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Ballot Initiative To Legalize Marijuana Filed In D.C.

Advocates for marijuana legalization want District voters to decide whether possession of up to two ounces of pot should be legal in the city.

A ballot initiative filed last week with the D.C. Board of Elections would also legalize cultivation of up to three marijuana plants at one's home and make it legal to give away up to one ounce of pot.

The first step toward getting the question on the November ballot will be a hearing to determine whether it meets the election board's standards. After that, organizers would have to collect signatures from about 23,000 registered voters.

The D.C. Council is working on a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot, but there's little support among city leaders for full-scale legalization.

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'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language

Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.
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Farmworkers See Jobs, Earnings Shrivel In California Drought

More than 21,000 are out of work this year from California's drought, a study says. The majority are farmworkers, and those lucky enough to have a job are often working longer hours for less money.
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The Politics Hour - August 28, 2015

We chat with D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier about the city's strategy to combat the spike in violent crime taking place in the nation's capital.

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New Tesla Breaks Consumer Reports' Ratings Scale, Bolsters Company's Stock

"It kind of broke the system," says Jake Fisher, director of the magazine's auto test division. Tesla's stock rose 8 percent Thursday.

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