12 New Laws in 2014

Posted by Steve Herman on December 31, 2013

By The Associated Press-The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news:

1. COLORADO, MAINE AND WASHINGTON: Colorado pot stores open Jan. 1 as retailers usher in the nation’s first legal recreational pot industry. Sales in Washington, which also legalized recreational marijuana, are …

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Mayor: ND Town Dodged a Bullet in Crude Explosion

Posted by Christina Kemp on December 31, 2013
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CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — A southeastern North Dakota town narrowly escaped tragedy when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded nearby, the mayor said Tuesday, calling for changes in how the fuel is transported across the U.S.

No one was hurt in Monday’s derailment of the mile-long train that sent a great fireball and plumes of black smoke skyward about …

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Russian Bombings Kill 31, Raise Fears Over Olympics

Posted by Jeremy Scott on December 30, 2013
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By the Associated Press

MOSCOW — Two suicide bombings in as many days have raised concerns that separatist militants have begun a terrorist campaign in Russia that could stretch into the Winter Olympics in February. Russian authorities and the International Olympic Committee insisted the site of the games, protected by layers of security, is completely safe.

The attacks in Volgograd, only 400 …

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Health Exchange Website Hits 1 Million Mark

Posted by Steve Herman on December 29, 2013

HONOLULU (AP) — A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the government’s rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new vigor for the problem-plagued federal insurance market.

Combined with numbers for state-run markets due in January, that should put total enrollment in the new private insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s health law at …

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1.3 Million Losing Unemployment Benefits

Posted by Christina Kemp on December 28, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy. A tense political battle likely looms when Congress reconvenes in the new, midterm election year.

Nudging Congress along, a vacationing President Barack Obama called two …

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