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  • Security guard: I was fired after bosses saw me on TV buying pot in Washington
    Security guard: I was fired after bosses saw me on TV buying pot in Washington

    The first person to legally buy recreational marijuana in Spokane, Washington, says he is out of a job because of it.

  • Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist groups' seized nuclear materials
    Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist groups' seized nuclear materials

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad." Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials "can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction." "These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts," said Alhakim.

  • CHILD STILL RESENTS PARENTS WHO SKIPPED GRADUATION

    DEAR ABBY: When I was a child, my parents skipped my elementary school graduation. For that matter, everyone did. My grandfather had just died, so Mom was mourning his loss. Fast-forward a few years -- nobody attended my junior high graduation, either. Granted, Mom had a couple of stitches in her nose because my brother had accidentally hit her with a golf club the week before. Well, my younger siblings just graduated from elementary school, and my parents have again skipped the event due to their work schedules. A mix of emotions is resurfacing for me. I'm angry and frustrated. ...

  • Obama's real border issue: a heroin surge
    Obama's real border issue: a heroin surge

    The big debate in Washington this summer is the surge of children from Central America crossing illegally into the United States.

  • Meet the Impeachment Crowd: 6 Republicans Who Want Obama Out
    Meet the Impeachment Crowd: 6 Republicans Who Want Obama Out

    Here's Why These Republicans Want Obama Out of Office

  • New York police see risks with drones' popularity
    New York police see risks with drones' popularity

    NEW YORK (AP) — One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities say, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George Washington Bridge.

  • The best case we’ve heard for why you should stick with BlackBerry
    The best case we’ve heard for why you should stick with BlackBerry

    If there’s one company that knows what it’s like to lose a once-dominant position in the market and be seen as a relic of tech history, it’s AOL. That said, AOL has managed to find a way to tough it out and survive through bad times over the years, which is surely something that BlackBerry can take inspiration from. With this in mind, we thought it was interesting that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong this week told CNBC that he still loves using his BlackBerry for work and he makes the best case we’ve heard for why businesspeople should stick with BlackBerry phones, even if they use phones from Apple and Samsung as well. “The Samsung Note I have, and I have an iPhone also, they are

  • Creep Show: 410-Million-Year-Old Spider Walks Again
    Creep Show: 410-Million-Year-Old Spider Walks Again

    An ancient ancestor to spiders was able to creep again, sort of, as a new video has recreated the walk of the 410-million-year-old beast. The arachnid's creepy gait was reconstructed based on paper-thin cross-sections of the creature's limbs fossilized in rock in Scotland. The fossils were found in the Rhynie Chert, a formation where silica-laden water bubbled up from volcanic hot springs, instantly petrifying lichen, plants and primitive insects in stunning detail. "Long before our ancestors came out of the sea, these early arachnids were top dog of the food chain," study co-author Russell Garwood, a paleontologist in the University of Manchester, said in a statement.

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