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Federal guidance on pot business leaves banks wary

SEATTLE (AP) — For marijuana dispensaries around the country, the days of doing business in cash — driving around with bill-stuffed envelopes to pay the rent, or showing up at a state revenue office with $20,000 in paper bags for the tax man — can't end soon enough.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 February 2014

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Gov. McCrory denies Duke coal ash deal involvement

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory denied Friday he had any talks with Duke Energy executives or lobbyists about his administration's scuttled deal to settle environmental violations at two of the $50 billion company's coal ash dumps for $99,000.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 February 2014

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UAW falls 87 votes short of major victory in South

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Just 87 votes at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee separated the United Auto Workers union from what would have been its first successful organization of workers at a foreign automaker in the South.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 February 2014

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Feds let banks and marijuana sellers do business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday gave banks a road map for conducting transactions with legal marijuana sellers so these new businesses can stash away savings, make payroll and pay taxes like any other enterprise. It's not clear banks will get on board.

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Fight over gay marriage moving to federal courts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The overturning of Virginia's gay marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories.

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Syria peace talks in doubt after 6th day in Geneva

GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi ended direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition Saturday without finding a way of breaking the impasse in peace talks.

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Obama: US must rethink water as climate changes

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — Warning that weather-related disasters will only get worse, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. must rethink the way it uses water as he announced new federal aid to help drought-stricken California.

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Marvel to spin new webs in Spider-Man's history

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There's more to the story about how Peter Parker became the amazing Spider-Man than previously was known.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014

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