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June 30, 2014 - 3:25am
1 week 5 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy — this time on a different rocket.

The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes. Some of the carbon dioxide is sucked up by trees and oceans, and the rest is lofted into the atmosphere, trapping the sun's heat and warming the planet....

June 30, 2014 - 3:24am
1 week 5 days ago

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — This Arizona city is marking the first anniversary of the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters with a series of tributes and remembrances that will include a ceremony featuring a bell-ringing and reading of the names of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Businesses around Prescott displayed banners in honor of the firefighters, and visitors and residents wore T-shirts bearing their unit's logo and "19" to mark the number of deaths. The firefighters died...

June 30, 2014 - 3:20am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sought to turn the page Monday on a humiliating chapter in the history of the Veterans Affairs Department, tapping former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to take over the sprawling agency.

A former Army captain, McDonald would bring a blend of corporate and military experience to a bureaucracy reeling from revelations of chronic, system-wide failure and veterans dying while on long waiting lists for treatment. His...

June 30, 2014 - 2:35am
1 week 5 days ago

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a racer from Texas has died after he crashed his motorcycle at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb near Colorado Springs.

Sgt. Greg White of the El Paso County Sheriff's office tells The Associated Press that 54-year-old Bobby Goodin died from his injuries after Sunday's accident.

Race host Colorado Springs Sports Corp. says Goodin's death is the first for a motorcycle racer since 1982 and the fifth...

June 30, 2014 - 1:55am
1 week 5 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the obstruction trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, is accused of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after last year's deadly attack.

Jury selection began Monday with 225 potential jurors brought into the federal courthouse and asked to fill out questionnaires. Another large group will...

June 30, 2014 - 1:41am
1 week 5 days ago

SAN ANTONIO, Philippines (AP) — More than 100 Filipino and U.S. marines in assault amphibious vehicles conducted a mock assault on imaginary enemies in military drills Monday on a beach in northwestern Philippines facing the South China Sea, where Manila is locked in a territorial dispute with China.

The amphibious tanks sailed from a U.S. ship anchored a distance away, then rolled onto the beach of San Antonio, Zambales, northwest of the Philippine capital Manila,...

June 30, 2014 - 1:38am
1 week 5 days ago

For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters, June is a month of pride and celebration.

Around the globe, LGBT Pride Month has been marked with parades and marches, festivals and dances, and in some cases, protests and counter-protests. In the United States, much of the celebrations have focused on a string of victories in states where gay marriage bans were overturned.

The month's events culminate this weekend with some of...

June 30, 2014 - 1:37am
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — After a year of numerous same-sex marriage victories, gay pride parades and celebrations attracted millions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters.

New York's Fifth Avenue became one giant rainbow on Sunday as thousands of participants waved multicolored flags while making their way down the street. Politicians including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were among those walking along a lavender line painted on the...

June 30, 2014 - 1:12am
1 week 5 days ago

SEATTLE (AP) — The nation's second legal recreational marijuana market is opening in Washington state next week, but it might not be what voters expected when they legalized the sale of heavily taxed pot a year and a half ago. Here are five things to know about challenges facing the industry:

FEW STORES: The state's Liquor Control Board plans to issue up to 20 marijuana retail licenses on July 7, and stores can open the next day if they're ready. It's not clear how many...

June 30, 2014 - 1:09am
1 week 5 days ago

SEATTLE (AP) — Pete O'Neil saw Washington's legalization of marijuana in 2012 as a path to retirement, or at least to his kids' college tuition.

He's paid tens of thousands of dollars in rent on possible locations for a pot-shop chain, hired lawyers and picked out flooring. But now the nation's second legal recreational marijuana industry is about to start without him.

O'Neil struck out in Washington's lottery for coveted pot-shop licenses. He has...

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