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The Senate's experiment with cannabis

Hardliners on Judiciary open up to research on medical pot<p>Obamacare. Gay weddings. Now pot?<p>As progressives celebrate a couple of big wins in Washington – the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act and legalizing same-sex marriage – another issue has remained firmly stuck at the national …


Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act.<p>The back-to-back votes left lawmakers without a clear fallback, although current law doesn't expire until …


Beijing: U.S. threatens peace in South China Sea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Chinese government is calling U.S. surveillance flights over the South China Sea a threat to peace in the region and warning that they could lead to accidents in the air or at sea.<p>The message was delivered after the U.S. military on Wednesday undertook a reconnaissance flight on which a …


An 'intense gunfight' kills 43 in troubled Mexican state

Only one federal police officer was killed in the operation, which authorities launched after learning that "armed criminals" were occupying the ranch in Tanhuato, Michoacan state, near the neighboring state of Jalisco, officials said.<p>"Up to now, we have counted 42 suspected criminals killed and …


The 50 best burger joints in America, ranked

Our friends at Foursquare dug through their troves of user data to compile the list. Because the site now allows users to save and favorite venues they love, Foursquare was able to track down which burgers diners are raving about most across America.<p>To create this list, Foursquare included the …

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