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  • Marijuana laws pose dilemma for Republican presidential hopefuls

    Marijuana laws pose dilemma for Republican presidential hopefuls
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's response in a recent radio interview to a question about legal marijuana was in keeping with his tough-on-crime persona. A former prosecutor and potential presidential candidate, Christie has long been a staunch opponent...
  • Illinois' $105-billion public pension fix struck down by state Supreme Court

    Illinois' $105-billion public pension fix struck down by state Supreme Court
    Taxpayers are facing a $1-trillion public pension headache across the nation — and that remains untouched after an Illinois Supreme Court ruling on Friday. The top court in Illinois unanimously threw out a legislative fix designed to erase a $105-...
  • Key in Colorado theater rampage trial: What was James Holmes' mind-set?

    Key in Colorado theater rampage trial: What was James Holmes' mind-set?
    The first week of testimony in the Aurora, Colo., theater rampage trial underscored the full horror of the 2012 attack that left 12 people dead and 70 wounded. Burly first responders in uniform cried as they related the chaos and the carnage. Victims...
  • Amid drought, the West is no place for a lawn, as Nevada has learned

    Amid drought, the West is no place for a lawn, as Nevada has learned
    When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered that California rip up 50 million square feet of lawns to conserve water amid the West's deadening drought, the Golden State gasped. Meanwhile, the Silver State yawned. Desert denizens have already been there and done...
  • Behind their charms, single-sex colleges struggle with their nature

    Behind their charms, single-sex colleges struggle with their nature
    The names of the two colleges -- Sweet Briar and Deep Springs -- are redolent of bucolic campuses. One is in rural Virginia, in the foothills near Lynchburg, and the other is in California's high desert ranch lands east of Bishop. But the names of the...
  • In Albuquerque, police killings divide law enforcement agencies

    In Albuquerque, police killings divide law enforcement agencies
    After a fitful few hours of sleep, Kari Brandenburg reads a note every morning on a bulletin board in her closet, written to herself: "Being a hero is enduring for one moment more." The sentiment has become a source of inspiration for Brandenburg,...
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s old Vegas gym is itching for his next big fight

    Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s old Vegas gym is itching for his next big fight
    Inside the ropes at Johnny Tocco's Ringside Gym, where boxing savant Floyd Mayweather Jr. once trained and his father coached, the blood and sweat still pour. One fighter throws punishing jabs at an imaginary foe, each as lethal as any predator's...
  • Nevada brothel lobbyist put friendly face on often-reviled industry

    Nevada brothel lobbyist put friendly face on often-reviled industry
    Most lawmakers in this state capital simply call him "Georgie," a soft-spoken old opinion-swayer with a cane who revels in his political incorrectness. For half a century, George Flint held court in the hallways of the Legislature here, most lately in...
  • Lake Mead water level falls to a landmark low, and is likely to get worse

    Lake Mead water level falls to a landmark low, and is likely to get worse
    For Western states enduring a debilitating drought, the news is bone-dry bad: Anemic Lake Mead has hit a historic low level. The surface of the sprawling reservoir outside Las Vegas late Tuesday afternoon fell to 1,079.76 feet above sea level —...
  • The world's first vegan mini-mall. Yeah, you're in Portland

    The world's first vegan mini-mall. Yeah, you're in Portland
    Attention all vegan shoppers: You're definitely in the right place. Fish-free "toona"? Check. Sweet potato dog treats? Absolutely. Coconut bacon? Yep. And Bryan Zurek working the check-out stand — a 27-year-old who hasn't used an animal...
  • Parents of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes keep a lonely vigil

    Parents of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes keep a lonely vigil
    He called his mother "Goober" and his father "Bobbo," affectionate names from a different life. They sit behind him every day, not more than 20 feet from his silent form swiveling quietly at the defense table. He does not turn around. James E. Holmes,...