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News guide: What to know about legal marijuana in US capital

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pot is legal in the District of Columbia. Here's what sets the city apart from states that have legalized:

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Vilsack: Smartphones could tell consumers what's in food

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smartphone.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Life-saving train design is rarely used

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the collision between a Southern California commuter train and a truck abandoned on the tracks was this: No one died and only eight people on board were admitted to hospitals.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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What we heard, and didn't, from Yellen's remarks to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over two days of testimony to Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was grilled on everything from the direction of interest rates to the health of the economy to "Audit the Fed" legislation supported by Republicans.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Official: 5 or 6 of officers' 17 shots hit Mexican man

 

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — An unarmed Mexican man fatally shot by police in Washington state was hit by five or six of the 17 shots fired by the three officers involved, a task force spokesman says.

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Homeland Security bill moves in Senate while House in limbo

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan.

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Activists: Number of Christians abducted by IS rises to 220

BEIRUT (AP) — The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220 in the past three days, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river, activists said Thursday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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US looks to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's commitment to take in potentially thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among law enforcement officials and some congressional Republicans who fear clandestine radicals could slip into the country among the displaced.

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