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Legal pot sales begin amid uncertainty in Colorado
Written by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press   
Monday, 30 December 2013 06:56

DENVER (AP) β€” A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary.

Two floors of pot-growing rooms will have windows showing the shopping public how the mind-altering plant is grown. Shoppers will be able to peruse drying marijuana buds and see pot trimmers at work separating the valuable flowers from the less-prized stems and leaves.

"It's going to be all white and beautiful," the 45-year-old ex-industrial engineer explains, excitedly gesturing around what just a few weeks ago was an empty warehouse space that will eventually house 40,000 square feet of cannabis strains.

As Colorado prepares to be the first in the nation to allow recreational pot sales, opening Jan. 1, hopeful retailers like Williams are investing their fortunes into the legal recreational pot world β€” all for a chance to build even bigger ones in a fledgling industry that faces an uncertain future.

Officials in Colorado and Washington, the other state where recreational pot goes on sale in mid-2014, as well as activists, policymakers and governments from around the U.S. and across the world will not be the only ones watching the experiment unfold.

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At least 10 killed in bus explosion in Volgograd
Written by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press   
Monday, 30 December 2013 06:54

MOSCOW (AP) β€” A bomb blast tore through a trolleybus in the city of Volgograd on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people a day after a suicide bombing that killed at least 17 at the city's main railway station.

The explosions put the city on edge and highlighted the terrorist threat that Russia is facing as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February. Volgograd is about 650 kilometers (400 miles) northeast of Sochi, where the Olympics are to be held.

The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said the bus explosion came from a bomb that most likely had been placed in the vehicle's passenger area, but there were no further details. The Emergencies Ministry said at least 10 people were killed and news reports said anywhere from 15 to two dozen people were hospitalized.

The explosion ripped away much of the bus's exterior and broke windows in nearby buildings.

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Rapper Doe B. among two killed in Alabama shooting
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 29 December 2013 07:58

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) β€” Police in Alabama are investigating the killings of rapper Doe B. and another person in a shooting Saturday that also wounded six others inside a bar and grill.

Police say the gunfire happened around 1 a.m. about a half-mile north of Alabama State University.

Police identified those killed as 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson and 22-year-old Glenn Thomas, both of Montgomery. They said Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Thomas β€” an up-and-coming rapper known as Doe B. β€” was taken to Baptist Medical Center South, where he was later pronounced dead.

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Death of man in Border Patrol custody investigated
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 29 December 2013 07:59

SAN DIEGO (AP) β€” The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office is investigating the cause of death of a man who collapsed in a Border Patrol holding cell on Christmas Eve after he was taken into custody for allegedly carrying three pounds of marijuana.

The Border Patrol said Saturday that the man, a U.S. citizen, was stopped at a checkpoint on Interstate 8, near the Mexican border.

He was taken to a holding cell after authorities said they found the marijuana, drug paraphernalia and traces of methamphetamine in his car.

Soon afterward he collapsed. Paramedics were unable to revive him.

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Suicide bomber kills 14 in Russia's south
Written by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press   
Sunday, 29 December 2013 07:54

MOSCOW (AP) β€” At least 14 people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a female suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia, officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of February's Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack in Volgograd, but it came several months after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games.

Volgograd, 900 kilometers (550 miles) south of Moscow, lies about 650 kilometers northeast of Sochi, a Black Sea resort flanked by the North Caucasus Mountains.

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