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Washington poised to start legal marijuana sales
SEATTLE (AP) — Lines were growing in the pre-dawn hours Monday outside shops set to become the first in Washington state to sell recreational marijuana legally.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Review: Unlimited e-book services offer plenty
SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — Two startups are trying to do for e-books what Netflix does for movies.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Harry Potter is back in a new J.K. Rowling story online
LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter is back — mysterious, married, and going gray.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Questions and answers about Washington's pot sales
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s first recreational marijuana stores open for business this week, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot.
Monday, July 7, 2014

Nonprofits Help The Dying Make Farewell Videos
SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Carolyn Ngbokoli doesn’t remember the sound of her mother’s voice. She was just 19 when her mom died, and no recordings were left.

Now Ngbokoli, 37, faces the possibility of her own early death, from breast cancer. But she has made sure that her sons, 4 and 6 years old, can see how she loved them, hear how she spoke to them and be reminded of her advice to them long after she’s gone.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Great White attacks swimmer in Calif.
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 7-foot-long great white shark bit a man Saturday swimming off of Southern California’s Manhattan Beach, officials said.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

61 Hot dogs and a wife
NEW YORK (AP) — High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday's annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

Minneapolis-St. Paul: 5 free things for visitors
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Like many places that endure long, difficult winters, Minnesota comes alive when the weather warms up. So many people from the Twin Cities — as Minneapolis and St. Paul are known — head to lakes in northern parts of the state that the city's attractions truly open up to out-of-towners. And as in any urban area, some of the best are free.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

Eastern offers culinary camp for young chefs
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — The marinara is bubbling.

The parmesan is chopped. The lemons are sliced.

But something isn’t quite right. As Chef Jeremy Ryan takes a taste of the tarragon butter sauce he’s prepping for the evening’s main course, his eyes light up as he has a revelation.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

National Institute of Health: Think before you drink
WASHINGTON (AP) — How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it’s made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine.

The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: Take a look at its online alcohol calculator to see how much you’re really drinking with those summer cocktails.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

John Williams to debut new version of US anthem
WASHINGTON (AP) — American composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation’s birthday.
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Books: 'Sleepwalker's Guide' beautiful
"The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing" (Random House), Mira Jacob

At the start of Mira Jacob's beautiful debut, "The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing," Amina Eapen's mother summons her home to Albuquerque, New Mexico, claiming that her father is acting strangely (though it's possible the real reason Kamala wants her daughter home is so she can set her up with a doctor).

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Film: Thumbs up for Ebert documentary 'Life Itself'
(AP) — If Roger Ebert had never written a film review or dramatically articulated his thumb, he would have still been a man to admire.

Steve James’ new documentary on the late critic has plenty on Ebert’s Chicago rise to Pulitzer-winning reporter, his unique position as the world’s most famous film critic and his robustly populist cinephilia. But what comes through most in “Life Itself,” a film named after Ebert’s 2011 memoir, is his great, open-minded vigor.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

TV: Spelling and Garth reunite for 'Mystery Girls'
NEW YORK (AP) — Tori Spelling can crack Jennie Garth up.

When thinking of an upcoming scene from their new ABC Family sitcom, “Mystery Girls,” now airing Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET, Garth giggles at the memory of Spelling going for it, making a funny face and using a strange voice.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ford says he's used 'every drug' you can think of
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said today he’s used “every drug you can probably think of” and blamed substance abuse for the racist and homophobic language he’s used.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

FIFA Official 'amazed' by World Cup drunkenness
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA’s number two official has said he’s “amazed” by the levels of drunkenness in Brazil’s World Cup stadiums, reviving a debate over whether alcohol sales should have been allowed at matches in the first place.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Science: Ancient Gene Aids 1 Culture With High Altitude
 NEW YORK (AP) — Tibetans living on the “roof of the world” can thank an extinct human relative for providing a gene that helps them adapt to the high altitude, a study suggests.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Graceland may remove Presley's old airplanes
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid money to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a sort of touchstone to the life of the King of Rock and Roll and his family.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Christmas in July: TV week of holiday programming
NEW YORK (AP) — The Hallmark TV channels are beginning a week’s worth of holiday programming on the Fourth of July — but think ornaments and egg nog instead of fireworks and hot dogs.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New owner for Vegas Hilton where Elvis sang
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The storied former Las Vegas Hilton, famous for staging Liberace and more than 800 sold-out Elvis Presley concerts in the 1960s and 1970s, has a new name and owner.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Food makers bet Americans want drinkable food
(AP) — Muscle Milk apparently isn’t just for athletes. It’s also for busy people who want to drink their meals.

Hormel, which is best known for its canned meats like Spam, said late Monday that it will buy the maker of Muscle Milk for $450 million. CEO Jeff Ettinger said Muscle Milk’s fans have expanded beyond serious athletes, with many customers now drinking it for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Officials clash over beach contamination warnings
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state officials in the Great Lakes region and along the ocean coasts who say the revisions could unnecessarily scare away swimmers.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Who plans 50th anniversary tour
(AP) — Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are taking The Who on the road for a series of shows in the U.K. celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PBS to mark anniversary of Nixon's resignation with talk show documentary
NEW YORK (AP) — PBS is marking the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation by running a documentary on the Watergate scandal as seen through the prism of Dick Cavett’s late-night talk show at the time.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Town collecting money to restore old fire engine
SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — Sycamore’s first motorized vehicle still bears the city’s name.
Friday, June 27, 2014

Brimley Wyoming ranch on market
NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Wilford Brimley is selling his Wyoming ranch, with an asking price of $1.25 million.
Friday, June 27, 2014

Is a college degree still worth it? Study says yes
NEW YORK (AP) — Some comforting news for recent college graduates facing a tough job market and years of student loan payments: That college degree is still worth it.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Explorer says Griffin shipwreck may be found
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A debris field at the bottom of Lake Michigan may be the remains of the long-lost Griffin, a vessel commanded by a 17th-century French explorer, said a shipwreck hunter who has sought the wreckage for decades.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Conjuring Up Some Sweet and Savory Treats At Diagon Alley
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Food at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley park at Universal Orlando Resort is based on traditional British cuisine, with some unusual twists inspired by the Harry Potter books and films.
Saturday, June 21, 2014

Universal's New Harry Potter Park: One Ride, 7 Shops
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Harry Potter fans helped increase attendance by 50 percent at Universal Orlando Resort in the past few years, and interest in a second Harry Potter park opening there July 8 could keep numbers going up.
Saturday, June 21, 2014

Taking A Closer Look At Pot-Infused Edibles
DENVER (AP) — The marijuana in those pot brownies isn't the only thing that can potentially make consumers sick. The industry and regulators are taking a closer look at how pot-infused edibles are actually made.
Saturday, June 21, 2014

5 Things to know about Michael Jackson's estate
Friday, June 20, 2014

Jackson remains a provider 5 years after his death
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s been five years since Michael Jackson died, yet his career is more alive than it has been in decades.
Friday, June 20, 2014

Feds say trucker in Morgan crash was speeding
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The driver of a tractor-trailer that plowed into a limousine van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and several friends, killing one and severely injuring Morgan and two others, was speeding in the final moments before the crash, according to a preliminary report released Thursday.
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rare stamp could set record at NYC auction
NEW YORK (AP) — A 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America is poised to become the world’s most valuable stamp — again.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FAA controllers still working 'rattler' schedules
WASHINGTON (AP) — Air traffic controllers are still working schedules known as “rattlers” that make it likely they’ll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, more than three years after a series of incidents involving controllers sleeping on the job, according to a government-sponsored report released Friday.
Friday, June 13, 2014

90-year-old ex-president to make parachute jump
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush can no longer use his legs, but he isn’t letting that stop him from keeping a vow he made five years ago: to jump from an aircraft on his 90th birthday, which is Thursday.
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Suspect’s friends puzzle over Oregon shooting
TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — Jared Michael Padgett was a straight-arrow kid who had a fascination with guns, planned a career in the military and was deeply devoted to his Mormon faith, those who knew him say.
Thursday, June 12, 2014

FAA OKs commercial drone flights over land
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Conjoined twins celebrate 18th birthday in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — For a set of Texas twins, being joined at the hip is not just a cliche — that was basically the first 10 months of their life.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Automakers to help save Detroit's art treasures
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are driving into Detroit’s bankruptcy reorganization by pledging $26 million to help support retiree pensions while keeping the city’s art treasures off the auction block, officials announced Monday.
Monday, June 9, 2014

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