January 17, 2018

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Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions' new policy

SAN FRANCISCO-- This week's announcement that the U.S. Justice Department was ditching its hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana initially sent some in the industry into a tailspin, just days after California's $7 billion recreational weed market opened for business.

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Trump, GOP lawmakers huddle at Camp David

THURMONT, Md. -- Emerging from closed-door meetings with Republican leaders, President Donald Trump on Saturday held out the prospect of a deal with Democrats on the fate of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children but appeared to put a welfare system overhaul -- once a top White House priority -- on the back burner.

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Jerry Van Dyke dies

Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke who struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom before clicking as the dim-witted sidekick in television's "Coach," died Friday in Hot Spring County, according to his manager. He was 86.

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States exploring tax changes in response to federal overhaul

CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- In New Jersey and California, top Democratic officials want to let people make charitable contributions to the state instead of paying certain taxes. In Connecticut and New York, officials are exploring a switch from income taxes to new ones on payroll. A few governors have even called for tax cuts.

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Storm gone, but cold remains

BOSTON -- Frigid temperatures, some that felt as cold as minus 30 degrees, moved across the East Coast on Friday as the region dug out from a massive winter storm that brought more than a foot of snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding a day earlier.

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Medical marijuana seen at risk following move by Sessions

SALEM, Ore. -- When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were unexpectedly placed at risk of a crackdown and are warily watching developments.

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Hard-line cleric says social media fed Iran protests, unrest

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- A hard-line cleric leading Friday prayers in Iran's capital called on the Islamic Republic to build its own social media, blaming popular international messaging apps for the unrest that accompanied days of protests over the country's flagging economy.

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$2B at risk in suspension of aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON -- Up to $2 billion in U.S. aid could be affected by President Donald Trump's suspension of security assistance to Pakistan, which is accused of failing to crack down on Taliban militants targeting U.S. personnel in neighboring Afghanistan, a senior U.S. administration official said Friday.

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