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In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 photo attorney Brian Blatz sits on the roof deck at his office in Los Angeles. When California broadly legalized marijuana on Jan. 1, Blatz with a background in banking and health care had been working for a year to set up a trucking firm . On its website, Long Beach, California-based Verdant Distribution made clear its ambition: to be the nation's pre-eminent business for transporting cannabis. But the choppy rollout of California's legal market saddled the company with costly delays, and it was undone in the end by an abrupt state rule change that allowed just about any marijuana business to become its own distributor, undercutting the need for stand-alone companies like Verdant to do the job. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
December 30, 2018 - 8:41 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was supposed to be a great year for marijuana entrepreneur Brian Blatz. When California broadly legalized pot on Jan. 1, the lawyer with a background in banking and health care had been working for a year to set up a trucking company that would whisk fragrant marijuana buds,...
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FILE- This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the logo for Verizon above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Verizon customers can continue to watch ESPN, ABC and other channels owned by Disney after the two companies announced a deal over programming fees. The telecommunications giant and the entertainment company said in a joint statement Sunday: "Verizon and The Walt Disney Company have reached a broad-based distribution agreement." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 30, 2018 - 1:25 pm
Verizon customers can continue to watch ESPN, ABC and other channels owned by Disney after the two companies announced a deal over programming fees. The telecommunications giant and the entertainment company said in a joint statement Sunday: "Verizon and The Walt Disney Company have reached a broad...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 31, 2018, a man carries a portrait of slain journalist Hector Gonzalez Antonio as his daughter, left, mourns during his funeral in Mexico City. Gonzalez, who worked with the national newspaper Excelsior, was found beaten to death in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the state that shares a border with Texas. The International Federation of Journalists says in a report set for release Monday Dec. 31, 2018, that 11 Mexico journalists were killed, among 94 people working in the media industry killed this year, 12 more than in 2017.(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, FILE)
December 30, 2018 - 12:44 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — An international trade association says on-the-job slayings of journalists and news media staff rose again in 2018 following an overall decline during the past half-dozen years. The International Federation of Journalists said in an annual report set for release Monday that 94...
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FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, a police K-9 unit patrols in New York's Times Square where crowds were gathered for the annual New Year's Eve celebration. The New York Police Department is adding a drone this year to the security forces it uses to protect the huge crowds celebrating New Year's Eve in the city. (AP Photo/Go Nakamura, File)
December 30, 2018 - 9:33 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It's an Auld Lang Syne of the times: For the first time, a police drone will be keeping watch over the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square. The unmanned eye-in-the-sky is the latest wrinkle in the New York City Police Department's ever-evolving plan to keep...
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A St. Louis-area man shot his girlfriend, her two young children and her mother in the home they all shared, authorities said Saturday.
December 30, 2018 - 9:30 am
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis-area man shot to death his girlfriend, her two young children and her mother in the home they all shared, authorities said Saturday. He exchanged gunfire with officers as he fled and was captured several hours later in a convenience store, covered in blood and...
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December 30, 2018 - 6:23 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon hotel said it fired two of its employees for mistreatment of a black guest who was talking on his phone in the lobby when he was asked to leave a week ago. DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Portland tweeted Saturday they have "terminated the employment of the two men...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court term has steered clear of drama since the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The next few weeks will test whether the calm can last. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 29, 2018 - 11:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide the five conservatives and four liberals. The justices have been unusually...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump gives the pen he used to sign the executive order to end family separations to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. On Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, the president deflected any blame from his administration for the deaths of two Guatemalan children in December in U.S. government custody as his Homeland Security adviser visited Border Patrol medical officials amid promises of more thorough health screenings for migrant children. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
December 29, 2018 - 9:38 pm
President Donald Trump sought to deflect blame for the deaths of two Guatemalan children in U.S. custody by claiming they were "very sick" when they arrived, even though immigration authorities have said both children passed initial health checks. The mother of the boy who died Christmas Eve told...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump gives the pen he used to sign the executive order to end family separations to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. On Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, the president deflected any blame from his administration for the deaths of two Guatemalan children in December in U.S. government custody as his Homeland Security adviser visited Border Patrol medical officials amid promises of more thorough health screenings for migrant children. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
December 29, 2018 - 7:59 pm
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on two Guatemalan children who died while in U.S. government custody (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The mother of a boy who died while in U.S. custody says her son was healthy when he left Guatemala with his father on their journey hoping to migrate to the United States...
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In this December 2018 photo released by the Council on American Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley, Shaima Swileh, of Yemen, holds her dying 2-year old son Abdullah Hassan at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, Calif. USA. The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, that Abdullah died at the Oakland hospital, where his father Ali Hassan brought him in the fall to get treatment for a genetic brain disorder. Swileh, who is not an American citizen, sued the Trump administration to let her into the country to be with the ailing boy. (Council on American Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley via AP)
December 29, 2018 - 5:18 pm
LODI, Calif. (AP) — Mourners at a mosque in California said goodbye Saturday to a 2-year-old boy whose Yemeni mother successfully fought the Trump administration's travel ban to hold the boy before he died in the United States. Abdullah Hassan died Friday at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in...
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