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Colorado Collected $2.1 Million In January Taxes On Recreational Pot

For the first time since it legalized recreational marijuana, Colorado is releasing revenue figures: The state made $3.5 million in taxes and fees in January.<p>As KUSA-TV reports, $2.1 million of that came from the sale of recreational pot and $1.4 million came from medical marijuana.<p>KUSA adds:<p>"The …

At 4.4 Billion Years Old, Oz Crystals Confirmed As World's Oldest

Scientists have used a powerful new technique to prove that some tiny crystals found in Western Australia are indeed the oldest known materials formed on Earth.<p>Back in 2001, scientists reported that one of the zircon crystals was about 4.4 billion years old — so old that not everyone believed …

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Arizona Senate to send Brewer gay rights bill

PHOENIX — Today is the day Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is officially supposed to get a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse some services, including some to gays.<p>Legislative action was completed last week, and if the state Senate officially delivers the …

Despite recovery, fewer Americans identify as middle class

Despite a slowly recovering economy, the proportion of Americans who identify themselves as middle class has dropped sharply in recent years. Today, …

Erick Erickson says businesses are “aiding and abetting” sin when serving gay couples

The Fox News pundit is mad at Kirsten Powers because she doesn’t support anti-gay Jim Crow laws<p>Stridently homophobic right-wing pundit and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson is scrapping with a fellow member of the Fox News universe again — and this time, it's theological.<p>As flagged by Luke …

Rep. John Dingell, Who Has Served A Record 58 Years, Is Retiring

Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, who was first elected to Congress in 1955 to fill a seat his father had held, says he will not seek re-election later this year.<p>He'll leave office having served in Congress longer than anyone else in history. Last June, Dingell passed the previous record …

UK says to use Merkel visit to push curbs to 'welfare shopping' | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Sunday it planned to use a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week to try to persuade Berlin to support measures to discourage people from moving within the European Union to tap welfare benefits.<p>Romanians check in their luggage for a flight to Heathrow …

Millions Flock to Telegram Messaging App After WhatsApp Outage

Telegram, a messaging app that emphasizes privacy and security, added millions of new users Sunday, following WhatsApp's biggest outage in years.<p>The …

Average WhatsApp User Sends More Than 1,200 Messages Each Month

Ever since Facebook announced that it will acquire popular social messaging app WhatsApp, there has been a lot of buzz about its impressive user base.<p>…