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Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado over marijuana legalization

Colorado’s neighbors don’t seem to be catching on to the marijuana-acceptance trend.

Privacy experts predict a future without privacy

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Ten years from now, will privacy be the exception?

IRS considers temporary shutdown and delaying tax refunds

In this July 23, 2014 file photo, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday. About half the people who call the IRS for assistance this filing season won't be able to get through to a person, Koskinen said. Once returns are filed, there will be fewer agents to audit them. (AP Photo, File)

Good luck getting help on your taxes this season–and don’t count on a prompt refund.

14 percent say America was above average this year. That’s sadly the best result in ages.

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It’s right there in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, like a sore thumb in camouflage.

Software lets police assign you a ‘threat rating’ based on social media activity

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The future of policing may be here, and it’s more than a little intrusive.

Study: Smartphone users ‘are their own worst enemies’ when it comes to privacy

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The smartphone users who worry the most about their online security also happen to be the least motivated to take added precautions, according to one study.

Study: Apathetic federal employees cost taxpayers $18B

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Federal government workers are more apathetic than workers in the private sector and it’s costing taxpayers billions. A new Gallup survey found that just 27 percent of federal government employees considered themselves “engaged” in their jobs this year, compared with 31 percent of all other workers in the U.S. About 53 percent of federal workers […]

US to receive jailed American Alan Gross, work to normalize relations with Cuba

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo provided by James L. Berenthal, jailed American Alan Gross poses for a photo during a visit by Rabbi Elie Abadie and U.S. lawyer James L. Berenthal at Finlay military hospital as he serves a prison sentence in Havana, Cuba. AP sources: American Alan Gross released from Cuba after 5 years in prison. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — American officials say the U.S. and Cuba will start talks to normalize full diplomatic relations as part of the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades.

What a Supreme Court ruling on police mistakes might mean for the Fourth Amendment

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A police stop and search conducted over a “mistake of the law” on the police officer’s behalf is still lawful, according to the Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision in Heien v. North Carolina.

Wyden on FBI backdoor spying: ‘There are no magic keys that can be used only by good guys’

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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a long-time critic of government spying, has an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times denouncing the FBI’s push for tech companies to enable easier backdoor access to Americans’ data.

Sandy Hook victims are suing the manufacturers and distributors of Lanza’s rifle

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Nine families of victims and one survivor of the Sandy Hook shooting are suing the manufacturers and distributors of the gun wielded by the shooter, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Teen marijuana use declined this year, despite increased legalization

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A favorite argument of the anti-marijuana crowd is that legalization would send the wrong signal to the youth and make them think drugs are good for them.

This Tumblr page is dedicated to blacklisting an anti-pot congressman from local businesses

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Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) has quickly become a persona non grata in Washington, D.C., and a Tumblr page of posters is encouraging local businesses to formally ban him from their premises.

Taliban storm Pakistani school, killing 126

A Pakistani girl, who was injured in a Taliban attack in a school, is rushed to a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months.(AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 126 people, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in years.

You can start buying extra Humvees from the military in just two days

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The military has so many extra Humvees lying around these days, it’s auctioning them off to the public.

Uber reverses course after raising prices during Sydney hostage crisis

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Uber said it was providing free rides out of a Sydney business district affected by an ongoing hostage situation. It’s taken heat because that wasn’t the initial policy.

Congress just banned the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws

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Dispensaries in the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Gun ‘give-backs’ ask residents to hand over toy and real weapons

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Two separate events this weekend encouraged gun owners to voluntarily relinquish their weapons in the name of reducing gun violence.

Cuomo requires New York insurers to cover sex change surgery, hormone therapy

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) wrote a letter to insurance companies this week, warning that they will no longer be allowed to refuse to cover gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy or other treatments needed to change a person’s gender if a doctor deems such treatments medically necessary. In the letter, Cuomo highlighted a state […]

World Wide Web inventor calls internet access a ‘human right’

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, informs the media about human rights and the World Wide Web. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web said Thursday that affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right. Tim Berners-Lee, who launched the Web in 1990, made the remarks as he released his World Wide Web Foundation’s latest report tracking the Internet’s global impact, the Associated Press reported. Berners-Lee said […]