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November 9, 2016 1:37 PM Recreational pot nears legalization in California, Massachusetts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana for adults were headed for enactment in California and Massachusetts on Tuesday, while voters in Florida and two smaller states appeared to have approved initiatives permitting medical use of cannabis. California and Massachusetts would become the fifth and sixth states allowing 25

November 9, 2016 11:48 AM Marijuana, gun control, minimum wage hikes win at the polls

Filling a void created by congressional inaction, voters in a scattering of states tightened gun control laws and approved increases in the minimum wage. The campaign to legalize marijuana achieved a major breakthrough, with victories in at least six states. In all, more than 150 measures appeared on statewide ballots in Tuesday's election 18

November 9, 2016 7:12 AM Donald Trump elected president in stunning upset over Hillary Clinton

Marijuana initiatives won big in Tuesday's elections. Ballot initiatives on recreational marijuana won in at least three of the five states where they were on the ballot, with voters approving them in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada. A similar measure in Maine was leading early Wednesday, while another in Arizona was behind with two thirds of the votes 15

November 9, 2016 12:00 AM The 2016 Presidential Election Live Blog and Analysis

The latest update: Marco Rubio, again. As the nation’s voters cast their ballots, Ryan Lizza and Benjamin Wallace-Wells offer closing thoughts on the Presidential race and other issues to be decided in today’s election. This post will be updated throughout the day. In the Presidential race, Florida looks incredibly close: Clinton is running up even larger 48

November 8, 2016 9:15 PM Legalization movement faces biggest test yet in 9 states

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The movement to legalize marijuana faced its biggest test yet Tuesday as voters in nine states, including the nation's most populous, considered proposals to expand legal access to the drug, which is still forbidden by the federal government. California, the first state to approve medical marijuana two decades ago, was among five states 22

November 8, 2016 3:59 PM Hillary Clinton describes 'most humbling feeling' after voting in US election

Seeking to become the United States' first female president, Hillary Clinton has cast her ballot and settled down to wait for the country to make its choice. The Democratic nominee and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, voted at an elementary school near their home in suburban New York before greeting supporters waiting for her outside 27

November 8, 2016 2:14 PM Voters could legalize marijuana for quarter of all Americans

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov 8 (Reuters) - Nearly a quarter of Americans will live in areas where recreational marijuana use is legal if voters approve initiatives on Tuesday permitting the recreational use of cannabis in California, Massachusetts and three other states. With pot already legal for use by adults in four states and the District of Columbia 20

November 8, 2016 1:19 PM Key ballot measures for 2016 voters

Guns, marijuana, minimum wage on US ballots WASHINGTON (CNN) - From minimum wage to pot to labor laws, voters in states around the country are engaging in direct democracy. Several states are considering similar ballot initiatives with regard to firearms, marijuana and cigarettes. The gun debate usually focuses on the federal government, where Congress 25

November 8, 2016 7:13 AM Election Day: Americans choose between Clinton and Trump

WASHINGTON -- After nearly two years of bitterness and rancour, America will elect its 45th president Tuesday, making Hillary Clinton the nation's first female commander in chief or choosing billionaire businessman Donald Trump, whose volatile campaign has upended U.S. politics. The winner will inherit an anxious nation, angry and distrustful of leaders 18

November 8, 2016 5:26 AM Huge rallies end final campaign blitz for Clinton and Trump

As foreign capitals looked on in grim suspense, and with Tuesday's poll hanging in the balance, the 69-year-old Democrat gathered a galaxy of political and show business star power in Philadelphia, birthplace of the republic, to urge unity. "Tomorrow, we face the test of our time," Hillary Clinton declared in front of 40,000 people, a record for her in a campaign 31