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Schemes to provide fake ‘marijuana cards’ aimed at Maryland medical users

BALTIMORE — Maryland patients are several months away from being able to legally obtain medical cannabis to treat chronic conditions. But scammers are already trying to make a buck off patients desperate for the relief from the new drug, according to regulators and industry officials.

Trump tweets about nuclear weapons

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President-elect Donald Trump called for an expansion of the United States’ nuclear capabilities on Thursday, in a tweet that alarmed nonproliferation experts who said that a boost to the U.S. arsenal could fuel global tensions.

Former Flint officials charged

FLINT, Mich. — Michigan prosecutors on Tuesday charged four former government officials in Flint, including two city emergency managers, with conspiring to violate safety rules in connection with the city’s water crisis that exposed residents to dangerous levels of lead.

North Carolina Senate refuses to repeal transgender bathroom law

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature on Wednesday defeated a bipartisan bid to repeal a controversial law restricting bathroom access in the state for transgender people, which has seen months of protests and boycotts by opponents decrying the measure as discriminatory.

Court unseals Clinton search warrant

NEW YORK — An affidavit used to get a late October search warrant for Anthony Weiner’s laptop in the Hillary Clinton email investigation that shook the presidential race gives no indication that the FBI knew Clinton emails containing classified information were included in the data.

Ex-Georgia policeman convicted of murder in Taser death of suspect

ATLANTA — A former Georgia policeman was found guilty of murder on Friday in the death of a suspect shocked repeatedly with a Taser while handcuffed, media reported,. The ruling marks a rare criminal conviction of a law enforcement officer for a stun gun-related fatality.

Fed sees faster pace of rate hikes in 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday and signaled a faster pace of increases in 2017 as central bankers adapted to the incoming Trump administration’s promises of tax cuts, spending and deregulation.

Senate fight looms after Trump taps Exxon CEO as top U.S. diplomat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Donald Trump named the head of Exxon Mobil Corp, Rex Tillerson, as his choice for U.S. secretary of state on Tuesday and won backing from some Republican foreign policy figures ahead of a possible Senate fight over the oilman’s ties to Russia.

Tech employees vow not to help Trump surveil Muslims, deport immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 100 employees of technology companies including Alphabet Inc’s Google, Twitter Inc and Salesforce pledged on Tuesday to not help President-elect Donald Trump’s administration build a data registry to track people based on their religion or assist in mass deportations.

CIA: Russia intervened to help Trump win

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

Congress passes $618.7 bln annual defense bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise version of an annual defense policy bill on Thursday without controversial provisions such as requiring women to register for the draft or allowing contractors to make religion-based hiring decisions.

Pick for Labor Dept. opposes higher minimum wage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Donald Trump named fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, drawing criticism from labor advocates worried about his opposition to a higher minimum wage and government regulation of the workplace.