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  • New Maine database to reveal graduates' wages Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— As many college graduates grapple with poor job prospects and crushing student debt, Maine officials hope a new database will help prospective students make more informed choices about what degree to pursue and how much they can afford to borrow for their education.

  • WASHINGTON, July 10- A surge of Republican pressure is bringing the Federal Reserve's long-held independence into question again, as conservative lawmakers seek to place the U.S. central bank under tougher scrutiny.

  • MANASSA, Va.— Police back off on plan to take explicit photo of teen in attempt to prove' sexting' case.

  • Fed's independence questioned by Republicans again Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 5:49 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve building.

    A surge of Republican pressure is bringing the Fed's long-held independence into question again.

  • With Democrats controlling the Senate since the 2008 financial crisis, the bank and its supporters have had the luxury of shrugging off Fed-related laws from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

  • RGA raises $26.6M in 2Q on Christie's watch Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.— The investigations into New Jersey Gov. The Republican Governors Association will report Thursday that it raised a record-breaking $26.6 million in the second quarter of 2014 under Christie's leadership.

  • Colorado completes 1st legal pot market study Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    DENVER— Colorado is smoking pot by the ton, and visitors are, too. Colorado's pot regulators issued what is believed to be the world's first post-legalization market study for the weed on Wednesday. The study estimated that total market demand for marijuana in Colorado is about 130 metric tons a year.

  • WASHINGTON, July 9- An oil industry lobbying group on Wednesday unveiled voluntary standards aimed at tamping down concerns about the oil and gas production process known as horizontal drilling, or fracking, in communities around the United States.

  • Pot gives Oregonians a reason to visit neighbor Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:43 PM ET

    Mayor Tim Leavitt cut a green ribbon outside Main Street Marijuana on Wednesday, opening the doors to the first recreational marijuana store in Vancouver. The city in southwest Washington is just a 10- mile drive from downtown Portland.

  • Top Senate Democrat blocks votes on gun proposals Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    The Nevada Democrat used Senate procedures to prevent votes on any amendments to a bipartisan measure expanding hunters' access to public lands and renewing land conservation programs.

  • July 9- Harbinger Capital Partners has sued Dish Network Corp and its chairman, Charles Ergen, for at least $1.5 billion, accusing them of trying to strip the hedge fund of its control of bankrupt wireless company LightSquared. The lawsuit, filed in a Colorado federal court on Tuesday, said Ergen had engaged in fraud and violated a federal anti-racketeering law.

  • AP PHOTOS: How marijuana goes from garden to store Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 2:52 AM ET

    BELLINGHAM, Washington— Top Shelf Cannabis was able to open its doors to sell marijuana when Washington state's recreational pot industry finally opened for business because of growers like Sea of Green Farms.

  • Hundreds line up for legal pot sales in Washington Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 2:51 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Washington's slow rollout of its legal marijuana market spreads to more cities Wednesday, one day after big crowds lined up outside the state's first licensed pot shops.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 8- Citigroup Inc is close to paying about $7 billion to resolve a U.S. probe into whether it defrauded investors on billions of dollars worth of mortgage securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

  • Despite concerns by some that the measure does not do enough to protect privacy, the committee voted 12-3 to advance the measure authored by its chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, their offices said. The Senate bill still faces hurdles before becoming law.

  • 'Free the weed': Scenes from Washington pot sales Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    As employees worked frantically to prepare the shelves and assess their inventory at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Washington, 22- year-old Zoe Wainwright was among the dozens in line early Tuesday waiting for legal marijuana sales to begin.

  • CHICAGO, July 8- Federal regulators widened the recall of salmonella-tainted chicken produced by Foster Farms to include products believed to have been sent to military bases in five states to feed personnel and their families, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.

  • 'Kinky Boots' star prepares for high-kicking tour Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 8:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Kyle Taylor Parker is going from backup dancer to leading man— but staying in 6- inch heels. The performer who has been in "Kinky Boots" since it made its debut in Chicago in 2012 will step into Billy Porter's formidable high heels as the star of the first national tour of "Kinky Boots," which kicks off in Las Vegas on Sept. 4.

  • Washington poised to start legal pot sales Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    Lines were already forming in front of the lucky few stores in Washington state that got last-minute approval to sell.

  • Legal marijuana in Washington state: How it works Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 2:20 AM ET

    A: The state's Liquor Control Board issued the first two dozen retail marijuana licenses in the wee hours Monday, and stores can open at 8 a.m. Tuesday if they're ready.