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U.S. General Complains That Marijuana Legalization Makes Latin American Officials Less Eager To Join The War On Drugs

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, Gen. John F. Kelly, who is in charge of the U.S. Southern Command, complained that marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington has made it harder to enlist Latin American countries in the war on drugs:<p>We’ve been encouraging …

The Long, Strange Challenge Facing Marijuana Entrepreneurs

The legal marijuana industry is potentially very lucrative, but small business owners should expect an uphill battle against federal law, banking regulations, and other obstacles.<p>"There are a lot of hurdles to get through if somebody wants to do this, but the opportunities are there too," said Ryan …

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Banks wary of marijuana business

When it comes to doing business with marijuana sellers, it’s going to take a lot more than a thumbs-up from Eric Holder to get paranoid bankers on board.<p>The U.S. attorney general made waves last week when he said the Obama administration plans to give banks the go-ahead to make loans or open …

TC Cribs: Practice Fusion, Where Keeping Fit And Healthy Is Part Of The Job

Welcome back to a brand new episode of TechCrunch Cribs, the show that takes you inside the doors of the tech industry’s hottest companies to get a look at what the workaday life there is like.<p>This time we headed over to the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco to the headquarters of Practice …

Risk Sharing Can Drive Healthcare Innovation

<i>Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads you, or you will learn nothing.</i> – Thomas Huxley<p>I have been talking with Dr. Brad Stuart on the topic of innovation in health care. This is the third …

Debunking Entrepreneurial Myths: I Need A Business Degree

There is no way to sugar-coat it: Starting a business is a risk. There are real downsides to being an entrepreneur. Some are preventable and some are not. But after more than 25 years of starting businesses, I can tell you that the rewards for determined entrepreneurs far outweigh the risks of …

49ers Fan Flips out After Colin Kaepernick's Interception Ends Team's Season

Sports are all about passion.<p>From the players to the coaches to the fans, everyone takes losses hard. Showing emotion is fine, and it's even better when someone is filming an awesome meltdown.<p>Meet Leeor, a San Francisco 49ers fan who can't handle when his team loses. He has a history of having …

Amazon Patents “Anticipatory” Shipping — To Start Sending Stuff Before You’ve Bought It

Amazon’s plans for autonomous flying delivery drones are so last year. The ecommerce juggernaut is purportedly working on something far more dystopian: pre-shipment.<p>Amazon has filed a patent for a shipping system designed to cut delivery times by predicting what buyers are going to buy before they …

CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

"El Vicentillo" being presented to the media in Mexico City on March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle …

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Pierre Thomas injury: Saints RB returns to practice

Thomas was back at practice Thursday but may still miss the Saints' playoff game against the Seahawks this weekend. If so, New Orleans will have to rely on the three-headed rushing attack that carried them past the Eagles.<p>New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas returned to practice on …

Breaking Down Mark Ingram's Resurgence in New Orleans Saints Offense

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram produced only 386 yards during the 2013 regular season in a limited role for head coach Sean Payton’s club.<p>But given the opportunity to see more touches during the Wild Card win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the former first-round pick responded with 97 …

Percy Harvin says he’s ready to go, so what does this mean for Seahawks and Saints?

The Seattle Seahawks have green-lit Percy Harvin to add to his 20-snap total this season, in Saturday's divisional-round game against the New Orleans …

Breaking Down How the Saints Can Attack Seattle's Cover-3 Defense

The Seattle Seahawks' primary pass defense is a Cover-3 scheme with three deep defenders and four players in underneath coverage. When New Orleans traveled to Seattle during the regular season, this Seahawks defense gave them fits.<p>Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is here to break down what the Saints …

Saints vs. Seahawks: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

The New Orleans Saints (No. 6 seed) are in the Pacific Northwest for an NFC divisional-round showdown against the top-seeded Seattle Seahawks. The two NFC powerhouses will kick off the action at 4:35 p.m. ET at CenturyLink Field, where Seattle's record the past two years has been 15-1.<p>The Saints …

Percy Harvin's Impact Against Saints Will Be Limited by Torrential Rain

Percy Harvin is back, but his return to the lineup for the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Round will be ruined by Mother Nature.<p>Seahawks fans received some thrilling news on Thursday, Jan. 9, when team head coach Pete Carroll announced Percy Harvin would play in the team's divisional round …

Seahawks WR Percy Harvin says he's 'Absolutely' playing vs. Saints

Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is ready to go. Harvin said on Thursday that he'll 'absolutely' be playing against the Saints in Saturday's …

Pierre Thomas returns to practice

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday for the first time since injuring his …

“Absurd on every single level”: How the feds may be crippling the legal pot industry

Weed may be legal now in Colorado, but one key detail threatens to boost crime, raise costs and sink the business<p>Last week, Colorado became the first place in the world to legally sell regulated and taxed marijuana for adult recreational use. Despite the winter weather, long lines and heavy demand …

Why prescription drugs are so expensive

Yes, pharmaceutical companies are greedy. But the truth is the science of drug discovery is hugely labor intensive<p>Often you will hear people talking about why drugs are expensive: it’s the greedy pharmaceutical companies, the patent system, the government, capitalism itself. All these factors …

The First Day of Denver's Weed Boom: An Eyewitness' Account

Surveying the surreal scene at a dispensary as legal weed comes to Colorado<p>I stood in line for four hours to see Barack Obama during Denver's …

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Despite Newfound Balance, the Saints Need to Be the Saints to Upset Seattle

The NFC divisional round matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks is as hopeless of a mismatch as you'll see in the NFL playoffs. The No. 6-seeded Saints are traveling to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, where the No. 1-seeded Seahawks have lost only one game all …

NFL Divisional Playoffs 2013: Every Team's Biggest Key to Victory

Eight teams in the NFL still have a chance to claim victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.<p>It adds up to eight clubs and eight different game plans.<p>So here’s a look at what each team might do or may want to do if it has any notions of advancing to next Sunday’s conference championship game.<p>Some of these …

Saints vs. Seahawks: X-Factors That Will Decide NFC Divisional Showdown

In the first week of the NFL playoffs, the New Orleans Saints did something they'd never done in franchise history—win a playoff game on the road. Now, they'll have to do something that no one expects them to do by beating the Seattle Seahawks, a 15-1 team at home the last two seasons, on the …

Sean Payton on Rob Ryan: 'I think he's going to be a head coach'

Just because Saints defensive coordinator isn't drawing interest in any head coaching job, that doesn't mean he won't at some point.<p><b>More NFL:</b> …

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We demo Audi's Traffic Jam Assistant tech on the road [w/video]

The closer automotive technology comes to making good on the promise of fully driverless vehicles, the better we see just what difficult work reaching that ultimate goal will become. That's because, unlike so many other in-car technologies that need only integration into a vehicle, truly autonomous …

Saints' Rushing Attack, Defense Makes New Orleans Super Bowl Favorites

The ability to switch your pitch...<p>This column has wondered aloud if the New Orleans Saints had the wherewithal to win a playoff game in which quarterback Drew Brees was unable to deliver one of his typical prolific performances.<p>Well that question, at least for one game, was answered with an …

Saints happy for second chance

METAIRIE, La. -- If the New Orleans Saints didn't already feel like they got "owned" by the Seattle Seahawks in a 34-7 rout at Seattle five weeks …

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