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Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 9:15am

A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn't correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of legal cannabis.

Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 9:00am

California marijuana producers are seeing a higher percentage of buds, oils and other products clear strict safety tests.

Pass it on: CVS CEO says the learning should never stop

Tom Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 8:07am

including that you shouldn't ever stop learning.

Kushner-linked firm targets richer areas in program for poor

Jeff Horwitz and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 6:49am

A real estate investment firm co-founded by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is betting big on the administration's Opportunity Zone tax breaks but isn't that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks to revitalize.

UK ministers seek to downplay chance of second Brexit vote

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 6:32am

Supporters of British Prime Minister Theresa May dampened suggestions Sunday that the government is planning a second referendum on whether to leave the European Union, arguing that another Brexit vote would exacerbate divisions in the U.K., not heal them.

Lebanese take to the streets to protest political stalemate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 5:37am

Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets Sunday to protest against a political stalemate that has prevented the formation of a new government seven months after elections.

Yellow vest protesters still block French traffic circles

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 5:35am

Yellow vest protesters occupied dozens of traffic roundabouts across France on Sunday even as their movement for economic justice appeared to be losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of protests.

4 die in crash of Portuguese medical emergency helicopter

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 5:26am

Portuguese authorities say four people have died when a helicopter in the country's medical emergency service crashed.

Germany sees notable drop in asylum applications in 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 4:41am

The German government anticipates a drop in asylum applications in 2018, even including the thousands of babies born to recent migrants.

Executive's arrest, security worries stymie Huawei's reach

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 6:24pm

While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad.

Mexico aims to boost crude output by 45 percent before 2025

Amy Guthrie, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 5:42pm

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador detailed plans Saturday to "rescue" the national oil industry by boosting crude production at the state-owned oil company by 45 percent before 2025.

Scope of investigations into Trump has shaped his presidency

Calvin Woodward and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 5:24pm

Investigations now entangle Donald Trump's White House, campaign, transition, inauguration, charity and business. For Trump, the political, the personal and the deeply personal are all under examination.

Loyalty among attributes Mulvaney brings to White House job

Jill Colvin, Jonathan Lemire and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 3:46pm

Demonstrated loyalty. Political savvy. Personal rapport.

Guam governor-elect wants cockfighting to remain legal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 2:14pm

Cockfighting is an important Guam tradition that must remain legal, the U.S. territory's governor-elect said in vowing to work to repeal a likely ban imposed by the U.S. government.

Utah charges accused California man of securities fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 11:47am

A California man who was the founder and president of a natural gas and oil company in Utah faces charges in that state alleging he defrauded investors.

New Nevada attorney general: Background check law a priority

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 11:05am

Nevada's new attorney general wants to find a way to implement a stalled, voter-approved gun background check law when he takes office early next year after his predecessor said the measure couldn't be enforced.

Ukrainian fighter jet crashes on landing, pilot is killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 7:36am

Ukraine's military says a Ukrainian air force pilot has died when his Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet crashed while attempting to land at a base in the northern region of Zhytomyr.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump floats fictions about the border

Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 6:36am

President Donald Trump's relationship with the truth tends to be borderline, at best, when it comes to the border.

Genoa mayor says new bridge to be built by Christmas 2019

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 5:22am

Genoa's mayor is promising that his city will have a new bridge by Christmas 2019 to replace the one that collapsed in the summer, killing 43 people.

German rail operator, union agree on new wage package

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 4:07am

Germany's rail operator says it has reached a new wage agreement with workers, averting the possibility of more strikes during the Christmas travel crunch.