels political questions

Friday, July 24, 2015

Washington — A new letter by intelligence investigators to the Justice Department says secret government information may have been compromised in Hillary Clinton’s private server, underscoring an inescapable reality for her presidential campaign: Email is forever. Clinton, the former secretary of state and now the leading Democratic presidential …

VA Union Releases Scathing Report

Friday, July 24, 2015

Washington — Several months into his new job as Veterans Affairs Secretary, Robert McDonald visited the subbasement in the agency’s main Washington office to meet with the heads of the workers’ union. Bill Preston, president of AFGE Local 17, which represents VA employees who work in the Washington …

FDA: Consumers Should Know About ‘Added Sugars’

Friday, July 24, 2015

Washington — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday moved forward with a controversial proposal requiring food nutrition labels to include the amounts of “added sugars,” meaning sugar not already in the food before it was produced and packaged. But rather than merely requiring information about the amount …

Latest Pluto Data Shows Earth-Like Glaciers

Friday, July 24, 2015

Baltimore — Pluto’s “heart” contains shifting glaciers of frozen nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide, and its atmosphere is both deeper and disappearing more rapidly than scientists predicted, New Horizons mission leaders said Friday. Close-up images of Tombaugh Regio, …