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Feb 27, 2015

Colorado sold 17 tons of retail marijuana in first legal year

DENVER (Reuters) – Consumers in Colorado bought more than 17 tons of recreational marijuana buds during the first year of the state’s new retail market, but sales of medicinal pot still outstripped that at almost 50 tons, officials said on Friday.

In a national first, voters in Colorado and Washington state opted to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults in landmark twin ballots in 2012. The first retail stores opened in Colorado on Jan 1, 2014.

Feb 25, 2015

Critics protest proposal to control federal lands in Colorado

DENVER (Reuters) – Groups representing hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife advocates rallied side by side in Denver on Wednesday in protest of a proposal by Colorado lawmakers that seeks to take control of federal public lands in the state.

Organizers of the demonstration outside the Capitol building, which drew about 100 people including some wearing camouflage hunting outfits below bright orange headwear, said the state has no right to seek so-called cooperative management of national lands.

Feb 23, 2015

Family of U.S. aid worker: Bergdahl deal emboldened her captors

Feb 23 (Reuters) – The family of Kayla Mueller, the U.S. aid
worker who died while a captive of Islamic State militants in
Syria, said a prisoner swap deal cut by Washington to get back a
U.S. Army Sergeant held by the Taliban hurt efforts to free her.

Carl Mueller, Kayla’s father, told NBC in an interview
broadcast on Monday that the family had hoped to raise money for
a $6.2 million ransom demanded by his daughter’s captors, even
though it was a daunting amount for them to contemplate.

Feb 20, 2015

Colorado and Oregon congressmen pitch new federal pot framework

DENVER (Reuters) – Two Democratic U.S. congressmen from Colorado and Oregon introduced separate bills on Friday that would regulate marijuana like alcohol in states where it is legal and tax sales of the drug at the federal level.

Colorado voters approved the sale and possession of recreational marijuana by adults in a landmark ballot in 2012 while Oregon voters decided last fall to follow suit.

Feb 18, 2015

Controversy flares over making Colorado canyon national monument

DENVER, Feb 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is
expected to name three sites around the country this week as
national monuments, including a canyon in Colorado where critics
of the move denounced the plan on Wednesday as a big government
land grab.

Obama is expected to announce the designation of Browns
Canyon, a picturesque gorge in the Rocky Mountains some 90 miles
(145 km) west of Colorado Springs, during remarks in Chicago on
Thursday.

Feb 13, 2015

Mexico condemns fatal shooting by police in Washington state

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – The Mexican government is condemning this week’s fatal shooting by police in Washington state of a Mexico-born man who had thrown rocks at officers in an incident captured on video.

Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Ministry called for an exhaustive investigation of the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in the city of Pasco, about 200 miles (320 km) southeast of Seattle, and said it is offering legal advice to relatives of the victim, who was originally from Michoacan state.

Feb 5, 2015

NBC’s Brian Williams apologizes for Iraq story after soldiers protest

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams said on Wednesday he was sorry for “making a mistake” when he said he was on a helicopter that was hit and forced down by rocket fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, after soldiers complained it was not true.

Williams made the claim on his broadcast last Friday while reporting a tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier who provided ground security during the incident. Williams said he and his news crew were protected by a mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry after their Chinook helicopter was crippled by enemy fire.

Feb 4, 2015

NBC’s Brian Williams recants story about Iraq incident after soldiers protest

Feb 4 (Reuters) – NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams
said on Wednesday he was sorry for “making a mistake” when he
said he was on a helicopter that was hit and forced down by
rocket fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, after soldiers
complained it was not true.

Williams made the claim on his broadcast last Friday while
reporting a tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a
retired soldier who provided ground security during the
incident. Williams said he and his news crew were protected by a
mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry after their
Chinook helicopter was crippled by enemy fire.

Jan 30, 2015

Super Bowl billboard campaign seeks acceptance for gay players

PHOENIX (Reuters) – As fans gather for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona, a billboard campaign is seeking to win acceptance for gay players whom the organizers say have been part of the National Football League since it started, but are scared to come out in public.

The campaign by SCRUFF, a gay social networking application used by 7 million people worldwide, features two men eyeing each other in a locker room alongside the slogan “Play On Our Team.”

Jan 29, 2015

‘Puppy Bowl’ highlights cuteness, adoptions at Super Bowl

PHOENIX (Reuters) – As dozens of fans cheered, the players tussled over the ball as they neared the end-zone then fell to rolling around and biting each other on the neck, the chance of a touchdown forgotten.

While some NFL stars’ off-field antics made headlines ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, none are known to have chewed on each other.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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