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Weed as way of life: California farmers divided on legal bud
GARBERVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with the pruning shears to harvest the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm....

Here's what occurs if Californians legalize recreational pot
GARBERVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Proposition 64 would legalize the recreational use of marijuana starting Jan. 1, 2018. The ballot measure is 62 pages long and aims to regulate the entire cannabis industry, from seeds to pipe. Here are highlights:...

Sale or no sale, changes could come to Twitter users
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sale or no sale, Twitter users are bound to see changes as the beleaguered communications service tries to broaden its appeal to more people and advertisers....

United Way loses its ranking as America's largest charity
NEW YORK (AP) -- United Way, ranked as America's largest charity for all but one of the past 25 years, has been emphatically knocked from that spot by Fidelity Charitable, the leader of a rapidly growing philanthropic sector that is transforming the way many Americans give....

Transplant experiment relies on hepatitis C-infected kidneys
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some patients facing a yearslong wait for a kidney transplant are jumping ahead in line thanks to a startling experiment: They're agreeing to an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C....

NYC firefighter stages dramatic rescue in fatal blaze
NEW YORK (AP) -- As roaring flames consumed an apartment building in New York City early Thursday, a firefighter dangling from a rope plucked a trapped person from a window on the fifth floor and safely lowered him to the ground....

Amtrak to pay $265 million for deadly Philadelphia crash
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Amtrak will pay $265 million to settle claims related to a deadly derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others....

Wal-Mart pushes service for holiday; Target stresses value
TETERBORO, N.J. (AP) -- Wal-Mart, long known for emphasizing low prices, wants to be known this holiday season for superior customer service. That comes after its main rival Target, which has a better image in that regard, stressed a focus on offering deals....

Modest gains, but US students still lag in science learning
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The vast majority of U.S. students still lack a solid grasp of science despite some modest gains by fourth and eighth graders, especially girls and minorities....

Early voting: More good signs for Clinton in key states
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The millions of votes that have been cast already in the U.S. presidential election point to an advantage for Hillary Clinton in critical battleground states, as well as signs of strength in traditionally Republican territory....

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