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Midnight marijuana: Nevada celebrates first legal sales

Nevada opens marijuana storesA sense of jubilee was in the air midnight Saturday at Nevada marijuana dispensaries, and so too was the occasional whiff of the state's newest cash crop.

Hundreds of Nevadans stood in line, waiting for the doors to open to two marijuana dispensaries in Reno -- Blüm and Sierra Wellness Connection -- some of the first dispensaries in the state to sell recreational marijuana.

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More than half the states refusing to provide voter data to Trump election panel

voter registrationAt least 29 states are pushing back or outright refusing to comply with the Trump administration’s request for voter registration data.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, formed by President Trump to investigate his widely debunked claim that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, sent letters this week to the 50 secretaries of state across the country requesting information about voters.

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Little Rock police: 25 people shot at nightclub

Little Rock shootingPolice say 25 people were shot after gunfire rang out Saturday at a rap show at a downtown Little Rock nightclub, prompting pleas from top leaders to curb the growing violence in Arkansas' capital city.

Police said the shooting at Power Ultra Lounge was the result of a dispute among clubgoers and not an active shooter or terror-related incident. Little Rock police said Saturday that 25 people were shot and three others suffered unrelated injuries. All were expected to survive, police said.

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In an instant, molten slag gushed over workers at Tampa Electric power plant

Tampa Bay explosionIt was the kind of job that workers at the Big Bend power plant do routinely, and one done countless times in the nearly 35 years that senior plant operator Michael McCort had worked at Tampa Electric.

But company executives said something went tragically wrong Thursday as McCort, 60, and at least five employees working for outside contractors tried to unplug a tank containing molten slag that can reach temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees.

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Gov. Chris Christie orders New Jersey government shutdown amid budget fight

Chris ChristieNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature are returning to work to try to resolve the state's first government shutdown since 2006 and the first under Christie.

The Republican governor and the Democrat-led Legislature failed to reach an agreement on a new budget by the deadline at midnight Friday, CBS New York reports.

In a news conference Saturday morning, Christie blamed Democratic State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto for failing to reach a deal.

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Rifle-wielding ex-worker shot dead after opening fire, killing at least one at Bronx Lebanon Hospital

Shooting at Bx LebanonA disgruntled medical worker toting an assault rifle opened fire and shot at least four people, killing one of them, in a Bronx hospital Friday afternoon, police said.

As panic swept through Bronx Lebanon Hospital, the shooter, Henry Bello, took his own life, sources said.

Multiple shots rang out on the 16th floor of Bronx Lebanon Hospital in Morris Heights about 2:45 p.m. Panicked patients and hospital personnel barricaded themselves in their rooms.

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Texas Supreme Court: No inherent right to gay marriage benefits

Texas SC denies rights to same sex couplesFinding no established right to spousal benefits in same-sex marriages, a unanimous Texas Supreme Court on Friday revived a lawsuit challenging the city of Houston’s insurance plans for married gay employees.

According to the all-Republican Texas court, the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established the right to same-sex marriage did not decide all marriage-related matters, leaving room for state courts to explore the decision’s “reach and ramifications.”

Advocates of same-sex marriage reacted with dismay and anger, arguing that the Texas court ignored clear and undeniable instructions from the nation’s highest court.

TVNL Comment:  This is insane. The GOP is so damn terrified of the LGBT community that they will go to any lengths to deny their legitimacy.

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