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Pot debates continue even where it's legal
Written by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:12

DENVER (AP) — Recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado and Washington, but debates over the drug are far from over. Here's a look at debates emerging in the states where the drug is already legal without a doctor's recommendation:

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A group of marijuana activists want another pot vote in Colorado — to loosen restrictions on who can have it. A proposed ballot measure up for state review Wednesday would end criminal penalties for cannabis possession. If approved, the measure would effectively discard Colorado's 1-ounce possession limit and 21-and-over restriction. A similar pot possession measure has been proposed before in Colorado, and failed to get enough signatures to make ballots. There's little reason to expect more success for the 2014 version of the legalize-for-all proposal.

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Major change unlikely despite open-Internet ruling
Written by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:07

NEW YORK (AP) — Don't expect major changes to how you access your favorite websites and services despite a federal appeals court's decision to set aside rules meant to ensure equal access to entertainment, news and other online content.

Major cable providers already have pledged not to do the kinds of things the rules were designed to ban. And the rules didn't apply fully to wireless providers anyway, even as Americans are increasingly using mobile devices to access Internet content.

Under so-called net neutrality rules adopted in 2010 by the Federal Communications Commission, wired broadband providers such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon were barred from prioritizing some types of Internet traffic over others. That means a cable company couldn't hinder access to Hulu and other Internet video services, even though they compete with the company's own TV services. Under some interpretations, a broadband provider also couldn't charge services such as YouTube and Facebook for preferential treatment, such that users could reach those services faster than those that don't pay.

The anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules were designed to preserve an open Internet and ensure that startups and nonprofits had as much of a chance to reach an audience online as established companies such as Google.

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At least 2 injured in New Mexico school shooting
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Tuesday, 14 January 2014 13:03
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southern New Mexico say a shooting at a Roswell middle school Tuesday morning left at least two children injured and a suspect is in custody.

Brooke Linthicum of Eastern New Mexico Regional Medical Center says the two children were being treated following the shooting at Berrendo Middle School, but she had no information on the type or extent of their injuries.

Roswell police say the suspected shooter was arrested Tuesday and the school was placed on lockdown. Police say children will be bused to a nearby mall where parents can pick up them up. Word of the shooting was posted on the Roswell Police Department's Facebook page.

"We believe there are injuries but to what extent we don't know yet," said New Mexico State Police spokesman Damyan Brown.

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'Grown Ups 2' leads Razzies worst-of list
Written by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:06

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Grown Ups 2" is making the most noise at this year's Golden Raspberry Awards.

The silly comedy sequel about four childhood friends starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade led the Razzie lineup Tuesday with eight nominations, including worst picture, sequel, ensemble, screenplay, lead actor for Sandler, supporting actor for Taylor Lautner, supporting actress for Salma Hayek and director for Dennis Dugan.

Sandler is no a stranger to the Razzies, which launched in 1980 as a spoof of Hollywood's awards season. He won the worst actor trophy last year for the man-child comedy "That's My Boy," and his 2011 cross-dressing comedy "Jack and Jill" made Razzie history the year before with a record 10 awards, with Sandler winning both the worst actor and actress prizes.

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'Ghost gun' regulations pushed in California bill
Written by DON THOMPSON, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:09

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The "ghost guns" that can slip through metal detectors and be assembled at home without safeguards are spurring efforts in California and elsewhere to bring these weapons and their owners out of the shadows.

A state lawmaker proposed legislation Monday to make background checks and gun registrations requirements for anyone who builds plastic firearms on a 3-D printer at home. The bill by state Sen. Kevin de Leon also would apply to anyone who buys parts that can be assembled into a gun.

It's part of a growing effort across the country to pre-empt the spread of these undetectable guns.

De Leon said he is trying to address a twin threat from what he called "ghost guns" — plastic guns that can evade metal detectors and unregistered weapons that can fall into the hands of people who are legally prohibited from owning firearms under state law.

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