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FILE - In this July 1, 2017 file photo, a person buys marijuana at the Essence cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas. The first full year of legalized marijuana for recreational use in Nevada pushed taxable pot sales past the $500 million mark statewide and raised nearly $70 million in tax revenue, including $27.5 million for schools. The Nevada Department of Taxation said Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 the $529.9 million in taxable pot sales for recreational and medical use combined exceeded expectations by 40 percent for the fiscal year that ended June 30. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 28, 2018 - 6:37 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The first full year of legal marijuana sales in Nevada exceeded expectations by 40 percent, state tax officials said Tuesday. Taxable pot sales statewide totaled $529.9 million and raised nearly $70 million in tax revenue, including $27.5 million for schools, the Nevada Department...
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FIE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, members of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) demonstrate the PAC-3 surface to air interceptors at the U.S. Yokota Air Base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo. Japan’s annual defense review says North Korea poses a serious threat to Japan since it hasn’t taken concrete steps to scrap its nuclear program after making a denuclearization pledge at a summit with the U.S. in June. The defense paper approved Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, by the Cabinet said Japan must add costly missile defense systems to be fully prepared while watching if North Korea keeps its promise. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
August 28, 2018 - 5:18 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan needs to bolster its missile defenses and its alliance with the United States, its government stressed Tuesday in an annual defense review that judged North Korea to still be a serious threat that has not taken concrete steps to denuclearize. The defense paper, approved Tuesday...
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August 26, 2018 - 7:10 am
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister says the government has lowered its economic growth forecast for next year and unveiled plans to cut public spending. In an interview Sunday with Le Journal du Dimanche, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the government will base its 2019 budget on an...
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August 26, 2018 - 3:26 am
The #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct has prompted many state legislatures to reconsider their internal policies and state laws on the issue. Although about half of House and Senate legislative chambers nationwide have taken no substantive action this year, the measures adopted in other...
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Migrants aboard the Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti gather on the deck as they await decisions in the port of Catania, Italy, Friday, Aug. 24 2018. An Italian lawmaker says rescued migrants stuck aboard an Italian coast guard ship are starting a hunger strike. Rescued on Aug. 16 in the Mediterranean Sea, 150 migrants are still on the ship after minors and the sick were allowed off in recent days. (Orietta Scardino/ANSA via AP)
August 25, 2018 - 5:58 pm
ROME (AP) — Catholic bishops, tiny Albania and Ireland agreed to take the 140 migrants blocked aboard an Italian coast guard vessel, Premier Giuseppe Conte said Saturday, announcing the end of 10-day standoff over the asylum-seekers but making clear an angry Italy could avenge a perceived lack of...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 photo, Amanda Cahill of the American Heart Association speaks to a rally in support of a ballot initiative to raise Montana's tobacco taxes in Helena, Mont. Cahill says the tobacco industry is attempting to deceive voters about the measure as an industry-funded group launches a massive ad blitz against the initiative. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)
August 24, 2018 - 4:01 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A group funded by the tobacco industry has launched a massive ad blitz against a ballot initiative to fund Montana's Medicaid expansion program and other health programs by raising the cigarette tax by $2 per pack and taxing vaping products for the first time. Montanans Against...
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Graphic shows results of AP-NORC Center poll on attitudes towards tariffs put in place by President Trump.; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;
August 24, 2018 - 8:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer than half of Americans expect President Donald Trump's tariffs to do much to help the U.S. economy, but their widespread unpopularity hasn't led most Republicans to stray from supporting the president's trade policy as the 2018 midterm elections approach. Majorities of...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 photo, the head of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Pierre Kraehenbuehl speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem. Kraehenbuehl said Thursday that he believes the U.S. slashed his budget early this year to take out its frustration with the Palestinian Authority but warns that the millions of people served by his organization cannot be wished away. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
August 24, 2018 - 2:14 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says the United States slashed his budget early this year to punish the Palestinians for their criticism of America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. He warns the Palestinian refugee issue won't go away. Pierre...
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FILE- In this May 20, 2015 file photo, Midtown Manhattan, including the Empire State Building, center, are seen from the observatory at One World Trade Center in New York. The Trump administration announced new rules Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
August 23, 2018 - 9:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action under the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an...
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August 23, 2018 - 6:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved an $854 billion measure Thursday that funds much of the government, including $675 billion for the Defense Department. The bill combines military spending with disbursements for Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies. The bill was...
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