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Colorado sued by neighboring states over legal pot

usatoday.com — The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing state-legalized marijuana from Colorado is improperly spilling across state lines. The suit invokes the federal government's right to regulate both drugs and interstate commerce, and says Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana has been "particularly burdensome" to police agencies on the other side of the state line.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @coloradoan: Colorado sued by neighbors over legal marijuana noconow.co/1xsJv2i. Nebraska, Oklahoma says it's spilling across state lines.

Dec 18, 2014

Colorado's neighbors suing over legal marijuana flowing across state lines: usatoday.com/story/news/nat… pic.twitter.com/nZkAgL8daR

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Oregon State's Gary Andersen plots future, draws on past

usatoday.com — CORVALLIS, Ore. - Gary Andersen has yet to stray more than two miles in any direction from the heart of Oregon State's football facilities, instead spending much of his time shuttling between his hotel room and the new corner office - still bare, minus a computer and television - that overlooks Reser Stadium's turf field.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @KenGoe: Gary Andersen opens up about his move from Wisconsin to Oregon State, and what to expect on offense: usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @PaulMyerberg: When did Gary Andersen start thinking about Oregon St? The instant the job became available. On finding a better fit: usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Dec 18, 2014

When did Gary Andersen start thinking about Oregon St? The instant the job became available. On finding a better fit: usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @KenGoe: Gary Andersen opens up about his move from Wisconsin to Oregon State, and what to expect on offense: usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Dec 18, 2014

Gary Andersen opens up about his move from Wisconsin to Oregon State, and what to expect on offense: usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

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Matt Kemp's arthritic hips hold up deal with Padres

usatoday.com — The San Diego Padres are trying to decide whether to finalize or void their celebrated trade for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after his physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips, a person familiar with the diagnosis told USA TODAY Sports.
Dec 18, 2014

apparantly @TheRealMattKemp is too "hip" for the room...or for a trade. That's what is holding up the trade to SD usatoday.com/story/sports/m…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BNightengale: Matt Kemp has arthritis in his hips;#Padres doctors debating whether it would impact his career as #Dodgers await. usat.ly/16w7ZfY

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BNightengale: Matt Kemp has arthritis in his hips;#Padres doctors debating whether it would impact his career as #Dodgers await. usat.ly/16w7ZfY

Dec 18, 2014

RT @GabeLacques: Didn't think Matt Kemp's hips would create a 10-player transactional pileup today. Alas: usatoday.com/story/sports/m…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BNightengale: Matt Kemp has arthritis in his hips;#Padres doctors debating whether it would impact his career as #Dodgers await. usat.ly/16w7ZfY

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Crooks steal from 5-year-old with brain cancer

usatoday.com — They're accused of breaking down an apartment door Wednesday. They went past the mountain of Christmas presents on the living room floor and headed for Kamareon Smith's room where two donated televisions, a Play Station 4 and some new games were taken.
Dec 18, 2014

Crooks steal from 5-year-old with brain cancer usat.ly/1AKvMBy via @usatoday

Dec 18, 2014

Thugs knock down door, steal donated Christmas gifts (TV, video games) from 5-year-old with brain cancer usat.ly/1AKvMBy

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USA TODAY Album of the Year: Taylor Swift's '1989'

usatoday.com — Albums still matter - if you're Taylor Swift and her fans. Swift's fifth album, 1989, dominated 2014 in a way few others have monopolized previous years. By the time Swift released 1989 on Oct.

Obama uses 'memos' in place of congressional action

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON -- The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Obama has assertively exercised executive action in areas where Congress has not acted, but also said the president was accurate when he said he has issued fewer executive orders than his predecessors. President Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any president in a century.
Dec 18, 2014

White House: Obama uses 'every tool at his disposal' usat.ly/16wnjJf via @usatoday

Dec 18, 2014

RT @gregorykorte: White House acknowledges use of presidential memoranda as a tool of unilateral executive action usat.ly/16wnjJf

Dec 18, 2014

WH press secretary issues on-the-record response to @gregorykorte story on presidential memoranda. usat.ly/16wnjJf via @usatoday

Dec 18, 2014

White House acknowledges use of presidential memoranda as a tool of unilateral executive action usat.ly/16wnjJf

Dec 18, 2014

Obama using 'every tool at his disposal,' White House says. On-record answer to use of presidential memoranda. usat.ly/16wnjJf

Oh God, Mama Woodhouse is now on Twitter!

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Joy Woodhouse is now a multi-media phenom. Woodhouse, mother to Democratic and Republican political operatives, joined Twitter on Thursday following her debut splash on C-SPAN earlier in the week when she called in to get her bickering sons to pipe down so she can enjoy her Christmas in peace.
Dec 18, 2014

Oh God, Mama Woodhouse is now on Twitter! usat.ly/1r2V1PD via @usatonpolitics

Dec 18, 2014

Oh God, Mama Woodhouse is now on Twitter! usat.ly/1r2V1PD via @usatonpolitics

Dec 18, 2014

Oh God, Mama Woodhouse is now on Twitter! usat.ly/1r2V1PD via @usatonpolitics Her C-SPAN spot has been clicked 2.2 million Xs!

Dec 18, 2014

Mama Woodhouse, national hero to those who just want to eat holiday dinner in peace, on Twitter. onpolitics.usatoday.com/2014/12/18/mam… via @USATOnPolitics

Dow soars 421 points in best day since Nov. 2011

usatoday.com — Stock futures are jumping Thursday as global markets advance and as investors' good feelings about the Fed's Wednesday announcement regarding interest rates are carrying over into a second day. About 10 minutes before the 9:30 a.m. ET opening bell, futures for the Dow, S&P: 500 and Nasdaq composite are up 1.3% or a little more.

Celtics talk Rajon Rondo trade with Mavs, Lakers, others

usatoday.com — Early on in the 2011-12 season, back when the Boston Celtics still had their Big Three intact and 25-year-old point guard Rajon Rondo was so good that it was actually a Big Four, it was revealed that his future in Beantown was somewhat uncertain.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @sam_amick: Updates in our story on the Rajon Rondo sweepstakes: Houston still very involved, and specifics on Lakers offer - usat.ly/1AJIbWt

Dec 18, 2014

RT @sam_amick: Updates in our story on the Rajon Rondo sweepstakes: Houston still very involved, and specifics on Lakers offer - usat.ly/1AJIbWt

Dec 18, 2014

RT @sam_amick: Updates in our story on the Rajon Rondo sweepstakes: Houston still very involved, and specifics on Lakers offer - usat.ly/1AJIbWt

Dec 18, 2014

Updates in our story on the Rajon Rondo sweepstakes: Houston still very involved, and specifics on Lakers offer - usat.ly/1AJIbWt

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Driver who stopped for ducks gets jail, 10-year driving ban

usatoday.com — A case that has drawn out raw emotions across Canada will be coming to a conclusion on Thursday. Superior Court Judge Elaine Perrault in Quebec is expected to announce the sentence for 26-year-old Emma Czornobaj, a motorist who stopped her car in the left lane of a highway in the Montreal area in 2010 to check on some ducklings on the road, leading to the death of a motorcyclist and his teen daughter.
Dec 18, 2014

MT @USATODAY: Woman gets jail, 10-year driving ban after causing fatal crash by stopping to help ducks cross highway bit.ly/1zAUkit

Dec 18, 2014

Driver who stopped for ducks gets jail, 10-year driving ban usat.ly/16ubKCA via @usatoday

Dec 18, 2014

RT @deprangy: I'm done. G'night. RT @KHOU Driver who stopped for ducks gets jail sentence ow.ly/G7zok #khou pic.twitter.com/ggsXWTC7RP

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Adorable dog runs for the first time with the help of 3D-printed prosthetics

ftw.usatoday.com — Derby is a very cute dog that was born with deformed front legs. At first Derby used a set of wheels to get around, but they didn't really let him maneuver like other dogs.
Dec 18, 2014

Derby runs for the first time with the help of 3D-printed prosthetics usat.ly/1AIfolb #uplifting pic.twitter.com/GmAMDFgP6k

Dec 18, 2014

Adorable dog runs for the first time with the help of 3D-printed prosthetics usat.ly/1AIfolb ...#adorable

Steve Carell movie set in North Korea is nixed

usatoday.com — In the wake of Sony pulling The Interview, New Regency is nixing a movie revolving around North Korea. Steve Carell confirmed to USA TODAY's Andrea Mandell on Thursday that his new movie, Pyongyang, is being scrapped. Based on a graphic novel by Guy Delisle about an American working in North Korea, the film was supposed to start shooting in Serbia in March.

EPA chief: Extreme weather boosting climate-change plan

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - Extreme weather events from typhoons to heat waves are helping make the case to Americans on the need to address climate change, the head of the EPA says, although opposition from congressional Republicans to the Obama administration's ambitious plan remains unrelenting.

Boston bombing suspect seen for the first time since 2013

usatoday.com — BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned on 30 federal charges in July 2013, when he still bore signs of the bloody standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of his older brother, Tamerlan.
Dec 18, 2014

Boston bomber supporter disrupts courtroom usat.ly/16uL0BK @usatoday

Dec 18, 2014

Boston bombing suspect seen for the first time since 2013 usat.ly/16uL0BK via @usatoday

Dec 18, 2014

Fourteen Boston Marathon bombing survivors sat together on one side of the galley for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's hearing. usat.ly/16uL0BK

Dec 18, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was seen publicly in court today for the first time since July 2013 usat.ly/16uL0BK

Dec 18, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who hasn't been seen in public since '13, expected in court today usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

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USA TODAY Sports college football bowl picks

q.usatoday.com — The 15-week regular season is over. Here comes the postseason with the inaugural College Football Playoff. Staff from the college desk at USA TODAY Sports made their picks for all 39 bowl games.

No 'Interview' ... on any platform

usatoday.com — The studio has canceled the release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy, which was set to open Christmas Day. In a statement Wednesday, Sony said, "In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release.
Dec 18, 2014

Right about now, al-Qaeda is wondering why IT never got into this hacking business. Sony pulls 'Interview' usat.ly/1AE8EEF @usatoday

Dec 18, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Mixed opinions on Sony's decision to shelve #TheInterview: usat.ly/1AE8EEF Would you have gone to see it? pic.twitter.com/aSpThT9xa3

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Rogen, Franco discuss making 'The Interview'

usatoday.com — NEW YORK -- There's an almost out-of-body weirdness to reading the transcript of a Monday interview with James Franco and Seth Rogen.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @annoldenburg: "What's weird is that it was one of the easiest movies to get made that we've ever gotten made," says @Sethrogen. usat.ly/13D8rb4

Dec 18, 2014

RT @annoldenburg: "What's weird is that it was one of the easiest movies to get made that we've ever gotten made," says @Sethrogen. usat.ly/13D8rb4

Dec 18, 2014

"What's weird is that it was one of the easiest movies to get made that we've ever gotten made," says @Sethrogen. usat.ly/13D8rb4

Big storms put dent in California drought

usatoday.com — The drenching rain and heavy snow that lashed California last week put a dent in the state's historic drought, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday. The percentage of the state in the worst drought category - "exceptional" drought - dropped from 55% of the state the previous week to 32% this week.

Cuban cigars among goods travelers get OK to import

usatoday.com — Cigar-loving travelers won't have to hide their Cubans in their luggage any more. Tobacco products from Cuba are among the trade goods allowed under new trade normalization rules that President Obama is announcing today. Licensed U.S. travelers to Cuba will be authorized to import $400 worth of goods from Cuba, of which no more than $100 can consist of tobacco products and alcohol combined.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @anneryman: RT @johnyantis: Cuban cigars among goods travelers get OK to import usat.ly/1DOM3LO via @usatoday

Dec 17, 2014

RT @johnyantis: Cuban cigars among goods travelers get OK to import usat.ly/1DOM3LO via @usatoday

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