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Colorado lawmakers approve plan for pot banking

Colorado lawmakers have approved a plan for the first financial system designed specifically for the burgeoning marijuana industry. The vote on Wednesday would create a network of uninsured cooperatives meant to give pot businesses a way to access basic banking services. The plan...

Officials In W. Tenn. Find Missing Airplane, Pilot

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in West Tennessee say a pilot was injured when a single-engine plane crashed near Covington Municipal Airport. Tipton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Billy Daugherty said Wednesday the Piper PA28 was found in a heavily wooded area in...

Milbank: Meet the chief prosecutor in the GOP’s Benghazi show trial

Rep. Trey Gowdy, the tea party Republican tapped to lead the new committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks, made a telling slip Wednesday morning in describing his mission. Asked by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough about the possibility that his panel’s work would...

Lane: Reaching a verdict on the era of mass incarceration

Though the U.S. prison population of 1.5 million in 2012 was far larger than that of any other country, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of population, the era of ever-increasing “mass incarceration” is ending. The number of state and federal inmates peaked in 2009 and...

Will: Thin skins and legislative prayer

After the marshal on Monday spoke the traditional “God save the United States and this honorable court,” the Supreme Court ruled that the Upstate New York town of Greece does not violate the First Amendment’s prohibition of “establishment of religion” by opening its board...

Dionne: The Supreme Court fails the empathy test

To understand why religious freedom matters, put yourself in the position of someone who is part of a minority faith tradition in a town or nation that overwhelmingly adheres to a different creed. Then judge public practices by how they would affect the hypothetical you. This act...

Meyerson: Business interests increasingly conflict with national interests

It’s all well and good that Ukraine wants to retain its independence, but business is business. The Western democracies may be divided on how best to deter Russia from taking over the Ukrainian east, but the multinational corporations of every nation seem to have come to...

9 Indicted In Colorado In Synthetic Drug Crackdown

DENVER (AP) — Nine people have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver as part of a national crackdown on synthetic drugs. Federal officials said Wednesday that the nine people are from various states and some are also facing state charges. It wasn’t immediately...

Convicted NE Ohio Politician Sues Over Prison Fall

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is suing the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and a company that runs a Youngstown prison where the convicted politician says he slipped and hurt himself. The 58-year-old...

House OKs Bill To Make ‘Sloopy’ Ohio’s Rock Song

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cue the marching band. A proposal to make “Hang On Sloopy” Ohio’s official rock song has won lawmakers’ approval. The Ohio House unanimously passed the measure Wednesday, sending it to the state Senate for consideration. The 1960s hit...