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Oregon marijuana fans look to cash in on new law

Vendors and marijuana enthusiasts gather at the "Weed the People" event to celebrate the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Portland, OregonMore than a thousand marijuana enthusiasts and entrepreneurs met in Oregon on Friday to swap samples, contacts and business tips in hopes of profiting from the state's new law allowing the recreational use of pot. Licensed growers handed out free tastes, gardening experts displayed organic plant food and artists sold marijuana pipes to participants at the "Weed the People" event. “Cannabis is a great opportunity for us," said D.J. King, a labor organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers who wants to unionize workers at marijuana grow operations, distributors and retailers.


Winners and losers from the E3 video-game show

A man walks past the Microsoft booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't as dramatic as last year's, when Sony and Microsoft were battling for attention in advance of the fall debuts of their new game consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


Malnutrition brings a terrible disease to children in Niger

A young girl operated after suffering noma disease, poses for a photo at the health centre of the NGO Sentinelles, in Zinder, southern NigerMourdja's nose has been eaten away, like one lip and part of her upper gum, leaving the 13-year-old girl atrociously disfigured by noma, a disease that thrives on malnutrition. "It was better before," the teenager says shyly and simply in the arid heartland of Niger, one of the world's poorest nations, clearly ill at ease and fiddling with her bracelets. "The problem is that this is a very fast-acting disease," says nurse Fati Badamasi, who works for the Swiss NGO Sentinelles, active in Niger since 1992.


New York governor orders more July Fourth security after alert

Members of the U.S. Army National Guard Joint Task Force Empire Shield patrol Grand Central Terminal in New York"We are keenly aware that New York State remains a top target for terrorists," Cuomo said in a statement. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued an alert calling for local authorities and the public to remain vigilant for possible threats following recent calls for violence by Islamic State militants. In New York City, the nation's largest municipal police force assigned about 7,000 officers and nearly all its counterterrorism personnel to handle security around Independence Day events.


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