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Colorado completes 1st legal pot market study

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is smoking pot by the ton, and visitors are, too.

Colorado's pot regulators issued what is believed to be the world's first post-legalization market study for the weed on Wednesday. The study relied on sales data from Colorado's first three months of recreational marijuana sales, while previous pot market studies relied on survey responses because the drug is illegal.

"This study finds total marijuana demand to be much larger than previously estimated," Colorado's study concluded.

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Henderson woman treads water
3 hours in Lake Mead storm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Henderson woman who became separated from her family and jet ski when a sudden storm whipped up 8-foot-tall swells on Lake Mead treaded water for more than three hours before she was rescued Tuesday, National Parks Service officials said.

A game warden and a park ranger "miraculously" found the woman without a life jacket in the middle of the lake at about 8 p.m.

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Obama administration’s 'censorship'
threatens free press, say journalists

A coalition of more than 40 journalism and open-government advocacy groups released an open letter to President Obama this week, urging him to curb systemic censorship within his administration and the federal government.

Announced Tuesday, the letter chastised the president for failing to live up to his own promises, and endangering the critical role of a free press in a free society.

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ISIS terrorist army in Iraq seizes
former chemical-weapons site

UN ambassador: Iraq now unable 'to fulfil its obligations to destroy chemical weapons'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where remnants of 2,500 degraded chemical rockets filled decades ago with the deadly nerve agent sarin are stored along with other chemical warfare agents, Iraq said in a letter circulated Tuesday at the United Nations.

The U.S. government played down the threat from the takeover, saying there are no intact chemical weapons and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to use the material for military purposes.

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Feds booed in California after migrant standoff

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — An overflow crowd in a Southern California community where protesters turned back Homeland Security busloads of immigrants gave a harsh reception to federal officials behind the decision to bring them to their city in the first place.

Local politicians calling for secure borders proved far more popular with the crowd Wednesday night in Murrieta.

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Washington state muffs marijuana rollout

SEATTLE (AP) — Randy Oliver has a pressing question as legal marijuana sales are about to begin in Washington state: Where's all the weed?

Oliver is the chief scientist at Analytical 360 in Yakima, the only lab that has been certified to test the heavily taxed marijuana that will wind up on store shelves next month. So far, just two licensed growers have turned in samples for testing, with another due to turn in a small batch next week, he told The Associated Press on Saturday.

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Employee: Cover-up continues at Phoenix VA

PHOENIX (AP) — An employee of the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix that is at the center of a nationwide scandal over delays in care is alleging there is an ongoing cover-up of patient deaths at the facility.

Scheduling clerk Pauline DeWenter also acknowledged that she was the person who maintained a "secret list" of veterans who waited months for appointments.

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Drug cartel lookouts give go-aheads,
alert criminals, from Arizona hilltops

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Men paid to be lookouts for Mexican drug cartels used sophisticated technology to spot law enforcement and alert smugglers in the Arizona desert, a trafficking tactic under investigation by local and federal authorities for months.

The arrests of the group of men mark what Pinal County authorities say is an ongoing problem in the county 70 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Sheriff's officials say the county is ripe with cartel activity that travels north from two Arizona counties sitting directly on the border.

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Education

Calif. teacher-tenure rules
hurt kids, says judge

'Nonsensical' protections for bad teachers
said to harm poor and minority students most

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A first-of-its-kind court ruling that concluded CalifoAlex Caputo-Pearl, president elect of United Teachers LA rnia's union-backed teacher tenure, layoff and dismissal laws infringe on students' rights to an equal public education adds fire to a debate over whether the job protections afforded professional educators are partly to blame for what ails the nation's schools, experts said.

A judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday sided with nine students who sued to overturn the state statutes governing teacher hiring and firing, saying they served no compelling purpose and had led to an unfair, nonsensical system that drove excellent new teachers from the classroom too soon while allowing incompetent senior ones to remain.

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Disability pay of former Oakland police probed

Received city's disability benefits while had East Cost job with FBI

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bay Area officials in Oakland are reviewing seven years of police disability retirements after learning last month that one of their former officers was collecting a disability pension even while he was working for the FBI.

Former Oakland police officer Aaron McFarlane received more than $52,000 in disability benefits each year while he was working as an FBI special agent in Boston.

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